Become a Life Coach - Affordable Education

A life coach can become a confidante, helping a client determine what is important, identify their strengths and weaknesses and ascertain where they want to be in six months, a year, ten years. Life coaching involves assisting the client set personal and professional goals if necessary, and establishing a workable strategy to attain them within a given time frame.

This Certificate course is ideal for those with a basic understanding of health, fitness or psychology or with knowledge or experience in such practical areas as business, fitness, financial management, and who want to help others define and achieve practical goals.

  • learn how to help people make positive decisions and lifestyle choices
  • help people cope with events in life whether positive or negative
  • learn how to offer consistent assistance and support that may be lacking in a person’s life
  • boost your communication skills
  • work as life coach and start a unique and rewarding career

Life coaching can help people in many different aspects of their life, from physical and emotional wellbeing to career success and financial management. This course will prepare you to offer life-coaching services to others, or to support yourself through personal change.

ACS is an organisational member (OMAC) of the Association for Coaching (UK)

Life Coaching Certificate Course - Tutor Supported

So you want to become a Life Coach?


  • Support others through the process of change in response to life events
  • Help people understand how to take responsibility for their own successes
  • Graduate with skills to be confident in your role
  • Help people to set and achieve realistic goals and ambitions
  • Develop your ability to facilitate that kind of change in others

Association for Coaching (UK) - ACS is an organisational member (OMAC) of the UK Association for Counselling. For more information visit www.associationforcoaching.com




The course is made up of the following modules. To complete this qualification you must successfully complete the following 6 modules, and pass the exam for each module.


1. Life coaching

The course is divided into ten lessons as follows:

  1. Introduction: Nature and scope of life coaching

  2. Individual Perception

  3. A Well Balanced Life - The inter-relationship between psychology and physiology
  4. Coaching Processes - Key coaching processes
  5. Coaching Skills -Understanding the communication process
  6. Coaching and physical wellbeing - Human nutrition  
  7. Coaching and psychological wellbeing 
  8. Coaching Success - beginning a business
  9. Goal Setting - Values, aims and goals, types of goals
  10. Review and Adjustment - Indications that a programme needs to be reassessed

2. Career Counselling

 There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction – Scope and Nature of Careers Counselling
  2. Nature of Careers – What is a career, what makes it successful
  3. Careers Advice Resources – Brochures, Publications, Web Sites
  4. Services – Where can people get help (Social Services, Work Experience, Education)
  5. Developing Counselling Skills
  6. Conducting a Counselling Session
  7. Counselling Students and School Leavers
  8. Counselling Adults (inexperienced or facing career change)
  9. Job Prospecting – How to find work…resumes, etc
  10. Nurturing and Growing a career once it has started

3. Stress Management

The course is divided into 8 lessons as follows:

  1. Body Changes – The fight or flight response; the stress and immune system; long term problems; sources of stress
  2. Easy Living – Anxiety; panic; fear; controlling stress; goal setting; relaxation
  3. Pills and Alcohol – Drugs and alcohol; smoking; seeking help
  4. Self Esteem – Self esteem; social support;
  5. Managing Your Own Career – Career goals; career management
  6. Security and Decision Making – Self assurance; decision making; problem solving
  7. Relaxation and Nutrition – Relaxation; we are what we eat; nutrition, diet and weight loss
  8. Personality and Stress – Type A and Type B personalities; personality types and stress; personal style inventory

4. Human Nutrition 1

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction to Nutrition
  2. The Digestive System
  3. Absorption & Enzymes
  4. Energy Value of Foods
  5. Carbohydrates and Fats
  6. Proteins
  7. Vitamins and Minerals
  8. Water
  9. Nutrient Disorders

5. Psychology and Counselling

There are seven lessons in this course, as follows:

  1. Stress
  2. Abnormal Behaviour
  3. Individual Behaviour
  4. Group Behaviour
  5. Methods of Dealing with Abnormalities
  6. Conflict Resolution
  7. Interpersonal Communication Skills


Health and Fitness 1 (for anyone without prior health and fitness studies)


Professional Practice for Consultants


Health & Fitness I

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction to Health and Fitness
  2. Exercise Physiology
  3. Exercise Principles and Cardiorespiratory Programming
  4. Biomechanics and Risk
  5. Fitness Program Design
  6. Delivering a Fitness Program
  7. Safety, Injury and General Wellbeing
  8. Fitness Programs for Special Groups


 Professional Practice for Consultants

There are eight lessons in this module as follows:

1. Determining If a Consultancy Practice is for You
2. Planning a Consultancy Practice: Part 1
3. Planning a Consultancy Practice: Part 2
4. Knowing What to Charge
5. Setting Up Your Consulting Practice
6. Keeping Accounts and Records
7. How to Generate Business and Keep It
8. Maintaining Your Consultancy Practice


Some areas in which a life coach may be asked to provide assistance and support are:

  • personal training and development of physical well being
  • self-esteem and confidence
  • inter personal relations
  • public and professional image
  • personal finances or business
  • career development
  • practical life skills, such as time management.


