Life Coach Certification Training Program

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Life Coach Certification Training Program

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Become a Certified Life Coach with iPEC

iPEC's ICF-accredited coach training program offers a comprehensive and immersive learning experience that has helped more than 25,000 people around the world become certified life coaches.

At the outset of our program, students attend three live training modules, learn iPEC's Core Energy Coaching™ methodology, and earn two industry-recognized certifications in as little as 7-9 months.

Phase Two then sets you on the path of earning the third and most essential certification—a specialized, masters-level Life Coach certification—paired with 40 additional hours of niche-specific training, exploration of the COR.E® Dynamics curriculum, and access to over 200 downloadable assignments and exercises. And most importantly, it's all included in the cost of tuition.

When you complete the iPEC Coach Training Program, in addition to three certifications you’ll also earn:
  • 67 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification
  • 70 Credit hours toward HRCI recertification
  • 120 Credit hours toward Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential recertification
     
Life coach certification why people hire a life coach

Often, people hire a life coach when they’re navigating a big transition—like pivoting careers, moving somewhere new, or entering a new season of life. Other times, clients seek life coaching because they feel ‘stuck’ in ways they can’t quite describe. In any case, life coaches play a crucial role in empowering others to reach their full potential and create the life they want—even when they don’t know exactly what that looks like in the beginning.

What You’ll Achieve With iPEC’s Life Coach Certification

iPEC’s ICF Accredited Coach Training Program gives you everything you’ll need to be a masterful life coach.

In Phase One of the program, you’ll:
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Attend 3 live, interactive training modules that last 3 days each and are spaced 3 months apart—with self-study, live webinars, and practical skill-building in between. 
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Learn iPEC’s signature Core Energy Coaching™ methodology for getting to the root of your clients’ challenges and creating sustainable change
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Become trained and certified to use the Energy Leadership Index® (ELI) assessment, a research-backed assessment tool that helps clients tangibly understand how they show up in different areas of their life. As a certified practitioner, you’ll leverage the ELI to help clients deepen their self-awareness and transform the way they move through the world.
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Graduate with two certifications in as little as 7-9 months
Then in Phase Two, you’ll:
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Earn a third certification as a specialized Life Coach
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Receive 40 additional hours of on-demand, niche-specific training
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Dive into the COR.E® Dynamics curriculum, featuring a framework of the 10 Core Disciplines of High Potential and Performance to help clients explore how to operate using their own personal success formula
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Gain access to over 200 downloadable ready-made assignments and exercises, sample scripts and templated content you can use with clients, and customizable presentations to help you look (and feel!) like the confident, credible coach you are

The best part?

Everything described above is included in the cost of tuition for life coach certification.

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Master the coaching fundamentals

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ELI-MP

Become certified to administer the ELI Assessment

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Specialize in one of four in-demand niches

Earn 3 Industry-Recognized Certifications

Included in iPEC's ICF-accredited Coach Training Program are three proprietary, research-backed certifications designed to help you stand apart in today's coaching landscape: Certified Professional Coach (CPC), Energy Leadership Index® Master Practitioner (ELI-MP), and COR.E® Dynamics Specialist.


  • Establish foundational skills and tools to help shift your clients from functional to thriving

  • Facilitate conscious energy shifts and sustainable change

  • Connect those you work with to their inner purpose and passion, so they can achieve their outer goals and desired actions


  • Better understand how someone experiences the world

  • Help those you work with understand how they show up energetically, especially when under stress

  • Add an externally validated, statistically reliable tool to your toolbox to win over even the biggest skeptics


  • Skyrocket your coaching business or career growth

  • Specialize in one of four growing, in-demand fields

  • Gain access to incredible, ready-to-use tools and content for individual clients or the teams you lead

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Wondering If Life Coach Certification is For You?

Check out our How to Become a Life Coach guide for a more in-depth look at life coaching as a career. And don’t forget, with iPEC you have the option to earn your life coach certification online or in person.

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“iPEC changed my life. Anyone that knows me, knows that I always seek out excellence and in my opinion iPEC is the best coaching program out there. The trainers and staff are exceptional both personally and professionally.  The program is rigorous and I walked away with a confidence in my coaching abilities that will prove invaluable moving forward. The best part is that I made lifelong friendships.  With iPEC, it's not an act --they really care about their students and want to make sure they succeed.” 

