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Next-Gen Certification: Professional Development that Makes a Difference

Your team’s certification represents the next-generation approach to education. 

By enrolling in this program you’re investing in your capacity to create a genuine impact on students’ lives. 

And you’re helping usher in a new era of holistic student support that truly makes a difference.

“To be able to go through school and to go through what it takes to be certified at a high level, that is integrity and that matters to me and that represents me. I’m very, very grateful that I can have the knowledge to do what I do.”

Gabrielle Mathews, CTEDU Graduate, Accredited Life Coach

Academic Life Coach Certification by the Numbers
Year ALC was Founded
2009
# of Coaches Trained by ALC
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# of Higher Education Schools that have trained with ALC
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Best Options to Bring
Academic Life Coaching to Your Campus

From single workshops to full training and certification programs for dozens of staff and faculty, Academic Life Coaching is the leader in delivering training and consulting to higher education institutions. 

Here are some of the best options to work with Academic Life Coaching and to bring coaching to your campus. 

1-Time Workshop or Foundations Program for your team

Academic Life Coaching Certification is the gold standard in higher education, equipping educators with skills to foster student success.

Send a Staff or Faculty Member through a set 1.0 ALC Training Program

Coach Training EDU is the parent organization of Academic Life Coaching. More than 5000 coaches have trained with CTEDU over the past 15 years.

Send a group of staff and faculty through a custom ALC Training Program

The International Coach Federation  is one of the oldest and most recognized accrediting coach organizations. ALC is Level 1 and 2 ICF approved.

Higher ALC to consult with your school on establishing a Coaching Program

The International Coach Federation  is one of the oldest and most recognized accrediting coach organizations. ALC is Level 1 and 2 ICF approved.

The demand for academic life coaching is growing. Because it works.

Schools are starting to acknowledge the substantial positive effect coaches have on student success rates and general well-being.

While the field is still in its early stages of developments, studies are already coming out demonstrating the effectiveness of coaching.

Coaching helps students:

Cultivate resilience

Develop positive mental health habits

Strengthen relationships

Graduate with a career path and plan

Since 2016 over 100 individuals from the Univeristy of Okahoma have trained with ALC.

Best Life Coach Certification Options for your coach career.

Academic Life Coaching, and its parent organization Coach Training EDU, offer the only training that is approved by both the ICF and National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC). As such, your training puts you on the fastest path to earn a certification that serves as the strongest foundation of your coaching career.

ALC

Academic Life Coaching Certification is the gold standard in higher education, equipping educators with skills to foster student success.

CTEDU

Coach Training EDU is the parent organization of Academic Life Coaching. More than 5000 coaches have trained with CTEDU over the past 15 years.

ICF

The International Coach Federation  is one of the oldest and most recognized accrediting coach organizations. ALC is Level 1 and 2 ICF approved.

NBHWC

Coaches credentialed with the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches have access to allow clients to charge health insurance for coaching sessions.

Training Options. Take the Deep Dive into Life Coach Certification.

Foundation Course Schedule

Topics for the first 8 weeks

Course Schedule

The following is a week-by-week list of topics for the course. Please check the Coach Portal for details on how to prepare for each training session.

Orientation

During our first training session, the focus will be on connecting with one another, becoming familiar with zoom, the Coach Portal, and facilitating conversation around best practices for building a coaching practice or implementing coaching into an organization. We will also dive into expectations.

Session 1: Introduction to Academic Life Coaching and United Theory of Coaching

This introduction starts at the heart of coaching with a look at coaching’s core elements: Levels of Listening, Structured Improvisation, the 7 Essential Coaching Qualities, and 7 Elements of a Classic Coaching Session. During this training session, we will discuss the theory behind coaching and dive into one of the most fundamental concepts in coaching – powerful questions.

Session 2: Design the Alliance

This week, we will discuss how to design a safe space for your client/student to share and a successful coach-client-guardian alliance. This week, we will also learn how to set agendas for both an individual coaching session, as well as a coaching program as a whole. We will also delve into the importance of accountability as well as explore asking permission and bottom lining as coaching tools.

Session 3: Coach the Client, Not the Problem

This week, we will discuss how to coach the client, not the problem. We will be covering the distinction between a Session Agenda, a Problem Agenda, a Deeper Agenda, and a Growth Agenda. We will also explore how intuition influences our abilities as a coach.

Session 4: Client’s Being

During this week’s training session, we will cover the Core Motivation tool, one of the only assessments we use in the Academic Life Coaching Program.

Session 5: Client’s Learning

This week, we will discuss how to use Assessment Wheels in a coaching session and how you, as a coach, can help deepen your client’s/student’s learning about themselves.

Session 6: Client’s Action

This week, we will finally delve into designing actions with your client/student and what it looks like from a coaching perspective.

