Develop a strong coaching foundation to support your clients’ personal and professional growth.


DURATION: 75 hours


COURSE FEE: €3,500

WHO IT IS FOR: new and experienced coaches who wish to become certified

AIMING AT: an ICF ACC accreditation via the Level 1 path

The Professional Coaching Skills Certification has been approved by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and granted the Level 1 programme accreditation. It will enable you to apply for an ICF ACC accreditation via the Level 1 path.

It is designed for anyone looking to develop their coaching skills and for those who want to become professional life coaches, career coaches, and leadership & executive coaches.

8 participants maximum

10 hours of Mentor Coaching

Access to an online learning platform

Invitation to the alumni community



Dates: October 5th to November 10th

Days: Thursdays and Fridays

Time9am to 1pm (UK time)

Weekly self-study: up to 3 hours of additional study to complete (videos to watch and self-reflection)


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Dates: November 2nd to December 11th

Days: Mondays & Thursdays

Time: 1pm to 5pm (UK time)

Weekly self-study: up to 3 hours of additional study to complete (videos to watch and self-reflection)


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Mark A.
Mark A.
Perhaps the most impactful personal growth I've experienced in years.After extensive research I chose the Certificate in Professional Coaching programme from the Institute of Coaching Studies because the method of delivery of the course best fitted my needs; small class sizes with the learning and practice delivered over the right timescale...The learning experience was intense: consistently challenging my comfort zone in different ways in a safe, supportive environment. Jessica was a fantastic coach and educator who role-modeled everything she was teaching throughout the course. Seeing & experiencing skills and behaviours role-modeled is even more valuable than the excellent materials.I have no reservations in recommending the Institute to anyone who wants to help others through coaching and is ready to step out of their comfort-zone and grow.
Diana M.
Diana M.
It was an absolute pleasure to do the professional coaching skills programme with Institute of Coaching Studies. It took me some time when selecting the course and I could not have made a better choice to start my path as a coach with a professional like Marion.
Robin G.
Robin G.
Taking the ICF accredited course at The Institute of Coaching Studies was a significant event in my career. By expanding my skill base outside pure therapy into coaching taught me techniques I now employ throughout my practice. Simultaneously fascinating, challenging and rewarding, I learnt all I needed and more for my application to the ICF for accreditation. Marion teaches, mentors and coaches her students in an engaging way that makes me want to pursue my coaching development with her Institute with the next level programme. I also have to say that the other people on the course were really great and I learnt a lot from them too.
I opted for both the Professional Skills Certification and Advanced Diploma and I couldn’t be happier with my experience.The small classes made it easy to connect with others in the group plus this allowed enough time to discuss the various theories, tools and foundations for a solid understanding.As for content, the included handbooks were clear, concise and organised. Other big pluses included having access to resources online and a dedicated network for other students to continue making connections, ask questions and share content beyond the course.Marion, who facilitated the classes, is incredibly knowledgeable and created a warm but engaging atmosphere where everyone is encouraged to get involved. Her insightful feedback has been invaluable for my growth as a coach.The course overall has not only blown my mind with the possibilities of coaching but it’s also been a wonderful personal journey of discovery about myself too.I would highly recommend, not only if you want to become an accredited coach, but if you want to learn more about yourself, how to connect with others and practice effective communication, as examples.I not only have the confidence to begin my career as a coach but have access to an array of tools and wonderful connections to help in my growth as a person.
Kelly L.
Kelly L.
I was looking for a professional coaching training and I made the right decision by choosing this one among all the other online. Marion is very knowledgeable and kind. Her teaching goes step by step to make you feel more and more confident in coaching. The coaching training (via Zoom) is a combination of learning the coaching principles and practice with others. We were in a small group which which was perfect to learn quickly, ask questions and get constructive feedback. I highly recommend! Thank you again Marion for your support and guidance throughout the course and after.
Mark D.
Mark D.
I came into the program with no previous experience and not sure what to expect. What I discovered was a very hands on and practical learning environment that gave me a great opportunity to learn all of the theory and models and put them into use in the same day. This is a great place to start or continue your coach education and training.
Veronika M.
Veronika M.
Brilliant Life Coaching ICF accredited course. Marion was an amazing tutor, who always had an answer to all our questions. The course was full of extremely useful information but also fun and interactive so that everyone had an opportunity to practice their coaching skills. It’s the best I could do for myself to invest in this course to start my life coaching journey with some solid foundations to build on. 5 stars for me!!!
Emma T.
Emma T.
I would highly recommend this training. I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course. Marion is an excellent and knowledgeable teacher and the classes were relaxed and yet informative. The learning I gained was second to none and I was grateful of the opportunity to apply theory into coaching practice throughout the course. I searched many trainings before deciding on this one and I definitely made the right choice!I am confident to expand my work after completing this training- Thank you 🙂
Anastasiia S.
Anastasiia S.
I want to say thank you for helping me become a great coach. The knowledge and experience I gained during the coaching program were priceless. It was very informative, practical, and insightful. I feel very confident and empowered to continue my coaching journey. Highly recommended!
Jenny H.
Jenny H.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my coaching experience with The Reflective Mind /Institute of Coaching Studies. Marion Tilly is a wonderfully patient and knowledgeable coach, her model for teaching is thorough and easy to navigate. As well as useful guidance on the ICF there are plenty of tools to study that make wonderful resources. The live sessions work particularly well as they are straight forward with structured content and offer a full explanation of how to use the tools and how ICF coaching works. I especially enjoyed working in small interactive groups learning by sharing information, asking questions and testing knowledge gained through observed coaching. I would totally recommend this course to anyone looking to up level their qualifications in this area. I'm sad to finish working together but very much looking forward to signing up for Marion's supervision services soon!
Gill M.
Gill M.
I completed my coach training with the institute recently and I’m SO incredibly pleased that I chose this program - the training is second to none. Marion, was an amazing teacher and coach who made the program an absolute pleasure to complete. I’ve actually just applied for my ICF ACC certification far sooner that I thought I’d be able to thanks to the structure and support I received from the Institute of Coaching Studies. I highly recommend to anyone who is committed to becoming the best coach they can be.