– Caroline C. iPEC Graduate
Specialize in Life Coaching through our COR.E® Dynamics Curriculum

With its exclusive curricula and niche-specific tools and skills, COR.E® Dynamics helps life coaches increase their impact (and revenue!), attract their ideal clients, and excel as industry leaders.

This is not a cookie-cutter approach to life coach training. It’s uniquely designed to help you support your clients in creating their own personal formula for success and becoming an expression of themselves at their best. (Not to mention, you’ll get to experience a sense of fulfillment unlike anything you’ve experienced before.)

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Why iPEC?

iPEC’s Coach Training Program was one of the first to be accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF)—and for nearly twenty five years, we've been breaking new ground in the coaching industry ever since. 
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Today, more than 25,000 powerful coaches around the world bear the iPEC credentials—and are using them to make an impact in communities and organizations worldwide. 

There are many accredited coach training companies out there today, each with its own proven approach backed by different methodologies and techniques designed to deliver lasting results. But iPEC is different, all because of one thing: our philosophy that there is vast, unrealized potential in every one of us. We believe the key to awakening that potential is to access deeper self-awareness and higher levels of consciousness.

We do this by providing an immersive, transformational experience that can help you master coaching techniques while reaching your personal potential. Our certified life coaching courses are designed to be as useful and impactful for adult learners as possible, and it all begins with the Core Energy Coaching™ methodology.

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Core Energy Coaching™

In Phase One of our Coach Training Program, you will be immersed in the transformative Core Energy Coaching™ curriculum throughout the course of three live modules, in addition to diving deep into Energy Leadership® and the role it can play in your overall development.

Our proprietary Core Energy Coaching™ methodology goes beyond the methods of traditional coaching, offering a proven path for getting to the root of clients’ challenges and creating sustainable transformation. Founded on more than 10,000 hours of research and application over 30 years, this is the foundation of coaching you want.

Core Energy Coaching™

In Phase One of our Coach Training Program, you will be immersed in the transformative Core Energy Coaching™ curriculum throughout the course of three live modules, in addition to diving deep into Energy Leadership™ and the role it can play in your overall development.

Our proprietary Core Energy Coaching™ methodology goes beyond the methods of traditional coaching, offering a proven path for getting to the root of clients’ challenges and creating sustainable transformation. Founded on more than 10,000 hours of research and application over 30 years, this is the foundation of coaching you want.

Choosing Your Niche

During the iPEC Coach Training Program, you'll also have the opportunity to choose from four specialized tracks while earning your third certification as a COR.E® Dynamics Specialist in your niche of choice.

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Executive Coaching
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Life Coaching

Help clients identify their dreams, recognize what's standing in their way, navigate transitions, and create happier, more passion-filled lives.


Executive and Leadership Development Coaching

Coach accomplished executives to recognize and shift common stress factors, energy drains, and challenges among organizational leaders.


Health and Wellness Coaching

Support clients as they develop healthier habits and lifestyles, whether they're adjusting after an illness or navigating specific health goals.


Sports and Performance Coaching

Powerfully support the success of anyone whose life and work involves performances—including leaders, performing artists, professors, and sales professionals alike.

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Life Coaching

Help clients identify their dreams, recognize what's standing in their way, navigate transitions, and create happier, more passion-filled lives.


Executive Coaching
Executive and Leadership Development Coaching

Support clients as they develop healthier habits and lifestyles, whether they're adjusting after an illness or navigating specific health goals.


Health and Wellness
Health and Wellness Coaching

Coach accomplished executives to recognize and shift common stress factors, energy drains, and challenges among organizational leaders.


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Sports and Performance Coaching

Powerfully support the success of anyone whose life and work involves performances—including leaders, performing artists, professors, and sales professionals alike.

Energy Leadership® and ELI Assessment

In completing the iPEC Coach Training Program, you'll also receive your Energy Leadership Index® Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) designation, which includes completing and learning to administer the Energy Leadership Index® assessment (ELI). The ELI is a research-backed assessment that measures your ability to lead yourself and others to take positive, productive, and sustainable action in their lives. Best of all, it produces a tangible result by giving you awareness about who you are and your level of engagement in the world.

