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How Long Does It Take to Become a Certified Professional Coach?

Before you become a certified coach, you might be wondering what the time investment of a coach training program entails.

The famous and brilliant Albert Einstein once said, “Time is an illusion.” For most of us, however, time is a precious commodity. And when you’re stuck in a job that doesn’t bring you fulfillment or joy, it can feel like you're tossing your time out the window—a high price to pay.

That’s why one of the greatest concerns for prospective coaching students is how long it will take to complete a training program and become a certified coach, and what that time commitment really looks like.

We get it! You’re out there thinking about the future and wondering just how close you are to the goals you see in the distance.

As you plan ahead, consider all the factors, and get honest with yourself about whether the journey toward becoming a professional coach is the right one for you... it’s only natural to have questions about the amount of time it’ll take to make your dream a reality. 

Download the guide and learn the 9 things to look for in any coach training program

The truth is, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. 

Coach training programs vary widely in the amount of time they require for completion. Some involve only 30 hours of training over a few days, while others take more than 300 hours over the course of several months.

Watch this video to be guided through the coach training experience at iPEC from “day one” to “Certified Professional Coach”—and beyond!

You'll hear all about iPEC's Coach Training Program, including:

  • How the program works
  • Your weekly time commitments
  • And how to choose a specialty (if you want to!)


iPEC’s coach training program is structured specifically for people with a full work schedule and a full life.

Here's a more tangible glimpse into how the curriculum is designed to fit into your typical week:

  • Your three live modules (which last three days each) happen 12 weeks apart, usually over the weekends, at locations all across the country and around the world—including a virtual training option. You can mix and match locations to suit your schedule, and even switch your location mid-training if work, travel, or other commitments come up.
  • Outside your live training weekends, you’ll have roughly 5-7 hours of coursework per week.
  • On a weekly basis, you and your peers decide on the weekday and time that works best to conduct your peer coaching, peer client, and peer group conversations.

  • Even the weekly webinars are flexible, with more than one time slot available to attend.

Phase 1 of the program can be completed in about 7-8 months, by the end of which you’ll have earned the designation of Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Energy Leadership™ Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP). While you’ll need to complete all of Phase I to become certified, after Module I, you’ll have enough skills to start accepting paying coaching clients or to initiate positive, sustainable shifts in your current work environment. 

Phase 2 can be completed in about 3-4 months. At the end of this phase, you’ll have earned your COR.E Dynamics™ Specialist designation.

It’s time to start making every minute count.

In the end, completing a professional coach training and certification program is all about recognizing a desire within you and then empowering yourself to turn that desire into action. Accept that you are the one in control of your own life.

With passionate, powerful, and consistent action, you CAN live the life you dream of, regardless of the (real and perceived) time constraints that may be holding you back.

Discover how coach training help you build a fruitful, fulfilling career

Download the guide and learn how to choose the right training program for you.

Download the guide and learn the 9 things to look for in any coach training program