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Core Essentials

Phase 1 of Coach U's Professional Coach Training Program is for those seeking to learn coaching skills and start their journey toward becoming a coach or bringing a coach approach to leadership and organizational culture. 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

  • The CEFTP was a fantastic program for me! Great instructors, great content, and a wonderful cohort of thoughtful, supportive colleagues. It was a wonderful experience.

    John H., CE Completion, 2021

  • 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 Completion, 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  Completion 2021

  • Incredible Program. I enjoyed every bit of it. The facilitators and the information shared throughout the course of the CEFTP is solid, relevant and really gives a person what they need to become a successful coach. Great experience all around!

    Kristen W., CE Completion, 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., CE Completion, 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., CE Completion, 2021

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

    -Edith L., CE Competion, 2021

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

    -Karlee H., CE Completion, 2021

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

    -Jinn K., CE Completion, 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.

    -CE Student, CE Completion, 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., CE Completion, 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., CE Completion, 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., CE Completion, 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., CE Completion, 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., CE Completion, 2021

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

    -Abdulaziz A., CE Completion, 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., CE Completion, 2020

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

    -Weiwen Ng, CE Completion, 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., CE Completion, 2020

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

    -Daracy C., CE Completion, 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., CE Completion, 2020

  • "Going through the CoachU Core Essentials Fast Track Program has given me a new imagination for how I can positively impact the people I engage with on a daily basis. If you are looking to make a career change into coaching or refine your skills within your current workplace, Coach U has everything you need to define a clear path for your next move!"

    Esperansita B., CE Completion, 2021

  • “Coach U’s Fast Track program was my game changer; I left our 6-days of virtual zoom with amazing connections, knowledge, skills, confidence and the tools to begin building my coaching practice. Our two teachers ensured we all had fun while learning coaching models and techniques and challenged us to practice and build our coaching muscles. I’m beyond thankful for the program and have since enrolled in the second program, Professional Essentials”

    Melisa W., CE Completion, 2021

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 a two 3-day intensive or a 6-day intensive format.  In most cases, you can start taking courses the month following the month you register.

It is smart to plan ahead, as you can save money with our "Early Bird" pricing if you sign up at least 45 days before the start of your preferred program. 

Note as well, that registration closes two weeks before the live course orientation.

Core Essentials 

Upcoming 2024 Dates:

Courses are listed in New York or Singapore time.

If you do not see a date or time that works for you,
please contact us for a list of all of 2024 programs.

Click here for conversion to your local time.

10am New York Time

Two 3-day Intensive
Thu, Sep 5, 2024 - Sat, Sep 21, 2024
8am Singapore Time

Two 3-day Intensive
Fri, Sep 6, 2024 - Sun, Sep 22, 2024
10am New York Time

6-day Intensive
Mon, Nov 4, 2024 - Sat, Nov 9, 2024

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.

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