ADLER’s Professional Coaching certificate program has been the leader in the field since it was introduced in 1998. With our broad focus, ADLER trains professional coaches to work across industries and settings. ADLER coaches learn a wide variety of practical coaching techniques based in ideas drawn from Adlerian theory, positive psychology, appreciative management, contemporary organizational development, and transformative adult education.

In 2002 the certificate program was the first in Canada to be reviewed and designated as an Accredited Coach Training Program by the International Coach Federation (ICF).  The ICF is the largest, globally recognized organization that provides both accreditation for coach training providers and certification for professional coaches.



The ADLER coaching program takes an appreciative, strength-based approach to generating positive change. An ADLER coach sees an individual as creative resourceful and whole, supporting positive change in both individuals and organizations.  At ADLER we stress experiential, hands‐on, applied learning. We believe you must use the skills to own them. From day one of the Foundations course, and through‐out the certificate program, you will coach under the supervision of faculty, so that you will personify the coaching paradigm, and DO as well as KNOW coaching.  From the outset of the program, participants are expected to coach and be coached, bringing their own real life issues to the learning process. In addition to learning how to coach, participants engage in a parallel personal learning journey.  ADLER’s program consists of in class modules, where participants engage in hands on application of coaching, supported by teleclasses and online workshops. We feel that nothing can replace personal contact as an aid to learning and for the adult learner experiential, application of knowledge is critical.  Our main facilities are located in downtown Toronto, Canada and the ADLER program is taught internationally in the United States, United Kingdom, Turkey, Scandinavia, and continues to expand.


Schools who have the ICF designation as an Approved Coach Training Program (ACTP) or Accredited Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) must undergo a “rigorous review process and demonstrate to the ICF that the curriculum aligns with the ICF definition of coaching, core competencies & code of ethics” 

For individuals the ICF has three levels of credentaling:

  • Accredited Certified Coach (ACC) – The Practiced Coach.  Requires 60 hours of Accredited Coach Specific Training (ACSTH) from an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified training program. Plus 10 hours of mentor coaching.
  • Professional Certified Coach – PCC, The Proven Coach.  Requires completing the entire (125 hours of training) training program from an Accredited Certified Coach Training Program, (ACTP) which includes successfully passing the capstones required to graduate from the program.  
  • Master Certified Coach – MCC, The Expert Coach.  200 hours of coach‐specific training. 10 hours of Mentor Coaching 

(for specific requirements please visit the ICF website at www.coachfederation .org

ADLER students who have completed 90 hours of training are distinguished as an ADLER Trained Coach (ATC). Upon graduation, which requires successfully passing the ADLER exam and completing 100 hours of coaching, ADLER students are awarded the credential ADLER Certified Professional Coach (ACPC).


There are two pathways towards ICF certification that ADLER offers, the Approved Coach Training Program (ACTP) and the Accredited Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH).  Both of these pathways lead towards the ACC designation (Accredited Certified Coach).  The difference lies mainly in the number of training hours that are required and in the depth of training that occurs during the Practicum component of the ACTP pathway.  Please contact one of our Coaching Program Advisors toll free at 1.877.923.4419 or locally at 416.923.4419 or email for a no-obligation, free consultation to discover which pathway or course(s) would be best for your individual situation.


 ACTP Pathway

*add 500 coaching hours to your path and you can apply to the PCC‐ACTP (Professional Certified Coach) credential


ACSTH Pathway

Please be advised that additional costs are required for any of the components other than the courses provided by ADLER as outlined below:

  • ADLER ACPC Exam - $500 +HST
  • ICF Coach Knowledge Assessment - please see the ICF Website for up to date fees and requirements

Please see the SPECIAL OFFER below to take advantage of considerable savings by registering for multiple modules at once.




Register for all 3 courses of the ACTP Certificate Program and receive 15% off of each module for a total savings of $852.75. Register for all 3 modules + Practicum and receive an additional $500 off for a total savings of $1,352.25.  To take advantage of this offer please contact one of our Coaching Program Advisors toll free at 1.877.923.4419 or locally at 416.923.4419 or email



*add applicable 13% HST to all fees*

*COA-301 Foundations of Professional Coaching – 30 training hours - $1895

Introduces the foundational concepts, models and processes associated with the ADLER approach to professional coaching and anchors you strongly in the coaching mindset while practicing the core competencies of professional coaching. Introduce and practice a structure for the basic coaching conversation. Gives you an overview of the coaching profession and the many areas of professional practice for coaches.

Our Foundations module (COA‐301) is “Risk Free”* ‐ If you feel you are not able to use any of the skills you have learnt in our Foundations module, and coaching is not for you, we will refund your tuition. To be eligible, you must submit a written withdrawal form to the Registrar within seven days of completing the Foundations Module.

* Some conditions apply

COA-302 Coaching in the Context of Work – 30 training hours - $1895

Looks at the individual in the context of systems and how the coach supports people in their work and their lives. Part 2 substantially expands your coaching skills while also providing additional tools and context for helping clients with work‐related issues, an important focal point in almost any coaching relationship, whether you're a life coach or a business coach, regardless of your niche.

COA-303 Moving Toward Artful Coaching – 30 training hours - $1895

Provides exposure to and experience with a range of tools and processes to deepen coaching effectiveness and creativity. Part 3 focuses on integrating your learning, enhancing and deepening your ability to coach artfully and creatively. It includes units on metaphor, creativity, leadership, and much more.

COA-304 Practicum – 48 training hours - $4050

During the Practicum, the student transitions into the world of an active coaching practitioner. Students acquire more clients, obtain feedback on their coaching through supervision and share their learning through case studies and labs. They also receive 7 hours of Mentor Coaching in a group setting. Practicum lasts 8 months and can be completed in person (Face to Face) or in a Virtual format. 

COA-302A Core Competencies of Professional Coaching – 30 training hours - $1895

Building on the concepts, models and processes learned in Foundations, this module takes the coach to a deeper understanding of the coaching process and strengthens their knowledge and application of the ICF competencies. This module is about choice and trust, specifically the notion of self‐responsibility embedded in choice and the paramount importance that trust plays in being able to make change and to be at our best – both as a coach and for the client.


For more information about ADLER Faculty of Professional Coaching programs, including admission requirements, upcoming schedules and registration information, email us at  or call us at 1.877.923.4419 (locally in Toronto, please call 416.923.4419). 


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