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Diploma in Personal and Business Coaching - 2019-2020

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Diploma in Personal and Business Coaching          
The Irish Lifecoach Institute (ILI) is one of the largest coach training organisations in the country offering a professional Diploma in Personal Coaching & Business Coaching.
This fully approved and accredited course will, on completion, enable participants to begin work as professional Life and Business Coaches. Participants come from a variety of career backgrounds bringing their new skill set back into their workplace, school , company or setting up as a professional Life and Business Coach. Others come on the programme for personal development reasons and all students find the course “transformational”.

Since the course commenced in 2001 in excess of 1800 people have qualified. Many of these are School Principals and teachers. The skills of coaching relate very closely to any job that requires the building of strong relationships and good communication. Therefore this course is a good fit for school leaders and teachers.

This course is ran on the basis of one weekend per month over 8 months (16 days) and our next courses will start in October – please CLICK HERE for more detailed information on the course.

Course Dates - October 2019 to May 2020
  • Oct 5 & 6
  • Nov 9 & 10
  • Nov 30 & Dec 1
  • Jan 11 & 12
  • Feb 1 & 2
  • Mar 7 & 8
  • Apr 4 & 5                    
  • May 23 & 24(**)
Course Summary 2019
The ILI Diploma in Personal and Business Coaching Course is run over 16 days on the basis of one weekend per month for 8 months and is priced at €1950 (special offer for teachers).

Our course also includes an option of completing the QQI Level 6 Special Purpose Award in Life and Workplace Coaching which has been integrated into the Diploma Course. An extra fee of €450 (registration, assessment and certification) applies for this option. The course is an Approved ICF (International Coach Federation – ) Programme and as such is recognised worldwide. On successful completion of the course, students are qualified professional coaches.

Course tutors utilise a variety of instructional techniques including: Audio/Visual presentations, Coaching role plays with facilitator feedback, Personal Development, Experiential and interactive exercises, Peer Coach Group Sessions, Book Presentations and Instructional Coaching DVDs. We also have a Student Resource Centre on our website which gives you extra resources to help with your coaching development outside of class hours. 

Module 1
Concept and Origins of Coaching, ICF Core Competencies of CoachingEthics in Coaching, The Coaching Relationship, GROW Model of Coaching

Module 2
ICF Core Competencies, Applications of Coaching, Action Planning and Goal SettingSMART Goals, QQI Level 6 Award, Peer Coaching Sessions

Module 3
ICF Core Competencies, Self-Awareness, Lifescope Model of Coaching©, AttitudeAssessed Peer Coaching Sessions, Small Group Mentor Coaching

Module 4
ICF Core Competencies, Beliefs and Values, Roles and Priorities, Mission Statements, Motivation, Assessed Peer Coaching Sessions, Small Group Mentor Coaching

Module 5
ICF Core Competencies, Co-Active Coaching Model, QQI Level 6 Award – Assessment Briefs, Visioning, Judgements, Thinking Skills and Creativity, Focus and Clarity, HabitsAssessed Peer Coaching Sessions, Mentor Coaching on Pro Bono Sessions

Module 6 
ICF Core Competencies, Emotional Intelligence, Self Esteem, Change Management 4 Cs of Change©, Team Coaching, Leadership Coaching, Assessed Peer Coaching Sessions, Mentor Coaching on Pro Bono Sessions

Module 7
Workplace Coaching Business Coaching Executive Coaching, Time & Stress Management, Assessed Peer Coaching Sessions, Supervised Pro Bono Sessions, Coaching Contracts

Module 8
Introduction to Relationship Coaching & Career Coaching, Marketing your own Coaching Business, Guest Speakers on Coaching Topics, Pathway to Accreditation, Graduation

A range of related topics including positive psychology will be explored  and appropriate techniques will be introduced 

Course Work
Reading and Written Assignments
Between each Module up to Module 6, students will read a prescribed book and write a 500 word assignment on the book (6 books in total). From Module 3 to Module 7, students will also need to complete 4 x 250 word reports on their development in coaching. The end of course assignment (3000 words) covers 4 coaching topics and needs to be completed 2 weeks at the latest after Module 7. All written assignments to be uploaded to the Resource Centre on the ILI website, relating to the course the student is attending as instructed by the course tutor. Also between Modules, students are highly recommended to complete a Q & A based on the previous Module content – questions are in your Manual and on your Resource Centre 

QQI Award 
All written course work for the Diploma Course also form the assignments for the QQI Award in Life and Workplace Coaching. At the end of the course, all these written assignments must be transferred into one QQI document and uploaded to the relevant Resource Centre and also handed in to the course tutor or ILI office before, or, on the final module.  

Coaching Practice
Coaching practice will be facilitated on all Modules in class apart from the final one. Outside of class hours, students must complete 4 coaching sessions as a coach and 4 coaching sessions as a client with their peers from class between Modules 2 and 4. Students must then complete a minimum of 18 hours of pro bono (free) coaching sessions with people sourced from outside the class, family, friends and direct work colleagues. Students can however coach other students’ family members, friends and direct work colleagues (strict protocol will apply to confidentiality). Students are also highly recommended to attend an accredited coach for up to 4 sessions over the duration of the programme. All course work and coaching sessions must be finished at least 2 weeks prior to the end of the course.

Other Extra Curricular Activities
Students form small groups in Module 2 and they must meet outside of class hours a minimum of 4 times throughout the course (6 meetings is recommended). These small groups are support groups and are designed for the students’ development in coaching.

All students must achieve a minimum of 85% attendance in class to qualify for a Diploma.  

Continuous Professional Development
Please check out our website for more information on all our advanced coach training programmes to keep your coaching skills updated after you graduate.

For more information on the course and to apply please click on the following link   You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone  1850 200591 or 01 4610733.

Teachers/Principals: Click HERE for more information specific to coaching in schools.

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