UW Certified Professional Coach Program

ICF accreditation

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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. Graduates of an ACTP program may apply for an individual ICF Credential including the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and the Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

Watch as Magdalena Mook, CEO and Executive Director of the International Coach Federation (ICF), explains why it’s important to choose an ICF-accredited coach training program.

UW Certified Professional Coach Program

Next cohort starts in September 2020. Applications open now!


Due to COVID-19, we will now offer the 2020-2021 cohort program completely online. Check back soon to see specific changes and updates. For questions in the meantime, please contact Elizabeth Misel at elizabeth.misel@wisc.edu.

At A Glance

What: The Midwest’s only university-based Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) available through the International Coach Federation (ICF)
When: Next cohort runs Sep. 2020 through May 2021
Where: Online
Cost: $10,990; includes instruction, supervision, and materials
Questions? Chariti Gent, Lead Instructor and Program Director
Elizabeth Misel, Special Projects Manager
Michelle Galarowicz, Program Coordinator

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 Midwest’s only university-based Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) available through the International Coach Federation (ICF). We’re also one of only a handful of university-based ICFACTP 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 leadership coaching, health and wellness, relationships, and executive coaching. Our broad-based curriculum draws from emotional intelligence, evidence-based coaching, and appreciative inquiry.

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. You will be prepared to apply to become a PCC as set by the ICF and pass the Coach Knowledge Assessment exam to be a professional coach.

Giving back

Complete a one-of-a-kind “passion project,” designed to honor the Wisconsin Idea — that what you learn in the classroom should benefit the greater community. Past students have established a coaching program for veterans, brought a coaching culture to the internal team at a nonprofit, and much more.

Chariti Gent headshotWelcome to the UW-Madison Certified Professional Coach program from Chariti Gent, Lead Instructor and Program Director!

We 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