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Accelerated Certificate in Life Coaching (Distance Learning)

The accelerated University Certificate in Life and Personal Coaching – Cert.LPC(CIU) is intended primarily for those who have professional qualifications in counselling or therapy but people from other backgrounds will be considered.  In July 2008 the course was revised to make it more accessible to non-therapists.

The course is ACCREDITED by The Institute of General Management (Ireland) and by the World Guild of Metaphysical and Spiritual Counsellors.  Accreditation is also pending with Training Accreditation Ltd., a UK private accrediting body.  We will also give advice to graduates on which coaching organisations they can join.At present it is possible for graduates to join an American professional coaching association & work towards accredited coach status (by distance learning) with that body.

This course is for self-motivated, well-organised students who are used to learning new techniques as part of their professional or personal development. The intent of the course is to promote a deep understanding of effective coaching for the intellectually and intuitively aware student. We avoid the “shallow” side of life coaching that concentrates on decluttering, time management and keeping your wardrobe up to fashion.

The course has been revised and updated in 2008. The accelerated programme is taught in 5 modules covering four coaching models (Attraction, Co-active, NLP and Coaching with Spirit), and introducing a variety of coaching techniques. As well as these five modules, an extended integrative essay of 3,500 words is required. The focus of this essay will be how coaching relates to, or can be integrated with, your current work or practice.

This CIU certificate course is by distance learning only and is delivered by correspondence. Academic credit will be given to students who wish to proceed to a degree course with Calamus International University later on. 18 academic credits will be given to successful students towards a Calamus degree programme.

No face-to-face or distant coaching is provided as part of the course. Some students will already have experience of coaching and just wish to study in order to be certificated. Others may wish to arrange coaching for themselves and there are many on-line directories of coaches. Students are responsible for making their own arrangements for personal coaching.

Textbooks are required and CIU reserves the right to change the course content at any time if a book is no longer available. Students will need to purchase or acquire their own textbooks. This course, and our extended coaching programmes, would not be possible without the collections of coaching knowhow that have been published by top coaches and made accessible to all as textbooks and self-coaching books.

Extra benefits and recommended resources

A series of coaching e-books suitable for yourself and your clients will be provided free with the course. (You will still need to buy the core textbooks).

We will also give you:
A list of the best, hand-picked collections of coaching tools and e-books that you can buy at great prices, to give you lots of additional time-saving material for launching a coaching practice. You won’t find all these gathered together in one handy list anywhere else.
A list of professional associations that coaches can join including at least one association that will accept coaches from any training route.
A list of insurance providers for the UK.
A list of interesting on-line coaching resources.
A bibliography of coaching books to build your own library.
Various free articles, tips and items which will depend on what we have available at the time.
Some of these supplementary information sheets or files may be delivered at intervals during the course in order to allow time for updates and revisions.
Some of the material may be available only as downloads from our own or related websites.


1. The Coaching Transformation (this is a new unit that replaces the previous Module 1).

Working through this unit’s textbook will provide practical skills and knowhow for the therapist or other helping professional who wishes to become a life coach. This unit also educates the non-therapist in the crucial differences in style and practice between working as a therapist and working as a coach.

2. Attracting What You Want in Life

Key text: Leonard, Thomas J., The 28 Laws of Attraction: Stop Chasing Success and Let It Chase You. New York: Scribner, 2008. Thomas Leonard (1955-2003), the founder of life coaching as a distinct profession, developed the model of “attraction” coaching. His book was originally called The Portable Coach: 28 Surefire Strategies for Business and Personal Success. The current edition, which is eagerly sought by the self-help market as well as by coaches, is called. The 28 Laws of Attraction: Stop Chasing Success and Let It Chase You. This unit provides the opportunity to study how this model works and how the concept of attraction can be applied in all areas of life to achieve success. Learn how to discover your vision and purpose, organise yourself, deal with procrastination, make life fulfilling, be constructive and be yourself. The highly condensed strategies presented in the key text may be adapted as a toolkit to help a wide range of coaching clients, or may be cherry-picked as required.

3. The Invisible Coach

Key text: Whitworth, Laura, et al., Co-Active Coaching. Palo Alto, California: Davies-Black Publishing, 2nd edition, 2007. (includes CD of coaching materials) This unit offers a superb collection of practical deep coaching skills within a holistic framework, and as well as providing a stand-alone coaching model, it is ideal for students bridging the gap between their other helping practice and the skills of coaching. After discussion of the coaching relationship and context, the student proceeds to learn the coaching skills of listening, intuition, curiosity, the action-learning feedback loop, and self-management. Even if you think you have most of these skills already, the coaching perspective will add a new dimension to your existing techniques. Three client-centred topics, balance, fulfilment and process, are covered, and a troubleshooting section helps you perfect your coaching. A comprehensive set of technique tools is provided which can inspire you to create your own coaching tools in conjunction with your existing expertise. Practical exercises are given which may be carried out on friends, colleagues or clients.

4. The NLP Coach

Key text: McDermott, Ian and Jago, Wendy. The NLP Coach: A Comprehensive Guide to Personal Well-Being and Professional Success. London: Piatkus, 2002. In this unit, the two modern helping approaches of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Life and Personal Coaching are brought together. The student will learn the basic principles, strategies and tools of up-to-date NLP and how they fit into the framework of personal coaching. This integrated framework of NLP and coaching is then applied towards self-coaching success in different areas of life, from a balanced perspective valuing personal harmony, self-esteem, relationships, enhanced brainpower, health, wealth, happiness, rewarding work and spirituality.

5. The Spirit of Coaching

Key text: Belf, Teri-E. Coaching with Spirit. Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer, 2002.. This unit is about the relationship between life coaching and spirituality. Spirituality does not necessarily mean religion, and people use the term in different ways. However, essential to all views of spirituality is the sense of connection to a greater reality than oneself. Coaching with spirit rests on three “grounded principles” : connection with self, connection with the client and connection with the Whole. These principles inform the art of coaching in various ways, producing a holistic view of coaching whether one is doing personal coaching, business coaching, marketing one’s coaching services, or training.

6. Integrated essay of 3,500 words on “The Integration of Coaching into my Current Work or Practice”.

A handout will be provided giving possible ways of approaching the essay, taking into account the nature of your current occupation. Full-time parents/carers may tackle the topic from their perspective.

Awarding body: You can choose EITHER Calamus Extension College Ltd., to obtain a private UK award, OR Calamus International University, a non-UK university registered in the Republic of Vanuatu. For an additional fee you may apply to have both certificates.






Certificate in Life and Personal Coaching


GBP 350 (plus textbooks)


Calamus Extension College Ltd.


Distance Learning


Tel. 020 7748 3134
Fax. 020 77 48 3126



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