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Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate

Train to be a Life Coach. Study this course to advance your career in life coaching.

  • Start your own business or a new career.
  • A 600 hour course covering - 
    • Life Coaching
    • Counselling Skills
    • Careers Counselling
    • Psychology
    • Nutrition, and more.
  • ACS Distance Education is an organisational member of the Association For Coaching. Students on the course are eligible to join the association as student members.

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Become a Life Coach. Develop Your Coaching Skills.

Life Coaching is a booming industry - would you like to be part of it?

Study Life Coaching and start helping people to move on in their lives.

  • Develop skills in counselling, business, nutrition and fitness as well as life coaching.
  • Start a rewarding and fulfilling new career or business helping people.
  • Recognised by the Complementary Medical Association.
  • ACS is an organisational member of the Association For Coaching. Students are eligible to join as student members.

The Certificate In Life Coaching - Course Content

To pass the certificate in Life Coaching, you are required to pass exams six 100 hour modules.

  1. Students are to study FOUR Core Modules - Life Coaching, Careers Counselling, Psychology and Counselling, and Stress Management.
  2. You will then complete TWO Elective Modules from - Counselling Skills I, Health and Fitness I, Introduction to Psychology, Starting a Small Business, Professional Practice in Counselling, and Human Nutrition I; or other acceptable options.

The Core Modules

The Certificate requires completion of the following 4 Core Modules. For further information on each of the modules, please follow the links in the module titles:-

Life Coaching

Careers Counselling

Psychology and Counselling

Stress Management

The Elective Modules

In addition to the Core Modules, students are to select 2 Elective Modules from the following. For further information, please follow the links in each of the module titles:-

Counselling Skills I

Health and Fitness I

Starting a Small Business

Professional Practice in Counselling

Introduction to Psychology

Human Nutrition I

If you wish to choose a different Elective to those listed here, please contact the school for approval on your selection


Helping a client maintain motivation can be a primary benefit for the client of seeing a life coach, but ultimately it is not up to the life coach to make the changes – the client must be committed to taking action to make changes in their lives. A client may come to a life coach with an issue or problem, but not actually be motivated to do anything about it.

Clients may recognise that they have a problem, perhaps with their time management, weight, fitness, or business skills; but lack knowledge or motivation to correct the problem. A life coach will need to clarify this with the client- that they need to be committed to change or they are wasting their own time and money seeing a life coach; and then help them become more motivated.

To help the client with their motivation, you need to help the client determine what will motivate them. Working out the client’s primary motivator will help them to achieve their goals. For example, if the client’s goal is to lose 10kg weight because they are getting married, it may be more effective to use visualisations of what they will look like on their wedding day, or find a picture of a bride with the figure they would like and place a picture of their own face and put it on their fridge, rather than by using a reward system, such as a holiday or a special treat.

Motivation is not always as simple as the example given above, and the thing that appears to be the primary motivator may not actually provide the most motivation. Consider the example above, there may be another reason why the bride to be wants to lose weight for their wedding. Her mother may have made a comment about her weight, and this may be driving her to look sensational on her wedding day, she may be motivated because she wants to see the look on her husband’s face as she walks down the aisle with her new svelte figure, she may be wanting to start a family and realises that she needs to improve her health, or they may have an activity planned for their honeymoon that would require her to be more fit.

Maslow’s theory of motivation gives a progression of needs that need to be filled before moving on to the next level. These needs are:

  1. Physiological needs (hunger, thirst). This is the first need of humans and it is the one they must attain in order to exist.
  2. Safety needs (security, stability). When humans have food and drink, they need a roof over their head. Therefore they provide themselves with a roof over their heads, however primitive.
  3. Belongingness and love need (affection and identification). When humans are secure, they require someone to love and someone to love them. In other words, humans need the affection and closeness of others.
  4. Esteem needs (prestige and self-respect). Humans now becomes competitive and want to excel.
  5. The need of self-actualisation. This is a stage where humans are at peace with themselves and there is nothing further which they wish to attain. This is a very rare condition, achieved by very few.

This theory of needs suggests that the “lower level” needs must be filled before the person is motivated to fill “higher” level needs. So if someone has just lost their job and is at risk of losing their home, they will be more motivated to satisfy their safety needs than their need for affection.

