Master Coach Training


The Master Coach Training Curriculum introduces student coaches to the theory and practice of the International Coaching Federation’s coaching methodology. The coach training curriculum also introduces Ontological Coaching, a powerful coaching methodology, and several content areas that are essential to producing breakthrough results for coaching clients.

Introduction to the International Coaching Federation

9 classroom hours
Quiz on Code of Ethics

Nuts and Bolts of Coaching

  • Introducing a new client to coaching, to the coach’s role, the structure of a session, etc.
  • Confidentiality
  • Coaching v. Therapy
  • Invoicing and payment
  • Coaching goals & projects
  • Note-taking
  • Transcriptions

3 classroom hours

ICF Core Competencies

Each core competency is studied using the ICF markers and Minimum Skills Requirements for MCC level coaching.

Each competency is practiced by

  • Students coaching each other while observed and evaluated by an MCC coach.
  • Student coaching sessions with actual clients are recorded and evaluated by an MCC coach.
  • Participants evaluate coaching sessions by MCC coaches.


  • Co-Active Coaching, Henry Kimsey-House et al
  • The Art of Laser Focused Coaching, Marion Franklin
  • Coach the Person, not the Problem: A Guide to Using Reflective Inquiry, Marcia Reynolds
    (Note that other resources including articles, videos, and presentations are also assigned).

60 classroom hours
24 hours in individual sessions with a mentor coach evaluating the participant’s coaching calls.

Coach Being

Develop coaches to bring a powerful and supportive presence to their coaching calls.


  • Masterful Questions, Michael Stratford

48 1-hour coaching sessions with an MCC coach.

Ontological Coaching Methodology

Introduction to ontology

  • Human concerns
  • Different models of human concerns
  • Way of Being
  • Linguistic
  • Emotional
  • Physiological
  • Ontological distinctions
  • How to adapt ontological coaching to the ICF model


  • Language and the Pursuit of Leadership Excellence, Chalmers Brothers
  • The Unopened Gift, Dan Newby
  • The Art of Somatic Coaching, Robert Strozzi-Heckler
  • Play to Win: Choosing Growth Over Fear in the Work and Life, Wilson & Wilson

48 classroom hours

Non-Coaching Content Areas

Communication (required)

  • Communicating authentically
  • Non-violent communication
  • Ontological speech acts
  • Accountability conversations


One to two of the following content areas are selected by the students

  • Time Management
  • New habit creation
  • Emotional regulation
  • Fear/Confidence
  • Relationships
  • Happiness
  • Vulnerability/core context
  • Meaning/fulfillment

36 classroom hours.

Total Hours

144 classroom
24 one-to-one coaching evaluations/training
48 coaching
216 total