Becoming A Coach

Level Up Your Coaching Skills with Lumia's Level 2 Program

Interested in earning your ACC or PCC coaching credential? You can with Lumia's advanced life coach training program. Find out more and get started today!

How to Get Your Coaching Certification and ICF Credential with Lumia's Level 2 Program

As an ICF-approved Level 2 training provider, Lumia's coach training program meets the highest standards in the professional coaching industry. We’re an all-in-one destination for achieving your ACC or PCC Credential from the ICF (International Coaching Federation), making your path to certification smoother and more straightforward.

Our Signature coach training program includes all the necessary 125 coach training hours the ICF requires, for an immersive and comprehensive learning experience.

As an ICF Level 2 program, our coach training curriculum is intentional, hands-on and robust.You’ll dive deep into coaching concepts, interact more with your peers and instructors, and truly hone your craft as you prepare for a successful career in coaching.

Highlights of Lumia's Level 2 program include:‍

  • All training hours needed for ACC or PCC Credential
  • Live observation coaching with feedback in class
  • Written feedback on recorded coaching sessions
  • In-house performance evaluation by PCC Instructor
  • 7.5 hours of group mentoring with PCC Instructor
  • Required 1-1 Mentor sessions with PCC coaches included 
  • New and updated live classes taught by ICF Credentialed Instructors

If you're thinking about a career in coaching or adding coaching to your existing skill set, this is the ideal time to take that goal and make it a reality. Lumia's coach training program is designed to provide you with the essential knowledge, skills, and certification you need to thrive in the field of professional coaching.

Eager to start your journey as a certified life coach but feeling uncertain about which training route to take? We’ll guide you through the available options and help you find the one that aligns perfectly with your goals.

Who You’ll Be Learning Alongside

Beyond the official certifications, Lumia attracts changemakers and those inspired to work towards a better future – people who know that their stories have the power to inspire others, and who are also dedicated to living a life that's true to themselves and boldly challenges the status quo. 

The Lumia student and graduate community is driven by a hunger for authenticity, resilience, and the desire to work alongside others who want to make a bigger impact in the world. 

Lumia instructors are more than just world-class experts in their field, they’re passionate about your development and sharing their experience.

You can read more about our community values and the student experience within Lumia here.

What Sets Lumia Apart

We make learning accessible through a coach certification program that’s delivered entirely online. (But don’t worry – that doesn’t mean you’ll get stuck with a pile of stale, pre-recorded lectures!) 

Our “secret sauce” is comprised of proven training methods to keep you fully engaged and connected from start to finish –  live weekly classes, small group cohort learning, personalized mentoring, and guided practice coaching sessions.

In Lumia’s coach training programs, you’ll receive:

Which ‍Lumia Program is Right for You: Essentials or Signature?

Every Lumia student begins with Essentials

Essentials is a stand-alone foundational coaching program that provides everything you need to learn the craft of coaching, participate in live coaching observation, earn your coach certification, and launch a coaching practice upon graduation.

Signature is the next step in your coaching journey. If you are interested in picking up advanced coaching skills, or plan to pursue your ICF coaching credential, then Signature is the track for you. After finishing the Essentials program, you'll seamlessly move on to the next part of your training with Signature.

Learn more about ICF credentials, including how to get one and the advantages of having it in our ICF credential resource guide: ACC vs PCC vs MCC - What’s the Difference Between ICF Coach Credentials?

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s take a look at each of Lumia’s training pathways in detail. 


The Essentials program takes approximately 6 months to complete. It includes 21 weeks of live instruction, with breaks for major holidays. 

The curriculum covers the following areas: 

  • Frameworks and techniques to conduct a coaching conversation
  • Professional ethics and contracting
  • How to build the coach-client relationship
  • Theory and science behind coaching in positive psychology and neurobiology
  • Cognitive bias and trauma
  • Business building basics

Time commitment:

  • 2 hour live class once per week on Zoom
  • 3-5 additional hours of independent work outside of class that includes pre-work, homework, and coaching practice

What you get:

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive an internationally recognized life coach certification from Lumia. You’ll also have 25 client coaching experience hours under your belt!


