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Coaching Certification Programs

Jumpstart your coaching career and make a difference in the lives of tweens, teens, and young adults as a youth coach. We offer full professional training and certification paths accredited by the International Coaching Federation and the Center for Credentialing and Education.

We’ve had the pleasure of training youth coaches for:

Certified Youth Well-being Coach
36 hours - $1,350 (Package includes: Courses 1-3)

Courses 1-3 | Virtual | Live Certification Course

Course 1 of 9: Basic Coaching Skills and Adolescent Well-being Science

Self-study - Knowledge-based learning

The purpose of this program is to introduce youth-serving professionals, parents, and/or other caring adults to core coaching competencies and adolescent well-being science to support and empower tweens, teens, and emerging adults. 

Classes 1-6 – 12 hours of asynchronous training with assigned reading 

Classes 1-6 include, Introduction to Coaching, The Adolescent Stage of Development, Coaching Structure, Process, and Skills, Facilitating Engagement, Self-Discovery, & Effective Goals, Facilitating Effective Planning, Goals Striving, & Self-Management, Evoking Awareness & Promoting a Positive Identity 
Cost: $440 
Schedule: Ongoing enrollment 
Prerequisite for Practicum & Supervision Seminar 1 

Course 2 of 9: Practicum & Supervision Seminar 1

Live - Experiential learning

The purpose of this program is to engage trainees in experiential learning to apply core coaching competencies with peers for supervision and feedback. Facilitators and evaluators support trainees’ as they develop proficiency as coach practitioners toward the ICF ACC minimum skills requirements.

7 weekly 2-hour Zoom meetings = 14 hours of synchronous training with faculty and peers in a group forum (maximum of 20 per group) 
Cost $495 
Schedule: Fall 2024  
1- 9/12-10/24, Thurs AM 11-1 CT 
2- 9/12-10/24, Thurs PM 5:30-7:30 PM 
3- 9/14-10/26, Sat AM 11-1 CT 

Course 3 of 9: Evidence-based Coaching Interventions 1

Self-study - Knowledge-based learning

Recommend taking Courses 2 & 3 together 
The purpose of this course is to train caring adults to apply evidence-based coaching grounded in psychology and neuroscience to enhance well-being and resilience in tweens, teens, and emerging adults. 

Classes 7-11 – 10 hours of asynchronous training with assigned reading 

Classes 7-11 include Coaching Self-care & Managing the Coaching Engagement, Identifying Stages of Change & Motivational Interviewing, Introduction to Acceptance & Commitment Coaching, Social Connection, SEL, & Health, Academic Coaching & Learning Science 
Cost: $415 
Schedule: Ongoing enrollment 

Certified Youth Resilience Coach
76 hours - $3,200 (Package includes: Courses 1-8)

Courses 4-8 | Virtual | Live Certification Course

The Certified Youth Resilience Coach program is accredited by the International Coaching Federation as a Level 1 provider for 76 coach specific education/training hours, including 10 mentor coaching hours. This program is also approved through the Center for Credentialing & Education for 60 training hours toward the BCC application.

Course 4 of 9: Practicum & Supervision Seminar 2

Live - Experiential learning

Courses 1-3 are prerequisites
Recommend taking course 4 & 5 together

The purpose of this program is to engage trainees in experiential learning to apply core coaching competencies with peers for supervision and feedback. Facilitators and evaluators support trainees’ as they develop proficiency as coach practitioners toward the ICF ACC minimum skills requirements. 

7 weekly 2-hour Zoom meetings = 14 hours of synchronous training with faculty and peers in a group forum (maximum of 20 per group) 
Cost: $495

Schedule: Fall 2024 
1- 10/31-12/19, Thurs AM 11-1 CT 
2- 10/31-12/19, Thurs PM 5:30-7:30 PM 
3- 11/2-12/21, Sat AM 11-1 CT 

Course 5 of 9: Evidence-based Coaching Interventions 2

Self-study - Knowledge-based learning

Can be taken with Practicum and Supervision Seminar 2 

The purpose of this course is to train caring adults to apply evidence-based coaching grounded in psychology and neuroscience to enhance well-being and resilience in tweens, teens, and emerging adults. 