There are many techniques that a life coach can use to help their clients stay motivated. The use of diaries, report forms, scaling questions, and so forth can help to stimulate motivation because the client is able to see improvements towards targets and goals which can spur them on. Sometimes just being there for the client can help them stay motivated, by simply being someone to be accountable to.

How the course works

You study the Certificate In Life Coaching by distance learning, with option of either online or eLearning study methods. For the eLearning option, we supply a USB Memory Stick to you which contains all of the course materials.

You can start the course at any time. You are supported and guided in your studies by our expert tutors. Our specialist Psychology and Counselling tutors are highly qualified and have decades of experience in their field.

The Certificate In Life Coaching requires around 600 hours of study. To pass the course, you will need to complete all assignments (at the end of each lesson) in each of the modules. You will then need to pass six examinations - these are usually taken at the end of each module. The exams can be arranged at a time and location to suit you.

If you have any queries at any time whilst you are studying, your tutor or the ACS Academic staff will be on hand to assist you.

Would you like to become a life coach?

Do you want to help people to make a positive change to their lives? Then this could be the course for you.

Read what our students say of our Life Coaching courses, including - 

"Yes [the course was a valuable learning experience]. It provided useful tools and information and assignments/set tasks provided greater insight into topics. [The course] was better than expected. The tutor was fantastic, gave great feedback and was also very motivating. It has given me the confidence to begin offering Life Coaching services."
Rebecca, UK - Life Coaching Course

"Yes [the course was well structured] - good use of online interaction, independent research and written assessments combined with great feedback from my tutor.

[From my tutor, I received] very good feedback - supportive - positive comments as well as useful suggestions. Very professional attitude and at the same time I felt I was treated as an individual through personal help and encouragement - thanks Tracey Jones!

As a teacher, I am already able to implement some of the skills I have gained from the course, for the benefit of pupils."
Karen - Life Coaching Course

What next?

You can enrol on the Certificate In Life Coaching today - just go to the panel at the top right-hand side of this page and choose your study method and payment options.

If you have any questions, or would like to know more about the course or studying with ACS, please get in touch with us today.

Submit your questions to our expert Psychology and Counselling tutors, or phone us on:

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Meet some of our academics

Tracey Jones (psychology)B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), DipSW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies) Tracey began studying psychology in 1990. She has a wide range of experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects. She has been a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work and has also written many textbooks, blogs, articles and ebooks on psychology, writing, sociology, child development and more. She has had also several short stories published.

Check out our eBooks

Human NutritionBoth a text for students, or an informative read for anyone who wants to eat better. While covering the basics, the book approaches nutrition a little differently here to some other books, with sections covering ”Modifying diet according to Genetic Disposition or Lifestyle”, “How to find Reliable Information on Nutrition” and “Understanding how Diet relates to Different Parts of the Body” (including Urinary, Digestive, Respiratory and Circulatory System, the Brain, etc). This ebook was written to complement the ACS Nutrition I course, and provides a solid foundation for anyone wanting to grasp a fundamental understanding of Human Nutrition.
Counselling HandbookA book for both students, as well as volunteers who may be involved in helping people with problems. This is a starting point for understanding counselling, and a reference for developing counselling skills. The book contains seven chapters: 1. Where can counselling be used 2. How to see behind the mask 3. Emotions and attitudes 4. How to communicate better when all you have is words 5. Theory versus practice 6. Diffusing difficult situations 7. Golden rules or tips
How to be a Life CoachLife coaching is a relatively new profession - although coaches have been around for a long time in the guise of trainers, instructors, managers and tutors for various professions and disciplines. Life coaching is not easily defined, but it is a type of mentoring which focuses on helping individuals to achieve what they would like to achieve and thereby to lead more fulfilling lives. Unlike other forms of coaching, it takes place outside of the workplace and is concerned with all aspects of a person’s life.
Human BiologyFor any new student of human biology, being confronted with thousands of unfamiliar words can be overwhelming. It can also be difficult to identify which words you need to learn first. This book presents words that have been carefully selected as the most important for new biology students to learn and understand. It also provides more information about each word than is often found in traditional dictionaries, giving students a more in-depth understanding of the word's meaning. The book is intended as an aid to all new students of human biology.