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Program Comparison

We know that choosing a coach training program can feel like an overwhelming decision. We researched some recognized programs in the industry to see how their offerings compare.

We delve into seven program features and compare them. From our research, you will see how Thriving Coach Academy offers the most value compared to any other program on the market.

ICF Accreditation?

Thriving Coach Academy

Accredited by the International Coach Federation (Level 1 & 2)

iPEC

Accredited by the International Coach Federation (Level 2)

Lumia

Accredited by the International Coach Federation (Level 1 & 2)

The Life Coach School

Not accredited. Program is not reviewed by ICF.

A Robust And Simplified Curriculum

Flexible Training Hours

The Academy requires about 5 hours per week of live training calls. Most certification requirements can be completed at your convenience. Our training calls accommodate students from around the world.

 Accelerated Learning

The Academy is 130 hours, and it is accelerated to help you become a confident coach as fast as possible. Other programs include 300+ training hours and require long 30-hour weekend trainings, which can feel rushed and overwhelming. The Academy is robust and simplified so that your timeline for success is collapsed.

Fast Results

The average time it takes our students to get paying clients is 2 months. The average time it takes our students to earn certification is 6 months. We only teach what you need to know so you can launch your business right away.

 ICF Credentials

We will make sure you have all the requirements necessary to be eligible for ACC, PCC or MCC credentials, if you choose to receive them from the International Coach Federation.


Business Support?

Thriving Coach Academy

Provide comprehensive business support and lifetime access

to business coaching and mentorship.

iPEC

Provide basic business support, but most students require further business training beyond certification.

Lumia

Provide business support that lasts for eight months.

The Life Coach School

Provide business support that lasts for six months.

Small Classroom Size?

Thriving Coach Academy

Average of 10 students per cohort.

iPEC

Class size varies from 20 to 60.

Lumia

Average of 25 students per cohort.

The Life Coach School

Maximum of 10 students per class.

In-Person or Virtual?

Thriving Coach Academy

The entire program is virtual with the option to attend an in-person annual retreat (pending COVID restrictions).

iPEC

Students can choose virtual or in-person.

The Life Coach School

The entire program is virtual.

No Hidden Fees?

Thriving Coach Academy

Program is all-inclusive and has no hidden fees.

iPEC

Students are taught to use a proprietary assessment tool with clients, but they must pay iPEC a fee each time they use it.

Lumia

Program is all-inclusive and has no hidden fees.

The Life Coach School

Program is all-inclusive and has no hidden fees.

One-on-One Mentorship?

Thriving Coach Academy

One-on-one mentorship is included.

iPEC

One-on-one mentorship is included.

Lumia

One-on-one mentorship is included.

The Life Coach School

No one-on-one mentorship. All training is in a group format.

Tech Support?

Thriving Coach Academy

Provide tech support for setting up your website, social media platforms and marketing channels.

iPEC

No tech support provided. Students must seek outside support for technical issues.

Lumia

No tech support provided. Students must seek outside support for technical issues.

The Life Coach School

No tech support provided. Students must seek outside support for technical issues.

Post-Certification Support?

Thriving Coach Academy

Graduates get lifetime access to all coach training modules and ongoing business mentorship. 

iPEC

Graduates are not permitted to re-attend lessons or repeat any parts of the program.

Lumia

Graduates are given limited options for support beyond certification.

The Life Coach School

Graduates are not permitted to re-attend lessons or repeat any parts of the program.

Narrowing Down
Your Coach Training Choices

In the pursuit of finding the perfect coach training program, it's easy to fall into the trap of endless research – what some might call "due diligence." However, at times, this quest for perfection is merely fear and procrastination in disguise.

Here's the truth:

Once you find a coach training program that aligns with your priorities, resonates with your values, and feels like a great match, the answer is not more research; it's time to move forward.

Imagine dating someone who feels like a fantastic match, but you keep dating others, thinking there might be something better out there. It's a cycle that leads to indecision and missed opportunities.

Similarly, in your coach training journey, once you've found a program that ticks all the right boxes, it's time to take action. The perfect program isn't a distant dream; it's the one that feels right for you today.

Getting clear about what you want and making a decision to move forward is a powerful step towards your coaching aspirations. It's about trust – trust in your judgment, trust in your goals, and trust in your journey.

If you've discovered a program that feels right, don't let fear or procrastination hold you back. Take that step forward; your coaching success awaits.

Step 5: Advanced Coaching Training

In this module, you will dive deeper into high-level coaching techniques that will allow you to remove the biggest blocks that hold people back. 