Session 7: Essential Coach Qualities

During this training session, we will discuss in detail the Essential Coach Qualities.

Session 8: Introduction-Chapter 7 Review and Completion

This week, we will be reviewing the Introduction - Chapter 7. This session is not meant to be a reteaching of the concepts, but instead is really led by coaches and the trainer will help fill the gaps in understanding the concepts. This session is also meant to serve as both a completion to the training course and also an example of how to complete a relationship with a coaching client/student.

Bringing Certification to Your Team

Explore the benefits and logistics of certifying your team.

Option 1: Foundational Coach Training Program

Length & Modality

The proposed training program spans eight weeks, with virtual meetings once a week for two hours each, alongside preparatory time before each session. Lectures are pre-recorded, maximizing learning through real-time feedback and guided practice during live weekly webinars.

The live weekly webinar meeting entails a 3-hour time expectation, including class prep time.

Curriculum Structure & Example

  • Session 1: Introduction
    • Introduction to Life Coaching
    • Core Coaching Skills
    • Coaching Mindset
  • Session 2: Theory and Foundation of Coaching
    • Positive Psychology and Academic Life Coaching
    • Coaching and Positive Psychology Theory
    • Agenda Setting Theory
  • Session 3: Practical Implementation of Coaching
    • Implementing Academic Life Coaching
    • Professional Self-Assessment
    • Professional Strategic Thinking
  • Session 4: Strengths Based Approaches
    • Coach the Student, Not the Problem
    • Styles of Motivation
  • Session 5: Core Motivation
    • Core Motivation
    • Working with Core Motivation
    • Designing for Personal and Academic Growth
  • Session 6: Theories of Insights and Action
    • Learning and Doing
    • Designing Effective Action Plans
    • Designing Systems
  • Session 7: Clarifying Values From a Coaching Perspective
    • Clarifying Values
    • Reminders and Decision Points
  • Session 8: Perspectives as a Coach Training Tool
    • Coaching and Perspectives

Completion & Certification

Upon completing the training course, each coach receives a “Foundational Life Coach Training” certification from Coach Training EDU.

Cost

The cost per person is $990, inclusive of all fees, such as hard copies of training manuals and materials. For ten coaches, the total cost would be $9900. Each participant earns a letter of completion certifying their completion of 16 hours of an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited program.

ALC Certification Requirements

Understanding the Certification Process

1.0 Academic Life Coach Training

The Academic Life Coach Training program contains two courses:

  • 1.0 Academic Life Coach Training
  • Group Mentor Coaching

Combined, these courses provide the 60 hours of coach-specific training and 10 hours of Mentor Coaching required to become certified through the International Coaching Federation.

Learning Outcomes
  • Use the foundational coaching skills and concepts in any desired niche.
  • Ask thought-provoking questions focused on building self-awareness in students.
  • Utilize the Academic Life Coaching Workbook with their students. This workbook contains a 10-session program designed to increase students’ emotional intelligence, as well as build their leadership, communication, and academic skills.
  • Identify which tools and strategies to use with their students based on the student’s need.
  • Listen between the lines to help students identify and alter limiting beliefs and problematic perspectives.
  • Implement various tips and tricks to build a successful coaching business.
1.0 Skill Suite
  • Foundational Skills: Each 1.0 specialization includes a core skillset based on the ICF core competencies. These foundational skills include concepts such as designing an alliance, setting an agenda, empathetic listening, and asking powerful coaching questions. These skills can be used with clients in any coaching niche.
  • Strength-Based Coaching Skills: Strengths-based coaching isn’t just about identifying strengths but helping your clients use and incorporate their strengths into everything they do. Skills to leverage your clients’ strengths include strengths-assessments (e.g. Core Motivation and Clifton Strengths), identifying Values, Busting Limiting Beliefs, and Motivation Styles. These skills are specifically designed to help clients utilize their strengths to bolster their well-being so they can achieve their goals.
  • Awareness-Based Coaching Skills: Self-awareness is one of the core tenants of any coaching relationship. It encourages clients to make better life choices, helps clients feel more confident, and puts clients back in control of their lives. Skills that aid clients build self-awareness include Wheel of Life, Future Self, Inner Critic, Perspectives, and Vision. These skills let clients develop a deeper sense of self-awareness so they can more effectively identify and pursue their goals.
  • Best Practices for Designing Systems & Actions: Once clients learn more about who they are and identify who they want to become, the next step is to design action for achieving these goals. The action-oriented skills outlined in CTEDU’s curriculum include the best practices for designing pathways that lead to successful change and goal achievement. These skills include Systems, Setting Reminders, and Self-Alignment.
  • Academic-Specific Coaching Skills: This course offers coaching tools that enable coaches to work with students on issues such as time management, competing responsibilities, and retention. This course includes skills such as Academic Learning, Academic Thinking Styles, and Performance Zone vs. Learning Zone.

