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Group D. About the Training Programs
Group D. About the Training Programs

How many people have received their training from Coach U?

Over 10,000 students have entered our training programs, in order to enhance their coaching skill set. Our Coach Training Programs, which are accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF), provide individuals with broad coaching skills and numerous coaching models that they may apply in different areas.

Referrals from current participants is the primary source of the training's popularity.

Can you give me an idea of who is in the TeleClasses?

We have business executives, psychiatrists, Fortune 500 consultants, small business owners, and CEOs. We have therapists, teachers, attorneys, CPAs, homemakers, the retired, performers, writers, trainers and financial planners. We have ministers, sales professionals, students and health care providers. The common thread is a desire to serve others in the best possible way.

How does train coaches? has developed an innovative system for training coaches to be highly effective. Here is how and why it works so well.

1. Having the right colleagues.
 You learn how to coach well by surrounding yourself with coaches who have similar personal and educational backgrounds. There are not only different coaching styles among coaches, varying degrees of experience and expertise. In other words, not all coaches are fully trained or take the time to master their craft, so it’s important join a community of coaches who ARE personally committed and intellectually able to master this craft. One of the things you’ll find at is a student body eager and able to learn.

2. Using coaching models.
 You learn how to coach well by starting with the Three-Step Universal Coaching Model™ (Who/What/How), the S-Five Model and the Five-Step Coaching Conversation. As complex as coachees can be, the coaching process is fairly simple. invented the Universal Coaching Model, which is the easiest to learn and most powerful coaching model available today.
 In our view, the coaching process is about: a) helping coachees discover and understand who they are (who); b) helping coachees identify and clarify what they most want (what); and c) helping coachees create and develop strategies to achieve their goals (how). Unless the what and how are integrated with the individual (who), what and how  will take longer to accomplish, and certainly will not bring the high levels of happiness and fulfillment that are possible.
 What’s powerful about the Universal Coaching Model is that it’s not linear. Depending on the coachee, you can start at any point during the coaching process.

3. Understanding people.
 You learn how to coach well by understanding what motivates us, how we operate and what it takes to be successful in life. Specifically, a coach knows about personal needs, the seven stages of development, developmental accelerators, the reduction of resistance, the role of environments, core values, sources of motivation, cultural differences, belief systems, assumptions/expectations and genetic drivers. You will also learn a lot about yourself as you learn about people, which will make you a more effective coach.

4. Coaching others right away.
 You learn how to coach well by coaching others within the first six to eight months of entering our training programs. Because most of our students already have some experience in working with others, we suggest that you work with coachees just as soon as you master the core coaching essentials, competencies and tools. With time – and training and experience – you’ll become masterful. We believe that you’ll never become masterful without practice, so you’d better dive right in! You’ll get more out of your coach training if you are working with between 5 and 25 coachees.

5. Being coached yourself.
 You learn how to coach well by being coached. Most coaches work with a Professional Mentor Coach™ (PMC) as well as one or more buddy coaches. A Professional Mentor Coach is a coach who has a track record of mentoring new coaches. A buddy coach is a friend or colleague that you coach and who coaches you, for free. By having your own Professional Mentor Coach, you’ll quickly discover what you like and don’t like in the coach’s style and that accelerates your own training process.

6. Learning by listening to masters.
 You learn how to coach well by listening to the best coaches via TeleClass, RealAudio or audiotape. Listen to as many coaches as you possibly can, because the best way to learn advanced coaching techniques is to listen and has developed over 500 hours of audiotapes of masterful coaches. The real-time coaching tapes are organized by coachee type and situation, so you learn both different styles of coaching as well as learn how to coach specific types of coachees.

7. Tapping into the collective wisdom at
 You learn how to coach well by referring to the written curriculum in our textbooks when you need help with a specific coachee or situation. Students are also encouraged to bring challenging coachee situations to the TeleClasses for discussions with others. Also's Special Interest Groups are a place to tap into the combined wisdom of coaches with similar interests.

8. Participating in TeleClasses.
 You learn how to coach well by participating in TeleClasses on virtually every aspect of coaching and every type of coachee. TeleClasses are led by Faculty members who are accredited, professional coaches trained through A TeleClass is a conference call, so all you need is a regular telephone. You can call into your classes from anywhere in the world. Each TeleClass is conducted by a faculty member who discusses the key learning points of the class, and allows ample time to present case studies. 

