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Certified Professional Coach Program

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Help others see new perspectives and increase satisfaction in their professional and personal relationships as a Certified Professional Coach from UW–Madison.


Is this program right for you?

The coaching industry continues to grow; the International Coaching Federation (ICF) estimates the field generates about $2 billion in revenue per year. The Certified Professional Coach Program from UW–Madison is a high-quality credential that will put you on a path to a rewarding career.

Students in the program are a combination of practicing coaches who want to take their skills to a higher level, professionals preparing for a second career, and corporate, nonprofit leaders, and human resources professionals who want to take bring a coaching culture to their workplace.

This program is an Accredited Coaching Training Program (ACTP) through the International Coach Federation (ICF). As a graduate of this all-inclusive training program, you may apply for credentials such as the Associated Certified Coach (ACC) and the Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

With the Certified Professional Coach Program, you can accelerate your career while making a difference in people’s lives.

The Certified Professional Coach Program is the Midwest’s only academic ICF-accredited program. This 100% virtual program is ideal for busy working professionals.

Is this program right for you?

The coaching industry continues to grow; the International Coaching Federation (ICF) estimates the field generates about $2 billion in revenue per year. The Certified Professional Coach Program from UW–Madison is a high-quality credential that will put you on a path to a rewarding career.

Students in the program are a combination of practicing coaches who want to take their skills to a higher level, professionals preparing for a second career, and corporate, nonprofit leaders, and human resources professionals who want to take bring a coaching culture to their workplace.

This program is an Accredited Coaching Training Program (ACTP) through the International Coach Federation (ICF). As a graduate of this all-inclusive training program, you may apply for credentials such as the Associated Certified Coach (ACC) and the Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

With the Certified Professional Coach Program, you can accelerate your career while making a difference in people’s lives.

The Certified Professional Coach Program is the Midwest’s only academic ICF-accredited program. This 100% virtual program is ideal for busy working professionals.

Registration information

All applicants are encouraged to have a Bachelor’s degree (minimum) from an accredited college or university (no specific undergraduate major is required) and be willing to engage in reflection and self-examination as well as be open to feedback.
 

What you will learn

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the art and science of coaching and core competencies through the Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP).
  • Develop the knowledge, abilities, and skills to coach with confidence, and practice the dynamic coaching relationship.

How you'll learn

Over a 10-month period, students participate in virtual classes via Zoom. Curriculum includes:

  • Virtual classes that meet 5 times a day for 2 days each (10 total days);
  • Virtual hands-on learning workshops that meet seven times over the course of the year from 9-12 each time (total 7 half-days);
  • Six two hour mentoring sessions;
  • Approximately 15 hours per week outside of class on readings, coaching with clients, and other assignments;
  • Online learning platform;
  • Written exam, oral exam, and Wisconsin Idea Project.

Sample curriculum

  • Module 1: Coaching Fundamentals: Setting the Foundation
  • Module 2: Coaching Presence: Developing an Inside-Out Perspective
  • Module 3: Co-Creating a Coaching Relationship: Learning Best Practices
  • Module 4: Forwarding the Action: Facilitating Learning and Results
  • Module 5: Integration: Bringing it All Together
  • Mentoring: Increasing Your Impact Through Experience
  • Coaching Ethics: Understanding ICF Ethical Guidelines
  • Skill Development: Coaching and the ICF Core Competencies

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