Profesional Coaching Certification (ACTP)


Welcome to Coaching Tools Program. It is designed to build out your coaching skills and become a Professional Certified Coach, following the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) guidelines.


By the end of the program, participants will be able to understand and apply ICF core coaching competencies.

Topics covered include: Coaching Agreement, Building a Partnership, Communication Skills, Coaching Presence, Cultural Issues in Coaching, Neuroscience and Coaching Practice.


Damian Goldvarg, Ph.D., Master Certified Coach will be the lead coach on this program. He is the Principal of The Goldvarg Consulting Group, a management consulting firm that works with Fortune 100 companies as well as with local community based organizations in Los Angeles County, offering services in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Dr. Goldvarg has twenty years of consulting experience as a trainer and in developing leaders and empowering people at their workplaces.  He provides services in: executive assessment and coaching, organizational assessment and intervention, leadership training, performance feedback, and group facilitation. His other areas of expertise include communication skills, conflict resolution, behavioral interviewing, team building, and time management.

He has worked in more than forty countries and with different levels of management. He has worked in the past with many Fortune 100 companies in Latin America and local Non-profit organizations in Los Angeles County.   He is the Global Chair of the International Coach Federation Board of Directors.

Program Agenda

Coaching Tools is a 6.5-month program that is comprised of the following components:


Core Coaching Sessions (Total: 80 hours)

The core coaching program is presented in 10 sessions of 8 hours each. The sessions begin promptly at 8:30 AM and finish at 5:00 PM, with breaks for lunch.


Session Requirements:

Participants must attend 80% of the classes to receive the certification of attendance. Participants will not be able to miss any more than two sessions throughout the 6.5 months program to remain eligible for the certification.


Required Readings:

This program will assign reading from four (4) texts:

  • Coaching Skills for Nonprofit Managers and Leaders, Wilson and Gislason, Editorial Jossey Bass. (2010).
  • Language and the Pursuit of Happiness, Chalmers Brothers (2005).
  • Strengths Finder 2.0, Rath, Tom, Gallup Press. (2007).
  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0, Greaves, J., Lencioni, P. TalentSmart. (2009).

Participants need to plan to spend an average of 2hr. per week, 32 hours total.


Group Mentor Coaching Sessions (Total: 20 hours)

Group Mentor Coaching takes place in group sessions (10 total) of two (2) hours each focused on practicing coaching. There are two distinct parts to this component:

a) Five (5) of the sessions are hosted by Dr. Damian Goldvarg virtually via Zoom Platform with formal facilitation; and,

b) five (5) will be coordinated amongst peer participants (groups of three) who will meet without formal facilitation.

Session Requirements:

Participants must attend 80% of each component to receive a certificate of completion.


Coaching Practice (Total: 25 hours)

To assist in building your coaching skills, you will schedule five (5) coaching sessions with at least five (5) individuals within the USC organization or outside the institution for a total of at least 25 hours. These hours will count towards the 100 hours of certification required for ICF ACC – Associate Certified Coach.


Individual Mentor Coaching Sessions (Total: 6 hours)

These sessions consist of working one-on-one with one of three external ICF PCC or MCC level certified mentor coaches introduced by Dr. Goldvarg. Your mentor coach will provide feedback based on your progress as a coach.


  • Record one of your coaching practice sessions.
  • Submit the recording to your selector mentor coach.
  • Your mentor coach will provide feedback.
  • Repeat steps 1-3 until you have completed all three sessions.


 Take Home Exam

A final take-home essay exam and performing at PCC level is required to fulfill the requirements of the coaching program.


Road to Certification

In order to follow the ACTP path to become an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC), participants will need to:

  • Submit Coaching Tools certificate of completion to ICF
  • Log a minimum of 100 hours of client coaching experience (Coaching Tools will fulfill 25 hours towards this requirement)
  • Complete the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA)
  • Submit a fee of $300 to ICF


Please see ICF website for further details on ACC application requirements.