Explore our program orientation videos & frequently asked questions

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An overview of our signature ICF Accredited Level 2 Professional Whole Person Certified Coach (WPCC) program. You’ll see the big picture as well as our “milestone” certifications for those seeking to get started as a coach!

This video covers…
00:00   Welcome!
01:06   Types of Certifications & Credentials
02:00  Whole Person Coach Certifications
04:49  ICF Credentialing Programs
08:20  Board Certified Coach Programs
10:39   Coach Training Course Descriptions
16:05   Bonus Courses
17:30   CoachPreneur Academy Brief Overview

This video covers…
00:00   Welcome
00:40   The International Coach Federation (ICF)
05:00   How does the ICF rank coach training programs?
05:23    Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)
06:09   Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH)
07:02   Continuing Coach Education
07:20   ICF Coaching Credentials (for coaches)
07:50   ICF Requirements for Coaching Certifications
09:55   ICF Mentor Coaching
10:23    ICF Coaching Experience Hours
11:23     ICF Performance Exam & Evaluations
12:19     ICF Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA)
12:58    ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC) Requirements
14:19    ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) Requirements
15:44   ICF Master Certified Coach (PCC) Requirements
16:49   Frequently Asked Questions

Get detailed information on our ICF Accredited & Board Certified Coach training programs.

Program Logistics

How much does it cost to get certified? Any hidden costs?

Depending on the coach training and certification program you are considering, you can expect to invest between $3250 and $7550.

Our programs are all-inclusive. Your tuition covers everything you need to start working as a coach and get certified by CTW and apply for your ICF credentials.

This includes your own personal coach, all training manuals, coaching contracts, self-assessment tools and other coaching tools. You’ll also receive lifetime access to all of your courses and recordings and our year-round ThriveMastery Learning Community & Coaches Corner programs. (FOR FREE)

The only cost that is NOT included is the fee that the International Coach Federation will charge for you to take their exam. This fee is around $300.

To see our current pricing go here.

Is your program available online, in-person, or through self-study?

Yes, we offer our program 100% online (live or self-study) and in-person for our Summer Fast Track program. Please read details below.

Attending via Zoom (Online Live)

So what’s it like to train online for three days? As any of our graduates will tell you: it’s convenient, comfortable and immersive. Our Virtual Intensives are highly interactive. Expect a comprehensive mix of education on all the essentials and coaching competencies. These are combined with active participation in demos, group discussions and practice sessions.

Attending our Summer Fast Track (In-Person)

Attending the Summer Fast Track program in person is an exhilarating experience, offering dynamic, hands-on learning and direct interaction with inspiring coaches and peers. The lively atmosphere and real-time collaboration make it not only an educational journey but also a fun and engaging adventure. This program is offered once a year in July in Portland, OR USA.

Attending via Self-Study

You can work through the full program self-study if you apply for a certificate from Coach Training World. You may also attend entirely via self-study if you are working toward a Board Certified Coach (BCC) certification from the Center for Credentialing Education. However, if you plan to pursue a credential from the ICF, you must attend the better portion of our live training intensives live due to ICF requirements. You may do this 100% online via Zoom.conference or in-person.

Are there specific start dates? Times?

Yes. Our programs run 4-6x a year. Start immediately upon enrollment with your on-demand courses. You can choose and start coaching with your own personal success coach.

During enrollment you’ll schedule your live intensives in order:

  1. WPC Professional Coaching Essentials (Self-Study)
  2. INSIGHT: WPC Coaching Starter Kit (Self-Study or 1-Day Live via Zoom)
  3. IMPACT: Revolutionary Relationships
  4. IGNITE: Catalytic Communication
  5. INTEGRAL: Science & Psychology of WPC (Self-Study)
  6. INTEGRATE: Holistic Tools for Change
  7. INNOVATE: Holistic Change Mastery
View upcoming training dates here: Training Dates
Most courses start at 8a (Pacific) – 4-6 hours/day
What if I have a schedule conflict with a course?

