UW Certified Professional Coach Program

UW Certified Professional Coach Program

(formerly the Professional Life Coaching Certificate Program, PLCC)

Next cohort starts in September 2020. Applications to open in early 2020.

Do you want to help people change their lives? Are you seeking to guide, inspire, and empower others in your organization to reach their potential and get real results? Have you ever thought about becoming a professional coach?

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s interactive and engaging Certified Professional Coach (UWCPC) program is your gateway to this rapidly growing profession.

The UWCPC is an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) through the International Coach Federation (ICF), the accrediting body for coaching. ACTP accredited programs are all inclusive training programs, which offer start to finish coach training. Through a 10-month series of face-to-face classes and teleconferences, you become adept at helping others see new perspectives, get unstuck, and find the courage to take bold actions—all while enhancing your own self-awareness and working toward professional credentialing as a coach.

Why the UW-Madison Certified Professional Coach Program?

UW-Madison is the only Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) at an academic institution in the Midwest.

Professional coaching is an art and a science. This rich training program combines many disciplines: emotional intelligence, positive psychology, ontological coaching, use of self, evidence-based coaching, neuroscience of coaching, systems theory, relationship intelligence, organization development, and appreciative inquiry. Train with professional coaches and work with your own clients as you learn. The program was recently featured as an outstanding example of “best practices” for blended learning design for adults.

Begin by developing self-presence as you explore and deepen your awareness, creating a strong foundation for coaching. Next comes skill development, where you gain the knowledge, abilities, and techniques to coach with confidence. From here you practice co-creating a dynamic coaching relationship with your clients so they can find true fulfillment in their lives.

Anne standing in front of the Professional Life Coaching banner

While a student in the UWCPC Program, you will:

  • Receive regular supervision from International Coach Federation (ICF)-certified coaches provided by UWCPC
  • Work with your own clients for at least 6 months under the individual supervision of ICF-certified coaches
  • Hire and work with your own ICF-certified coach, so you can experience the powerful impact of coaching through the personal lens of being a client
  • Build relationships and work with peers in a learning community cohort model

Is the UW-Madison Certified Professional Coach program for me?

Yes! If you are:

  • Seeking to become a professional coach
  • A practicing coach who wants to take your skills and certification to a higher level
  • An accomplished professional preparing for a second career that requires advanced skills and experience
  • A manager, internal trainer, or organizational development professional seeking to enhance your inherent coaching skills
  • A human resources and performance management professional who wants to grow your portfolio of skills
  • Looking to guide, inspire, and empower others to help them reach their potential and get real results!
Accredited Coach Training Program seal

Professional coaching addresses a person’s whole life: mind, emotions, body, and spirit. Students who complete our program use their certificates to coach in a wide variety of specialties and niches, including but not limited to: leadership coaching, wellness coaching, personal life coaching, executive coaching, career coaching, academic coaching, etc. Our program’s curriculum is broad-based, providing a solid grounding in the International Coach Federation’s (ICF) 11 core coaching competencies that every coach, regardless of specialty, must master. Whether you are looking to become a certified life coach or prefer to focus on using coaching skills within an organizational, professional, or business context, the UWCPC program can help you to succeed and flourish! 2018 Program Number: 2801-19-LAAS

Have Questions?

Contact: Chariti Gent, Program Director, at chariti.gent@wisc.edu.


For general Continuing Studies questions, view our Frequently Asked Questions.

Darcy Luoma portraitWelcome to the UW-Madison Certified Professional Coach program!

Whether you’re a prospective student who’s interested in this program, or you’re just curious to learn more about the coaching profession and what we’re up to, we’re glad you’re here. Maybe I’m biased, but this program is absolutely amazing! Not only do you learn the skills to become an amazing professional coach, you also transform the way you think and interact with others. I invite you to ask questions and dig deep to see if this is the right fit for you. We would absolutely love to have you in our next cohort if you decide it is.

—Darcy Luoma, Director of Training and Curriculum

Learn more about Darcy and the rest of the UWCPC team here >

Program Director and Lead Instructor Chariti Gent on the UWCPC program and the ICF.

In the news

Support your community through coaching. Link to blog postRead our latest blog post here

Even The New York Times understands the importance of getting coaching training through an accredited program. Link to read article in The New York TimesRead the article here

People come from all over the world to take part in this program. Read about Alejandra Rivera’s experience with the Life Coaching programRead one woman’s story here

The UWCPC celebrated five years of training and transformation. hereRead the story here

See how these participants increased their skills and value within their companies and careers — and how you can too.

Director and Lead Instructor Chariti Gent recently conducted a webinar for the Wisconsin Chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF). Posted with permission of the ICF. If you wish to earn CCEUs for viewing this video, please contact Meredith Williams at admin@icfwisconsin.org.