Our transformative Professional Coaching for Life and Work Certificate Program prepares you to become certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF)--the only globally-recognized credential program for coaches. Whether self-employed or internal to public or private organizations, professional coaches possess the skills to make a visible, meaningful impact on the lives of others. Our program features:
- MCC- and PCC-Credentialed Coaches as Instructors--Engaged working professionals will teach you to develop and maintain coaching relationships
- Exceptional Networking Opportunities--Interaction with faculty and a cohort of professional peers broadens and enriches the learning experience and career prospects
- Real-World, Hands-On Learning--Class work, case studies and an assignment as a student coach offer relevant, dynamic and relational learning opportunities
- ICF Accredited--Knowledge to apply for certification first as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and then a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the ICF
- High Standards of UC Davis--Rigorous and rewarding program will put you at the forefront of this expanding field
- Related article: Career Outlook: Professional Coaching
We offer this five-month program twice a year, with starts in the winter and summer.
Courses take place generally every-other week on Fridays and Saturdays. This program is currently being offered remotely through Zoom.
This Accredited Coach Training Program is considered a pathway to ICF ACC certification and later PCC certification. Program features include 150 academic credit hours of coach specific training and mentor coaches who provide feedback on your coaching skill development to support you through your educational journey. UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education will provide you with non-paying clients to jumpstart the coaching experience and performance evaluation process.
Join us for a free information session to meet with the Professional Coaching for Life and Work Certificate Program faculty and staff. Enroll today!
- Opportunities for coaches exist as private practitioners and as coaches embedded in professional organizations. Many companies offer coaching as an employee benefit and/or train their leaders in coaching practices, including companies like Google.
- The 2020 ICF Global Coaching Study reports:
- Globally, it is estimated that there were approximately 71,000 coach practitioners in 2019, an increase of 33% on the 2015 estimate.
- The estimated global total revenue from coaching in 2019 was $2.849 billion U.S. dollars, representing a 21% increase over the 2015 estimate.
This program is by application only and requires:
- five years of professional work experience in any field,
- an interest in working with people and helping others, and
- a mindset that supports success in the program, including an openness to learning through feedback and self-examination.
- Coaching Essentials
- Core Competencies
- Coaching Mindset
- Coaching Conversations
- Coach Mastery
Academic Credit and Certification
Students who complete the certificate program are awarded 150 quarter hours (15 units) of academic credit. In addition, they will have the training and mentor hours needed to apply for ACC or PCC certification through the ICF—a global leader and resource for professional coaching. For more information, visit coachfederation.org/.
Cost of the program is $8,325, which includes tuition, books, course materials, ICF-certified mentors, volunteer clients, and a professional Zoom account to use while in the program.
Ready to advance your career? Pick the option that best suits your needs and your lifestyle:
- Submit an application above. When your application is submitted, you will be contacted by a program adviser who can answer any questions and give you information about admissions timelines and tuition payment.
- Sign up for an information session. Learn more about the program by enrolling in a free information session. If an information session for this program is not currently open for enrollment, click on “notify me,” and we’ll contact you when the next one becomes available.
Contact our Enrollment Coach. Our coach, Kristy Craig, is available for 30-minute appointments. She can speak with you about our program, answer your questions and help ensure it’s the right fit for your goals. Schedule your 30-minute conversation with Kristy.
You can also email us or call (530) 757-8777.