From time to time, we all have unavoidable scheduling conflicts or find ourselves a little under the weather. All of our sessions are recorded, enabling you to take part live or at a time that’s more convenient for you.

Audio files of our calls are uploaded to the web and available for on-demand streaming. This ensures that you’ll never miss out or fall behind. Please note: if you are applying for your ICF credential and know that you are going to miss more than a couple hours of training, Contact Us for your options.

How long does it take to become a certified coach?

It depends on the certification you are pursuing.

You can earn your CORE: Certification in 2-3 months. From here you can complete the requirements for your ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential in an additional 3 months.  So a total of 5-6 months to apply for your ICF ACC.

Most students complete our signature ICF Level 2 Whole Person Certified Coach program in 6-10 months. 

The duration of time varies based on how fast you schedule your coach training intensives and 3-month ICF Credentialing Process course.

Our fast track program allows you to expedite your training with a week-long intensive. Attendees in this track typically complete the full program within 3-6 months.

What is the time commitment for the program?

That all depends on you! On average, our students report that they spend 3 to 5 hours a week completing their program and ICF requirements.

Unlike a university or community college, most of this time is spent at your convenience. Whenever you can fit the training into your schedule, it’s there waiting for you.

Please note that you have up to 2 years to complete your coursework.

How long before I can start coaching?

While we encourage our students to start practicing coaching from day 1 of their training, it’s really up to you when you decide to officially coach for money.  We’ve had students who’ve charged $200/session right after their first training and others who offered a “student rate” until they felt comfortable. Our mission is to be with you every step of the way to help you become both a competent and confident coach. From this place, you’ll feel comfortable asking for what you are worth as you’ll be offering your best to your clients!

Do you offer continuing education courses?

Yes, we do. You can take ANY of our Whole Person Certified Coach training courses ala carte for ICF CCE’s and or our Trauma Informed Certified Coach program. 

With these options you can earn anywhere from 7 to 24 ICF Core Competency CCE’s.  Note some of our course also have Resource CCEs as well.

About Our School

Is Coach Training World ICF Accredited? YES!

Yes, our Whole Person Certified Coach (WPCC) programs are fully accredited. We offer Level 1, Level 2 and CCE Accredited Coach Training Programs (ACTP)  with the International Coach Federation (ICF).

We are also accredited by the Center for Credentialing Education for the Board Certified Coach.

How long as Coach Training World been around?

Our Whole Person Certified Coach program was initially delivered within the corporate arena in 2002. Back then, we were known as Baraka Institute: Coaching & Leadership Development.

Originally intended to boost the outcomes of leaders and employees alike, we quickly noticed the wide impact – personal as well as professional – that our methodology had on the lives of our business clients.

So in 2005, we opened our doors to the general public, offering our first 6-month certification program: Whole Person Design Coaching.

We continued to work with business leaders and organizations. At the same time, we saw an opportunity to create a global force of changemakers by offering the advanced skills that would allow anyone to work with the whole person.

Today we operate as Coach Training World (CTW) and serve an international network of influencers and changemakers. These are individuals like you – people who want to effect holistic, sustainable change by building on their unique skills and experience.

What makes CTW different from the thousands of other programs?

With so many coach training programs out there today, it’s hard to know what to choose. 

Here, you’ll not only learn how to work with the Whole Person (mental, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual) with our multi-modality Whole Person Coaching method, but you’ll also be empowered to create a signature coaching approach.

This enables you to specialize in a niche that allows you to infuse your experience, knowledge, and expertise into a stand-out coaching approach to generate the results your clients expect.

Unlike most schools, we are a start-to-success program and are with you long after you become certified to ensure you are able to reach your ultimate goals of helping others in a career or business of your choice.

Our global community is diverse and deeply welcoming, offering continuous support and opportunities for growth.

At Coach Training World, you become part of a network of like-minded professionals dedicated to making a meaningful impact. Together, we cultivate an environment where you can thrive, innovate, and achieve lasting success in your coaching journey. Join us, and let’s transform lives together.

