Coaches Training

G.R.A.C.E. Coaches Training

level up your coaching practice with grace

This course is designed to provide students with the necessary training to pursue the Professional Certified Coaching credential with the International Coach Federation or who desire to coach at that level without the credentials.

Opportunities with Qualification

Participants who successfully complete the course may deliver the G.R.A.C.E. at Work Transformational Conversation or G.R.A.C.E. at Home training program. online or in person. These programs can be delivered as standalone modules or as a part of a larger development program.


  1. Applicants should have at least five years of education, training and/or professional experience in leadership, management, operations, coaching, human resources, organization development, or a related field. Applicants should also be open to experiential learning, developing a capacity for self-reflection and development, and be willing to receive and process feedback on their performance during course work.
  2. For those without a degree, a resume demonstrating completion of a variety of leadership and or team training will suffice, i.e. training from Steven Covey, The Leadership Challenge, DDI, or similar program. A phone interview will be arranged for the candidate to describe his or her skills and experiences in teaching, training, or facilitating.
  3. Completion of the online version of the G.R.A.C.E. at Work Handbook.
  4. Completion of the online Playing in a Bigger Space Journal

what to expect

The GWI Leadership Coaching Certificate Program is a six-month program that results in 138 hours of coach specific training that adheres to the skills and competencies of the International Coach Federation. The program is designed as a cohort of 24 participants that will progress through the program as a large group and be assigned to a “Learning Circle" (LC). A Learning Circle is a group of six students and a trained and ICF certified professional coach, referred to as a "Learning Circle Adviser," that meets one afternoon per session.

This group is designed to provide additional in-depth learning, practice, and a deeper level of interaction, focusing on individual and Coaching Circle needs. This experience is often times one of highlights of any coach training program.

The Sessions

There are five sessions in the program. Session 1 and 5 are three days long. Session 2, 3, and 4 are four days long.

Each day will last from between 7.5 – 8 hours. Each session will have a Coaching Circle that will typically occur on Thursday afternoon for roughly 3 hours. You will have an observed coaching session every Thursday morning beginning with Session 2.

In addition, you will have between 4 – 6 hours of additional research and work that you will submit to your classroom instructors or program director.

Finally, you will be expected to accumulate 30 hours of pro-bono coaching hours over a six month program that you and your Learning Circle Advisor will critique.

ICF Approved Training

The program is designed to fulfill the coach specific training requirements of the International Coaching Federation’s Professional Coaching Certification. Please consider your schedule and other work and life commitments you may have before committing to the program.

The skills and competencies are very similar to the backgrounds of many human resource and human services related disciplines including counseling, pastoring, consulting, and clinical psychology. However, there are definite distinctions between those fields and how ICF defines the domain of “coaching.”

Client driven and client owned

A major difference between coaching and other disciples is that coaching is not meant to be prescriptive or “coach driven.” Many coaching students find this distinction to be very challenging to overcome at first but, over time, find that it is actually liberating to allow the client the freedom and responsibility to own their own destiny.

In addition to developing your coaching skill set, satisfactory completion of this program also satisfies the training component of the G.R.A.C.E. At Work Certified Facilitator Program. Additional certification requirements will be explained during the program.

know Your endgame

  1. Coach individuals in a variety of settings
  2. Demonstrate sound coaching skills as defined by the International Coach Federation
  3. Continue lifelong learning through reflection, self-observation, and self-correction
  4. Facilitate leadership development
  5. Help leaders improve organizational effectiveness through coaching

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