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The Certified Coach Program

Become a Certified Life Coach with paying clients and a growing practice – in just 6 months – in this International Coach Federation (ICF) Approved Coaching Certification Program

Meet Our World Class Mentor Coaches!

Are You Ready to Start Living the Life You Dream Of?

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When you begin this step-by-step process, there is no wondering when you will complete the program.

Within six months, you become a Certified Coach with a growing practice.

No other coach training program prepares you for real-world coaching better than CTA’s Certified Coach Program.

Like a 3 legged stool…

You need these three skills to become a certified life coach…


Coaching Skills


Marketing Skills


Business Skills


Coaching Success

How It Works


You begin with the Becoming a Coach orientation teleclasses. In this first session, you discover the inside scoop on what established coaches are doing with great success. Plus, you have those burning questions answered.

CL“The materials are extremely comprehensive. I have talked with other coaches who are going through other programs and they are amazed at the fact that I already have a business plan, I’m working on a website and I’m already coaching clients.”
Stacye York Sand Spring, OK

Course Delivery

The Certified Coach Program is a combination of live teleconferencing, online media, and interactive software downloaded directly to your computer. You experience: Group Mentoring | Coach the Coach | Self Study | Observation & Critique. All courses are delivered in English.

“It’s liberating to know I can apply the principles learned without giving up my own creative signature (approach) in the process.”

Blanca Stephens South Huntington, NY

Course Work

Upon registration you immediately receive your course software. Hundreds of coaches have used the Coach Training Accelerator™ to launch and sustain their careers. It is a completely self-contained coach training program we incorporate here as another facet of our unique learning system.

“Overall this course really has everything I was looking for. It is a good blend of handling the business and marketing aspects of coaching along with developing the right skills and tools. Of all the classes and investigation I did this course always came right back on top. “

Loree M. Paulson Lisle, IL

Group Mentoring

The mentoring group consists of you, your Mentor Coach and your fellow classmates. Classes are held weekly via teleconference over dedicated, private bridgelines. These instructor led sessions target specific coaching tools, techniques and models.

“Knowing I have to face the group each week keeps me motivated to stay on top of assignments and make sure I am prepared. I so look forward to each week’s class because it is a solid hour of positive thinking and feedback.”

Lisa Aker New Milford, CT

Coach the Coach

Throughout the program you will coach, be coached, and observe coaching as it happens. Members of your mentoring group become your “community of practice.” This is where you learn by example and through practical experience.

“The ‘coach the coach’ sessions and the feedback from those are the heart of the program. Coaching live is where the learning is for me. It builds my confidence and believability.”

Mary Alyce Owens Denver CO

Virtual Classroom

Enjoy unlimited access to this online private forum designed exclusively for your class. You’re able to share your progress, questions, challenges and resources with your classmates as well as stay connected outside of class.

“This is a fantastic program. You guys have all the bases covered. I loved that this program covered everything from learning how to coach to starting your own business and everything in between. No other course that I researched offered all of this.”

Brenda Louis Kitchener, Ontario

What to expect

Class Size

Limited to a maximum of 12 participants. Research has found, and our experience confirms, that 10-15 students is ideal. Less than ten lowers the synergy and the group learning dynamic. More than fifteen crowds the opportunities for participation and meaningful involvement.

Course Length

Condensed to 6 months (22 weeks with time off, holidays, etc.) There’s no guessing when you will finish this program. There’s no waiting for classes to open up. No delays in meeting graduation requirements.

Typical Week

Telesessions, 60-90 minutes per week. Total of 30 in-class program hours.

Self-study and homework, 2 to 5 hours per week. Total self-study and homework program hours – 60 (average).

“It’s liberating to know I can apply the principles learned without giving up my own creative signature (approach) in the process.”

Blanca Stephens South Huntington, NY

Program Specifics

Complimentary Becoming a Coach Workshop

Discover what it really takes to become a successful coach and what you can expect of the coaching lifestyle. As you participate in this free workshop, you’ll uncover the answers to your burning questions.

  • Hear straight talk on the challenges new coaches face.
  • Discover what clients want most and how to fill this need immediately.
  • Participate in a live coaching session guided by an experienced Mentor Coach.

Course Outline

There are five major sections to become a Certified Life Coach:

  1. Coaching From Center
  2. Impeccable Business Sense
  3. Effective Coaching Tools
  4. Becoming a Client Magnet
  5. Masterful Coaching Sessions

Click here to see the full course outline detailing what you can expect in each week of your training.

Course Curriculum 


Your course text and curriculum for the Certified Coach Program are unparalleled in the industry. You receive the newly revised and expanded edition of the Coach Training Accelerator™. This best-selling multimedia program includes 346 pages of online training materials and coaching resources.

Plus, more than 8 hours of audio tutorials that you can listen to. Also included are 5 full-length, true-to-life coaching sessions with five different coaches, real clients and tough topics. The supporting materials included in this package are so extensive they require a full website just by themselves.

Learn more about the Coach Training Accelerator™ here.

Learning Model

Coach Training Alliance utilizes the LearnMore System™ which enables you to fully experience your knowledge. It is an opportunity to know experientially what you already know conceptually. The system incorporates the Four Pillars of Wisdom™ approach and the Circle of Learning™ methodology. We firmly believe learning does not take place in a box called a classroom or in a hotel conference room.

