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The Irish Lifecoach Institute (ILI) is one of the largest coach training organisations in the country offering a professional Diploma in Personal Coaching & Business Coaching. This fully approved and accredited course will, on completion, enable participants to begin work as professional Life and Business Coaches. Participants come from a variety of career backgrounds bringing their new skill set back into their workplace, school, company or setting up as a professional Life and Business Coach. Others come on the programme for personal development reasons and all students find the course “transformational”.

Since the course commenced in 2001 in excess of 1600 people have qualified. Many of these are School Principals and teachers. The skills of coaching relate very closely to any job that requires the building of strong relationships and good communication. Therefore this course is a good fit for school leaders and teachers.

Course Summary 2018

The Diploma in Personal and Business Coaching Course is run over 16 days on the basis of one weekend a month for 8 months and is priced at €2250. However due to this course being run in association with the Donegal Education Centre, we have a special reduced rate for school principals and school teachers only of €1950 (please submit your teachers council number on the application form to qualify for this offer). Our course also includes an option of completing the QQI Level 6 Special Purpose Award in Life and Workplace Coaching which has been integrated into the Diploma Course. An extra fee of €450 (registration, assessment and certification) applies for this option. The course is an Approved ICF (International Coach Federation – ) Programme and as such is recognised worldwide. On successful completion of the course, students are qualified professional coaches. Course tutors utilise a variety of instructional techniques including: Audio/Visual presentations, Coaching role plays with facilitator feedback, Personal Development, Experiential and interactive exercises, Peer Coach Group Sessions, Book Presentations and Instructional Coaching DVDs. We also have a Student Resource Centre on our website which gives you extra resources to help with your coaching development outside of class hours.


Module 1
Concept and Origins of Coaching, ICF Core Competencies of Coaching Ethics in Coaching, The Coaching Relationship, GROW Model of Coaching

Module 2
ICF Core Competencies, Applications of Coaching, Action Planning and Goal Setting SMART Goals, QQI Level 6 Award, Peer Coaching Sessions

Module 3
ICF Core Competencies, Self-Awareness, Lifescope Model of Coaching©, Attitude Assessed Peer Coaching Sessions, Small Group Mentor Coaching

Module 4
ICF Core Competencies, Beliefs and Values, Roles and Priorities, Mission Statements, Motivation, Assessed Peer Coaching Sessions, Small Group Mentor Coaching

Module 5
ICF Core Competencies, Co-Active Coaching Model, QQI Level 6 Award – Assessment Briefs, Visioning, Judgements, Thinking Skills and Creativity, Focus and Clarity, Habits Assessed Peer Coaching Sessions, Mentor Coaching on Pro Bono Sessions

Module 6
ICF Core Competencies, Emotional Intelligence, Self Esteem, Change Management 4 Cs of Change©, Team Coaching, Leadership Coaching, Assessed Peer Coaching Sessions, Mentor Coaching on Pro Bono Sessions

Module 7
Workplace Coaching Business Coaching Executive Coaching, Time & Stress Management, Assessed Peer Coaching Sessions, Supervised Pro Bono Sessions, Coaching Contracts

Module 8
Introduction to Relationship Coaching & Career Coaching, Marketing your own Coaching Business, Guest Speakers on Coaching Topics, Pathway to Accreditation, Graduation Plus: A range of related topics including positive psychology will be explored and appropriate techniques will be introduced.

Course Dates

Module 1 Oct 13th 14th

Module 2 Nov 10th & 11th

Module 3 Dec 8th & 9th

Module 4 Jan 12th & 13th

Module 5 Feb 9th & 10th

Module 6 Mar 9th & 10th

Module 7 Apr 27th & 28th

Module 8 May 18th & 19th (in Portlaoise)