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Professional Coach Certification

Empower. Motivate. Inspire.

Coaching is both an art and a science; professional coaches understand that. They understand how to effectively communicate with clients in ways that generate real results. An effective coach guides, inspires and empowers others, all to help them reach their potential and take them where they would like to be personally. If you've ever wanted to be a motivating force for those around you, professional coaching may be your calling.

The Professional Coach Certification Program is designed for:

  • Those seeking to become professional coaches in a private practice
  • Managers who want to enhance their innate coaching skills to fundamentally improve their organization’s talent retention and relationship with employees
  • Internal trainers and organizational development professionals charged with training other managers and sharing their coaching expertise
  • Near-retirees preparing for a rewarding career they can pursue for many years to come
  • Practicing coaches who want to take their certification to a higher level
  • Individuals desiring to enhance their personal relationships

Professional Coaching Skills

The Professional Coach Certification Program aims to aid in the growth of each individual student. The program is divided into 8 course modules, each of which builds upon the lessons learned in the previous one. Ultimately, by the end of the course of study, certified coaches should be prepared to implement coaching in the organizations they work in or even set up a private practice. The skills learned throughout the program enhance leadership capabilities, and include:

  • Understanding the coaching relationship
  • Demonstrating competency in coaching methods
  • Developing trust in the coaching relationship
  • Maintaining ethical behavior and attitude
  • Gaining a stronger sense of self-awareness
  • And additional essential abilities

Continuing Coach Education

Executive and Leader Coaching

Fundamentals of Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching

ADAPT Career Coaching


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Duquesne University's Professional Coach Certification program is the only university-based program in Pennsylvania that is accredited by International Coach Federation (ICF).