Life Coaching School Review: Life Coach Training Online

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Life Coach Training Online.com

The summary:

Life Coach Training Online.com (LCTO)

  • 10 to 16 hour training programs available in a variety of formats and scheduling options
  • Submission of a completed portfolio is required within 30 days of finishing the training
  • Awarded a Professional Coach certification at the end
  • Best for – people who want to get a quick head start on coaching basics so you can start coaching with confidence immediately, while committing to continuing your education to get a deeper grounding in the topics covered.
  • Based on NLP (Neurolinguistics Programming) methods
  • Core focus is on having the student coach learn how to craft a vision and re-wire limiting beliefs.

The founder of LCTO, Barbara Wainwright tells me the core curriculum has been accepted as an accredited program for graduate level study by Seattle Pacific University (an exclusive, private college in the Northwest.) It has also been easily taught to high school level students. The content is high level concepts yet presented in a manner anyone can grasp. The classes include both live instruction and actual coaching practice with other students.

Barbara has made available for my readers a resource page of 10 essential things you must know before starting a life coaching career. I highly recommend you check it out.

Available Programs

Certified Professional Coach

$1997 (payment plan available)

16 hour course available in 3 different formats

  1. Live online group class offered as 2 – 8 hour days over a weekend  or 4 – 4 hours days Mon through Thursday
  2. Live in person 2 day course held at various locations worldwide. They will also come to you. Call for details.
  3. LCTO stands out for a very unique training option – 1 on 1 online training with a master coach to walk you through the entire curriculum on your schedule. $2597 (payment plan available)

This flagship course includes:

Foundations of Successful Coaching Introduction

  • Objectives of Coaching
  • Confidentiality and Ethics of Coaching
  • The Role of the Coach
  • Sustainable and Measurable Results
  • WGI’s Professional Coaching System

Mastering the Coaching Process

  • Developing Professional Client/Coach Relationships
  • Effective Communication Techniques
  • Goal Setting – Planning for Success
  • Action Steps – Measuring, Assessing and Rewarding Results
  • Accountability and Responsibility
  • Exercises and Practicum

Building Your Professional Coaching Practice

  • Business Structure and Record Keeping
  • Marketing Strategies for the Professional Coach
  • Acquiring Your First Clients
  • Setting Your Professional Fees
  • Identifying Opportunities in Your Community
  • Building a Referral-based Practice
  • Creating a Powerful Web Presence
  • Advertising, Promotions and Public Relations

That’s a LOT of material to cover in 16 hours so it’s safe to say the training is quite broad, but not terribly deep.

Also available:

These programs use the same Coaching System methods as the main class, simply applied to specific niche market needs.

Certified Recovery Coach


16 hour course taught over 4 – 4 hour days

Program teaches about addictive thinking and personalities, family dynamics, powerful questioning and provides tools to help clients with long term sobriety.

Certified Relationship Coach


16 hours taught over 4 – 4 hour days

This program focuses on the foundations and context for healthy relationships.

Certified Negotiator Coach


10 hour course taught over a weekend

You could call this a conflict resolution course. Students learn how to navigate complex situations and disputes.

Certified Health, Healing and Wellness Coach


12 hours over 3 – 4 hour days

This course covers the importance of healing mindset, energy chakras, healthy eating, the value of essential oil and establishing an exercise plan

Certified Group Leader


10 hour course held 1 hour per week for 8 weeks (first and last week are 2 hours each)

Group coaching program includes the basics of defining, formatting and managing groups.

All Training Includes:

  • Certified Professional Coach Course facilitated by a Certified Master Coach
  • 3rd party credentialing through the Strategic Learning Alliance  – Full Disclosure, Barbara Wainwright, the owner of Life Coach Training Course Online is also one of the board members of the SLA which provides the “3rd party” credentialing approval.
  • Telephone and email access to the founder for questions and support
  • Coach Training Manual, handouts and coaching tools
  • Quick Reference Guide for Coaches
  • Professional Coach Certificate of Learning in a digital format for your website
  • Certified Coach Seal in a digital format for your website
  • 2 Year Membership in Strategic Learning Alliance Applied-Learning Professional Community and more


Training based on NLP methods is incredibly powerful for making fast and lasting changes in a client’s life. It is a great foundation for any coaching method.

Lots of solid information given over a very short time frame may give an aspiring coach a boost of confidence so they can get started coaching clients immediately.

Founder is available by phone or email to all students for support, questions, and help

Course includes practical helps for marketing your business.


The only accountability for the quality of this program comes from the Strategic Leadership Alliance group which is, in a manner of speaking, the parent company of Life Coach Training Online since the same person is a founding member of both.

It’s important to note their promotional materials mention you will “learn the importance of” many aspects of coaching. NOT that you will learn about those topics in depth

You will need ongoing training and support beyond what is offered. The curriculum is quite broad in scope but shallow in depth. It’s a platform from which to grow.

There is a very low bar to get and maintain credentials (this could be a pro if you don’t believe your accountability and standards of professional ethics are anyone else’s business but your own)

Conclusion – This can be a great option for anyone who wants to get started quickly. The methodology is sound and the teaching methods are effective. The specialty options are ideal for anyone who is specifically interested in one of those niches.

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