ADLER’s Professional Coaching certificate program has been the leader in the field since it was introduced in 1998. With our broad focus, ADLER trains professional coaches to work across industries and settings. ADLER coaches learn a wide variety of practical coaching techniques based in ideas drawn from Adlerian theory, positive psychology, appreciative management, contemporary organizational development, and transformative adult education.

In 2002 the certificate program was the first in Canada to be reviewed and designated as an Accredited Coach Training Program by the International Coach Federation (ICF).  The ICF is the largest, globally recognized organization that provides both accreditation for coach training providers and certification for professional coaches.


The ICF defines Coaching as “to partner with clients in a thought provoking & creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”.  At ADLER we see coaching as a profession that distinguishes itself by helping people discover how to bring their choices and actions more in line with their goals. Facilitating change in either a personal or professional setting. 


The ADLER coaching program takes an appreciative, strength-based approach to generating positive change. An ADLER coach sees an individual as creative resourceful and whole, supporting positive change in both individuals and organizations.  At ADLER we stress experiential, hands‐on, applied learning. We believe you must use the skills to own them. From day one of the Foundations course, and through‐out the certificate program, you will coach under the supervision of faculty, so that you will personify the coaching paradigm, and DO as well as KNOW coaching.  From the outset of the program, participants are expected to coach and be coached, bringing their own real life issues to the learning process. In addition to learning how to coach, participants engage in a parallel personal learning journey.  ADLER’s program consists of in class modules, where participants engage in hands on application of coaching, supported by teleclasses and online workshops. We feel that nothing can replace personal contact as an aid to learning and for the adult learner experiential, application of knowledge is critical.  Our main facilities are located in downtown Toronto, Canada and the ADLER program is taught internationally in the United States, United Kingdom, Turkey, Scandinavia, and continues to expand.


Schools who have the ICF designation as an Approved Coach Training Program (ACTP) or Accredited Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) must undergo a “rigorous review process and demonstrate to the ICF that the curriculum aligns with the ICF definition of coaching, core competencies & code of ethics” 

For individuals the ICF has three levels of credentaling:

  • Accredited Certified Coach (ACC) – The Practiced Coach.  Requires 60 hours of Accredited Coach Specific Training (ACSTH) from an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified training program. Plus 10 hours of mentor coaching.
  • Professional Certified Coach – PCC, The Proven Coach.  Requires completing the entire (125 hours of training) training program from an Accredited Certified Coach Training Program, (ACTP) which includes successfully passing the capstones required to graduate from the program.  
  • Master Certified Coach – MCC, The Expert Coach.  200 hours of coach‐specific training. 10 hours of Mentor Coaching 

(for specific requirements please visit the ICF website at www.coachfederation .org

ADLER students who have completed 90 hours of training are distinguished as an ADLER Trained Coach (ATC). Upon graduation, which requires successfully passing the ADLER exam and completing 100 hours of coaching, ADLER students are awarded the credential ADLER Certified Professional Coach (ACPC).


There are two pathways towards ICF certification that ADLER offers, the Approved Coach Training Program (ACTP) and the Accredited Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH).  Both of these pathways lead towards the ACC designation (Accredited Certified Coach).  The difference lies mainly in the number of training hours that are required and in the depth of training that occurs during the Practicum component of the ACTP pathway.  Please contact one of our Coaching Program Advisors toll free at 1.877.923.4419 or locally at 416.923.4419 or email for a no-obligation, free consultation to discover which pathway or course(s) would be best for your individual situation.


 ACTP Pathway

*add 500 coaching hours to your path and you can apply to the PCC‐ACTP (Professional Certified Coach) credential


ACSTH Pathway

Please be advised that additional costs are required for any of the components other than the courses provided by ADLER as outlined below:

  • ADLER ACPC Exam - $500 +HST
  • ICF Coach Knowledge Assessment - please see the ICF Website for up to date fees and requirements

Please see the SPECIAL OFFER below to take advantage of considerable savings by registering for multiple modules at once.


*add applicable 13% HST to all fees*

*COA-301 Foundations of Professional Coaching – 30 training hours - $1895

Introduces the foundational concepts, models and processes associated with the ADLER approach to professional coaching and anchors you strongly in the coaching mindset while practicing the core competencies of professional coaching. Introduce and practice a structure for the basic coaching conversation. Gives you an overview of the coaching profession and the many areas of professional practice for coaches.

Our Foundations module (COA‐301) is “Risk Free”* ‐ If you feel you are not able to use any of the skills you have learnt in our Foundations module, and coaching is not for you, we will refund your tuition. To be eligible, you must submit a written withdrawal form to the Registrar within seven days of completing the Foundations Module.

