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Foundational Life Coaching

Course Description 

This 8-week course offers 16 ICF coach training hours in the foundational skills of the coaching profession. This course is ideal for people who are seeking to start in a new profession and want to determine if coaching is the right path for them. It can also be taken as a refresher course and satisfy ICF CCE units. 

Throughout your training, you will: 

  • Have access to print materials and our coach portal with additional resources. 
  • Learn the foundational skills of coaching, such as powerful questions, levels of listening, and designing an alliance. 

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

Foundations Life Coach Training Guide 


To receive course credit, coaches must attend all eight classes. Upon completion of your training, you will receive an official letter of completion from Coach Training EDU.

The Core Life Coach Training course is officially 16 hours of coach training within an ICF-Accredited Coach Training Program. Add these hours to any other training hours accumulated and apply for certification with the International Coach Federation.

Additional Courses 

  1. 1.0 Coach Training: CTEDU offers four 1.0 coach training courses, each designed with a different specialization. 
  • Essential Coaching: This program is for people who are looking for a more generalized coaching education. 
  • Academic Coaching: This program is crafted for people who want to work with high school and college students. 
  • Wellness Coaching: This program is designed for people who want to help clients thrive and flourish from a health and wellness perspective. 
  • Executive Coaching: This program is ideal for people who want to work with business leaders, entrepreneurs, and folks in job transitions. 

2. 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.

3. 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 1 Sample: Orientation and Foundation


  • Read Chapter 1 in the Foundations Life Coach Training Guide 
  • Listen to the recording Structured Improvisation (4:06) 
  • Listen to the recording Levels of  Listening (5:44) 
  • Listen to the recording Powerful Questions (13:46) 
  • Optional: Listen to the recording Optional Demo: Powerful  Questions (3:40)


We usually do a check-in before each call. Depending on the time (and if we’re ahead or behind schedule), check-ins may be a minute or two per person, just two words, or even a haiku. Today’s check-in will be an introduction of each of us, so please take two minutes to tell the group: 

  • About your background. 
  • Why you’re interested in becoming a life coach.
  • If you were a vegetable or fruit, which one would you be and why? 

Practice Coaching 

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

  • Level two listening. Practice recovering back to level two when you notice that you’ve slipped back into level one. Slipping back will happen. It’s part of human nature. The key is to notice and recover back to level two. 
  • Stay in the moment with your client. When your client reaches a natural stopping point, pause. Allow yourself the space to listen closely to your client, then think of a simple, curious question after your client has spoken. 
  • Ask three or more simple, curious questions. 

Examples of simple, curious questions: 

  • What is most important to you? 
  • What do you really want in your life? 
  • What are the most important things that you’ve learned about yourself? 
  • What qualities do you like best/least about yourself? 
  • What’s been the top three highlights of your past year/month/day? 
  • What is your favorite time of day? 
  • In the next year, what are you most looking forward to? 
  • In this course, what are you hoping you will learn? 
  • How will you know that you’re successful? 



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