Lumia's Signature program supports you on the pathway to your ACC (Associated Certified Coach) and/or PCC (Professional Certified Coach) Credential with the International Coaching Federation.

Start to finish, the Signature program takes approximately 9 months to complete. After graduating from Essentials, Signature students advance on for an additional 3 months of education. This includes 16 weeks of live instruction, with breaks for major holidays.

Signature curriculum includes: 

  • A deeper understanding of the coaching topics introduced in Essentials
  • New coaching techniques and interventions to broaden your coaching toolkit
  • Classes focused on the ICF core competencies
  • Group and 1:1 mentor coaching, supervision, observation and feedback from ACC and PCC level instructors
  • 25 hours of practice coaching and practical application of coaching skills
  • Test prep for ICF Credentialing exam through mock quizzes and exams
  • Increased confidence in your coaching skills through repetition and practice

Time commitment:

‍5-7 hours per week

What you get:

Everything you need for ICF credentialing in one place.

When you graduate from Signature, you’ll have the education and mentor hours you need to apply for your ACC or PCC. You’ll also complete an in-house coaching Performance Evaluation that’s submitted to the ICF in support of your application.

Along the way, you’ll have accumulated 50 live coaching hours toward the total you will need in order to apply for your ACC (100 coaching hours) or the PCC (500 coaching hours). 

Once you finish Signature, all that’s left is to finish your minimum coaching hours requirement, apply with the ICF, and sit for the credentialing exam after your application is approved.


Want to complete your training faster? Finish both the Essentials and Signature programs in half the usual time with Expedited

The Expedited track offers the same excellent Lumia curriculum and coaching practice but at a faster pace, designed to get you started as a coach in no time.

With two live online classes every week (on Tuesdays and Thursdays), you'll complete your coach certification in only 10 weeks and in just five months, you'll be fully prepared to apply for your ICF credential.

If you're considering the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) or Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentials from the ICF, then SIGNATURE is your pick.

Just starting out and want to get the basics down? Then ESSENTIALS is for you. And if getting an ICF credential isn't your plan, don't worry—this path still gives you top-notch coach training, along with a supportive community and plenty of guidance.

Want to complete Essentials or Signature in half the time? EXPEDITED is the one for you.

Why Choose Lumia?

When picking a coach training program, it's important to find one that matches your learning goals, values and vision, sense of community, and expectations for return on investment.

Here's how Lumia measures up:

1) Education and Learning

In the fast-changing world of coaching, Lumia aims to keep our coaches ahead of the curve. Over ten years, we've guided over 2,000 individuals from diverse backgrounds to start successful coaching careers that make a real difference.

Our experience has taught us that coaching is not a one-size-fits-all profession — and neither are you. As part of the Lumia family, you'll explore a wide range of techniques, styles, and frameworks, enriching your coaching toolbox. Our instructors and trainers encourage you to think differently and develop a coaching style that's authentically yours.

Our curriculum is designed to be stimulating, ensuring you're always engaged and inspired. Examples of what you'll find in our curriculum include:

  • Frameworks for Coaching Conversations
  • Practicing Active Listening
  • Techniques for Reframing and Reflection
  • Mastering the Art of Asking Questions
  • Entrepreneurship 101
  • Incorporating Mindfulness into Coaching
  • Understanding Intersectionality
  • Tackling Unconscious Bias
  • Foundations of Branding
  • Finding Your Coaching Niche

2) Values and Vision

Lumia coaches are making a bigger impact on the world.

From the very start, our aim has been to shake up the space of coaching. To smash the status quo and help usher forward a better world. We believe coaching and equity go hand in hand, and envision a future where all humans have the tools and resources to not just survive, but thrive.

This is a no B.S. organization, where we strive to walk the talk. Honesty and kindness go hand in hand. Integrity and trust matter. There's plenty of room for everyone to be the best versions of themselves.

What this means is that we listen to our community and make changes to our program as a result. We believe in continuous improvement, and update our curriculum regularly based on student feedback and emerging industry trends.

