Online Certified Professional 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% online 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 Federation (ICF) and become a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) upon course completion.

Excelsior took all of my credits. I was able to jump right into upper-level courses.

Kevin Feeley
BS in Electrical Engineering
HVCC Class of 2005

Job Outlook for Life Coaches

  • The U.S. 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.
  • com reports that the average fee for life coaches is $31.45 per hour. Experienced life coaches can charge $150.00 and above per hour depending on their specialty.

Online Certified Professional Life Coach Training Course 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 difference between a life coach and a therapist, coaching differs from 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.

Online Certified Professional Life Coach Training 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.


  • Awareness and Mindful Intention

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

  • Awareness and Mindful Intention, PT. 2

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

  • Action Skills and Tools

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

  • Action Skills and Tools, PT. 2

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

  • Assumptions and Deeper Insight

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

  • Shifting Perspective

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

  • Accelerate Your Business Launch

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

  • Accelerate Your Business Launch, PT. 2

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


Jean LaCour
Jean LaCour, PhD, 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.

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