Certified Professional Life Coach

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Certified Professional Life Coach

About the Online Life Coach Training Course 

Become a Certified Life Coach

Life coaches provide expert guidance to help their clients establish and meet important goals. This 100% course will train you to work as a life coach and teach you how to launch your own coaching practice. You’ll learn the Core Competencies of the International Coach Federations (ICF) and become a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) upon course completion.

"The course helped me with my career journey! It was laid out in a methodical way and truly prepared me to work with clients. I was able to tailor the exercises to fit my practice clients and use that skill in my career." — Rosemarie A.

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Job Outlook for Life Coaches

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that in a professional survey, life coach practitioners reported “an average annual income from coaching of about $61,900.”
  • The BLS also noted that many life coaches often have another career, which informs their practice as a life coach. For example, an experienced business leader may have a coaching practice for clients who want to achieve specific career goals in addition to their primary job.
  • Payscale.com reports that the average fee for life coaches is $31.45 per hour. Experience life coaches can charge $150.00 and above per hour depending on their specialty.

Course Objectives

  • Earn a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) certification, issued through the International Association of Professional Recovery Coaches (IAPRC)
  • Learn strategies for applying the IAPRC Code of Ethics, ICF Core Competencies, and other coaching concepts
  • Build a foundation for coaching relationships using a formal coaching agreement
  • Develop an Envisioning Possibilities statement for your practice client
  • Establish your personal coaching presence, style, and communication system

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no specific prerequisites for taking this course.


Power of a professional code of ethics; coaching roles and personal qualities of outstanding coaches

Listening and building rapport; standards of practice and rules of engagement

Positive Psychology, three potentials and the coaching cycle; coaching conversation dynamics and ICF Core Competencies

Ethical guidelines, professional standards and establishing the coaching agreement; trust and intimacy, active listening and powerful questioning

Wellbeing: positive psychology evolves; the Johari Window, self-discovery and emotional intelligence 2.0

The bedrock of success: E+R=O; self-responsibility, self-esteem and the last resort in self-responsibility

Envision your ideal business, clarify your mission and begin with the end in mind; four strategies for going the distance and finding your niche

Six strengths to leverage your credibility and using your voice to define your expertise; strategic networking, marketing and promotion

Life Coaching FAQs

Life coaches help their clients identify a specific life or career goal, define the steps needed to achieve this goal and create a plan of action. Life coaches will also help clients identify strengths, weaknesses and obstacles that will impact their plan of action.

Most importantly, professional life coaching involves relationship building and trust. Life coaches must be able to forge a creative partnership with their clients to:

  • Identify and create a plan for what the client wants
  • Modify and build strategies to achieve a client’s goals
  • Encourage self-discovery, self-awareness and growth
  • Promote accountability and positive change

While therapists analyze a client’s past to help them understand their current behavior, life coaches identify obstacles that stop a client from achieving their goals and present strategies for getting past these obstacles.

Similar to the different between a life coach and a therapist, coaching is different than counseling because it focuses on goal setting and not mental health. Ultimately, both practices aim to help the client on a deeply personal level but take different approaches in doing so.

Training and certification helps you stand out to clients. Credentialing organizations like the International Association of Professional Recovery Coaches (IAPRC) and International Coach Federation (ICF) follow a standards of ethics that clients expect.


Jean LaCour 
Jean LaCour, Ph.D., is a Certified Prevention Professional, author, and a trainer with extensive experience in the addiction recovery field. She is the co-founder of the NET Training Institute Center for Addiction and Recovery Education, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit corporation offering online training in addiction counseling, peer specialist support, and recovery support services.

Registration and Enrollment

This course is 100% online. Start anytime. 

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