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Core Essentials

Phase 1 of Coach U's Professional Coach Training Program is suited for those seeking to learn foundational coaching skills and start their journey towards an ICF coaching certification. Core Essentials (CE) will provide you with the essential knowledge of the ICF core coaching competencies and the skills required to coach effectively.

Phase 1 - Core Essentials (CE) Facts
Who This Is For
Delivery Method
  • Anyone looking for beginner to intermediate level coach training coursework
  • People who want to become well-trained and masterful credentialed coaches
  • Experienced coaches who want to start their path to becoming credentialed through the ICF
  • Internal corporate and organizational coaches responsible for developing a strong coaching culture within their organization
  • Individuals who are interested in developing coaching skills to incorporate into other positions or professions
  • Coaches looking to blend Coach U approach with other philosophies

What people have to say about our Core Essentials

  • I appreciate the holistic nature of the Coach U approach. I learned many different coaching models and approaches, and the group and individual coaching during training was invaluable. The relationships built during training and the support network I've gained as a result have been incredibly helpful as I move forward on my coaching journey.

    Aubrey W., CE Student/Graduate, 2021

  • It has been a wonderful journey not only in terms of content but most important in terms of my further own development. I have become aware that I can be only as good as coach, as I am prepared to further develop myself as a human being and as a soul.

    -Andreas L., CE Student/Graduate, 2021

  • The depth and breadth of materials provided in conjunction with strong, talented coach/instructors has given me the confidence needed to start my coaching business and become a better manager/leader in my day job. Thank you for this invaluable experience!

    -Laura M., CEP Student/Graduate, 2021

  • Loved Coach U for the Quality of Faculty, Course Content, tools & Course Material.

    Coach U gave me a really Global experience and opportunity to interact with my counterpart in other countries. Most of them were also quality participants. Thoroughly enjoyed my graduation.

    -Vipan S., CEP Student/Graduate, 2021

  • I am grateful to meet engaging and knowledgeable faculties who taught and inspired me.

    -Edith L., CEP Student/Graduate, 2021

  • It was one of the best decisions I've ever made!

    -Karlee H., CEP Student/Graduate, 2021

  • Great experience. Would recommend this training program to others.

    -Jinn K., CEP Student/Graduate, 2021

  • CoachU offers an amazing set of tools and concepts for personal transformation and growth towards one's highest potential. I had read about CoachU in Cheryl Richardson's book back in 2011 and have been wanting to the training since then, and I am glad I finally got a chance to do so.

    -CEP Student/Graduate, 2021

  • Coach U illuminated the powerful impact and value of a true "coach approach" to equip and enable me to be a catalyst for drawing out the potential in others. I valued the experience of having a global experience -- learning from the perspectives, experiences and viewpoints a diverse student peers. This was an unexpected - and enriching - asset of the Coach U experience.

    -Leslie O., CEP Student/Graduate, 2021

  • Going through the Core Essentials program was valuable for me not only for my professional future but also on a personal basis. I was encouraged to dig into areas where I was blocked, and I did so with an incredibly supportive community of peers.

    -Kimberly C., CEP Student/Graduate, 2021

  • This is a programme that is delivered by 'those who do' as opposed to 'those who teach'. Hearing from people who apply these learnings in the field daily builds huge confidence in the teaching, and further lends huge credibility to the teacher.

    -Samuel S., CEP Student/Graduate, 2021

  • It was more than I had expected. It was truly a intimate bonding experience, very encouraging and I met the greatest people. I also gained a level of confidence I did not have.

    -Linda S., CEP Student/Graduate, 2021

  • Great experience, it was a game changer for me. The quality of instructors is outstanding as well as the logistics considering that everything is now done online.

    -Cristina O., CEP Student/Graduate, 2021

  • It was a great experience that exceeds my expectation. The virtual experience was marvelous.

    -Abdulaziz A., CEP Student/Graduate, 2020

  • This was a great experience and accessible in a format I needed in order to gain the experience (vs. in person). I truly value the learning and know it will be a lifelong engagement with the profession of coaching.

