Duquesne's Professional Coaching Certification Program (PCCP) is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) and provides 141.5 hours of Approved Coach Specific Training Hours.

*An additional 10 coach specific training hours may be earned through optional retreats and reunion events.

**Certain modules may also be approved for Act 48 credits.

The next cohort begins August, 2017.

There are five foundation course weekend classes (conducted Friday evenings 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on campus and one on-campus Capstone day in April. The remaining coursework is taught through online modules and webinars.

Building Your Skills - The Program Modules

The PCCP incorporates the art and science of coaching.  We introduce scientific evidence from the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience, as well as emerging coaching theories based on human behavior and development. This approach provides the foundation for graduates of the program to be effective coaches in many different settings.

The program is delivered in a blended learning format: classroom, online, and teleconference. Courses are taught in English. Program content includes:

Module One: Context

As you step into the shoes of a professional coach, you will acquire new skills and adopt a new way of being in the world.  In Module One, we will honor your transition into this exciting new chapter of your life and begin to explore what it's like to coach and be coached.  We'll examine the core assumptions of coaching, the purpose of coaching, the primary skills of coaching, and the structure of a coaching relationship and a coaching session.  You will design a relationship agreement with each other, which can also be used as a model with your clients.  You'll learn the Duquesne Coaching Model, discover new aspects of yourself and your skills, set personal goals, and create a vision for yourself.  You'll begin to practice applying your new-found skills immediately in the classroom, with your colleagues, and with practice clients.

Module Two: Discovery

In Module Two, you will explore the myriad ways to build your own and your clients' self-awareness and identify supportive relationships.  You will be using informal assessments and exercises to explore your values, uncover your strengths, and design a personal vision.  You will build on the foundation of specific coaching skills and learn mnemonic devices to help you structure a coaching session that moves your clients powerfully toward a more fulfilling life. We will begin to share the evidence base of coaching and examine various coaching frameworks including the ICF Core Competencies.

Module Three: Possibilities

In the Possibilities Module, you will coach your clients to expand the possibilities before them, by examining and widening their perspectives and attitudes and challenging their assumptions.  By building upon their self-awareness and discovery, your clients will now be primed for making more conscious and intentional choices.  You will practice supporting your clients to identify the limiting beliefs and understand the internal dialogue behind the roadblocks that keep them stuck.

Module Four: Action

The Action Module focuses on the essential component of coaching - what occurs in the lives of clients in-between coaching sessions.  You'll foster learning and inspire action - action that is slow at times and at other times moves the clients along at a faster pace.  In this Module, you will move your clients forward by coaching them to set goals, plan and take actions, and assume accountability. You will learn to assess the client's internal motivation to take action on the choices they have made through their self-discovery and exploration of possibilities. During this module, students will also begin to refine and self-assess their newly acquired coaching skills as they coach both their clients and peers toward more fulfillment.

Module Five: Expansion

In Module 5, you will deepen and expand your coaching skills by applying them to the various levels of human experience, such as social, emotional, and sensory realms. You will integrate all the skills, strategies, ways of being, and beliefs you have learned and uncovered, to create truly transformative growth in your clients.  While fine-tuning your coaching skills, you will expand your personal and professional development beyond the PCCP.   We will examine the current state of the coaching profession, discuss coaching research, explore multiple coaching resources, and contemplate the potential power of coaching to change the world. 

Module Six: Mentoring

The Mentoring Module is perhaps the most powerful part of the Duquesne coach training program.  It all comes together in this module, in which you coach real clients, record your coaching, and receive direct and specific feedback from your instructors.  These sessions are where your excellence shines through as you tweak your coaching and truly create your own unique style.

Module Seven: Electives

Module Seven provides you with opportunities to further expand your coaching to various applications and settings. One elective is included in your tuition and is required for the completion of the certificate program.  You may opt to enroll in additional electives at your own cost. Elective choices may vary from year to year.  

Module Eight: Capstone

In Capstone, you will celebrate your journey and display your developing skills!  You will complete a written exam, an oral exam, and share your personal plan for using your coaching skills out in the world.  These assessments are designed to be a comprehensive review and demonstration of all you have learned.  In a final celebration, you and your fellow coaches will support each other as you reach out to offer the world the gift of your coaching.