Lumia's Commitment to Giving Back

Your enrollment helps others, with 5% of every Lumia tuition going towards providing scholarships to members of underrepresented communities and individuals who need them. 

3) Community

Lumia students are people just like you - busy, dynamic, and driven to succeed. Our online learning environment is designed with those realities in mind. It’s bite-sized and actionable, so you can burn through your training in record time… without burning out.

And community doesn’t end at graduation. It’s just the beginning! 

What really distinguishes Lumia from other coaching organizations is our incredible community. Over the last decade we have built a true network of life coaches who work together, play together, lift each other up, and cheer each other on through the ups and downs of life.

As part of the Lumia family, you’ll have lifelong access to our community. This includes new course offerings as they come online, ongoing training and education opportunities, in-person retreats and events, industry updates and coaching demonstrations from Noelle Cordeaux.

To see the complete rundown of programs, events, and resources available to Lumia students and alumni, check out: Lumia Coach Training: Support, Connection, Community.

Group of Lumia coaches at the SXSW Wellness Expo booth

4) Maximizing Your Investment

Whether you're starting your own coaching business or plan to use these skills in your current role or a new job, Lumia provides you with practical coaching principles and techniques that apply across various environments. 

With your coaching certification from Lumia in hand, you’ve got options. Both pathways of our program include business guidance to help you build a thriving coaching practice. We’ll introduce you to the basics necessary to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset and coach with confidence after graduation.

In our business training modules, you’ll learn:  

  • Exploring a coaching niche
  • Entrepreneurship fundamentals, including systems and goal setting
  • Essential sales skills
  • Strategies to build your brand and clarify your business model

We are coaches and savvy entrepreneurs. And if you want a thriving practice, you need to be the same. That's why our life coach training program combines evidence-based methodologies AND business skills. We help you bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.

Building a thriving practice takes time. There's really no quick-fix or overnight success. And we’d never promise otherwise. So when we say we give you everything you need to launch your practice? That also includes ongoing training and support. For life.

Benefits for Lumia Graduates:

  • Exclusive Lumia Coach Badge
  • Profile on the Lumia Coach Directory
  • Opportunities to lead workshops at Lumia gatherings
  • Write guest articles for the Lumia blog
  • Appearances on the Lumia Instagram page
  • Host Instagram Takeovers for Lumia
  • Access to coaching, networking, and ongoing learning at Lumia events
  • Invitations to annual retreats and summits
  • Lifetime access to the student portal and educational content
  • Chance to attend new sessions as they're introduced to our coaching curriculum

Lumia Graduate Perspectives

Coach Cat Bradley

"I am changed because of the Lumia program. I am better because of it. I am better for the people close to me, the people that hire me, and myself. " - Cat Bradley

Coach Cara Zuraski

"I signed 10 high ticket clients before graduating Essentials. I would not have had a business at all if it wasn't for Lumia." - Cara Zuraski

Coach Rena Martine

“I built a six figure business and am working full-time as a women's intimacy coach after transitioning from a 14-year career as a Deputy District Attorney. It has been the most difficult (but rewarding!) life change I've ever made. Being an entrepreneur isn't for the faint of heart. But if you're committed, brave enough to ask for help, and willing to push outside of your comfort zone, true career fulfillment exists on the other side.” - Rena Martine

Coach Kevin Whitehead

"I feel that this is what I was called to do. Nothing else I came across at the time gave me the jolt to move forward like Lumia did." - Kevin Whitehead

Coach Pam Covarrubias

“I became the business coach my mom needed.” - Pam Covarrubias

Coach Brian Simpson

"I knew I needed to add more tools to my coaching toolbox and Lumia offered that in spades." - Brian Simpson

‍Ready to Explore?

If you’d like to talk with a member of the Lumia team to discuss which pathway is right for you, let’s connect! Schedule a call to get your questions answered, and discover how you can become a force for even greater good as a coach. 

‍Lumia Coaching: Vibrant community. Evidence-based life coach training. Lifetime support.

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