The course is delivered in English. 

You can read more about our approach here.

We tend to follow the same format for most training days (start time is indicative only):

  • 9-9:30am – Discussion about previous day, Q&A
  • 9:30-10:30am – Coaching core competency
  • 10:30-11am – Coaching theory/model/tool
  • 11am-12:30pm – Coaching practice
  • 12:30-1pm – Daily recap and wrap up

We have regular breaks incorporated in the agenda.

We have 3 important requirements that we ask all participants to consider before signing up to any of our programmes:

  1. Participants must be able to attend all classes and must be in the right mindset to practice coaching. The learning is intensive, so it is important to choose a training format that best suits your learning style and preference.
  2. Participants must join the training from a private, quiet location where they will not be distracted during classes and the coaching sessions they will facilitate. This is to maintain focus as well as honour the confidentiality of their clients’ sessions.
  3. The participants’ Internet bandwidth needs to be good enough to join a Zoom call with video and audio from your laptop.

These requirements are essential to maintain a positive and enriching learning experience for you but also for the group.

Regarding specific background, experience or education, there is no requirement. Anyone interested in learning and practicing coaching skills can join. Though most of our students have already practiced coaching one way or another, some have never formally coached before.

Aside from all the information listed above, it is important to know that you will practice coaching a lot during the programme. You will coach and be coached each time we meet (so once per half-day of training), on real topics.

Being coached so much can be difficult for some people. There are two reasons we included so much real practice:

  • The first one is that coaching is an art that can only be perfected through practice. You can learn the theory but it is only when you coach that you can improve your skills.
  • It is essential that you also experience coaching as a client so you can see the different styles of coaching from other participants, as well as increase your self-awareness and reflective practice.

All the information about the ICF accreditations can be found on the ICF website. You can visit this page to read about the credentialing process for ACC.

On the first day of the programme you will be provided a template of a Coaching Log and you will be explained how to use it.

You can practice paid coaching in different ways. The ICF defines “paid coaching” as follows:

  • Peer-to-peer coaching (coaching another coach and receiving coaching in return)
  • With paying clients (payment may be in any amount, or exchange of goods or services)
  • Internal coaching (as part of the coach’s employment)
  • Third-party coaching (when the coach receives payment from an organisation for coaching a client. Payment may be in any amount or barter of goods or services).
Visit the ICF website for more information on the experience requirements.

Yes the course is enough to practice as a coach. The ICF accreditation is not mandatory. However we strongly encourage coaches to aim for an ICF certification, which validates your training and experience and is highly recognised.

Unfortunately the training dates can’t be changed as the trainer and people who booked their place have already committed to them. Make sure to check all the dates suit you before registering, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Yes we do! We have a second module which is ICF Level 2 accredited. It is an additional 75 hours of training and you will be awarded an Advanced Diploma in Coaching. 

To join this training, you need to have completed the Level 1 training first and have had at least six months of coaching experience.


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