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Certified Executive & Leadership Development Coach Course (CELDC)

Are you interested in tapping the lucrative market of executive coaching?

If you want a brain-friendly way to coach leaders to . . .

  • Lead with vision
  • Manage with wisdom
  • Develop their people by honoring their strengths, aspirations, and humanity
  • Improve the company’s bottom line without burning out or burning bridges

… the Certified Executive and Leadership Development Coach Course is the place to begin!


ICF Approval: This 33.5-hour course of Core Competency Training is approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as a part of The Academies’ Level 1 and Level 2 Programs.

Leadership Coach Certification Course Curriculum

Our foundational leadership program will equip you to confidently coach on executive/leadership topics, such as achieving business goals, navigating VUCA challenges, creating team trust, transforming conflict, leveraging strengths, and deepening developmental leadership competencies. We pair ICF coaching competencies with useful models from the thought-leadership of Harvard, Yale, and others.

Over the 10-week program you will receive ICF core competency training and hands-on coaching experience. Our buddy coaching model provides an adaptable roadmap for your coaching conversations with leaders, giving you a framework and sequence to guide your coaching.

This foundational leadership program shifts executives and aspiring leaders to operate from a “possibility perspective” as opposed to a “problem state” or “status quo mentality.” You will learn a variety of coaching techniques drawn from neuroscience, such as:

The ROI of Coaching

  • The average ROI of coaching is between 5-7x the cost of the original investment, and retention of high-level leaders increases 32% on average (Training.mag).
  • One of the biggest impacts on retention is employee engagement (SHRM, Deloitte).
  • On average, only 21% of employees are engaged at work (Gallup’s 2022 State of the Workplace).

Course Details

Why the Academies

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).


If you’re looking to combine this course with the foundational CCMC (career) course, you’ll see some similarities in the first few weeks of content. Specifically, we reinforce similar coaching techniques in both courses, yet vary the application and context based on the course focus. Please schedule a call with us or email us at coaching@theacademies.com with your questions and curiosities!

Logistics and Registration

Pricing and Registration

One Payment  $3,897
Four Payments  4 payments of $1,014.25 = $4,057 total

Open Cohort Format: Consists of a group of 4-12* classmates.  To register, click HERE.

*Please note that all of our cohorts require at least 4 participants to run. If enrollment is below 4 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 pricing and registration details please schedule a call HERE

Note: Contact us HERE  for more information and additional payment options if you are registering three or more participants.

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 10 weeks, for 1.5 hours each time (15 live class hours); the remaining learning time is via mentor coaching and 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 33.5.

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 and marketing concepts learned in class (e.g., revising their website to include coaching services; writing value statements to articulate the return-on-investment that coaching clients receive; setting aside “think” time to envision the direction they’d like to take their business, etc.).

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 us for more details.

Certification Requirements

Attendance: Attend 9 of the 10 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 course in place of the credential.

Buddy Coaching and Homework: Your classroom tasks will include one hour of buddy coaching on the even weeks of class along with short daily tasks or coaching recordings each odd week for a total of approximately one hour of tasks per week.  The hours that you are coaching can be used on your ICF client coaching log (2.5 hours).

Mentor Coaching: 4 group mentor coaching sessions with an Academies PCC-Certified coach are included in the price of the course.

  • All 4 mentor coaching sessions are mandatory.
  • Group sessions are locked into a schedule at the beginning of each course and typically take place the 4 weeks following live sessions at the same day and starting time as your course.
  • Missed sessions require an individual make up session at the current price.

Upon completion of the above requirements, coaches will receive a  certificate suitable for framing and rights to use the course logos.

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.