Professional Coaching Course 2021

Starting VIRTUALLY 23 February 2021

A transformative year-long certification course that is designed to maximize learning
and development in a coaching context using proven methodology.

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The Professional Coaching Course (PCC) is designed by one of the leading coaching schools in the United States – New Ventures West (NVW). The course is an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited course and is being run in partnership by the Centre for Coaching and NVW.

The Professional Coaching Course is a a thorough, rigorous yearlong coaching certification program resulting in a designation as a New Ventures West Integral Coach®. Once you have completed the Professional Coaching Course, we offer Master Classes to further enrich your coaching.

When you enrol in the PCC, you join a group of professionals who study, learn, and coach together for an entire year and quickly form a supportive learning community. The curriculum blends a rigorous course of study with hands-on practice and attention to participants’ own individual development.

The course is structured in the following way:

  • The PCC is organized virtually around four sessions that run from Tuesday to Friday.
  • Days run from 09h00 to 18h30, with a long afternoon break to eat lunch, do a short assignment, walk, and relax.
  • In between sessions, you read books from the “Coaches’ Bookshelf”, complete written assignments, coach clients, and undertake your own individual development programme.
  • As you engage in these activities, you draw upon the support of small learning groups called pods. Each pod works together and is assigned a pod mentor. You also receive periodic coaching from the course faculty.

Course Overview

  • Session 1 focuses on building a strong and supportive community and cultivating your capacity to be present, mindful, and a skilled observer of yourself and others. The course leaders coach you (and others) and design an individual development programme for you. This begins your initiation into the “two tracks” of Integral Coaching: the simultaneous focus on your clients’ development and your own development.
  • Between Sessions 1 and 2, by engaging in your own personal development programme, you begin to develop the body of a coach and the capacity to witness how distinctions and practices can impact someone’s life (in this case, your own).
  • In Session 2 we turn our attention to the three core integral coaching models and their use with clients. We discuss the stages of a coaching relationship, the elements of a coaching programme, and how to design and conduct an Integral Coaching programme.
  • Between Sessions 2 and 3, your attention expands to include not only your development and that of your classmates but also the practice of coaching. As you work with three to five clients, your pod and other faculty all support you in identifying what the coaching invitation might be, offering powerful distinctions, and designing practices and self-observation exercises. It is here that you begin gaining first-hand experience in blending inquiry and advocacy in the cauldron of relationship. Here, too, you start to receive supervision and feedback on your coaching of others. Despite all this activity, it remains essential for you to continue to focus on your own development right through the year.
  • Session 3 emphasizes practice. By working with your classmates, a “guest client” from outside, and PCC-qualified coaches acting as observers, you learn to simultaneously be present with clients and draw upon the rich models and frameworks.
  • Between Sessions 3 and 4, you continue to work with clients, writing up case descriptions in which you reflect on your experiences and what you have learned. You also continue to receive feedback from the faculty on tape-recorded conversations with clients, continue to focus on your individual development, and receive one-on-one coaching from faculty.
  • The heart of Session 4 is the certification process, which takes place on Day 2 and Day 3. This involves live coaching in front of a certification committee and the discussion of coaching cases. Again, the focus is on the “two tracks”: both your development and your work with clients. Day 4 is a day of closure, on which you and your classmates offer gratitude to each other, one by one.

Who Will Support You

Learning to coach is not something we can do alone. Throughout the year, you receive support from the staff at the Centre for Coaching, the PCC faculty and your classmates in several ways:

  1. You have two private coaching sessions with the course leader.
  2. You work with a phone coach who supports you in your personal and professional development through periodic telephone calls.
  3. You receive written feedback from a PCC-certified tape coach who listens to different coaching sessions that you conduct with your clients and gives you insight as to how closely your own live coaching methodology is aligned with the integral coaching principles that you have been taught.
  4. You participate with your learning pod. This pod meets together on a regular basis in between sessions either by telephone or in person (depending upon where people live). The focus of pod meetings evolves during the year from students’ personal development to the models and practices of Integral Coaching to students’ experiences coaching clients. Each pod is assigned a pod mentor, a PCC-certified coach who is there to support you all.
  5. Individual participants often pair up with each other informally around particular issues of mutual interest.

Tuition Fees

These fees include all four sessions, books, materials, pod meetings, coaching sessions, and certification.

  • 2021 Tuition Fees: CHF 11’500. These fees include all four virtual sessions, books, materials, pod meetings, coaching sessions, and certification.

A CHF1’000 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required no later than six weeks before the start of the course. If your application is not accepted, your deposit will be returned. If it is accepted and you cancel your booking, we will retain your deposit.

Course fees are payable before the start of the course but payment plans are available, please email for further details.


Students who have completed the following program are eligible for the Professional Coaching Course:

Course Dates

You are required to attend all days of all VIRTUAL sessions to certify.

Session 1: Tuesday 23 February – Friday 26 February 2021
Session 2: Tuesday 25 May – Friday 28 May 2021
Session 3: Tuesday 7 September – Friday 10 September 2021
Session 4: Tuesday 1 February – Friday 4 February 2022


To register for the programme, please complete the form below or email us at
For more information contact Michele Stoudmann on +41 (79) 242 77 90

Course Credentials

New Ventures West (NVW), one of the leading coaching schools in the USA, founded in 1987, is a San Francisco based organisation dedicated to having people be both effective and fulfilled in their work as integral coaches.

The International Coach Federation is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals.
Under the auspices of New Ventures West, our learning partner, this PCC course is recognised by the International Coach Federation as an Accredited Coach Training Programme (ACTP).
On completion of both CfD and PCC, you will have 286 Approved Coach Specific Training Hours. This fulfils the ICF coach educational requirement to apply for Master Certified Coach (MCC) Credentials with the ICF.
For more information on how to become or find an ICF-credentialed coach, please visit

The Centre for Coaching is based at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) – a global top-100 executive school. Its courses form part of the GSB Executive Education suite of offerings and are informed by both academic rigour and coaching practice. 

The Professional Coaching Course is also offered by New Ventures West and their network of international partners in various locations, including USA, Canada, Singapore, or the United Kingdom. Please consult the New Ventures West website for more details.