Every year we ask our graduates why they chose us and whether we delivered on their expectations. The latter answer is always a resounding yes!

What do they love most?

  • Holistic coaching method that allows them to contribute their experience, knowledge, and skills to craft a signature coaching style.
  • Global community of like-hearted individuals who offer a treasure-trove of diverse knowledge and support.
  • Our deep love and integration of science and psychology into our programs. It’s an evidence-based approach that ensures our coaches help others safely, effectively, and sustainably.
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset. We are the only school that has its own business and marketing program, created exclusively for coaches by coaches.
  • Ongoing upgrades to content and curriculum, as well as frequent new opportunities for free trainings and continuing education units (CEUs).
  • Long-term support. Yes, our students stick around because we’re always here (and happy) to help.
  • Flexible, affordable programs tailormade to your vision and goals, launching you to become the successful coach you are meant to be.Our mission is your success. But don’t take our word for it. Hear what others have to say.

About Our Programs

What is the difference between your Coaching Certifications?

To better meet the various needs of our global student base we offer three different types of certification pathways:

  • Coach Training World (CTW) Certifications
  • International Coach Federation (ICF) ACC/PCC/MCC Certifications*
  • Center for Credentialing Education’s BCC Certification*

*Require CTW certification, before you can complete your ICF certification or BCC requirements. 

Coach Training World Certification:

Choose from our CORE: Certification to get started in the coaching profession. If you are committed and want to become a highly skillful and confident coach, you’ll want to pursue our SIGNATURE: Certification.

ICF Credentials (ACC/PCC)

Upgrade your CORE or SIGNATURE Certification training with our ICF Credentialing Process and you can pursue your ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC) or Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential with the International Coach Federation.

BCC Certification

For those in with advanced degrees in psychology or similar professions you can earn your Board Certified Coach designation with either our 30-hour or 60-hour BCC Coach Training.

Will I be able to coach groups and create my own coaching programs?

Our INSPIRE and INVENT programs facilitate your aspirations, creativity, and vision when seeking to amplify your income and influence in innovative, niche-specific ways.

Do you offer Continuing Education Credits?

Yes, we do! Our Master Class Series is set to resume in 2021. It allows you to enrich your services with a variety of coaching processes, tools, and the latest developments and techniques rooted in science and leading communication processes.

Can I earn my ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC)

Our Master Class Series allows you to earn the remaining 75 credits and apply them toward becoming a Master Credentialed Coach.

About Whole Person Coaching Methodology

What is Whole Person Coaching?

Whole Person Coaching® is a holistic transformational learning process. Employing this multi-modality approach you are well-equipped to assist your clients to mastermind life transitions, manifesting anything (and everything) they desire.

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What niche can I specialize in with this method?
Our holistic coaching method instills within you a proven process. This includes hundreds of tools and techniques as well as the confidence and competence to evoke change your way.

Your learning journey starts with Discover You in which you create your self-defined niche. From there, you’ll further customize the way you support your clients through your own signature solution.

Our graduates run the gamut between executive coaching and life coaching with emphases that include career, spiritual, and everything in between. At Coach Training World, we champion you to bring your whole self into your work (and the world). Because you should never be limited in who and how you serve!

Why would I choose Whole Person Coaching over another method?
Unlike standardized or generic coaching programs, Whole Person Coaching is a highly creative process you customize to meet your clients’ specific, individual needs. This enables you to generate the results they came to you for and impact their lives in holistic ways that have proven to be exponential.

“Relationship” is at the heart of our method. It’s a relationship you co-evolve with your clients in which both of you bring your best and whole selves to effectively work toward your client’s established goals.

“Evoke Change Your Way”
Whole Person Coaching allows you to evoke change your way by working with the whole person and contributing your best. Begin with a self-defined niche and create your own signature coaching style. In the end, you’ll love your work and stand out as the one-of-a-kind coach you are!

What science and psychology contribute to Whole Person Coaching?

