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1.0 Essential Coach Training

Course Description 

The 1.0 Essential Coach Training Course is a 26-session program and is ideal for those seeking a straight-forward experience of core coaching skills. Theoretically, 1.0 Essential Coach Training prepares you to coach anyone on any topic at any time. Yet the course assumes you know your client base best and empowers you to design your own unique coaching exercises to use with your clients. 

Throughout your training, you will: 

  • Learn foundational coaching skills, presented in a framework that allows flexibility for working in your niche. 
  • Discover ways to identify your niche audience and develop a trusted brand. 
  • Develop the confidence you need to become an effective and valuable coach. 

Course Format

The class will meet once a week for two hours, at your designated class time. Each class is broken into three main parts:

  1. Discussion: The first third of class includes an open discussion on the chapter you read to prepare for the course. Your trainer will answer questions and provide additional insight. 
  2. Demonstration: Your trainer will demonstrate how to use the tool or skill being discussed with a volunteer client from class. 
  3. Practice: The last portion of class is reserved for practice time, and you will be broken into pairs to practice the coaching tool or skill with a classmate. This section concludes with a reflection. 

Textbooks/PDFs Included

  • Essential Life Coach 1.0 Training Guide (1 hard copy provided as part of your training.) 
  • Optional: Build Your Life’s Work(book) by John Andrew Williams and Amois Marie Williams (May be purchased by emailing support@coachtrainingedu.com


There are four main components required for CTEDU certification: 

  1. Coach-Client Overviews: Coaches are required to submit three coaching recordings to their Coach Mentor for feedback and review. You must earn a score of 7 or higher on either the second or third overview to complete the course. 
  2. Course Attendance: Coaches must attend a minimum of 20 of the 24 scheduled training sessions (which does not include the Orientation or Introduction sessions). 
  3. Coaching Log: Coaches must accumulate a minimum of 10 coaching hours with at least one practice client throughout the coaching program. 
  4. Group Mentor Course: See additional courses below.

Additional Courses 

  1. Group Mentor Coaching: Group Mentor coaching is an 8-week course where you will receive direct feedback from a coach mentor and a group of peer coaches. This course completes the certification of the 1.0 program and, along with the three overview hours, satisfies the ICF requirement for ten coach mentor hours.
  2. 2.0 Advanced Coach Training: This course is packed with advanced coaching tools and skills and provides a plethora of research to help coaches build their credibility. This newly updated program is designed to up-level your coach training and bolster your coaching practice. 

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Week 2 Sample: Design the Alliance


  • Read Chapter 2 in the 1.0 Essential Coach Training Guide 
  • Listen to the recording Design the Coach-Client Alliance (7:05) 
  • Listen to the recording Logistics of a Safe Space (7:02) 
  • Listen to the recording Holding the Client’s Agenda (4:35) 
  • Listen to the recording Bottom Lining (4:02)


How was your week? What did you notice about level two listening? 


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

Practice Coaching 

The points to address for today’s one-to-one work are: 

  • Take a moment to design your alliance with your partner. Ask questions such as: 

- What are you hoping to learn from these practice sessions?

- What makes you feel more comfortable? 

- What makes you uncomfortable? 

- What are you most hopeful about? 

- What did you find helpful last coaching session? 

- If you were to give me guidelines on how to be the best coach for you, what would those guidelines be? 

  • Ask your client what they would like to focus on. 
  • Acknowledge them for some characteristic they demonstrated. 
  • Determine one small step they are going to take this week. 
  • Design a way to hold them accountable based on a designed alliance between coach and client. 

Simple, curious questions to consider: 

  • What would be helpful for you? 
  • How do you want me to be as a coach? 
  • What characteristic in yourself do you want to acknowledge? 
  • What characteristic do you see in yourself that you think often doesn’t get recognized? 
  • What do you really, really want to do in the next year? 
  • What one step could you take this week towards that goal? 
  • What is the bottom-line? 
  • What small step are you going to take? 
  • How do you want to hold yourself accountable?


Week 3 Sample: Coach the Client, Not the Problem


● Read Chapter 5 in the 1.0 Essential Coach Training Guide 4th Edition 

● Listen to the recording Two Kinds of Agendas: Coach the Client, Not the Problem (6:10)

● Listen to the recording Hold the Client’s Agenda (4:35)

● Listen to the recording Clearing (2:03)

● Listen to the recording Intuition (4:56)


What would you like to acknowledge about yourself this past week? 


Practice Coaching 

The points to address for today’s one-to-one work are: 

  • Take a few minutes to design the alliance with your client. Ask simple, curious questions such as: What do you hope to get out of the practice coaching sessions? What would make you most comfortable to jump into these sessions? Anything that you’d like me to know about you, your life? 
  • Ask your client if there’s anything that they would like to clear. 

- If so, set a time limit and let them rip into it. 

  • Next, move into generating a positive agenda. 
  • Clarify the smaller agenda (the details, actual action steps) versus the larger agenda (what your client is learning about him or herself; your client’s personal growth).
  • Help your client make a distinction between the larger agenda and the smaller agenda. 
  • Design an action step that makes sense given what you coached around. 

Simple, curious questions to use in your practice session:

  • What would you like to clear? 
  • What difference do you notice before and after your rant? 
  • How do you turn off a rant in your head on your own? 
  • What’s the best part of clearing? What’s the worst part of clearing? 
  • What do you want to focus on today? 
  • What has been on your mind lately? 
  • What are you learning about yourself in this situation? 
  • What do you hope to learn? 
  • What strengths are you discovering? 
  • What strengths do you want to discover? 
  • What’s most important to you about this?



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