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Professional Coaching - Certificate Program


Organized by Professional Coach : Eman Hamzeh Al Smady   @ Adler Faculty Of Professional Coaching


ADLER’s Professional Coaching certificate program has been the leader in the field since it was introduced in 1998. With our broad focus, ADLER trains professional coaches to work across industries and settings. ADLER coaches learn a wide variety of practical coaching techniques based in ideas drawn from Adlerian theory, positive psychology, appreciative management, contemporary organizational development, and transformative adult education.

In 2002 the certificate program was the first in Canada to be reviewed and designated as an Accredited Coach Training Program by the International Coach Federation (ICF).  The ICF is the largest, globally recognized organization that provides both accreditation for coach training providers and certification for professional coaches.


The ICF defines Coaching as “to partner with clients in a thought provoking & creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”.  At ADLER we see coaching as a profession that distinguishes itself by helping people discover how to bring their choices and actions more in line with their goals. Facilitating change in either a personal or professional setting. 


Schools who have the ICF designation as an Approved Coach Training Program (ACTP) or Accredited Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) must undergo a “rigorous review process and demonstrate to the ICF that the curriculum aligns with the ICF definition of coaching, core competencies & code of ethics” 

For individuals the ICF has three levels of credentaling:

  • Accredited Certified Coach (ACC) – The Practiced Coach.  Requires 60 hours of Accredited Coach Specific Training (ACSTH) from an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified training program. Plus 10 hours of mentor coaching.
  • Professional Certified Coach – PCC, The Proven Coach.  Requires completing the entire (125 hours of training) training program from an Accredited Certified Coach Training Program, (ACTP) which includes successfully passing the capstones required to graduate from the program.  
  • Master Certified Coach – MCC, The Expert Coach.  200 hours of coach‐specific training. 10 hours of Mentor Coaching 

(for specific requirements please visit the ICF website at www.coachfederation .org

ADLER students who have completed 90 hours of training are distinguished as an ADLER Trained Coach (ATC). Upon graduation, which requires successfully passing the ADLER exam and completing 100 hours of coaching, ADLER students are awarded the credential ADLER Certified Professional Coach (ACPC).



*COA-301 Foundations of Professional Coaching – 30 training hours 

Introduces the foundational concepts, models and processes associated with the ADLER approach to professional coaching and anchors you strongly in the coaching mindset while practicing the core competencies of professional coaching. Introduce and practice a structure for the basic coaching conversation. Gives you an overview of the coaching profession and the many areas of professional practice for coaches.

COA-302 Coaching in the Context of Work – 30 training hours 

Looks at the individual in the context of systems and how the coach supports people in their work and their lives. Part 2 substantially expands your coaching skills while also providing additional tools and context for helping clients with work‐related issues, an important focal point in almost any coaching relationship, whether you're a life coach or a business coach, regardless of your niche.

COA-303 Moving Toward Artful Coaching – 30 training hours 

Provides exposure to and experience with a range of tools and processes to deepen coaching effectiveness and creativity. Part 3 focuses on integrating your learning, enhancing and deepening your ability to coach artfully and creatively. It includes units on metaphor, creativity, leadership, and much more.


If you are, or hope to be a professional practitioner in mental health or human systems and services, Adler's mission is to support your success.

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