Classes 12-16 – 10 hours of asynchronous and synchronous learning with reading and practice client 

Classes 12-16 include Well-being at Work, ADHD & Perfectionism, Desistance Coaching for Transitions Away from Crime or Delinquency, Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Coaching, Parent Coaching 
Cost: $415 
Schedule: Ongoing enrollment 

Course 6 of 9: Mentor Coaching 1 (live)

Live 1:1 meetings with a mentor

Can be taken with Practicum 1 or 2

Trainees completing the ICF-accredited CYRC program are required to complete 10 hours of mentor coaching with a qualified mentor coach. Mentor coaching involves coaching and feedback in a collaborative, appreciative and dialogued process based on an observed or recorded coaching session to increase the coach’s capability in coaching, in alignment with the ICF Core Competencies. Seven of those 10 hours can be in a group setting and three of those hours must be in a 1:1 format. 

3 1:1 hours 
Cost: $300 
First hour must be by 12/6 to remain in compliance with ICF 3 month min to join the Jan MC group(s) 

Course 7 of 9: Business of Coaching

Self-study - Knowledge-based learning

Recommend taking course 7 & 8 together

The purpose of this course is to introduce coach practitioners to the various ways coaching is currently applied in professional domains; and provide an overview of how to get started with establishing and maintaining a private coaching client base. 

Classes 17-20 – 6 hours of asynchronous and synchronous training with homework – practice client and other activities

Classes 17-20 include Coaching Programs & Group Coaching Considerations, Business Building, Marketing & Relationship Building, and Ongoing Professional Development 
Cost: $190 
Schedule: Ongoing enrollment 

Course 8 of 9: Mentor Coaching 2 - Group

Live - Experiential learning

Trainees completing the ICF-accredited CYRC program are required to complete 10 hours of mentor coaching with a qualified mentor coach. Mentor coaching involves coaching and feedback in a collaborative, appreciative and dialogued process based on an observed or recorded coaching session to increase the coach’s capability in coaching, in alignment with the ICF Core Competencies. Seven of these hours may be taken in a group setting and three in a 1:1 format. 

7 group hours 
Cost: $450 
Schedule: Winter 2025 – bi-weekly 
1- 1/9-3/6, Thurs AM 11-1 CT 
2- 1/9-3/6, Thurs PM 5:30-7:30 PM 
3- 1/11-3/8, Sat AM 11-1 CT 

Certified Youth Behavioral Health Coach
91 hours (Courses 1-9)

Course 9 | Virtual | Live Certification Course

Course 9: Lifestyle Medicine for Adolescents

Self-study - Knowledge-based learning

This designation is only available to coaches who have completed our Certified Youth Resilience Coach program. CYRCs who complete our Lifestyle Medicine for Adolescents course earn the Certified Youth Behavioral Health Coach designation. 

Our Certified Youth Behavioral Health Coaches are equipped to support youth through identifying and engaging in behaviors that promote holistic health, well-being, and thriving. Learn to work with your clients to address specific behavioral health challenges or promote healthy lifestyle habits relating to nutrition, physical activity, sleep, sexual health, technology use, mindfulness, and mental health.

