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icf accredited life coach training

“This program changed my life.”

“The community is incredible.”


“I’m not just a better coach–I feel empowered.”


“This program is far more rigorous than anything else I’ve seen.”


“I appreciate that you include diverse and holistic approaches to coaching.”

The Courageous Living Coach Certification is an ICF-accredited life coach and leadership training program. We’re a life-changing program, to help you become a life-changing coach.

Our entire program is accredited by the International Coach Federation, and that’s just the beginning of what we offer.

Learn more about the Courageous Living Coach Certification’s complete holistic life coach training program with our course catalogue, which goes over our calendar, curriculum, what’s included, and so much more.

“There is so much care put into everything that’s done — I felt seen, invested in, and that the Leadership Team and other trainees were right beside me every step of the way, supporting me to grow into the truest expression of myself, as a coach and as a person.”

Kahea Pacheco

“The business support I received helped me to start getting clients immediately and be confident marketing my coaching. I cannot think of a more comprehensive coaching program with more support for you on your journey- both as a person, and as a coach.”

Kim Kimball

The first life you change, will be your own.

“Participating in the CLCC was transformational and led to the launch of both my website and having paid clients months before graduation! The peer-to-peer coaching and monthly Mastermind groups set-up by CLCC were vital in my achievement of these successes. I not only gained an important framework of skills as a life coach, but an incredible network of women that I can turn to for accountability and support. “

Beth Moore

“I chose CLCC because of its unique mix of holistic coaching training, marketing and business building guidance, and the opportunity to spend the better part of a year with a cohort of talented women who were similarly interested in developing themselves as coaches, but also as people. I could not have imagined all the ways I would personally be stretched and challenged –and supported–in my own growth. I leave not only feeling more confident as a coach, but feeling energized by the tools I take with me to shape and define my life.”

Nariah Broadus

A holistic methodology

You’ll learn how to truly connect with clients, help them with fear, and work with emotions. We teach you to go deep, understanding how to really meet clients where they’re at. That starts with you, working on you and learning experientially.

Marketing Training

We include Coaching Blueprint ® marketing training, offering both a basic and advanced training to meet varying levels of experience. Even after training is over, we offer follow-up marketing calls for continued support.

Apply your skills

You’ll immediately start practicing what you learn, immersing yourself in developing your own style of coaching. Books are included in the tuition. We support you in taking on paying clients, while you complete your training.

A team you love

You’ll exit our program with connection —personal and professional. As you move forward with marketing and developing your coaching career, you’ll have other people to rely on.

Retreat, with us

Our training kicks off with an in-person retreat where you get to know the other participants.* Our team wants to get to know who you BE, connect you with our group, and start forming the bonds of team and community that can last a lifetime. *Due to COVID-19, our 2021 retreat will be virtual, with an in-person retreat TBA when it’s safe to connect in real-time.

We’re a life coach and leadership training organization without the side of industry b.s.

We had a 96% graduation rate from our 2019 class, but we don’t believe in dumbing down standards to make it easy for just anyone to become a coach.

We believe in…
– Rigorous, ethical standards and a strong coaching and leadership skill-set.
– Changing lives, starting with yours.
– Ongoing continuing education.
– A community-centered, experiential learning model.
– Marketing training included.
– Connection to a community that goes beyond the training.
– Taking on clients, as soon as you begin.

“I joined the CLCC program to learn to be a coach and how to start a business, and the program delivered these skills in spades. But that wasn’t the best stuff I got out of these last few months. More importantly, my life has shifted in some profound ways. I’m stronger, clearer, more confident in all areas of my life.”

Dona Bumgarner

“Becoming a part of the CLCC family has been one of the best decisions of my life. I have transformed my life as a woman, a coach, a friend, a daughter, a citizen, a colleague – pick a relationship and my life has changed. In truth, it’s not that the people in my life have changed but rather I have expanded.”

Loha Raphael

Meet the Director

Kate Swoboda

Kate Swoboda


Welcome! I’m Kate Swoboda, Director of the Courageous Living Coach Certification. 2021 will be our eighth year of the program, and every year has brought an incredible community and new opportunities to learn, stretch, and expand. When we first launched in 2014, it was with the idea that the current coaching paradigm is too narrow: life coach training programs often over-focus on goal-setting and achievement, and furthermore, they do little to prepare coaches for what it’s really like to work for yourself.

We’ve created something different. Today, the CLCC curriculum is modeled after all of the International Coaching Federation “Core Competencies” and combines a person-centered approach to coaching with many other modalities. Our program is ACSTH-accredited by the International Coaching Federation. 

We don’t teach “factory coaching” with one way that you “have to” do it. We want you to learn a coaching skill-set and then include your own stylistic elements as a coach. We also de-emphasize book-learning models in favor of community-centered, experiential learning. Many of our trainees have taken on paying clients before they finish the program!

Created for coaches, by a coach. I became a coach in 2006, and in that time I’ve worked with clients from all over the world, lead retreats, spoken at conferences, and landed a book deal with a traditional publisher. The success of my practice is grounded in one thing: my approach to the craft of coaching. Cookie-cutter just doesn’t cut it.

Let’s be part of a team of coaches committed to changing our lives, so that we can help change the lives of others. This is part of the work of creating a more courageous world. 

“CLCC is anchored in solid, practical knowledge of the skills coaches need to be successful – ranging from how to best support clients to how to be an entrepreneur and grow your business. I loved how the teaching offered was experiential and personal. Far from just a series of assigned readings and assignments, I think one of the program’s biggest strengths is that Team CLCC intentionally fosters open-hearted community with other women. It was the perfect container to dive into the powerful, transformational work of professional development intertwined with personal growth.”

Rachelle Gendron

“Thanks to CLCC, I’ve gone from having never coached a client to being able to confidently coach others on a regular basis. I’ve gained so much experience, been exposed to many different ways to coach, learned how to hold space for clients and build trust with them, and what to do when a session feels like it is not working. I especially appreciated the opportunity to be connected with a community of amazing women who coached and supported me as I explored my relationship to myself and built my confidence as a coach and as a person. The Somatic Major, which challenged me to go outside the comfort zone I established during the year, exposed me to even more new techniques, and pushed my coaching to a different level.”

Sarah Lyman

Meet the Lead Coach Team

You won’t be learning “Kate’s way to coach.” You’ll be discovering your way to lead and to coach, learning from a team of life coach facilitators with different niches, perspectives, approaches and backgrounds.

Valerie Tookes, PCC

Valerie Tookes, PCC

Lead Coach + Health Coach Coordinator

Lara Heacock, MBA, PCC

Lara Heacock, MBA, PCC

Lead Coach + Executive Coach Coordinator

Liz Applegate, PCC

Liz Applegate, PCC

Lead Coach + Mentor Coach Coordinator

Nariah Broadus, ACC

Nariah Broadus, ACC

Lead Coach + Alumni Coordinator

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