Professional CoaCh CertifiCate Program
the Coach in You
Coaching is both art and science. Professional coaches understand
how to communicate with clients in a way that gets real results.
An effective coach guides, inspires, and empowers others to help
them reach their potential – even if that potential has been hidden.
Make a Difference Is Coaching for You?
We all hear what others say, but The Professional Coach Certificate Program
professional coaches know how to is designed in partnership with the
actively listen to clients, searching International Coach Federation (ICF) for:
to identify barriers that hinder their
n managers and professionals hoping
success, and helping them find
to enhance their innate coaching
practical solutions and strategies
skills to fundamentally improve their
to put obstacles behind them. By
organization’s talent retention and
building on the client’s natural
relationship with employees
creativity and resourcefulness,
the coach seeks to support and n internal trainers and organizational
encourage that individual to pursue development professionals charged
paths that show the most promise. with training other managers and
sharing their coaching expertise
Coaching is a rewarding career that n individuals, including near-retirees,
often leads to ongoing partnerships seeking a new and rewarding career
that help clients find the enrichment n practicing coaches who want to earn
that has eluded them – and enhance ICF certification or to take their career
the quality of their personal and to a higher level
“We want to do everything we can, not only to retain our people, but to also develop
them. The best return on investment to retaining employees is to provide coaching for their
development. Our return on investment in talented employees through effective coaching is a
requirement today. You can’t have too many effective coaches on your team.”
— Craig R. Stauffer, Director, Human Resources
Quest Diagnostics, Pittsburgh Business Unit
“The combination of a highly professional approach, experienced and committed faculty,
extensive practicing and supervision, together with practical tools for opening a coaching
business, brings me to highly recommend this program for individuals who want a
comprehensive coaching training which is given in a supportive and sensitive manner.”
— Michal Nachmany, VP of Human Resources and
an international student from Israel
The Duquesne University Professional
Coach Certificate Program
Duquesne University’s School Coaches establishing a private
of Leadership and Professional practice help clients recognize the
Advancement has partnered with the barriers to their success and help
International Coach Federation (ICF), them to systematically surmount
the largest association of professional them. Whether the specialty is
coaches, for this exciting program. executive, health and fitness, time
It is the only university-based program management, nonprofit, emotional
in Pennsylvania affiliated with the ICF intelligence, personal finance or
and is approved by the ICF as 144 other developmental areas, a certified
hours of Approved Coach Specific coach can make a big difference in
Training Hours (ACSTH). someone’s life. And in return, the coach
receives financial compensation and
About the Coaching Profession enormous satisfaction. It’s a rewarding
collaboration for client and coach alike.
Coaching is a growing career field.
In 1998, when the profession was in
its infancy, the ICF had fewer than
2,000 members, but a decade later,
its membership exceeds 15,000
coaches representing over 90
countries. And as the profession
grows in size, so does its stature.
In a corporate setting, coaching is
an essential executive skill that is
recognized as one of the fundamental
competencies that top leaders need
to manage effectively. Coaching skills
are key in today’s multicultural and
Professional CoaCh CertifiCate Program
What Can You Expect? Program Format
Participants who successfully ACC and PCC certification requires a
complete this program are eligible for minimum of 125 hours of instruction.
ACC and PCC certification (Associate This program is approved by the ICF
Certified Coach and Professional as 144 hours of Approved Coach
Certified Coach as defined by the Specific Training Hours. The program
International Coach Federation) includes:
and can immediately begin a n Foundations of Coaching Training
coaching practice. that focuses on the ICF Core
Competencies, the coaching
The skills learned in this program model, turning your vision into
will enable you to coach people action, and both holistic and
within your organization (internal business related coaching topics
coaching) or set up a private practice
n Choice of one 15-hour elective
to help individuals seeking guidance
that could include topics such
(external coaching). In this program,
as team coaching or coaching in
you will learn:
multicultural and multigenerational
n cutting-edge processes for environments
recognizing an individual’s
n Field work that consists of peer
strengths and values
coaching, supervised coaching
n multidisciplinary coaching tools observations and mentoring, and
(drawing from the behavioral business plan development
sciences, adult learning and
n Capstone event that includes
business plan presentations, in-
psychology and management)
depth coaching practice with
for helping clients make successful
mentor coaches and faculty, oral
transitions in the workplace
and written exam and celebration.
and in life
n a process for evaluating your own
self awareness, self knowledge
“I can’t imagine a more satisfying career than helping people bring their dreams and
vision to life. It’s the heart of coaching and the reason our profession continues to grow so
remarkably. There was never a better time to make a difference in the lives of others.”
— Phil Sandahl, Co-author of “Co-Active Coaching:
New Skills for Coaching People Toward Success
in Work and Life”
“I have commuted from Texas to participate in the on-campus sessions. A large percentage
of the cohort can also be taken remotely via telecommuting. While I hesitate to monetize the
value of this program and what it has done for me both personally and professionally, it has
been worth every dime! This program is amazing.”
— Matthew Spilman, Founder, Solare Coaching Systems
What is ICF Certification?
The International Coach Federation Participants who successfully
(ICF) is the foremost accrediting complete this program are eligible
body and professional networking to become an ACC or PCC
organization for career coaches. It coach, depending on how many
is the largest worldwide resource for coaching clients and how much
business and personal coaches, and logged coaching time they have
the source for those who are seeking accumulated.
a coach. The ICF is a nonprofit,
individual membership organization For details concerning the specific
formed by professionals worldwide training and coaching experience
who practice business and personal requirements for these credentials,
coaching. please visit the program website:
Professional CoaCh CertifiCate Program
You May Want to Know...
How long is the program? Why choose Duquesne University’s
This program includes five to six Professional Coach Certificate
weekend classes (conducted Friday Program over others?
evening and all day Saturday) This university-based program provides
in campus classrooms or via an opportunity for ICF certification,
videoconferences. The remaining which is recognized around the world.
classes are taught through online Instructors are ICF PCC and MCC
modules, teleconferences, campus certified coaches and subject-matter
courses and/or interactive online experts.
events. Students generally earn their
Duquesne certificate in eight or nine What’s the cost?
months after beginning the program, Tuition and fees can be found on the
depending on the pace of their field website: www.duq.edu/coaching.
work. They can then earn their ICF
credential within nine months to a What are the admissions
year after finishing the Duquesne requirements?
program, depending on the number
n A minimum of a bachelor’s
of coaching clients and accumulated
degree and/or significant relevant
What is the time commitment n College transcripts
required for study outside the n Current resume
classroom? n Letter of interest describing your
Students will need to do research background and interest in the
and writing assignments. In addition, coaching profession
students will work with a mentor n Application – available online
coach and enlist several coaching n Admissions interview
clients for practice coaching
n Adequate Internet access
Visit www.duq.edu/coaching for
a current schedule, faculty bios,
application and more.
Take Action – Advance Your Career
Please contact us at 412.396.5600 or
firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more
about the program and profession.
About Duquesne University
n Founded in 1878, Duquesne University is recognized as one of the
top 10 Catholic universities in the U.S. and has nearly 74,000
active alumni worldwide.
n Duquesne is ranked in the top tier of the U.S. News & World
Report’s annual ranking of America’s Best Colleges, and is among
The Princeton Review’s Best 373 Colleges.
n The School of Leadership and Professional Advancement was
honored with Distinguished Credit Program and Noncredit
Program awards and a Creative Use of Technology award from the
Association for Continuing Higher Education.
The mission of the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement is
to enhance people’s lives and contribute to society through the delivery
of quality educational programs that extend the resources, traditions and
values of the University.