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Curriculum Detail

Curriculum details for each step in the Co-Active Coach Program.

The Co-Active Coach Program

The path to becoming a coach starts with Co-Active Fundamentals, is followed by Co-Active Coach Training (Fulfillment, Balance, Process, Synergy), and ends with Co-Active Professional Coach Certification.

Co-Active Fundamentals

prerequisite: None

Co-Active Fundamentals is the introduction to the Co-Active Model and the first course in the Co-Active Coach Training series. With a focus on experiential participation, you have numerous opportunities to coach and receive feedback on your newly acquired skills. This course can be taken stand-alone and recommend to anyone seeking practical systems for managing relationships with others, even if your goal is not to become a professional coach.

The experience

As the first course in our coaching curriculum, Fundamentals provides a powerful introduction to the techniques and skills of Co-Active coaching. Participants are introduced to the Co-Active Model. The focus is on practical experience rather than traditional lectures or slides. You will have numerous opportunities to practice coaching and receive feedback on your newly acquired skills.

At the end of the course, you will have a clear idea about how coaching could fit into your life.

What you’ll learn

The Co-Active Model

The power of the Co-Active Model and how it works.

Coaching Distinction

The difference between coaching, mentorship, and traditional leadership.

Communication Style

How to use the Co-Active Model to enhance your personal communication approach.

Designed Alliances

How to design effective relationship alliances with others to minimize miscommunications and align expectations.

3 Levels of Listening

How to use the three levels of listening—internal, focused, and global—to deepen your relationships.

Powerful Questions

How to use powerful questions in coaching conversations to acutely identify what really matters.

Coaching Agility

The communication, agility, and emotional capabilities necessary to help others see their own potential as leaders.

Coaching Utility

How over 62,000 coaches and leaders use Co-Active Coaching to be more aware, connected, creative, and successful.

Co-Active Fulfillment

prerequisite: Co-Active Fundamentals

Co-Active Fulfillment is the second course in the Co-Active Coach Training series. Fulfillment is about being wholly alive. It is the state of fully expressing who we are and doing what is right for us, in every situation. This course will develop your skill in helping clients discover their unique values, identify self-defeating influences, and create their individualized vision for a compelling future and fulfilling life. Fulfillment coaching is about facilitating opportunities for others to create lives that are centered in what makes them feel most alive.

The experience

We all have an ever-present yearning for something deeper. In the Fulfillment course, you’ll experience the power of helping clients identify and create a fulfilling life of meaning, purpose, and satisfaction.

Fulfillment coaching tools—life purpose, Leader Within and allies, saboteur—are about much more than simply putting a positive spin on things. This methodology of coaching helps clients link their actions to their internal core and their true values allowing them to create a rich, full life.

What you’ll learn

Identify Values

How to assist clients in identifying their unique values, and in assessing their satisfaction with living those values.

Access Range

How to use a model of inner dialog to assist clients in accessing the full range of their ability and power.

Transcend Limitations

How to help clients identify and let go of preconceived rules, limitations and self-defeating influences.

Create Fulfillment

Learn proprietary coaching tools and methods for creating fulfillment. Concepts include life purpose, inner leader, identifying allies and saboteurs.

Co-Active Balance

prerequisite: Co-Active Fulfillment

Co-Active Balance is the third course in the Co-Active Coach Training series. Balance coaching is a way to guide clients toward making powerful life choices and selecting the experiences they want most. Balance coaching also guides clients away from moving through life mindlessly, at the mercy of circumstances, or trying to “have it all.” In this course, coaches learn how to assist their clients in developing new perspectives and how to create a plan of action grounded in commitment to what is most meaningful. People always say they want more balance in their lives. What they usually want is to feel they are choosing their life, not just reacting to it.

The Experience

Balance coaching is designed to create flow, restore alignment, and regain control of life.

When conversations focus on what you have control over and what choices are possible, you help people gain new perspectives. Balance gives you the tools to empower clients to define and pursue the experiences they want most, resulting in action that is alive, effective, and empowered.