Applying to the ICF & NBHWC

Understanding the Certification Process

Steps to Apply to the ICF After Academic Life Coaching Certification

  1. Complete Your Training: Ensure you have completed all the required training hours from Academic Life Coaching, including any specific courses or modules necessary for ICF accreditation.
  2. Document Your Coaching Hours: Accumulate and document the required number of coaching experience hours. The ICF requires different amounts of hours depending on the level of certification you are applying for (ACC, PCC, or MCC).
  3. Mentor Coaching: Complete the required hours of mentor coaching with a qualified ICF mentor. This step is crucial for developing your coaching skills in alignment with ICF competencies.
  4. Compile Application Materials: Gather all necessary documents, including proof of training completion, documented coaching hours, mentor coaching certification, and any other relevant materials.
  5. Apply for the ICF Credential: Submit your application through the ICF website, including all your compiled materials and the application fee. Choose the credential level you are applying for based on your completed training and experience hours.
  6. Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA): Once your application is approved, you will need to pass the CKA test, which assesses your understanding of the ICF core competencies and ethical guidelines.

Steps to Apply to the NBHWC After Academic Life Coaching Certification

  1. Ensure Eligibility: Verify that your Academic Life Coaching program meets NBHWC’s specific educational and training requirements for health and wellness coaching.
  2. Complete Practicum Hours: Fulfill the NBHWC requirement for practical coaching hours, ensuring you have the necessary direct client coaching experience.
  3. Document Your Training and Experience: Keep detailed records of your training hours, practicum hours, and any additional educational materials relevant to health and wellness coaching.
  4. Apply for the NBHWC Exam: Once you meet all the prerequisites, submit your application for the NBHWC certification exam. This includes paying the application fee and submitting documentation of your coaching education and experience.
  5. Prepare for and Pass the Exam: Study for the NBHWC exam, which covers a wide range of topics related to health and wellness coaching. Passing this exam is the final step to obtaining your NBHWC credential.
Both the ICF and NBHWC credentials are recognized globally and can significantly enhance your credibility and opportunities as a coach. It is important to stay updated with each organization’s requirements as they may change over time.

Professional Opportunities and Outcomes

Beyond Certification: What It Means for Your Career

Benefits of Professional Development for Academic Advising and Coaching Teams

  • Enhanced Skills and Knowledge: Professional development equips team members with updated skills and knowledge relevant to academic advising and coaching, ensuring they can provide the best support to students.
  • Improved Student Support: With enhanced skills, the team can offer more effective guidance to students, leading to improved academic performance, personal development, and overall well-being.
  • Increased Team Cohesion: Professional development opportunities foster collaboration and shared learning among team members, strengthening relationships and promoting a cohesive working environment.
  • Adaptation to Changing Trends: Continuous learning ensures that the team stays abreast of evolving trends and best practices in academic advising and coaching, enabling them to adapt their approaches to meet the changing needs of students.
  • Recognition and Career Growth: Investing in professional development demonstrates the institution's commitment to its team members' growth and development, leading to increased job satisfaction, retention, and opportunities for career advancement.
Coach Training Sessions
(Designed to be Sample Training Classes)

May 7th at 3 PM Pacific

Transformation & Coach Training Session

Coaching & Transformation-1 Hour Life Coach Training

Each session we look at a different tool from the Academic Life Coaching and Coach Training EDU training program and take a deep dive into its origin, theory, and application. 

This is an interactive workshop designed to be experienced fresh biweekly. Open to prospective and current students as well as alumni. The workshops are live and fast paced. You’ll want a strong internet connection, a chance to review the 3-page PDF ahead of time, and a quiet place to experience the workshop. It’s the closest experience you’ll get to being in the real training.

60 Minutes. Live via Zoom. Optional 15 minute Q&A after. 

May 16th at 3 PM Pacific

Transformation & Coach Training Session

Coaching & Transformation-1 Hour Life Coach Training

Each session we look at a different tool from the Academic Life Coaching and Coach Training EDU training program and take a deep dive into its origin, theory, and application. 

This is an interactive workshop designed to be experienced fresh biweekly. Open to prospective and current students as well as alumni. The workshops are live and fast paced. You’ll want a strong internet connection, a chance to review the 3-page PDF ahead of time, and a quiet place to experience the workshop. It’s the closest experience you’ll get to being in the real training.

60 Minutes. Live via Zoom. Optional 15 minute Q&A after. 

Let's Get this Started.

You're invited to a FREE Sample Coach Training Session.

Because the best way to see if coach training is for you is to experience it.

We warmly invite you to explore the transformative potential of academic life coaching through our live, complimentary workshops.

Over the course of an hour, you’ll learn critical coaching techniques, meet ICF accredited coaches, and experience the benefits of being coached.

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