We learn more, we learn better, and we learn faster by doing and by being actively involved.

Learning flourishes in real-world contexts that are out-of-the-box.


Life Coach Certification Cost

The program investment of $4,339 tuition includes everything you need to graduate and become a certified coach.

A far cry from other certifications averaging over $14,000, there's also no cost for additional books or course software. It’s all included in the Coach Certified Program. Your course fee is payable in full or in three, seven or nine parts.

The first payment is processed upon enrolling. The next payment will be processed in the 30 days following and the remaining payment(s) processed every 30 days thereafter.

Upon graduation, you will receive your Graduate Certificate ready for printing and framing. You’ll also be given your official CTA Certified Coach insignia for use on your website, emails, business cards and other marketing collateral.

You will also gain FREE access to the Coach Training Alliance Coaches and Mentors Certified Life Coach Directory website so you can list your practice and start promoting and growing your coaching business right away!


Current Classes

Spring Has Sprung! Enroll in any May class and use the code SPRINGSAVINGS to unlock $700 off your tuition!

David Krueger, M.D.

Dean of Curriculum 
and CTA Mentor Coach

Tues June 4 @ 1:00 pm

Rebecca Brown

Certified Coach
and CTA Mentor Coach

Wed June 12 @ 7:00 pm

Cody Williams

Certified Coach
and CTA Mentor Coach

Wed June 19 @ 10:00 am

Self Study

Each week you encounter Action Challenges that move you forward, just when you need them. Our dedication to providing the best of coach training has enabled us to develop “just-in-time” learning models specifically designed for new coaches.

“The part of the course I like the best and that is helping me build my practice the most, so far, is the course software. It is very well done and useful. I like the examples, resources, sample brochures, etc.”

Gail Mason Marietta, GA

Observation and Critique

You hear feedback and recommendations from the Mentor Coach throughout the program. After you complete your certification requirements, at the finish of your training, you receive an honest, formal critique.

“I expected support and encouragement, but not at this high level. It has been very rewarding.”

Ann Backes Grand Rapids MI



Certified Coach Program is approved by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) for 60 student contact learning hours (60 education hours) and spans a total of 75 hours of total training that also includes the business and marketing components of a successful practice. Graduation from the Certified Coach Program meets ICF’s education requirements for 60 initial student contact learning hours.  This class is part of the Coach Training Alliance Level 1 program.

Coach Training Alliance is an Accredited Level 1 School. The Level 1 designation is awarded to schools and programs that meet professional standards established by the ICF and provide a comprehensive training program that meets all of the credentialing application requirements.

ICF Requirements for ACC credentialing: initial instruction (60 hours), observed coaching sessions (5), working with a mentor (10 hours), documenting experience (100 hours) and completing a final performance evaluation.  CTA’s Certified Coach Program successfully meets the requirements by ICF for initial contact learning hours (60 hours education) and is part of Coach Training Alliance’s comprehensive and ICF approved Level 1 Program.

Click here to learn more about CTA’s Level 1 Program

Approval and designation as a Level 1 School does not warrant or guarantee the effectiveness of the training or the student’s ability to build a successful coaching practice.

Code of Ethics

The International Coach Federation and Coach Training Alliance adhere to a form of coaching that honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work, believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
  • Encourage client self-discovery
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable

View the full ICF Code of Ethics here.

Graduation Requirements

  • Attendance in the Becoming a Coach orientation sessions
  • Active participation in -at least- 10 of 12 Group Mentoring sessions
  • Satisfactory participation in -at least- 8 of 10 Coach the Coach sessions
  • Reading and implementation of the Coach Training Accelerator™ text as assigned in the Syllabus
  • Completion of -at least- 80% of the assignments listed in the Syllabus
  • Completion of a minimum of 20 sample sessions
  • Passing the Written Exam and Final Critique Coaching a minimum of two full fee clients

You’re Official!

Upon successful completion of the program you receive your certificate ready for printing and framing. You’ll also be given your official CTA Certified Coach insignia in various formats for use on your website, emails, business cards and stationery.

As soon as you’re certified through CTA, we begin promoting your new coaching practice.

You gain free access to the Coaches and Mentors site. You’ll create your own personalized listing in the Certified Life Coach Directory.

“I just gained a new client! They found my listing in the Life Coach Directory. Thanks for providing this service to your certified graduates.”
Carl Reichanadter Elkhart, Indiana


The course registration fee guarantees your spot in the class. Following registration, you may not transfer classes. You may cancel without penalty if request is received at least 14 days before the course begins. If you cancel 14 days prior to the course start date, we’ll refund the tuition paid. No refunds are made after class begins. Requests must be made in writing, postmarked and mailed to:

Mailing Address:

Coach Training Alliance

217 West Olive St.

Ft. Collins, CO 80521.

ICF Approved Coach Training

Tax Deductible Keep your receipt. In the USA, all expenses of continuing education undertaken to maintain and improve business and professional skills are tax deductible. (Treas. Reg. 1-162-5). Please contact your tax consultant for further information. Accrediting organization is not recognized by the US Department of Education. Coach Training Alliance is a professional skills training organization.