Frequently Asked Questions

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

Candidates must be

  • 21 years old or older

Recommended pre-requisites:

  • hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in any field with 1 year of experience working directly with at-risk youth or

  • hold an associate’s degree or higher in any field with 2 years of experience working directly with at-risk youth or

  • have four years of experience working directly with at-risk youth or young adults

Tip: Our training programs are ideal for professionals working directly with underserved youth, professionals leading organizations serving these populations, or those who aim to serve this audience through private coaching businesses or volunteering.

Life 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, nursing, teaching, public health, etc.) 

Training progression is as follows for those pursuing youth life coach certification:

Stage 1Introduction to Coaching – cannot be taken as a stand-alone block.

Stage 2Certified Youth Transition Coach – for trainees with no interest in independent practice or business building. These coaches will apply their newly honed skills as internal employees for schools, colleges, community-serving organizations, etc.

Stage 3Certified Youth Resilience Coach – Trainees who complete Stages 1-3 will earn 80 hours of International Coaching Federation Approved Coach Specific Training (ACSTH) and 60 Center for Credentialing & Education approved Board Certified Coach training provider hours. These coaches will go through the business building considerations portion of training and be prepared to continue higher credentialing through the ICF and/or CCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stage 4ICF Group Mentor Coaching – for coaches who will be pursuing higher credentialing through the International Coach Federation. This is the 10 hours of mentor coaching required for the ICF ACC or PCC application. Those pursuing the ACC only would conclude professional development here. Those who want to pursue the PCC would proceed onto Stage 5 for additional training hours.

Stage 5 – Specialty Certifications – Certified Academic Resilience Coach and Certified Career Discovery Coach. Additional coach specific training hours for ICF PCC portfolio applicants. 

The International Coaching Federation recently announced changes to its accreditation structure effective 1/10/2022. These changes will now require all ICF accredited training programs to include 10 hours of mentor coaching with an ICF credentialed coach within the core training program. To date, we have offered those 10 hours within Stage 4 of our current program structure, separate from our initial certification process. Our current ICF approval (ACSTH) does not require those 10 hours of mentor coaching be integrated into the core training program. As such, Stage 4 is currently optional for our program participants. Our Winter 2022 cohorts will be the final cohorts enrolling without Stage 4 as a requirement for certification. Beginning Spring 2022, all CYRC trainees will be required to complete Stages 1-4 to certify through YCI.

New Structure Effective Spring 2022:

Certified Youth Resilience Coach trainees will now complete the 10 hours of mentor coaching during the certification process. The program will be extended to 25 weeks vs. the current 20 week timeline. Trainees will complete three 1:1 mentor coaching sessions between weeks 7-16 and a five-week stint of group mentor coaching between weeks 21-25.

Tuition update:

Certified Youth Transition Coach (Stages 1-2 only) – $1,600 

Certified Youth Resilience Coach (Stages 1-4) – $2,600

We do! Here are our options:

CE – Coaching Adolescents (Video Lecture Series) – Open to coaches certified by an ICF- or CCE-approved coach training organization who are seeking supplemental training for coaching youth and emerging adults. The complete training program consists of 16 hours of self-study training. International Coach Federation-credentialed coaches may use this training toward Resource Development CE for the maximum 16 hours of self-paced courses allowed for ICF credential renewal. See the ICF’s “self-paced courses and other self-study guidelines. Board Certified Coaches through the Center for Credentialing & Education may use these hours toward self-study CE. See the CCE’s CE guidelines. 

CE – Career Discovery Coaching (Video Lecture Series) – Open to coaches certified by an ICF- or CCE-approved coach training organization who are seeking supplemental training to coach youth through the career planning process. The complete training program consists of 19 hours of self-study training. International Coach Federation-credentialed coaches may use this training toward Resource Development CE for the maximum 16 hours of self-paced courses allowed for ICF credential renewal. See the ICF’s “self-paced courses and other self-study guidelines. Board Certified Coaches through the Center for Credentialing & Education may use these hours toward self-study CE. See the CCE’s CE guidelines. 

CE – Single 1-Hour Class Modules in Evidence-Based Coaching Methods (Video Lectures) – (Options: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Coaches, Positive Psychology Primer for Coaches, Mindfulness for Coaching, Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Coaching) Open to certified coaches seeking coach continuing education in evidence-based methods. These single class recordings are pulled from our live 30-week youth life coach training program.

International Coach Federation-credentialed coaches may use this training toward Resource Development CE for the maximum 16 hours of self-paced courses allowed for ICF credential renewal. See the ICF’s “self-paced courses and other self-study guidelines. Board Certified Coaches through the Center for Credentialing & Education may use these hours toward self-study CE. See the CCE’s CE guidelines. 

Basic Coaching Skills (Video Lecture Series) – Available to organizations employing staff or volunteer coaches who practice under the supervision of a coach certified by an ICF- or CCE-approved program. This series is not intended to serve as a stand-alone training or certification program for coaches. It is intended to serve as a training primer. Coaching is an applied discipline. Therefore, it is highly recommended that staff or volunteer coaches experience formal training in a synchronous setting wherein they have an opportunity to apply and develop coaching skills in practice under the supervision of a qualified coach. 

We currently offer the following private training options for organizations:

Youth Life Coach Certification (Stages 1-3) – Available for private group scheduling for agencies or organizations with a group of 20 or more. If you have less than 20 to train at any given time, feel free to enroll them in any of our ongoing live training cohorts with space available. 

Certified Desistance and Positive Reform Coach – Separate training for professionals who support juveniles and emerging adults working toward positive change. (E.g., juvenile justice professionals, social workers, case managers, probation officers, counselors, etc.) Only available on a group training basis for agencies or organizations supporting this audience. Scroll down to the pricing table for additional details.

Contact leah@youthcoachinginstitute.com to schedule.

Because we care to make evidence-based coaching financially accessible for all youth, trainees who certify through our program commit to coaching one to two pro-bono and/or severe sliding scale clients during or after training for low-income clients on a need basis. 

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Youth Coaching Institute, LLC, Coaching  Life, Forney, TX