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New Program Certifies Business, Professional Coaches

Duquesne University is now offering Pennsylvania’s only ICF-affiliated professional certification program for business and personal coaches.

Offered by the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement through a combination of four weekends, teleconferencing and online coursework, the program targets those seeking to become professional business and personal coaches within their organizations or as a private practice. In addition, it is designed for current coaches who seek certification or re-certification, as well as human resource and organizational development professionals seeking an enhanced skill set in coaching.

Affiliated with the International Coach Federation (ICF), the new professional coach certification program provides students with the opportunity to earn Associate Certified Coach (ACC) or Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certification as defined by the ICF, the largest worldwide resource for business and personal coaches.

“As a professional coach, you can specialize in an area of expertise such as executive coaching, nonprofit, small business and many other areas,” said Donna Billings, a professional certified coach and director of Duquesne’s new program. “The profession is appealing to managers who want better skills in their current corporate positions, and we’re seeing a great number of retirees who, instead of actually retiring are rewiring their careers as professional coaches once they leave their primary careers.”

“I can’t imagine a more satisfying career than helping people bring their dreams and vision to life,” said Phil Sandahl, co-author of Co-Active Coaching: New skills for coaching people toward success in work and life. “It’s the heart of coaching and the reason our profession continues to grow so remarkably. There was never a better time to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Early response to the program has been favorable.  “We’ve had interest from individuals who want to set up their own practices as well as senior managers who want to use coaching as a leadership development tool,” said Dr. Dorothy Bassett, dean of the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement.

Applications for the session beginning on April 17 are now being accepted.  A bachelor’s degree is required.  For additional details and application, call 412.396.5600 or visit www.leadership.duq.edu/coach. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply early, as space is limited.

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