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Core Essentials

This initial program is suited for those seeking to learn foundational coaching skills and start their journey towards an ICF coaching certification. The Core Essentials Program™ (CEP) will provide you with the essential knowledge of the ICF core coaching competencies and the skills required to coach effectively.

Core Essentials CE Facts
Who This Is For
Delivery Method
  • CEP: $3,995
  • CEFTP: $4,585- Early Bird Price 45 days before program start
  • CEFTP: $5,095- Standard Tuition
  • CEFTP: $4,330- 2 or more registration for the same program
  • CEFTP: $8,360- Combo Offering, Core Essentials Fast Track Program (CEFTP) and Professional Essentials Program (PEP)

See what people have to say about Core Essentials:

I appreciate the holistic nature of the Coach U approach. I learned many different coaching models and approaches, and the group and individual coaching during training was invaluable. The relationships built during training and the support network I've gained as a result have been incredibly helpful as I move forward on my coaching journey.

Aubrey Wiete, CEP Student/Graduate, 2021

It has been a wonderful journey not only in terms of content but most important in terms of my further own development. I have become aware that I can be only as good as coach, as I am prepared to further develop myself as a human being and as a soul.

-Andreas Lussi, CEP Student/Graduate, 2021

Why take our Core Essentials Program?

Offered in Two Ways

Offered in Two Ways:

Our Core Essentials Program is offered as a 77 hour distance learning program or as a 6 day program, the Core Essentials Fast Track Program (CEFTP).
For Individuals and Organizations

For Individuals and Organizations

Learn essential skills for coaches providing individual and/or organizational coaching services.
Deepen Your Coaching Foundation

Deepen Your Coaching Foundation

Whether you are new to coaching or want to blend Coach U training with other philosophies, our CEP and CEFTP courses will help take your leadership skills and communication skills to new levels.
Become Accredited

Become Accredited

Make a difference in your community and organization by becoming an accredited coach. Our CEP and CEFTP are critical steps to achieving your Associate Certified Coach (ACC) accreditation by ICF.

Interested in “fast tracking” the Core Essentials? 

The Core Essentials Fast Track Program is an intensive version of the Core Essentials program, completed virtually over 6 days with pre and post-event courses.

What you will learn

  • ICF Core Coaching Competencies
  • Ethics & Standards
  • Myths and Misconceptions in Coaching
  • Internal and External Coaching
  • Proprietary Coach Models
  • How to Position your Coaching Business or Internal Practice
  • Creating Strong Coaching Contracts
  • Navigate difficult and challenging coaching scenarios
  • Coach U’s 9 Guiding Principles
  • Establish sustainable coaching fees and packages
  • Sales Strategies to grow your practice
  • Step by Step Pathways to becoming credentialed as a coach

Course Curriculum

  • New Student Orientation
  • Coaching Fundamentals
  • Listening
  • Language
  • Questioning
  • Messaging
  • Coaching Ethics
  • Acknowledging
  • Guiding Principles
  • Context for Coaching
  • Coaching Mindset
  • Core Skills Practicum
  • Application Practicum
  • Personal Foundation Level One
  • Establishing Yourself as a Coach
Core Essentials FAQs
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CEP/CEFTP Policies & Program Materials
Next Steps after Graduation?

After you enroll in the Core Essentials Program, your first course will be a one-hour, self-guided online “CE-101 CEP Orientation” session. After attending this Orientation session, you may enter the student-only area, review the complete schedule (courses are scheduled months in advance) and enroll in courses!  The course schedule changes each month to accommodate preferred course days (some people enroll in courses on specific days of the week only while others have greater availability) and times of the day (some people prefer to call before or after work while others during business hours) as well as time zones (we have students in over 50 countries). Courses are available around the clock from Monday-Thursday, depending on where you live.

Program (CEFTP)

CEFTP is a 6-day virtual intensive program with pre-and post-event courses.

This is an intensive version of our Core Essentials Program.
Until further notice we will be offering our Core Essentials Fast Track Program Virtually.

2021 Virtual Programs:

Central Europe / Middle East Time Zone
Monday, September 20, — Saturday, September 25, 2021

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Asia Pacific / Hong Kong Time Zone
Monday, October 11 – Saturday, October 16, 2021


Eastern USA Time Zone
Monday, October 25 – Saturday, October 30, 2021


Pacific USA Time Zone
Monday, November 15 – Saturday, November 20, 2021


Ready to get started?

Whether you are ready to enroll in one of the upcoming programs or have a few more questions, one of our helpful team members are here to help with the next steps. Let us know how we can help. 

Core Essentials Fast Track Facts
Who This Is For
Delivery Method
  • CEP: $3,995
  • CEFTP: $4,585- Early Bird Price 45 days before program start
  • CEFTP: $5,095- Standard Tuition
  • CEFTP: $4,330- 2 or more registration for the same program
  • CEFTP: $8,360- Combo Offering, Core Essentials Fast Track Program (CEFTP) and Professional Essentials Program (PEP)

Phase 2: Professional Essentials Program (PEP)

This program is exclusively for Coach U Core Essentials Graduate and already credentialed ICF Coaches looking to advance their coaching practice.

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Contact our Client Engagement Team at:

North America

1-800-48COACH or 1-800-482-6224

Asia Pacific

+61 2 9531 8988

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