Christian Life Coach Training and Certification

Certified Professional Life Coach

Begin your journey to the heart of coaching.

Christian Coach Institute is your ICF (International Coach Federation) officially accredited Level One training provider for Christian life coach training. We provide a unique “virtual” classroom experience with small classes and individual attention. Our commitment to excellence and personalized attention ensures that each and every coaching student is equipped to be effective, successful and credible in professional coaching careers and coaching ministries. We are Accredited Level One by the ICF for 90 Coach Training Hours (includes 10 ICF  Mentor Hours) , and we are an approved training provider for the Center for Credentials and Education (126 hours).

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What to Expect

16 Weeks

The entire course is 16 weeks, one live  3-hour class each week at the same time.

Weekly Live Webinars

The course includes weekly 3-hour group “live” webinars on Zoom. Students are expected to join the live sessions.

Assessment Training

The course includes learning how to use several different kinds of assessments in coaching.

Coaching Practicums

The course includes coaching labs in the “live” weekly classes, bonus coaching labs for students who want even more practice coaching sessions,  and coaching practicums with clients outside of class.

Individual Attention

The course includes real coaching labs that you will experience in our classes and outside of class with your buddy. And you receive both verbal and written feedback from your coach trainer.


There are homework assignments outside the classroom that require at least 10  hours per week.

Diverse Learning

The course is a structured, blended delivery of curriculum via “live” webinars, social media, buddy, and group mentor coaching.

ICF Mentor Coaching

The course includes 10 hours of ICF Mentoring coaching, covered in 7 hours Group Mentoring  AND 3 Individual Mentoring Hours. (Most training organizations bill separately for ICF Mentor hours.)

What Sets Us Apart?



Students interact with one another weekly in an online forum. Buddy teams are created for out-of-class coaching practice. Meaningful relationships are formed. After graduation our coaches join a private alumni group on social media where they continue to receive support and encouragement from one another and our staff.


All classes open and close in prayer.  A Christian Coaching Model is taught and reinforced. A spiritual gifts assessment is included in the Personal Growth Phase. The Holy Spirit’s presence permeates the conversations and the instruction. You’ll not only become a coach, you’ll grow deeper in your faith.

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Our small classes enable our students to receive individual attention, have opportunities to participate in coaching labs and receive personalized feedback from the instructor.  This will afford you plenty of practice with the competencies of the International Coach Federation integrated into our Christian Coaching Model. You will be equipped to coach clients who are Christians, and those who are not. You’ll feel like you matter in our course.

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NOTE: You must first apply and become approved before you can register for any class.

2024 Dates

The 2024 Class is Full

Wednesdays, 12 – 3 PM Eastern, January 24 – May 15, 2024

(No Class Mar 27th, Easter Week)

2025 Dates

Wednesdays, 12 – 3 PM Eastern, January 22 – May 14, 2025

(No Class April 16, Easter Week)


What’s the Program?

Phase 1:


Orientation: What is Coaching?
What Makes a Great coach?
Coaching and Transformational Change
Prochaska’s Change Model
Coaching and Leadership
Our Christian Life Foundation
DISC Assessment
Spiritual Gifts Assessment

Phase 2:


Learning the Christian Coaching Model
Professional Coaching Ethics
Establishing a Coaching Foundation
Connect and Relate with Client
Communicating Clearly
Creating Client Awareness
Identify the Mission and Vision
Champion the Client
The Power and Impact of Values
Coaching for Action
Co-Create a Plan
Strategy and SMART Goals
Coaching Through Obstacles
Gaining Commitment
Coaching Forms and Tools
How to Use Assessments with Clients
Coaching Labwork
Coaching From Your Strengths

10 Mentor Coaching  Hours (7 Group and 3 Individual)

Phase 3:


Creating and Attaining Your Business Vision, Mission & Goals
Defining Your Coaching Niche
Attracting Ideal Clients
Targeting Your Market
Developing Your Marketing Message
Business/Ministry Building
Using Social Media to Market

“I was an HR professional looking to expand my skills in the coaching world. I needed an on-line training program that taught me all the critical coaching skills and prepared me to launch my own coaching business. CCI gave me all that and more. I grew personally and professionally and joined a life-long coaching network of amazing Christian coaches. Best money I ever spent!”

engelJeanette Engel CPLC, CHBC

“I chose CCI after doing extensive research regarding Christian Coaching Schools as part of my doctoral work. My goal was to learn and apply coaching skills to my ministry skill set as a pastor of a multi-campus church. CCI provides comprehensive Christian Coach training that thoroughly equips individuals to become knowledgeable and effective coaches in whatever niche they decide to pursue.”

engelEd Kendrick DMin, Pastor, Heartland Church

Tuition & Fees

Tuition does not cover 4 textbooks that must be purchased for approximately $60 total. International students will also incur a shipping fee of approximately $65 for course materials. After graduates complete their coaching practicums (post graduation) and apply for certification, there is a $150 Certification Application and Processing Fee.


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Center for Credentialing and Education

Approved Training Provider for the Center for Credentialing and Education (126 hours).

International Coaching Federation  (ICF)

Accredited Level 1 Coach Training Provider (90 Hours of Coach Training including 10 ICF Mentor Hours – 7 in Group Mentoring and 3 Individual Mentor Hours)