What you’ll learn


How to help people make choices from a place of flow and alignment, rather than reacting out of urgency.

Perspective Building

How to help your clients realize many new perspectives.

Forwarding Action

The 5-step process for moving from feeling stuck to embracing possibility and from possibility to action.

Power of Choice

How to coach clients to make conscious choices, rather than allow themselves to be controlled by circumstances.


How to coach clients to create an exciting, life-affirming strategy for action that arises out of the perspective they’ve chosen, and how to make their most resonant choice.

Co-Active Process

prerequisite: Co-Active Balance

Co-Active Process is the fourth course in the Co-Active Coach Training series. While a lot of coaching focuses on moving forward, Process coaching focuses on the internal experience, on what is happening at the moment. You’ll learn to help clients work through emotionally charged issues. You’ll help them to understand that—although uncomfortable—chaos, confusion, and inertia are a vital part of achieving forward motion in life. Process coaching is about being with clients wherever they are, especially when they are experiencing emotional turbulence in the rapids of their lives.

The Experience

As a coach, you will be with people in the river of their lives as it flows slower or faster and as it hits unexpected rapids. Being with people in both their messy and ecstatic places allows them to feel known and to more fully know themselves. This is some of the most important work you can do.

Coaches and managers who are skillful at navigating emotional waters create an environment where it is safe and joyous to be fully human. Unless you can mindfully explore these places, your coaching will lack depth, breadth, and impact.

What you’ll learn

Experiential Coaching

How to engage the Process coaching skills, so that clients “experience” (beyond talk) what exists specifically for them.

Presence & Flexibility

How to develop your own capacity to remain present in challenging situations


How to simply be with the other person: fully engaged, attentive, and open.


How to fluidly move between and integrate the principles of Co-Active coaching: Fulfillment, Balance, and Process.

The Nature of Process

How the shortest distance between here and there isn’t always a straight line.

Attuned Listening

How to simply be with the other person, fully engaged, attentive, and open.

Co-Active Synergy

prerequisite: Co-Active Process

Co-Active Synergy is the last course in the Co-Active Coach Training series, before professional certification. Synergy integrates the complete range of coaching skills learned in the previous courses, so you can take your Co-Active coaching to a higher level of professionalism and impact.

The Experience

With Synergy, you can focus deeply on your client and trust that the direction you need to take is already inside you. Coaching from this place allows you to tap into your intuition, so you can coach with more flexibility, ease, and confidence.

Synergy recognizes that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. In Co-Active coaching, the threads of life purpose, Leader Within and allies, Fulfillment, Balance, and Process all come together, powerfully. You’ll experience the magic and impact of the wholeness of Co-Active coaching.

What you’ll learn

Coaching Framework

Build a coaching framework and learn how to articulate and leverage the principles, contexts, cornerstones, and skills of Co-Active coaching.

Creative Confidence

How to integrate your own creativity and ability with what you have learned in previous Co-Active courses.

Targeted Impact

How to cultivate depth and courage to increase your impact.

Unlocking Intuition

How to gain the confidence to rely on your intuition and power to create “in the moment” interactions, rather than getting stuck in preconceived techniques or rules.

Generative Interaction

How to generate coaching interactions that are dynamic and alive.

Professional Coach Certification

Prerequisite: Co-Active Fundamentals + Coach Training (All 4 courses)

Once you’ve completed Co-Active Fundamentals and Coach Training (Steps 1 and 2), you are eligible to continue on to Certified Professional Co-Active Coach Certification (Step 3). This is a virtual (online) program with the same cohort of students for 6 months. Sessions meet once per week. During this time you will go in-depth developing a mastery of coaching, building your coaching business, and preparing to gain the Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) designation, one of the most highly respected and sought-after certifications in the coaching industry. Personal supervision and feedback helps you hone your coaching skills while you build your client list during your accreditation training.