* Some conditions apply

COA-302 Coaching in the Context of Work – 30 training hours - $1895

Looks at the individual in the context of systems and how the coach supports people in their work and their lives. Part 2 substantially expands your coaching skills while also providing additional tools and context for helping clients with work‐related issues, an important focal point in almost any coaching relationship, whether you're a life coach or a business coach, regardless of your niche.

COA-303 Moving Toward Artful Coaching – 30 training hours - $1895

Provides exposure to and experience with a range of tools and processes to deepen coaching effectiveness and creativity. Part 3 focuses on integrating your learning, enhancing and deepening your ability to coach artfully and creatively. It includes units on metaphor, creativity, leadership, and much more.

COA-304 Practicum – 48 training hours - $4050

During the Practicum, the student transitions into the world of an active coaching practitioner. Students acquire more clients, obtain feedback on their coaching through supervision and share their learning through case studies and labs. They also receive 7 hours of Mentor Coaching in a group setting. Practicum lasts 8 months and can be completed in person (Face to Face) or in a Virtual format. 

COA-302A Core Competencies of Professional Coaching – 30 training hours - $1895

Building on the concepts, models and processes learned in Foundations, this module takes the coach to a deeper understanding of the coaching process and strengthens their knowledge and application of the ICF competencies. This module is about choice and trust, specifically the notion of self‐responsibility embedded in choice and the paramount importance that trust plays in being able to make change and to be at our best – both as a coach and for the client.

 COA-100 Coaching Impact  - $499

This 2‐day program is intended for people who might not want to become a “professional coach” (that is, having coaching as their full‐time profession), yet might find it valuable to acquire some of the skills of a professional coach to use in their regular line of work, or elsewhere in their lives. During the 2‐day intensive, students will have time to actually practice, exercise, and experience the tools as both coach and “coachee” so that participants will have confidence when using them in regular work life. 

 Mentor Coaching Program – 10 Mentor coaching hours - $899

The ICF ‘s defines mentoring as, “a student being coached on their coaching skills rather than on practice building, life balance or other topics unrelated to the development of a student’s coaching skill.”  The ADLER Mentor Coaching program is designed to give students support and feedback.  Developing and enhancing their Coaching presence as well as Coaching skills using the ICF core competencies. This is done in both a group (7 hours) and individual (3 hour) setting.

  Coaching with the Brain in Mind - $499

In this 2-day program, students will utilize theories from neuroscience to understand the development of brain‐based skills that support coaching competencies. By learning how the brain works in the context of decision‐making and problem solving, participants will possess greater knowledge, awareness and skills to assist in developing the potential of their teams.  Learn to leverage change in a collaborative environment that will also lead to personal growth and development for the coach.

 Positive Change: Leader as Coach- $599

A program designed for leaders/managers looking to increase team effectiveness and foster internal performance via a collaborative leadership culture.  Focuses on the role of a leader by developing the coaching mindset, building leadership skills and positioning the coaching approach within an organizational context. The 2-day workshop is grounded in the ADLER coaching model to balance conceptual and experiential learning modes, and includes ongoing follow up teleclasses.

 Team Coaching: A Living Systems Approach™ - $1500

Prerequisite: 30 hours of coach specific training from an accredited coaching school, OR group facilitation training and experience. 

The program utilizes the Living Systems Approach ‐ an “emergent process” process that transforms groups and teams through conversations and experiential activities. Systems Approach ‐ an “emergent process” process that transforms groups and teams through conversations and experiential activities. Participants will discover the guidelines and principles of the team coaching model,  enhancing their ability to develop coaching materials that will create synergy, engagement and improve performance. Learn how to use tools to support coaching conversations with groups and teams, to experience firsthand the challenges and opportunities of the process of change.


Register for all 3 courses of the ACTP Certificate Program and receive 15% off of each module for a total savings of $852.75.  Register for all 3 modules + Practicum and receive an additional $500 off for a total savings of $1,352.25.  To take advantage of this offer please contact one of our Coaching Program Advisors toll free at 1.877.923.4419 or locally at 416.923.4419 or email


Our faculty members are accredited practicing professional coaches. They have drawn on their experiences with coaching and coach training to develop a sound foundation for this fast growing profession, as well as to provide up‐to‐date hands‐on techniques. The faculty are what make the program at ADLER a true leader in coach training. 


ADLER students who have completed 90 hours of training, and are in the practical component of their certificate program, provide affordable coaching to the community. To experience ADLER coaching, contact the school and ask about Coaching Services. 

For more information about ADLER Faculty of Professional Coaching programs, including admission requirements, upcoming schedules and registration information, please visit or call us at 1.877.923.4419 (locally in Toronto, please call 416.923.4419). 

*Our Foundations module is “Risk Free”! - If you feel you are not able to use any of the skills you acquire in our Foundations module, and coaching is not for you, then we will refund your tuition. To be eligible, you must submit a written withdrawal form to the Registrar within seven days of completing the Foundations Module.

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