  • ​How to challenge and release deep-seeded thought and emotional patterns that get in the way of leadership
  • ​​The best practices in assessing and coaching emotional intelligence
  • ​How to communicate in the most effective way during coaching sessions
  • ​How to integrate personal stories into a coaching session
  • ​How to stay present and mindfully handle strong emotions during a coaching session
  • ​How to incorporate metaphors to create high-level awareness with clients
  • ​​The best practices in assessing and coaching emotional intelligence

This module is delivered live over a Saturday and Sunday (half-days). Our training hours are accommodating to the Americas and Europe.

Coaching Mastery Webinars

Our training does not teach you how to become a generic “life coach.” We support you in having specialized skills for different areas within coaching. As a student, you’ll also get access to our weekly Coaching Mastery Webinars, which are group trainings delivered live.


These webinars dive deeper into various different focus areas of coaching: Health & Wellness, Relationship & Couples, Executive & Leadership, Career & Life Purpose, Group and Entrepreneurship.


As a student in our program, you may choose to specialize in one area of coaching and grow a business around that topic. And for that, we give you the tools in these webinars to stand out and succeed. 


One-On-One Mentorship & Peer Coaching

In between our live training modules, you also get weekly Mentor Coaching and Peer Coaching sessions where you will practice your coaching skills and receive supportive feedback.


There is no other program that offers the high level of support we do with this training. You will have everything you need if your goal is to launch a thriving coaching practice.


We are committed to raising the quality of coaching in our industry and have a rigorous standard that we hold our coaches to as they go through our program. When you complete all of our certification requirements, the last step will be to complete a final exam. Upon completion, you are certified as a Certified Professional Coach.

Ongoing Support Post-Certification

After you complete your certification, you will still have access to a growing archive of coaching tools and resources that will keep you equipped with up-to-date material that will ensure your continued success.


You will also have opportunities to stay connected with our coach community so you can continue growing your network.


Note: Our training program is currently delivered in English.

Portland

 Dates to be announced. Please contact our Admissions Team to be added to our wait-list.

Sacramento

 Dates to be announced. Please contact our Admissions Team to be added to our wait-list.

“I joined having no prior experience in coaching, and I didn’t really know where my coaching skills could lead to. Within a few weeks into the program, I signed on several paying clients. It was so easy because Thriving Coach Academy gave me the tools to know exactly how to find clients!”

- Brandon F.

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Our Hands-On Teaching Methodology

We believe coaching is not something that can be effectively learned from a textbook or video course alone.


Therefore, our training curriculum is highly experiential and allows you many opportunities to practice coaching as you learn it.


Our expert trainers and mentor coaches will provide personalized feedback as you strengthen your skills every step of the way.

Unlike most other trainings, we don't teach you how to become a generic or cookie-cutter coach.


That's why we provide six specialized trainings within our program so you can stand out as an expert in the following focus areas:


Health & Wellness, Relationships, Corporate, Executive, Career & Life Purpose, and Entrepreneur.

Meet Our World-Class Training Team

Our dynamic and approachable trainers are thought leaders in the coaching industry and bring their experience coaching thousands of clients around the world.

Frank Macri

Entrepreneurship & Career Coaching Expert

Julie Danielson

Relationship Coaching Expert

Scott Verrette

Corporate & Executive Coaching Expert

Keia Del Rosario

Health & Wellness Coaching Expert

 Our modules are led by trainers who have established six-figure coaching practices.

What Our Students Are Saying...

"I've been through many personal development trainings, and these are the best trainers I have worked with. Their engagement, openness, and mastery are examples to us all."

"There is something special and real about the trainers. Their authenticity is contagious. This FAR exceeded my expectations!"

"The trainers created a respectful, engaging and safe container that makes it easy to show up and learn.

"I oversee a large corporate training department, but I become impatient and bored as a participant. This was the first time in a long time that maintained focus and stayed engaged 100% of the time.”

"My trainers were transcendent, bold, intuitive and life-changing. I am grateful I had the opportunity to become a coach and also experience personal growth."

"The trainers have amazing energy and passion for helping others. Great senses of humor – all in all perfect trainers!"

Here's The Next Step To Take

Watch Our Free 60-Minute "Coaching 101" Class.

In this class, you will learn...

  • What you need to consider before you pursue coaching
  • The qualifications necessary to thrive as a coach
  • The most important things to know about the coaching industry
  • How to choose the best coaching school for you
  • Our current tuition options

Questions? We Would Love To Hear From You

We believe our training is the best of its kind and thank you for considering it.


We also want you to feel amazing about your decision if you choose to enroll in our training.


We celebrate diversity in our classroom and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our students. We welcome students of every race, religion, sex, gender, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, and physical ability.

If you have questions about our program, please e-mail an Admissions Coach by contacting admissions@thrivingcoachacademy.com or clicking the button below.


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