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Become an ICF-certified coach

Next cohort begins January 26, 2024

The 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.

Program at a Glance

  • Complete in five months
  • Online
  • $9,500
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Who is This Program For?

Professional coach training is applicable to all industries and a variety of roles:

  • HR professionals and internal coaches at public or private organizations
  • Self-employed coaches who are interested in gaining their ICF-certification and elevating their coaching practice
  • Managers at all levels and those wishing to expand their leadership roles
  • Career changers

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What You'll Get

  • 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--Level 2 accreditation is designated to qualify for ACC or PCC accreditation
  • High Standards of UC Davis--Rigorous and rewarding program will put you at the forefront of this expanding field

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The Professional Coaching for Life and Work Certificate Program is approved as a Level 2 ICF-Accredited Coaching Education program, making it a pathway to the PCC credential. Program features include:

  • 150 academic credit hours of coach-specific training
  • Mentor coaches who provide feedback on your coaching skill development
  • Non-paying clients to jumpstart the coaching experience and performance evaluation process

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What Our Students Say


Amy Shuman

“Whether you’ve been coaching for a year or two or you just have a passion for helping people, I would absolutely recommend this program. It’s a great way to learn the core competencies and to get practice.”

– Amy Shuman, workforce development director, UC Davis


Ray Weaver

“As a 30-year Air Force veteran, I understand the importance of life-long learning. I chose to enroll in the Professional Coaching for Life and Work Certificate Program to improve my skills and make myself more marketable as I sought new opportunities. It led to my opening a successful business venture and aided in my transition from military to civilian life and work.”

– Ray Weaver, owner and CEO, ABOGE Coaching and Consulting

Designed and Directed by Top Professionals


Executive coach and management consultant Carole Bennett, MBA, PCC, specializes in Management and Employee Development for Sutter Health University. In her private practice, she focuses on partnering with leaders to realize their personal and professional possibilities, concentrating on integrative leadership and whole person development.

Carole Bennett


Michelle Payne, MCC, is recognized as a leader in her field with more than 10,000 hours of experience coaching leaders. She is in the top 1 percent of the coaching profession, and has had the honor of sitting on the Global board for the International Coach Federation and been an assessor for the ICF since 2006. As an internationally-recognized business adviser, Payne turned to coaching after a decade of executive leadership in the retail industry. She is a leader in not only the business world, but also the coaching industry.

Michelle Payne



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