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UW Certified Professional Coach Program (UWCPC)

Registration is now closed. Please contact Michelle Galarowicz at michelle.galarowicz@wisc.edu to get on the Priority Applicant List for 2024–25. If you are interested in learning more about our upcoming Coach-Approach Bootcamp for Professionals, please join our mailing list.

Why should you consider the UW–Madison Certified Professional Coach Program?

We are in business to develop masterful coaches, grounded in the ICF core competencies, who are rising to create powerful change.


Learn at the only major, research-based university in the Midwest that has an ICF-ACTP accredited program. We’re also one of only a handful of university-based ICF-ACTP accredited programs nationwide.


Our cohort model allows you to build deep relationships with peers in a tight-knit learning community.

Top-notch instruction

Learn from expert instructors and mentors who are ICF-certified and hold Professional Certified Coach (PCC) or Master Certified Coach (MCC) designations.

Competency-based curriculum

Ground yourself in ICF core coaching competencies. You will be prepared to coach in all areas of coaching, including but not limited to leadership, executive, diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, relationships, and career. Our broad, competency-based curriculum draws from the research in and about reflective inquiry, diversity and inclusion, emotional intelligence, cultural competence, evidence-based coaching, positive psychology, mindfulness and neuroscience.

Career boost

Graduates of our program are highly successful and go on to use their coaching skills and knowledge to create and advance coaching cultures within organizations, establish private coaching practices, spearhead coaching-based service projects, and add professional coaching to therapeutic or clinical counseling settings.

High professional standards

Our students set the bar for quality and excellence. Students who complete our program are prepared to apply (and succeed!) to become an ICF-certified Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and/or Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Set the stage for creating sustainable change on your own diversity and inclusion journey through our program. You will be encouraged, through your training and growth as a professional coach, to reinforce an ongoing commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in your work and life.


Welcome to the UW–Madison Certified Professional Coach program from Chariti Gent, Director of Professional Coach Education!

Chariti GentWe are so glad you are here! Over the last decade, the coaching profession has grown by leaps and bounds. As a leader in the education and certification of professional coaches worldwide, we are proud of the part we’ve played — and continue to play — in facilitating that growth. If you are considering certification as a professional coach, or merely want to add to the toolkit you already have in place, our program can help. Please take your time as you browse through all of the information about our offerings, and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. Thanks — and Go Badger Coaches!

Learn more about Chariti and the rest of the UWCPC team.

Read about one student’s “transformational learning experience” with UWCPC.