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Career Coaching Fundamentals Course

To support university and higher education career services professionals in using a coach-approach so they can. . .

  • be free from the pressure to have all the answers and empower students to take ownership of their careers
  • help students pursue career goals that are in sync with their strengths, passions, purpose, and values
  • respond to student’s hesitations and mindset derailers
  • have neuroscience based tools to support curiosity, collaboration, and connection in students


    ICF Approval: This 15-hour course of Core Competency Training is the only of its kind approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as part of The Academies’ Level 1 and Level 2 Programs. 

    Leverage the ICF Core Competencies

    This course provides an introduction to the 8 ICF Core Competencies that will give you all of the tools you need to add the coach approach to your career consulting.  You will leave with a solid understanding of what’s important about each of the competencies, the neuroscience behind them, and simple and memorable tools for practicing coaching skills.  

    Blend a Coach-Approach with Career Advising

    We know that part of your role is sharing best practices with your students. This course is designed with that in mind to teach you core coaching skills and what it can look like to blend those with your advising role.  Learn to:

    • Designate when to coach and when to advise 
    • Bring a coaching mindset
    • Invite student responses to best practices (students engage with conversation/process more)
    • Create a partnership with the student that gives them ownership over their career

    You will be equipped to:

    Here are just a few of the Universities with Academies-trained Certified Career Coaches on staff:

    Course Details


    Meet for 6 weeks for group webinar sessions with 6 additional hours of asynchronous work. Weekly topics include:


    • Blending Advising & Coaching
    • 3 Phases of a Coaching Conversation: Agenda-Awareness-Action 
    • Creating a Coaching Partnership
    • Coaching a networking mindset
    • Tapping into strengths
    • Coaching Mindset Derailers
    • Application of Coaching Techniques in Student Scenarios
    • Sample Coaching Questions for Students

    * See our CCMC outline for our full course option (14 weeks) in a public or private cohort offering


    Neuroscience: We’ve been training coaches for 20+ years, and we’ve spent the better part of our last 10 years gobbling up the latest research on neuroscience. Translating neuroscience findings into easy-to-implement coaching techniques is our passion. When you marry coaching techniques with mind-body biology, you’ll have a holistic approach that supports the people you coach to make lasting change (they’ll thank you for it)!

    Mission: We’re on a mission to blend neuroscience and coaching to “Change Minds, For Good” (starting with our own)! We believe respectful relationships and authentic conversations are the incubator for insight, action, and lasting change. We believe that every brain is wired for growth and capable of choosing well. We stand for growing our individual and collective capacity to feel good, think good, encounter good, and create good. If this resonates with you, you’re in the right place.

    More on the brain: Our coaching programs are intentionally structured to extend over several months’ time. That’s because new skills cannot be mastered in a weekend format (have you ever come back to your office after being at a great conference, only to forget half of what you’ve learned or be too busy to implement the other half?) Nor can coaching be mastered entirely by embarking on self-directed study or reading books (much the same as taking a course on music appreciation does not equip one to play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata).

    To learn effectively, the brain needs good “P.R.”—Positivity and Routinization:

    • We make learning enjoyable (you’ll remember more),
    • We pride ourselves on creating psychologically safe learning environments (you’ll feel confident to take more risks), and
    • We create opportunities to practice coaching over time (you’ll build “muscle memory” that lasts).


    Pre-Enrollment Requirements

    This course is appropriate for career coaches working in university or higher education career services offices, ideally with a background in career development, recruiting, business, or industry.

    Pricing and Registration

    One Payment  $1,897

    Open Cohort Format: Consists of a group of 6-12* classmates.  To register, click HERE.

    *Please note that all of our cohorts require at least 6 participants to run. If enrollment is below 6 participants 2 weeks before the course is scheduled to begin, we may need to postpone or cancel the course.In this event, you will be contacted immediately, and your registration will automatically be moved to the next scheduled cohort.

    Private Cohort: For more information check out our private cohort page HERE.

    We make every attempt to treat others with respectful, open-minded, and courteous service. We reserve the right to not accept and/or dis-enroll a student from programs should the student be creating an unsafe or hostile environment with instructors, internal team members, or The Academies’ community, such as, but not limited to: demanding communications, disrespectful encounters, or argumentative behavior.


    We use Zoom technology for all of our classes.  We highly recommend that you have access to a laptop or computer in order to download files and to download the Zoom app and test it 48 hours prior to your first class.

    The learning platform provides access to modules, forums, class recordings, coaching demo recordings, featured resources, and class announcements.


    We “meet” from the comfort of home/office via Zoom for 6 weeks, for 1.5 hours each time (9 live class hours); the remaining learning time is via our online learning environment where you’ll interact with fellow classmates to deepen your learning (see “Outside of Class” paragraph below). Total credit hours approved by the ICF are 15.

    Outside of Class: How much time will you spend in addition to class-time hours? Coaches have reported spending about one to two hours of time outside of class for buddy coaching and classroom tasks, and some report additional time implementing new coaching concepts learned in class.

    See our calendar or schedule a time with us to discuss registration and upcoming classes.

    If you wish to participate in 1-on-1 training, please reach out to coaching@theacademies.com for more information.

    Certification Requirements

    Attendance: Attend 5 of the 6 live class sessions

    Virtual Classroom: At the conclusion of the course, participants will be required to finish online classroom tasks with an 85% completion rate or more.  If 85% completion is not met, the coach will be issued a Certificate of Completion for the amount of hours completed, indicating the full course was not completed.

    Buddy Coaching and Homework: Your classroom tasks will include short daily tasks or reviewing coaching recordings, along with one buddy practice hour after Week 5 totalling approximately one hour of tasks per week.

    Mentor Coaching: Mentor coaching is not included in this course.  However, if you would like to purchase any to further your learning or to use towards an ICF credential, please reach out to coaching@theacademies.com.

    Upon completion of the above requirements, coaches will receive a display certificate of completion suitable for framing.

    Withdrawal Policy

    Should you need to withdraw, the following options are available:

    Transfer Option: If you need to transfer to another cohort for scheduling purposes prior to the start of your originally scheduled course, a $350 administrative fee applies along with an additional charge equal to the difference in price if the program has increased in investment. If you need to transfer after the cohort has already begun, please see our withdrawal policy.

    Withdrawal Option: Receive a full refund less a $350 administrative fee if withdrawing at least 48 hours before class begins. No refund available after class begins – the full amount of the program is owed.