Becoming A Coach

An Inside Look At The Lumia Student Experience

Ready to become a coach? Take a glimpse inside Lumia’s coach training program: class structure, homework, practice opportunities, resources, and alumni benefits

The Student Experience: What To Expect in Lumia’s Coach Training Program

The journey to become a coach represents a significant investment of your time, energy, resources and heart. And like any investment, it pays to do your research!

If you’ve been thinking about enrolling in Lumia’s life coach training program, we invite you to take a closer look at what you can expect. In this resource guide, we'll cover:

  • Program overview
  • Who's in the Lumia community?
  • The classroom experience
  • Homework and practice
  • Time commitment
  • Mentorship and feedback
  • Business launch support
  • Alumni resources and benefits

But first, let's take a listen to what Lumia graduates have to say about the program in their own words.

About The Program

Lumia offers science backed, evidence-based life coach training that is firmly rooted in positive psychology. Our program is entirely online and lasts roughly 6-9 months, depending on which track you select. This includes live weekly coach training, exposure to a wide variety of methods and techniques, business development and so much more. 

This isn’t a life coaching program, it’s a life changing program. We say this because we’ve seen it time and time again and we can’t wait for you to experience it for yourself.

Community

We are not just a training program but a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive community of coaches who are committed to bettering ourselves and the world. 

Over the last decade, we’ve trained students from all walks of life. From attorneys and human resource professionals, to physical trainers and stay at home parents, the perspectives you’ll find in a Lumia classroom is a microcosm of the human experience. 

Our world class instructors represent more than 25 academic disciplines, with skills that translate across education, law, nonprofit, technology, consumer goods, and corporate sectors. You’ll find like-minded people here, along with the opportunity to build relationships with others who share your values and aspirations.

As a Lumia student, you’ll be joining a community of current students and alumni coaches that you can connect to, network with, ask for support from, and so much more… for life! 

The Education Experience

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.

You’ll move through the program with a cohort of your peers, which usually ranges in size from 25-30 students. Along the way, you’ll have many opportunities to build 1:1 relationships. Each cohort is broken down into smaller practice groups that typically include other students in your time-zone. 

In The Classroom

Each week, you’ll engage in a live, interactive, discussion based curriculum. Classes take place on Zoom, and are 2 hours in length with a midpoint break. 

Before each class, you’ll have some pre-work to help prepare you for the topic. This may include reading an article, watching a video, completing an exercise, or bringing reflections to class. 

Upcoming start dates with details about class times can be found here:

Homework

We offer a variety of formats to support different types of learners. In the online student portal, you’ll have the opportunity to review the class outline and text, the instructor’s powerpoint deck, and other related resources.

Homework in the program is done at your own pace. Each class will have an assignment that includes short answer questions for reinforced learning in addition to reflection questions and bonus resources. These can be completed using your materials from class. Students are not graded on the content, however, the completion of these assignments is required for graduation.

Workbook assignments are:

  • Reflective in nature
  • Based in practical application 
  • Done at your own pace. There are no deadlines - you’ll just need to complete and submit your homework assignments in order to earn certificate

Time Commitment

Essentials program: 3-5 hours a week 

  • Pre-work
  • Class time
  • Homework
  • Practice coaching

Signature program: 5-7 hours

  • Pre-work, including recorded content to review before class
  • Class time
  • Homework
  • Practice coaching
  • Mentoring

Practice Coaching

A core component of coach training is the process of putting your new skills to use. Both the Essentials and Signature programs include practice coaching. Peer sessions provide you with a test kitchen environment where you get to try on the theories and frameworks that you’re learning in class.  

Peer coaching benefits:

  • Safe and supportive environment to practice what you are learning with fellow students
  • Build confidence and discover what areas you want to improve upon
  • Receive verbal feedback and client testimonials from your peers
  • Your peer coaching hours count toward ICF credentialing requirements

In addition to developing your skills, these sessions are also a place for you to receive coaching! As you swap sessions, you’re invited to bring real world issues to the table. That helps your coaching partner build their skills, and also offers you support in an area you are currently working on in your life. 

Practice Coaching Requirements:  

  • Essentials Track = 19 Peer Coaching Sessions + 6 External Client Sessions (25 total)  
  • Signature Track = 25 additional Coaching Hours  (Signature students accumulate 50 total coaching hours, which count toward the ICF credentialing requirement)

Observation and Feedback

In the Signature program, you’ll receive feedback from professional coaches as you continue to refine your skills. Here’s what that looks like.

Live Observation

Signature classes include 1 hour live class lecture, and 1 hour live observation coaching with specific skill markers to practice 

  • During class, you’ll receive real-time feedback from the classmate who served as your client, fellow classmates who were observing the session, and the instructor
  • Each person in the cohort will get to experience this as the coach once 

Recorded Observation

Signature students will submit 5 mini coaching session recordings and receive written feedback from an observation coach

In House Performance Evaluation 

For Signature students, this is your last step before submitting your ICF application for an ACC or PCC credential

  • Students submit their final evaluation to Lumia for completion of their ICF Level 2 Certificate
  • This evaluation is included in the Signature program tuition

Mentorship

If you’re planning to pursue credentialing with the ICF, you’ll need to complete 10 hours of coaching with a qualified mentor coach. In the Signature program, these hours are included as part of your tuition. You’ll receive 7 hours of ICF group mentoring plus 3 one-on-one mentor coaching sessions.

Group mentoring includes:

  • 10 or fewer people in each group
  • Mentoring from a credentialed coach 

In your mentoring sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to get your questions answered, work case studies, engage in coaching practice opportunities, and discuss the nuances of weekly class topics. You'll also receive guidance to help prepare you to apply for your ICF credential.

To learn more about it, explore this blog by two of Lumia’s mentor coaches: What Is Mentor Coaching?

Business Launch Support

We believe you deserve to build a coaching business you love.

Some coaching programs give you the theories, then send you on your way. But here at Lumia, we recognize that learning how to coach is just one part of the equation. You also want to know how to get your message out there, attract the clients you most want to serve, and make a positive impact on the world around you. 

In our business training modules, you’ll learn:  

  • How to explore a coaching niche
  • Preparing for business launch
  • Authentic sales skills
  • Strategies to build your brand and online presence
  • Entrepreneurship fundamentals

Alumni Benefits

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

Lumia’s network of incredible people sets us apart from any other coaching organization out there. 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 Lumia CEO Noelle Cordeaux, and regular office hours with John Kim.

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

Ready to Get Coaching?

Come on in, the water’s warm! If you’d like to talk with a member of the Lumia team to find out if coaching is right for you, we’d love to hear from you! Schedule a call to get your questions answered, and discover how you can become a force for even greater good. 

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