15 Hours Self-study
Cost: $495 
Schedule: Coming late Fall 2024

Asjah Monroe
Asjah Monroe
2024-02-06
The YCI coaching certification program experience has been top notch. Worth every penny. When you enroll and commit, you will come out on the other side experience a competent, well-prepared, and trustworthy youth life coach. The workload is very manageable and the learning pace is entirely appropriate and well thought out. I highly recommend this program for anyone ready to step into coaching at any level. Don't continue to think about it, just do it.
Saloni Hora
Saloni Hora
2024-01-26
Qualifying as a certified youth resilience coach through YCI was a pivotal experience. YCI approaches coach training with academic integrity - drawing from psychological theory and best practices, as well as requiring extensive practical training. Dr. Leah - thank you for your deep wisdom, and the grace with which you share your knowledge and experience!
Kelly Shanks
Kelly Shanks
2024-01-24
The words "thank you" are not enough for what I have received through pursuing coaching with YCI. I am at a huge turning point in my life and finding this program was just the right fit for me. I have high expectations for my professional development experiences and this exceeded my expectations! As a school psychologist it was imperative that the program I pursued was rooted in evidence based practices. The design of the course, attentiveness of staff and passion for coaching that was demonstrated throughout the course was exceptional! An added bonus is how much our cohort supported and cared for one another along this journey. If you are ready to pursue coaching, this program is worth the financial, time and energy investment, without a doubt.
Gilbert Guo
Gilbert Guo
2023-11-01
YCI was a very worthwhile experience. My instructor Liezel did a fantastic job of teaching. YCI's support staff was incredibly responsive and organized. I've been able to build great relationships through the organization that will help me in my career after the course.
Emely Spagni
Emely Spagni
2023-10-31
I absolutely loved every lesson of the "Certified Youth Resilience Coach" program! It went above and beyond what I expected. I didn't just learn about coaching – I learned a lot about myself too. The program offers great value for its price. Plus, a big bonus: it makes the ICF ACC application process a breeze compared to other programs!
Alex Hubbard
Alex Hubbard
2023-05-31
I took part in the YCI Certified Youth Resilience Coach program and I can't recommend it enough. I was looking for a path to build on my skills as an educator and further my career in way that aligns with my values. While I was unsure of what exactly to expect as I underwent this 25 week course, I can honestly say it exceeded all of my expectations. I was able to develop a strong understanding of what it takes to be a great coach and learn more about adolescent psychology. The class was very manageable and Dr. Leah's approach was informative, honest, and supportive. I feel like I have grown tremendously in a relatively short amount of time and I am excited to start my journey as a certified youth life coach.
Sarah Grace
Sarah Grace
2022-11-14
I recently completed my training with YCI as a Youth Resilience Coach. It has been an incredible experience. The quality of the teaching and accompanying support materials are excellent. The registration process and administration are straightforward and hassle-free. It has been fantastic to be part of an amazing cohort of people - an eclectic mix of backgrounds and cultures, all connecting through our shared desire to improve the lives of our young people. The magic comes, however, in the leadership and passion bestowed by Dr Leah. Her resounding commitment to her own learning journey of personal growth, coupled with her ceaseless determination to act, always, in service to her students and clients is quite remarkable. It has been a privilege and an honour to be in the presence of this alchemy - if only for a few weeks. If you can scrape the funds together; if you want to grow as a human being; and believe you can be of service to others in a positive way then sign up for this programme. You will not regret it.
Lisa Vanella
Lisa Vanella
2022-09-06
I really enjoyed this coaching class taught by Dr. Leah. Not only did I learn how to help clients but I learned a lot about myself. Dr. Leah opens up about her own life experience which helped me feel comfortable and safe. Her coaching technique is perfection. Very informative and highly recommended!
Brittany Beck
Brittany Beck
2022-07-05
Dr. Leah and YCI are incredible! I just completed my certification and could not be happier. Dr. Leah is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about her work. From class one it was a very safe space to learn and grow. I highly recommend YCI and am extremely grateful for the experience!

Have Questions? Schedule a Q&A With Us.

Whether you have some coaching experience under your belt, want to better serve youth in your profession, or are exploring a profitable and fulfilling career choice, we’re here to guide you on the best path forward. Fill out our contact form or schedule a live 20-minute Q&A to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

All training, supervision, and practicum are completed 100% virtually and available internationally via live Zoom webinar and/or telephone conference call.

Candidates must be18 years old or older.

Our training programs are ideal for professionals working directly with tweens, teens, and/or emerging adults, professionals leading organizations serving these populations, or those who aim to serve this audience in some capacity.

Coaching is a helping profession focused on learning and growth. Thus, it is a wonderful skillset addition for those in or interested in a career path within helping professions or education (e.g., human resources, counseling, social work, human services, leadership, nursing, teaching, public health, etc.)