After 20 years in the business of change, one thing is certain: a coach’s toolkit is never complete. That’s why we pride ourselves on integrating the best from neuroscience and psychology. This includes the latest developments as well as proven understandings related to brain function, relationships, and individual behavior.

Our programs are rooted in the following disciplines:
• Mindfulness
• Positive Psychology
• Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP)
• Narrative Psychology
• Emotional Intelligence (EI)
• Whole Person Learning
• Meta-Learning
• Somatic Psychology
• Archetypal Psychology
• Expressive Arts
• Developmental Psychology
• Adult Attachment Theory
• Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)

Learn more about these disciplines here.

How do I choose the best coach training program for me?

One of the easiest ways to figure out which coach training program will be best for you is to ask yourself: what is most important to you!
If credibility is paramount to you and your ideal clients, you might consider pursuing an ICF credential. This option allows you to learn our holistic coaching method then backs your training with the extra assurance of the global leader in coaching accreditation.

Choose from the following options:

  • Our ICF Associate Certification includes our Core Certification plus the additional requirements necessary to apply for your ICF ACC via the International Coach Federation’s ACSTH pathway.

    This pathway is ideal if you are seeking to enter the field backed by professional training. It also applies to organizations ready to leverage coaching internally to bolster employee effectiveness and cultivate a coaching culture.

    If you are an existing coach looking to add an ICF credential into your resume, this is the fastest way to build your credibility while gaining the fundamental skills and knowledge to work with the whole person. This track is also appropriate as an entry-level, budget-friendly option.

  • Our ICF Professional Certification includes our Signature Whole Person Certified Coach program plus the ability to earn your ICF ACC and ICF PCC via the ICF’s ACTP pathway. This option also includes our INFUSE: Live Your Brilliance course as a bonus ($1,997 value). INFUSE teaches you how to start marketing your coaching services effectively and build a sustainable business model.

    This pathway is ideal if you want to start your career or business with enhanced credibility as an ICF Professionally Certified Coach. Organizations and internal coaches wanting to address the real and often challenging barriers to success also benefit from this track.

    Tools and methodologies offer potential resolutions for issues that include conflict, self-sabotaging behaviors, limited mindsets, emotional intelligence, and other common stumbling blocks to personal and professional effectiveness and success.

  • Our Advanced Coach Training certification includes the second half of our Signature Whole Person Certified Coach program. If you are a coach who has already earned your ICF ACC or attended a 60-hour coach training, this 65-hour certification was created especially for you. It enables you to advance to the Professional Certified Coach credential (PCC) while learning our holistic Whole Person Coaching method.

Do you have an advanced degree? Want to add coaching into your services faster and more cost-effectively?
You might benefit from earning your Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential. These credentials are offered by the Center for Credentialing & Education. They are notable for their ability to enhance your services when your discipline is similar to or may be complemented by the coaching process.

Don’t need an ICF credential right now?
Then consider our Whole Person Certification programs. Since 2005, we have offered our holistic coaching method to professionals, practitioners, and more than a few lifelong learners. Our Whole Person Certified Coach programs are the foundation trainings included in the credentials detailed above.


Tuition & Payment Plans

Are there additional expenses that I should know about?

No. Our coach training programs are all-inclusive with the exception of any membership or final exam fees that the International Coach Federation requires.

These fees may range from $100 to $750 based on the pathway you choose to apply with at the ICF website, and whether or not you are an ICF member.

Upon enrollment of our coach training program, you can become an ICF member.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We are able to process payment as follows:

  • Credit Card:  Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, and Discover
  • Check: Personal or Business Checks
  • Money Orders
  • PayPal & PayPal Credit
  • Direct Transfer (International too)
Can I upgrade from one certification to another?

Yes, you can. If you decide to upgrade while still in the coach training portion of your program, we will apply the tuition you paid for your first certification toward another higher level certification. Please note there is a $200 upgrade fee if you choose to upgrade after you complete a program. Please contact us for full details.

Do you offer group discounts?

