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Life Skills Coach Certificate Program

Life Coach advising students
Help lead others to better lives through professional support as a Certified Life Coach

Expand Your Community Services Skillset

As a seasoned professional, you know that community services are as varied as the walks-of-life of your clients, and that different people need different kinds of support to improve their wellbeing.

The Life Skills Coach Certificate Program allows community services professionals to grow their skillset to include leadership in life skills development. This 24-month program, offered remotely with residency weekends in Calgary, will give you the training to be a Life Skills Coach, with the option of doing an additional internship to earn a Certified Life Skills Coach Designation.

People need important skills that can be applied to their life and work. By expanding your knowledge of experiential learning and learning how to guide students through it, you can fulfil those needs by facilitating meaningful life skills programs.

Only 12 spaces will be available for this program. Registering early is recommended.

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The Life Skills Coach Curriculum

The program is based on the theoretical foundation of the Saskatchewan NewStart model. The program covers key knowledge in:

  • Foundations and Coaching Theory
  • Lesson Plan Development
  • Observation, Assessment & Evaluation
  • Career Development Facilitation
  • Professional Development
  • Performance Centred Counselling
  • Peer Coaching/Peer Evaluation
  • Managing a Life Skills Program
  • Internship for Group Certification (Optional: Students will receive Certified Life Skills Coach Designation after completion)

Program Format & Residency

This certificate is offered using blended online and on-site learning. You can expect 15 hours of self-study per month with additional hours from residency.

There will be 22 residency weekends over a period of 24 months. The weekend schedule consists of:

  • Friday evening – 5:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Saturday – 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Sunday – 9:00am to 4:30pm

Residencies will take place on Bredin College’s Calgary Campus.


Before applying to the program, you should have:

  • 3-5 years experience in community and/or human service field
  • Ability to work at a post-secondary level with a minimum of Grade 12 and at least 30 post-secondary credits
  • Computer literacy with reliable email address
  • Willingness to apply yourself with energy and commitment to practising skills in an off-site group environment
  • Evidence of the application of successful life skills to your own life for the past 3 years
  • Willingness to accept exposure to self-exploration as well as coaching theory and skill development

Program Duration

The program begins September 28, 2018, with graduation scheduled for September 26, 2020.

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Optional Designation: Certified Life Skills Coach

When all courses are completed, students will receive their Life Skills Coach Certificate. From there, you can choose to complete a 100 hour internship for your Certified Life Skills Coach Designation.

Financial Aid

Some students may qualify for financial assistance from their employer, First Nations Band, Treaty Organization or Metis Association, if applicable.

Tuition is tax-deductible, and you may qualify for a part-time studies tax credit.

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