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Core Essentials

Coach U’s Core Essentials (Phase 1)
is an ICF Accredited Coaching
Education Track


"Coach U’s Core Essentials meets the theory (academic) requirements for the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) certification through the International Coaching Federation."

Coach U’s International Coaching Federation’s (ICF) approved coaching education track begins with our 77-hour Core Essentials.  Core Essentials offers foundational and intermediate courses to develop core coaching competency at the ICF’s Associate Certified Coach level (ACC), knowledge in developing a coaching business, and personal development for sustainable success in coaching.

These skills are essential for coaches providing individual and/or organizational coaching services. These programs, enhanced with invaluable practice and project labs, have been carefully designed to teach you core coaching skills, deepen your personal foundation and learn practical practice development skills as efficiently and conveniently as possible.

Our 77-hour professional coach training program is for:

  • People who are looking for fundamental core courses in coach training.
  • Coaches looking to blend the Coach U approach with other training programs.
  • Individuals who are interested in developing coaching skills to incorporate into other positions or professions.
  • People who intend to become well-trained and masterful credentialed coaches.

Once all program requirements have been satisfactorily fulfilled, coaches may apply for certification and/or continue on to Coach U’s Phase 2: Professional Essentials.

Phase 1: Core Essentials is offered in two formats: either as a self-paced learning program, the Core Essentials (CE) detailed below, or as an intensive 6-day program, the Core Essentials Fast Track Program (CEFT).

Core Essentials (CE) – Distance Learning

The CE is a facilitated Zoom-based program. You could begin taking courses in this program now from the comfort of your own home or office.

After enrolling in the CE you will have access to our core materials as well as 100’s of PDF resources available throughout the program in the student area of the website.

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  • Who participates in Core Essentials

    • People looking for beginning to intermediate level coach training coursework
    • People intent on becoming well-trained and masterful credentialed coaches
    • Experienced coaches whose clients are now starting to demand formal coach education and ICF credentialing
    • Internal corporate and organizational coaches responsible for developing a strong coaching culture within their organization
    • Coaches looking to blend the Coach U approach with other philosophies
    • Individuals interested in incorporating solid coaching skills into other positions or professions
    • People who want to communicate more effectively with others and gain more control and success in life
    • People who have high standards and want to learn from the very purist form of professional from the source (instead of copycats or highly uninformed or diluted programs).  We regularly hear, “I chose your program because I have high standards in training. And, I’m happy to say you’ve exceeded them.
  • What you will receive and learn in Core Essentials

    • In-depth information and interaction with the ICF Core Coaching Competencies
    • How to protect your coachee and protect your reputation as a coach with Ethics & Standards
    • Popular myths and misconceptions in coaching – including how prospective coaches and client organizations can easily spot an untrained coach
    • Distinctions between coaching and other roles as well as fundamental differences between internal and external coaching
    • How to get out of your own way and serve clients with objectivity using Coach U’s acclaimed Personal Foundation(tm) concepts
    • A variety of proprietary Coaching Models for time-management, strategizing, decision-making, sustainability, transformation, etc.
    • Elements of your ideal coaching practice, your strengths in coaching and whether to specialize or not (and, if so, how to position yourself)
    • Crucial components in creating strong coaching contracts
    • Hundreds of forms, resources, checklists, assessments and other tools developed by Coach U (and how to use third-party assessments in coaching)
    • How to recognize and navigate diverse, tricky and situational coaching scenarios
    • How Coach U’s 9 Guiding Principles can inform your coaching
    • Qualifications that large organizations seek out for their global pool of coaches
    • How to establish sustainable coaching fees and packages
    • An overview of sales strategies that the most successful coaches use and how to create multiple streams of revenue (comprehensive information is in the Advanced Programs)
    • Step-by-step pathways to becoming credentialed as a coach

    After you have completed your courses, self-tests and required client coaching hours, you’ll apply for Core Essentials Graduation. You can take a break or continue with your advanced coach training. You have a full 15 months to complete this program.


  • Course List for Core Essentials

    • New Student Orientation
    • Coaching Fundamentals
    • Listening
    • Language
    • Questioning
    • Messaging
    • Coaching Ethics
    • Acknowledging
    • Guiding Principles
    • Context for Coaching
    • Coaching Mindset
    • Core Skills Practicum
    • Application Practicum
    • Personal Foundation Level One
    • Establishing Yourself as a Coach

  • Core Essentials FAQs

    • When can I Start? After you enroll in Core Essentials, your first course will be a one-hour, self-guided online “CE-101 CEP Orientation” session. After attending this Orientation session, you may enter the student-only area, review the complete schedule (courses are scheduled months in advance) and enroll in courses!  The course schedule changes each month to accommodate preferred course days (some people enroll in courses on specific days of the week only while others have greater availability) and times of the day (some people prefer to call before or after work while others during business hours) as well as time zones (we have students in over 50 countries). Courses are available around the clock from Monday-Thursday, depending on where you live.

    • How long does it take to graduate?  Core Essentials participants have up to 15 months to complete; it depends on how available and motivated you are!  Participants generally take 2-4 courses each month, depending on if they've met prerequisites. 

    • What’s the next step after I become a Core Essentials Graduate?  That’s up to you. Some focus on getting their ICF Associate Certified Coach credential now that they have met the formal coach-specific training hours. Some work on this and start taking intermediate and advanced courses to accelerate their development as a coach. Others, have what they need to coach on the job. And, others find that when they apply the skills and philosophies to their personal lives, they realize more satisfaction, meaning and contentment.

    • Our Professional Essentials Program - After you have graduated from Core Essentials, you may choose to continue your coach specific training with our Phase 2: Professional Essentials.

      Program Pricing - Click here to view our most recent tuition schedule.

Still Have Questions?

Whether you are ready to enroll in one of the upcoming programs or have a few more questions, one of our helpful team members are here to help with the next steps. Let us know how we can help. 

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