There are several methods of achieving relaxation, including massage, exercise, meditation and guided imagery. It can be as simple as sitting quietly and listening to some favourite music. Ideally, try to aim for 30 minutes each day of uninterrupted relaxation time. This may mean rising slightly earlier, going for a walk of an evening, or using children's nap times to relax, instead of doing more chores. Organising assistance and support from family and friends to help you keep this balance in your life is important.


Massage is one of the most effective ways of relaxing and relieving stress particularly as muscular tension is a major manifestation of that stress. Techniques are many and varied, but it is not necessary to have any specialised training to give effective massage. After all, massage is effective if it makes the recipient feel good so try to find those things which achieve this aim and you will be doing all that is required.

Some types of massage include:

  • Relaxation
    Simple soothing massage, may use aromatherapy or other similar techniques
  • Sports/Deep Tissue
    A firm massage, can sometimes be painful, but generally very effective
  • Lymphatic
    A specialised massage helping to stimulate the lymphatic system, moving toxins out of the tissues, into the lymph system to be excreted.
  • Aromatherapy
    Any form of massage can incorporate aromatherapy. Aromatherapy itself can involve the use of scented herbs in massage oil, or to scent the massage room. Different herbs can stimulate blood flow, calm the mind or promote a sense of wellbeing.
  • Polynesian
    A particular massage style involving Hawaiian/Polynesian techniques, often with aromatherapy and sometimes music.
  • Remedial
    Massage to relieve symptoms of an injury, or to assist in the repair of an injury


There are lots of other types of massage. The most important thing is to find a qualified masseur using a technique that makes you feel relaxed, or to take a course in massage so that you can massage parts of your body, or massage others. Massaging others can often be a relaxing activity itself for some people. While professional massage is very beneficial, massage can be a great way to treat your partner, particularly if they are stressed. It can promote intimacy and is a great way to enhance your relationship, reducing relationship stresses and enjoy relaxation time together.


The use of essential oils to assist with relaxation and stress relief can also be very beneficial. It is best to consult a trained therapist, who can recommend the appropriate blend for the type of stress being experienced. Essential oils can be used in massage, in an oil burner or in the bath. An electric oil burner on the desk at work can also help impart the oils, creating a calming atmosphere. Incense burners are also useful.


Some people get a great deal of psychological as well as physical benefit from high intensity exercise such as aerobics, cycling, running, weight lifting and club sports. Other people find the thought of such exercise less than relaxing. However, exercise is an important component of healthy living. Try pilates or yoga, walking or latin/salsa dancing classes. Tai Chi is another excellent relaxing exercise option.

If you have trouble attending a gym, organise a walking group, if you live close to work try walking or cycling instead of driving. Join a mothers group and walk with your child in a pram. Family activities, such as throwing a Frisbee, playing soccer or playing at the park are all great social forms of exercise. If you have a lot of housework to do, it can also be a great work out! Work at a more rapid pace to raise your heart rate and you will increase your cardiovascular fitness and release endorphins. Exercise will also help build up your stamina, relieving feelings of lethargy.


Get a Hobby
Pursue something that has always interested you. Learn something new and make time for it, even if it has no benefit other than just making you happy. If you have time and the commitment, buy a pet. Take up painting, study a new language, join a sporting club, volunteer for a local charity.


Hypnosis has been used successfully to bring about a relaxed, stress free condition in the body. It has also, with some people, been successful in relieving habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol, overeating and drug taking.


Autogenics is similar in some ways to hypnosis. Devised by the German hypnotist Johannes Schultz in the 1930's it is claimed to be cheap to learn, easy to practice and needs no physical effort. It has been compared to a Western form of meditation in which the subject remains midway between sleep and over arousal. It takes about eight weeks to learn, trainees beginning by focusing their attention on one limb.

After the limbs the learners concentrate on the heart, the breathing, the stomach and the head. By the time they have "graduated" they are able to practice autogenics anywhere in the car, at the office, even in the train. Experts claim that "it changes the body from a war footing to one of peace", helping to reduce a persons cholesterol level as much as 80 per cent through some 30 minutes of meditation exercises a day.


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