9. Using coaching programs with coachees.
 You learn how to coach well by learning programs that you can use immediately with coachees. There are times when you coach intuitively based on what your coachee needs during that coaching session, but there are times when the person being coached wants more structure and focus. For example, a coachee starting a new business usually wants help creating and implementing a plan, and also wants to make sure he or she isn’t forgetting anything. The solution? The New Business Start Up Program. Or, for coachees who want to reduce stress, manage their time, enforce boundaries, and raise standards, use The Personal Foundation Program. has developed many programs that you can use and share with individual coachees, with no royalty required.

10. Developing yourself.
 You learn how to coach well by developing and evolving yourself along the way. Being a great coach is one part skill development and one part personal development. In other words, the more you develop yourself as you develop your skills and abilities, the more attractive you will be to the best coachees. Most coaches who enter training programs at have already been developing themselves personally for some time, but at, you will accelerate your progress and also leap into the process of Personal Evolution, which is the next stage of personal development.

How many TeleClasses are there?

There are 77 hours of training in the Core Essentials Program, divided among 16 different courses. There are approximately 200 hours available in the Advanced Programs. Courses begin the first week of each month and are offered Monday - Thursday from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM each of those days with a few courses held on Saturdays.

What if I live outside of the USA?

For details about training in other countries, contact our admissions department at

Will I need to purchase any materials for the TeleClasses?

Yes, you will need to purchase the three book set from Wiley Publishing entitled the Coach U Essentials, Foundations and Resource Set for the Core Essentials Program. All material for the Advanced program courses will be made available to you online and downloadable. Your Admissions Officer will go over these details with you.

How do I actually learn via TeleClass? How much homework can I expect?

On your TeleClasses, you learn by listening, experiencing, discussing and even role-playing, guided by an experienced faculty member. There is ample time for you to ask your leader or fellow students for help with handling a coachee situation or what to do more effectively. You can expect about 20 minutes of homework for every hour of TeleClass, although this will vary by faculty member and by class.

What happens during a typical TeleClass?

 Most of the formal training you receive in our programs is done via conference call. Students call into a teleconferencing bridge for an hour or more, and work their way through one of the courses in the program over several weeks. TeleClasses meet anywhere from 4 to 12 consecutive weeks on the same day and time each week, and are conveniently scheduled throughout the day. A faculty member conducts each session.. The faculty member covers the key learning points of the course and works with students to understand, integrate and learn the coaching concepts, skills or strategies of that course. Classes are interactive, much like a graduate-school discussion, and students may also engage in role-plays, peer coaching and case studies, depending on the course.

Can I use internet phone service such as Skype to call into teleclasses?

We encourage students not to use internet based systems as they can cause severe interruptions such as echoes or static. When dialing into the bridges, we recommend that you use a corded land-based line. 

How do I know that I've really grasped the material?

Several ways. You will start using it naturally in your coaching of clients, and if available you can take the Self-Test at the end of the TeleClass to make sure you got all of it.

What if I miss a session of the TeleClass?

Most TeleClass meet 4 times: once a week for a month. You may miss one of four classes and still get credit for the class. If you miss one, you can get the notes from a class buddy. If you miss more than that, you can just re-enroll at another time and take the class over again.

Who are the Faculty members at What are their backgrounds?

Faculty members are full-time coaches, so you will be learning from professionals who coach every day. Most faculty members lead about 10 hours of TeleClasses a month. The faculty members come from many different backgrounds, but they are all professional, experienced, personally evolved and excited about sharing what they know works with coachees. Our faculty members are experts in understanding what motivates, inspires, influences and develops them. Some of our faculty members are specialists, meaning that they work mainly with a single type of coachee, such as executives or those in career transition. The majority of our faculty are Professional Certified Coaches (PCCs) or Master Certified Coaches (MCC’s) certified through the International Coach Federation (ICF). 

What is the time frame?
You have 15 months from your enrollment date to complete the Core Essentials Program (CEP).

You have three years from your enrollment date to complete basic graduation requirements for the Advanced programs (ACP/ACCP).

If you are interested in learning more regarding the requirements for graduation click here

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