Plus, bonus! Take the power of Energy Leadership one step further with the SCOPE® Mobile Assessment App. When you complete Phase Two of the program, you’ll gain access to this advanced tool you can utilize with clients to measure their in-the-moment energy around a specific task, and prescribe actions to increase performance.

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Energy Leadership™ and ELI Assessment

In completing the iPEC Coach Training Program, you'll also receive your Energy Leadership™ Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) designation, which includes completing and learning to administer the Energy Leadership™ Index assessment (ELI). The ELI is a research-backed assessment that measures your ability to lead yourself and others to take positive, productive, and sustainable action in their lives. Best of all, it produces a tangible result by giving you awareness about who you are and your level of engagement in the world.

Plus, bonus! Take the power of Energy Leadership one step further with the SCOPE™ Mobile Assessment App. When you complete Phase Two of the program, you’ll gain access to this advanced tool you can utilize with clients to measure their in-the-moment energy around a specific task, and prescribe actions to increase performance.

CPC Badge

Master the coaching fundamentals


  • Establish foundational skills and tools to help shift your clients from functional to thriving

  • Facilitate conscious energy shifts and sustainable change

  • Connect those you work with to their inner purpose and passion, so they can achieve their outer goals and desired actions

ELI MP Badge

Become certified to administer the ELI Assessment


  • Better understand how someone experiences the world

  • Help those you work with understand how they show up energetically, especially when under stress

  • Add an externally validated, statistically reliable tool to your toolbox to win over even the biggest skeptics

COR.E Dynamics Badge

Specialize in one of four in-demand niches


  • Skyrocket your coaching business or career growth

  • Specialize in one of four growing, in-demand fields

  • Gain access to incredible, ready-to-use tools and content for individual clients or the teams you lead

What Is a Life Coach?

Life coaches are often thought of in the same vein as therapists and counselors, and while all three share some similarities and are considered "helping professions," the role of life coach is entirely unique in how it approaches clients and overall outcomes.
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Where therapy and counseling focus primarily on the past and present when working with clients, life coaching is centered almost entirely on the present and future, using a starting point to create action-based plans that can help people succeed, grow, and become more effective in all areas of life. Rather than helping clients feel better as therapy aims to do, life coaching helps clients do better by developing a clear plan of how to get there.

As a life coach, you might work with clients to:
 

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Improve self-confidence, self-compassion, and self-esteem

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Balance work and personal life

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Build and improve relationships

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Balance physical and emotional health

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Achieve better engagement in day-to-day life

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Find and unlock purpose, meaning, and passions

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Develop healthy habits

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Do Life Coaches Need to Be Certified?

Certification is an essential first step to becoming a successful life coach, primarily because it provides the foundation needed to ensure you're both mentally and emotionally equipped to help clients achieve the life they desire. Earning a certification through life coach courses online or in person not only makes it easier to assist clients in reaching and living out their dreams, but it also makes you more appealing to prospective clients, thus helping grow your practice over time.

Program Features


As you earn your life coach certification online or in person, you can expect:


We provide our students with a safe space to practice and receive feedback, so you can graduate with everything you need to begin your coaching practice with maximum confidence.


Receive individualized coaching feedback from an ICF-credentialed coach who will offer strategies and suggestions to refine your coaching skills and uncover your natural gifts. You’ll complete six one-on-one coaching sessions with your iPEC Mentor Coach, where you’ll get real-time feedback on your skill development.


At the heart of your experience lies our highly-trained Lead Trainers, all of whom are masters of the Core Energy Coaching™ curriculum, so you can be sure you're receiving the same world-class experience, no matter who’s delivering the material.


We’ve designed our life coach training to be as useful and impactful for adult learners as possible, with plenty of flexibility built in. Choose the environment that’s best for you, with options like in-person vs. virtual modules, midweek vs. weekend training, and flexible timing for your self-study assignments.


With 20+ years as an ICF-accredited life coaching program, iPEC stands out in the world of coach training with accreditations and partnerships that show the world you’ve received the highest-quality training.