Yes. We provide discounts for groups of three people or more. Contact us for details.

Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?

Other than split-pay, we do not offer any additional financing options, such as financial aid or scholarships, at this time. Because of the deep value we’re committed to providing, we keep our school small. This enables us to provide the highest level of professional coach training and business mentoring possible.
In this program, you won’t be swimming in a sea of thousands but rather engaging and learning alongside a select group of others who are deeply devoted to developing a highly successful business of their own. Also, we have discovered that when someone invests in their development, they are positioning themselves for success. This is one of the lessons you’ll learn to do strategically and effectively in this program. In turn, you’ll be using this same philosophy to ask your clients to invest in your services and programs. It’s worth noting that many people earn back their tuition within the first year. Some even earn 10 times their tuition (or more). The results are different for each attendee. And those who are committed to do what it takes, do succeed.

Student & Graduate Support

Will I get support obtaining my ICF Coaching Experience Hours?
Yes. We have multiple ways in which we support our students as they work to fulfill their coaching experience hours. This includes individual clients and peer-to-peer in additions to other options.
Will you help me prepare for my ICF and/or BCC exams?
Yes, we do! Plus, our ICF program enrollees have access to a special digital course that prepares them for the CKA exam. And for our BCC students, we happily share exactly what you should study inside and outside of class to prepare.
Do you help students get clients?

Yes we do!

Our ThriveMastery Learning Community program offers ongoing free training on how to get clients. From writing a killer bio that magnetizes clients to you, to authentic enrollment conversations that turn prospects into paying clients, we’ve got you covered. We also help you uncover opportunities with coaching firms and in-house positions.

In addition, we showcase our graduates and offer a free listing in our coaching directory. And this is just the beginning of what we do—your success is our mission. Join us, and let’s build a thriving coaching practice together.

Will you help me prepare for my ICF and/or BCC exams?
Yes, we do! Plus, our ICF program enrollees have access to a special digital course that prepares them for the CKA exam. And for our BCC students, we happily share exactly what you should study inside and outside of class to prepare.
What happens after I graduate?

The door never closes here at CTW. Continue your learning journey with our free monthly Global Coaches Connect program. This gives you ongoing access to additional training, masterminds, and global networking opportunities. You can also participate in our Coaching Corner and receive advanced support for challenging coaching contexts and marketing issues!

Business Growth & Development

What is the CoachPreneur Academy?

The CoachPreneur Academy is our business incubator. Designed by coaches exclusively for coaches, you won’t find another business training program like this anywhere else.

You learn the A to Z of getting clients and establishing a successful, sustaining coaching business. We walk you through every step of the setup process, from creating your niche to enrolling clients.

Designed around convenience and simplicity, the CoachPreneur Academy is a mix of digital courses, business buddy groups, and small group mentoring. This makes it perfect for introverts and extroverts alike.

The goal of the CoachPreneur Academy is simple: to help you find and book your ideal clients by being who you are… individual, authentic, and whole.  Learn more


What is the success rate of your students?
You might see websites that claim X% of their students make “X” amount of money. The truth is: success is defined by the individual. Those who are devoted and willing to do the work necessary to launch their business will prosper. Those who are already entrepreneurs are further down the road – they’ve learned some skills – and so can you. With your devotion and the right support, it’s 100% possible, and that’s where we’d like to help you.  If you are serious about starting your own business, you’ll love our CoachPreneur Academy. We can’t guarantee your success. But we can promise to give you what you need to pursue success, as you define it, in the most efficient, strategic and cost-effective way possible. With hard work and creativity, you’ll be amazed how far you can go. For examples of our past graduates, please view our success stories distributed through out our website.
Can I really make good money as a coach?
There seems to be a “belief” that coaching work or doing good for others doesn’t pay well. That simply isn’t true. While some of our graduates are making 6-figures annually, it’s up to you to decide how much you’ll make. We can’t promise you a certain income – no school should. But we do give you the training and business support you need to be successful. You really can make money doing what you love.