The Certified Professional Empowerment Coach (CPEC) program provides the combination of knowledge building, skill development, supervised practice coaching, and actual coaching experience which assures that each graduate has demonstrated competency to coach at a professional level.

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“A lot of counselors have transitioned from a psychotherapy model to more coaching, so I really wanted to learn more about it, not only for the work that I do helping people but also being able to apply that to helping others. I’ve been able to make changes personally that have helped me professionally. it has been a great experience. I think that it really helps provide a process and a methodology of working with students in particular, that you don’t have to have all of the answers. Students come in for a variety of reasons and coaching helps provide them a way to think through how they are going to do it themselves and then take ownership of the process. It’s awesome. You should take the program!“

– Scott Shaw, Ph.D, Health Psychologist

8 Characteristics of a
Quality Professional Coaching
Certification Program


Expands and deepens your knowledge of the coaching process and skills, and equips you to coach in a variety of situations

Our certification includes 21 online 90-minute workshops, coaching practicums, and individual sessions with your Mentor Coach over the 24-week program period. Workshops are conducted live online using ZOOM. There are...

  • 10 Core Coaching Skills workshops.
  • 7 Advanced Coaching Skills workshops.
  • 8 Attracting Coaching Clients & Building Your Coaching Practice workshops.
  • 1 Legal & Ethical Aspects of Coaching workshop.


Provides assistance in attracting clients and building a successful coaching practice and/or acquiring a professional coaching position in an organization.

Three of the online workshops focus on attracting coaching clients, positioning and marketing your coaching practice, and assessing both your influencing and self-management strengths.


Provides extensive practice coaching, supervised by a certified and experienced professional coach.

Our certification includes 12 weekly online 60-minute Coaching Practicum sessions over the 24-week program, guided by a certified, professional Mentor Coach.


Requires at least 40 hours of coaching experience with real clients.

We require 40 hours of coaching experience with at least 4 clients other than family members. This coaching is supervised by a certified, professional Mentor Coach.


Provides a certified, professional Mentor Coach to support the candidate in every aspect of the program, every step of the way.

In addition to scheduling Check-Up sessions one-on-one with each candidate, the Mentor Coach participates in every Workshop, is present at the weekly Coach Practicum sessions, and is available to their assigned candidates at all times.


Evaluates your knowledge, skills, and coaching competence to validate that you are achieving the goals and desired outcomes of the certification program.

Each candidate's Mentor Coach evaluates their progress during the online workshops, the Coaching Practicum sessions, and as part of each Check-Up session. In adition, each candidates takes a final written exam and participates in a final interview with their Mentor Coach.


Adheres to a defined Code of Coaching Ethics.

The Empowerment Coaching Network Standards of Ethical Conduct are consistent with and adopted from the International Coach Federation (ICF) standards.


Is an officially recognized and approved coach training organization.

ECN has received approval as a training provider in the past by the Society of Human Resources Managers, the Michigan Dept. of Education, and the Michigan Social Work Continuing educational Collaborative.

“The professional certification course has given me a blessing I will hold dear to my heart for years to come. The strength and encouragement I received as I was learning was superb and I feel as though the care given to the littlest of details was a high priority from the team that trained us. The Peer Coaching Group part of the process was such a benefit. It allowed time to create our styles of coaching, as well as to listen to different types of coaching. It also gave us the ability to hear different coaching styles. The longer we were in relationship the more comfortable I became to let coaching take place. The whole experience from Class Time to Mentor Coach Time, was of the utmost value for me as I grow forward into empowering others.”

– Deb Vanderband, Director, Equine Assisted Development of the Great Lakes

"I have loved the practical hands-on training. The EC staff have done a great job preparing me. I have grown in confidence as I have practiced and been encouraged throughout the program."

- Ben Vander Kodde,
Grace Adventures

"The training and support through ECN is the very best I have seen in my years of business experience. The methodology and process produce results, and it's applied immediately once the skills training is complete. It unlocks the capable coach in all of us ."

- Steve Biondo, President,
Tim Tebow Foundation

"Tim brought his considerable expertise to
the training sessions on coaching. Practical applications, with clearly communicated goals, were passed on to us. We all benefited from this experience and the effective way Tim passed along that wisdom to us. I am better equipped to coach others due to his teaching."

- Steve Monroe, International
Consultant, Author, CAPS