Quick Start is a complete business development program for launching a successful coaching business—whether you plan to earn an income by coaching full-time, part-time, or by bringing coaching into your workplace. Gain dynamic business tools, a strong coaching community, and expert guidance from a team dedicated to your success long after graduation.


Your tuition includes access to a massive resource library fully stocked with specialized tools, templates, wisdom, and ready-made course materials, so you’ll be fully equipped to thrive as a professional coach, without starting from scratch.

iPEC By the Numbers

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One of the first internationally recognized coach training programs ever to be accredited by the ICF

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Years of Experience

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NPS Rating (95% of iPEC graduates reported being satisfied or very satisfied with their iPEC training.)

Starting Your Coaching Practice

From choosing your specialty and structuring your business to determining your coaching style and any needed technology, there's a lot that goes into getting your upstart practice off the ground. But don't worry—once you earn your coaching certification, iPEC is here to support you with everything you need to be a successful coach and entrepreneur.

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Finding the right clients
Finding the Right Clients

Once your practice is up and running, next comes the ever-necessary step of finding and retaining the right types of clients for you. Whether you prefer in-person networking or marketing from the comfort of your couch, here are ten suggestions to help get you started.

Life Coach FAQs


Recent data from the Lumia annual coaching survey indicates that the average total pay for coaching ranges from approximately $62,500 per year to $245,000 per year. Coach Pony indicates that life coaches can make $100–$400 per hour and the 2021 Center for Leadership Studies indicates that executive and life coaches can make $150–$650 per session.

The exact level of earnings you have the potential to garner hinges on how you approach the process and what decisions you make regarding your learning and investment opportunities. For more information, read our blog article on The 3 Factors That Influence a Life Coach's Salary.


There is a high demand for life coaches worldwide today. The International Coaching Federation says the number of coaches estimated worldwide grew from 53,300 in 2015 to 71,000 in 2022—a promising growth of 33%. And the field will continue to expand, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which projects job growth of 10% through 2031—higher than the national average for all careers.


Life coach certification is more than worth the investment for a number of reasons. In addition to equipping you with the skills and expertise needed to enjoy a long and successful career in coaching, earning your certification from an ICF-accredited program is also one of the best ways to attract clients in growing your practice.

Earning your life coaching certification through iPEC's Coach Training Program also equips you with:

  • 320+ hours of world-class coach training program hours and practicum
  • Three distinct certifications
  • 1-1 feedback and support along the way from your peers and professional coaches certified at the highest levels
  • A vibrant community of fellow coaches
  • Access to a massive resource library of content for you to leverage in your role as a leader or business owner
  • Everything you need to be a successful entrepreneur with comprehensive business development training and access to a supportive community of successful coaches
  • And much, much more

At iPEC, we offer a wide range of payment plans and tuition reductions to help as many students as possible realize their dream of becoming a confident, certified coach. We’ve helped thousands of students find a payment option that fits so they could start changing their own life and the lives of others as soon as possible. Learn more about tuition and payment options here.


While the benefits of coaching specialization may be clear, identifying and committing to a niche can be a challenge. For some, picturing your ideal client can help pinpoint who you most want to serve and who you most effortlessly connect with in the world today. For others, this may not come as easily, leaving you unsure of where to start.

In these cases, some coaches will use their prior industry experiences as a starting point. For example, someone with experience as a personal trainer might start out as a sports and performance coach, while a former corporate leader might choose to pursue certification as an executive coach. While you don’t need to feel limited to a particular niche that’s tied to your professional experience, it can be a helpful place to start.

Another option might be to allow a personal passion or a significant life event to help guide you toward a specific coaching niche. Finding the right coaching niche for you might not happen overnight—and that’s okay. Don’t be afraid to explore and try a few different areas until you find what feels right for you. There’s plenty of room to play and explore!


When you enroll in iPEC’s Coach Training Program, you aren’t just learning how to become a coach—you’re also learning how to become a successful entrepreneur with ongoing business development training and access to a community of successful coaches. In fact, many students start gaining clients and earning income before they even graduate from the program!

Learn more about starting a coaching practice here.

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