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Professional Coaching Certification · Level One, ICF Accredited Education

April 3 to August 21, 2024 (20 Weekly Sessions)


The “Coaching Tools” Professional Coaching Certification offered by The Goldvarg Consulting Group is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as Level One, ICF Accredited Education (previous ACSTH), and it is designed to develop professional coaching skills to provide professional services worldwide. The program consists of 85 hours of training and is offered in English and Spanish.

Why to become a coach?

As a professional coach you partner with clients to maximize their potential and become the best version of themselves. In a collaborative process, you support your clients to achieve objectives, become more effective, and bring more wellbeing to their lives. Are you interested in being a transformational agent? Becoming a professional coach will allow you to make a significant contribution in the lives of your clients, their teams, and organizations.

Target Audience

Human resource partners, training, and organizational development professionals, leaders, and managers.


By the end of the program, participants are able to understand and apply the International Coaching Federation Core Coaching Competencies and enhance their personal and work effectiveness. Topics covered include Coaching Agreement, Building a Partnership, Communication Skills, Coaching Presence, Cultural Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, and Positive Psychology. The program includes coaching practice and working with a mentor coach who provides feedback from recorded sessions.

Mentor Coaches

Alicia Aguero, MCC, ESIA

Susie Warman, MCC, ESIA

Teresa Estremadoyro, MCC, ESIA

Program Agenda

The program cost is $5,ooo. Includes Mentor Coaching.
The program lasts 85 hours with the following components:

Thursdays at 4:00 PM PST
Participants have to attend to 80% of the classes to receive the certification of attendance.

Participants need to plan to spend an average of 1hr. per week for readings, 15 hours total. This program will assign readings from three (3) texts.

  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0, Greaves, J., Lencioni, P. TalentSmart. (2009).
  • Professional Coaching Competencies, by Goldvarg, Matthews, and Perel (2018).
  • Language and the Pursuit of Happiness. C. Brothers. New Possibilities Press (2005).

The individual sessions are an additional ICF certification requirement. Participants complete these individual sessions with a certified mentor coach. These mentor coaching sessions must be arranged individually based on mutual availability.

To assist participants in building their coaching skills, they have to schedule 5 coaching sessions with at least 3 individuals for a total of at least 15 hours. These hours count towards the 100 hours of certification required for ICF ACC – Associate Certified Coach Credential.

Participants will receive coaching from program graduates to understand how coaching works and experience being a coachee before working professionally as a coach.

Participants meet in small groups four times for 2. 5 hours each, to practice and receive feedback from a Certified Mentor Coach.

Participants meet with a supervisor to reflect on their work and explore emotional reactions, ethical dilemmas, and challenges as new coaches.

Organizational mission and vision for being a coach education provider.

 We have been providing coaching certification programs for ten years closely aligned to the ICF Core competencies framework and professional and ethical standards. Our mission is to provide excellent coaching, mentor coaching, and coaching supervision training to prepare very effective and ethical professional coaches.

Our vision is to support the development of extraordinary coaches committed to making the world a better place.

Learning philosophy that guides delivery and accreditation management.  

Our philosophy embraces ICF values of excellence, respect, integrity, and collaboration. We follow adult learning models and treat students as peers that bring to their training their life experiences and wisdom that can be leveraged during the learning process. Our programs are very interactive and we focus on global participation and give priority to diversity and equity issues. The programs are developed around ICF competencies. Each class focuses on one competency

Disability/Discrimination/DEIJ statement

Goldvarg Consulting Group does not discriminate based on race, gender, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or disability.  We provide services that bring awareness of the importance of equity and embracing differences.

Complaint/Grievance Policy

If any client has a complaint needs to write a letter explaining the concerns to the President, Damian Goldvarg, at

Participant/Participant Enrollment Agreement

Participants receive a contract they need to sign that explains all program requirements and adherence to ethical and professional behaviors.

Completion policy

Participants receive in the contract clear guidance about completion. They need to attend 75% of interactive sessions, finish mentor coaching sessions, practice with clients and perform the assessment at the end to complete the program.

Payment/Fees policy(s)

Participants may split payments in monthly installments but need to finish paying the whole program to receive the certification.

Refund policy and Transfer of Credit policy.

A partial refund is offered in case of personal circumstances such as illness.  We don´t offer refunds after attending four sessions. We also offer the possibility to participate in the next program if a participant needs to stop participating before arriving at half of the program.

Road to Certification

To follow the Level 1 path to become an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC), participants will need to:

  • Submit the Coaching Tools Certificate of Completion to ICF (you will receive the certificate after completing all program requirements).
  • Log at least 100 hours of client coaching experience (Coaching Tools Certification will fulfill the first 15 hours towards this requirement).
  • Complete the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA).
  • Submit a fee of $300 to ICF ($100 if you are an ICF member).

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

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

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Testimonials · Coaching Certification Program

“The “Coaching Tools Program” is the most beneficial professional development experience I’ve had in my career. The skills I learned were immediately useful in my position at USC and equipped me with effective communication tools that I continue to use daily with my colleagues and constituents.”

Joshua James Knightley, Associate Director, Marshall Learning & Development

“Damian is a true coaching master! If you want to get well below the surface of things and into the true essence of success and its connection to who you are being, not what you are doing, Damian will get you there with ease and grace. He has a powerful gift for opening people up, and a passion for coaching that is unparalleled.”

Mary K. Campbell, Ph.D.

Attending the coaching training program at USC might be the best professional decision I ever made. This program has invigorated my career development and expanded my ability to impact people’s lives. When it comes to training, I have high standards and low patience, and this course never failed to keep me motivated and engaged, with a clear sense of how to apply what I was learning. Even though I brought many years of clinical and consultative experience to the class, it still challenged me to develop new skill sets and frameworks, without ever feeling repetitive. Perhaps the highest praise I can offer is that since completing this program, I continue to attend advanced coaching courses offered by the instructor, Damian Goldvarg, who is a gifted teacher, wise mentor, and a person of high quality and character

Jason Sackett, LCSW, PCC

Coaching is a process that enlivens, illuminates, and transforms. As a member of coaching cohort 3 at USC, I found myself challenged to grow personally and professionally as a result of taking the coaching course with Damian Goldvarg. Truly, Dr. Goldvarg is an excellent teacher who invites each student to participate fully in instruction. There were absolutely no dull moments in this course! Instead, I feel rejuvenated and better connected to my own sense of self as a direct result of completing the course. I highly recommend this course to other employees and especially to those who have no idea what coaching is about: I guarantee that Dr. Goldvarg will motivate and inspire all coaching students.

Jeanne Weiss

Dr. Damian Goldvarg

Goldvarg Coaching Group

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