    -Codie C., CEP Student/Graduate, 2020

  • Emphasis on application with a broad appreciation of the guiding principles makes this a valuable course for all coaches.

    -Weiwen Ng, CEP Student/Graduate, 2020

  • Worth the investment both in time and money. The life skills have already greatly impacted my career as a manager and how I use the coach approach to help my team grow both personally and in sales for the company.

    -Sarah E., CEP Student/Graduate, 2020

  • The training was good and provided me with a solid foundation for coaching and a coaching business.

    -Daracy C., CEP Student/Graduate, 2020

  • I very much enjoyed interacting with all the coaches. Each was different and brought a different perspective and skill set to the instruction.

    -Laurie F., CEP Student/Graduate, 2020

Why Coach U

Core Essentials: Professional Coach Training - gain coaching skills fast or flexible

Offered in Two Ways: Fast or Faster

Whether you are looking to gain coaching skills quickly or need a training program that gives you a little more time, we have you covered.
For Individuals and Organizations

Join the Coach U Community

Be part of a worldwide Coach U network of coaches, consultants, leaders, faculty, and students making a difference in the world.
Deepen Your Coaching Foundation

Time-tested Methodology

As one of the very first coach training schools, Coach U continually raises the bar for exceptional coaching education. 
Distinguish yourself by becoming a ICF credentialed coach

Stand Out Among Other Coaches

Distinguish yourself by becoming a ICF credentialed coach. Our CE / CEFT is a critical step to achieving your Associate Certified Coach (ACC).

What you will learn

  • ICF Core Coaching Competencies
  • Ethics and standards
  • Internal and external coaching
  • Coach U’s 9 Guiding Principles

  • Proprietary coach models
  • How to position your coaching business or internal practice
  • Creating strong coaching contracts

  • Establish sustainable coaching fees and packages
  • Step-by-step pathways to becoming credentialed as a coach
  • Personal Foundations to be a better coach

Course Curriculum

  • Student Orientation
  • Coaching Fundamentals
  • Listening
  • Language
  • Questioning
  • Coaching Mindset
  • Coaching Ethics
  • Guiding Principles
  • Context for Coaching
  • Building Your Personal Foundation
  • Establishing Yourself as a Coach
  • Group Mentor Coaching Practicum I (laser)
  • Group Mentor Coaching Practicum II & III
  • Bridging to Coaching Success
  • Coach Mentoring and Assessment
Core Essentials FAQs
When can I start?
How long does it take to complete?
What are the next steps after completion?
What about program materials & policies?

Core Essentials is offered regularly in either our two 3-day format or the CEFT, 6-day intensive format.  In most cases, you can start taking courses the month following the month you register.

In both offerings, required individual course offerings are varied, supporting different time zones (we have students in over 50 countries). 

Core Essentials (CE)

Two 3-day Weekends

Upcoming 2023 Dates:

Courses are listed in Singapore or New York time.

If you do not see a date or time that works for you,
please contact us for a list of all of 2023 programs.

Click here for conversion to your local time.

Singapore Time

Two 3-day Intensives
Fri, Mar 10, 2023 - Sun, Mar 26, 2023
New York Time

Two 3-day intensive
Fri, Apr 14, 2023 - Sun, Apr 30, 2023
Interested in the Fast Track version of the Core Essentials?

Interested in the Fast Track 6-day intensive version of Core Essentials? 

The Core Essentials Fast Track is an intensive version of Core Essentials, completed virtually over 6 days with pre and post-event courses.

Core Essentials Fast Track - Dates and Details

Ready to get started?

Whether you are ready to enroll in one of the upcoming programs or have a few questions,
one of our team members is here to help you with the next steps. You can make an appointment or request we get in touch using the buttons below.

What is Phase 2: Professional Essentials?

The Professional Essentials (PE) is the next step after the Core Essentials. It further deepens your core skills while adding elective courses covering more specialized topics for both individuals and organizations. The PE is an additional 72 hours to be completed in 15 months, and is self-paced like the CE. It also a great next step for those pursuing their PCC credentials with the ICF.