Trainees who complete our programs most often apply their skills in the following ways:

  • Coaching as a side gig for access to deep, meaningful work and extra income around a full-time job
  • Coaching as a professional career path
  • Adding coaching skills to enhance their work with tweens, teens, or young adults
  • Coaching in a volunteer or mentoring capacity
  • Stage 1 Only – Basic Coaching Skills: for parents or teachers of tweens, teens, or emerging adults who want to learn to support and empower them more effectively through this challenging life stage but do not have any interest in a coaching-specific work role.
  • Stages 1-2: Certified Youth Well-being Coach: for adults who serve tweens, teens, or young adults and want to add coaching skills to enhance their services.
  • Stages 1-4: Certified Youth Resilience Coach: for adults who serve tweens, teens, or young adults and want to pursue a professional coaching career, establish a private coaching business, or supervise coaching staff. This program is Level 1 International Coaching Federation Accredited. It’s also approved by the Center for Credentialing & Education for Board Certified Coach applicants.
  • Stages 1-5: Certified Youth Behavioral Coach: for adults who have a minimum of an associate degree or equivalent 4,000 hours of work experience. This program covers basic coaching principles, resilience coaching techniques, and specialization in behavioral health coaching for youth.
  • Stage 4 Only – ICF Group Mentor Coaching: for coaches who will be pursuing higher credentialing through the International Coaching Federation and did not complete their 10 mentor coaching hours as part of their foundational coach training program. This is the 10 hours of mentor coaching required for the ICF ACC or PCC application.
  • Stage 5 Only – Specialty Certifications: For certified coaches who have already completed at least 60 hours of ICF-approved training, we offer several stage 5 certifications for specialization in lifestyle medicine/behavioral health, career, and academics.

Yes! Our live youth life coach training program is delivered in four stages.

The Certified Youth Well-being Coach trainees only complete the first two stages (14 weeks).

You can register for the 14-week CYWC program and either upgrade to the higher level (25-week Certified Youth Resilience Coach) program by week 7 to remain with your current cohort all the way through or come back to complete Stages 3-4 at a later date to earn your Certified Youth Resilience Coach designation and qualify to apply for the ICF ACC.

**Our Certified Youth Well-being Coach path was formerly known as the Certified Youth Transition Coach path. Our content is the same. The fresh name is more aligned with the heart of the work.

Our Stages 1-2 (Certified Youth Well-being Coach) and Stages 1-4 (Certified Youth Resilience Coach) training programs have an 80% live attendance requirement.

All live classes are recorded so that those who have an allowed absence are able to watch the recording to submit a missed class makeup summary to earn credit.

If you were scheduled to coach on the day of your absence, you would also need to complete a makeup practice coaching session outside of class.

We also understand that an unexpected life event can require you to pause your training. Your well-being is our priority. You can transfer to a later cohort to complete your training up to one year from the date of your withdrawal from your current cohort.

Absolutely not. Your basic coaching skills are generally applicable to any coaching-appropriate audience – tweens, teens, and adults of all ages.

The behavioral science knowledge you’ll gain is also generally applicable. You are practicing coaching peer trainees who are adults of all ages with various backgrounds, experiences, and cultures during your in-class training. This means that you’re learning to coach adults of all ages through this program.

Because your training with us is approved by the International Coaching Federation, you also qualify to obtain a higher credential through the ICF upon successful completion with us. The ICF’s designations are general professional coaching designations accepted in most coaching-related roles.

Self-Study Courses: All tuition paid for self-study courses is non-refundable upon release of course access to the buyer.
Live Meeting Courses: Registrants can cancel or withdraw participation at any time within 14 days prior to the first scheduled live meeting date for their enrolled group for a full refund of paid tuition. Registrants can cancel within 7 days following the first live meeting date for the enrolled group for a 50% refund of paid tuition. If registrants cancel or withdraw from training more than 7 days following the first live meeting date for the enrolled group they are not entitled to any refund or any reductions in tuition owed, as they must cover the cost of the lost seat.

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