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Curriculum Details

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. 

Step 1

Co-Active Fundamentals of Coaching


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

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 65,000 coaches and leaders use Co-Active coaching to be more aware, connected, creative, and successful. 

Step 2

Coach Training


Co-Active Coach Training builds on the learning from Co-Active Fundamentals with a series of courses that explore essential coaching principles: Fulfillment, Balance, Process, and Synergy. This immersive level of training fosters expansive development, at both a personal and professional level. You will establish a reliable coaching framework and gain competency in Co-Active coaching: one of the fastest-growing, most in-demand leadership skills. 

What you’ll learn

Co-Active Fulfillment 


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.  

  • 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 leaderand identifying allies and saboteurs. 

Co-Active Balance 


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. 

  • “Respond-ability 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 taking action. 
  • Power of Choice How to coach clients to make conscious choices rather than allow themselves to be controlled by circumstances. 
  • Self-Affirmation How to coach clients to create an exciting, life-affirming strategy for action that arises out of the perspective they’ve chosen, and to make their most resonant choice. 

Co-Active Process 


While a lot of coaching focuses on moving forward, Process coaching focuses on the internal experience, on what is happening in 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.  

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


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. 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. 

  • 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. 

Step 3

Professional Coach Certification


 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 help you hone your coaching skills while you build your client list during your accreditation training.

Personal Supervision & Feedback

To become a great coach, you need practice. In this program, you’ll experience in-depth coaching practice through a rigorous program of advanced-level training, supervision, assessment, and feedback.

ICF Accreditation

Receive a professional credential from the world’s most rigorous, respected, ICF-accredited coach training program.

ACC Status

Upon completing the program, graduates will have already completed the training and coaching hours needed to apply for the ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential.

1-on-1 Supervision

Receive 1-on-1 supervision on your client calls with feedback from an experienced faculty mentor coach to develop your coaching skills and deepen understanding of the Co-Active Model.

Proficiency & Mastery

Build your coaching proficiency and mastery through modeling, practice, feedback, adjustment, and more practice.

Build your Business

Develop richer, longer, more successful client relationships as a result of skills you have learned, coupled with the deepening of your confidence and authenticity in using these skills. Through the process, you will start building your own coaching practice.

Live Demos

Participate in live coaching demos, created by Co-Active Training Institute founders and faculty who helped create the industry standards of coaching.

Professional Network

Belong to a powerful network of professional colleagues, your community of fellow Certified Professional Co-Active Coaches.