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Best Life Coaching Online Courses of 2021

by | Apr 29, 2021 | Life Coaching

We have reviewed the top life coach online courses and trainings.

The Life coaching industry is growing rapidly and with it so are the number of available online courses taught by different expert coaches.

In this article we review the leading life coaching courses breaking them into either long-form courses (typically 2-3 months in length and more expensive) and short-form courses (typically 2-3 hours). All of these courses are different than life coaching certification programs, which we review here.

Here are our top picks:

  • Best Long-Form Life Coaching course: Positive Intelligence
  • Best Short-Form Life Coaching class:

Read below to see our full rankings.

Best Long-Form Life Coaching Courses:

 Long-form online courses are shorter than certification programs, but more involved than a 2-3 hour course. These are often taught by master coaches, focused on a specific life coaching specialty, and cost anywhere rom $500 – $2,500 to complete.

1. Positive Intelligence w/ Shirzad Chamine 

You can learn more about the program here.

Overview:

Shirzad Chamine is a researcher and pioneer in the positive intelligence field. This course offers weekly video sessions, an app to practice skills, and a community to learn with.

Cost:

$995 (before discounts)

Program Length:

7-weeks

Pros:

  • Targets core inner work skills all coaches need.
  • Research-backed 
  • Money-back guarantee

Cons

  • No live instruction

2. Transformative Coaching w/ Nicholas Janni

You can learn more about the program here.

Overview: 

This program focuses on developing presence, healing old patterns and traumas, aligning with purpose and integration. Janni is a renowned coach who has worked with companies around the world including Fedex, Rolls Royce, and more.

Cost:

$1,250

Program Length:

6, 3-hour courses.

Pros:

  •  A focus on inner work.
  • Opportunities for individual coaching with Nicholas.
  • Small group practice sessions.

Cons:

  • Relatively expensive.
  • Course only runs on certain dates each year.

3. Conversational Leadership w/ David Whyte

You can learn more about the program here.

Overview:

David Whyte is a poet, speaker, philosopher and coach. His focus is on helping leaders and coaches deepen their conversations.

Cost:

TBD

Program Length:

Three months, 3 days/month.

Pros:

  • Uses a combination of learning methods including lectures, exercises, group work, and 1-1 work.
  • A unique and powerful specialty.

Cons:

  • Course is offered in a limited capacity.

4. GrowthEdge Coaching w/ Jennifer Berger and Carolyn Coughlin

Learn more here.

Overview:

This program is led by Jennifer Berger and Carolyn Coughlin, two leading coaches and experts in adult development theory. The program teaches coaches advanced skills to help leaders navigate transitions, growth, and personal and organizational change.

Cost:

Standard fee is $999; however, a sliding scale is offered for those who need financial assistance.

Program Length:

6 live sessions, 2 hours each

Pros:

  • Led by two exceptional coaches.
  • Steeped in adult development research.
  • Sliding scale for those who need it.
  • ICF credit approved.

Cons:

  • Cost is on the higher end for similar programs.

5. Interpersonal Neurobiology w/ Dan Siegel

Learn more here.

Overview:

A mastery-level course that looks at the science behind developing a healthy mind and overcoming trauma.

Cost:

$690

Program Length:

Offered in either 6-month or 6-week options.

Pros:

  •  Entirely built on deep scientific research.
  •  Live Q&A’s with Dr. Siegel.
  • Experiential exercises and live study groups.

Cons:

  • Targeted more for therapists, psychiatrists, and clinicians.

 

6. Living from the Space Within w/ Michael Neill

Enroll here. 

Overview:

Six masterclasses taught by Michael Neill and other leading instructors on how to live from within.

Cost:

$2,000 

Program Length:

1 hour/day for 3 weeks, then 8 days together over 4 months to go deep into this work.

Pros: 

  • A range of master teachers.
  • An online community.
  • Plenty of recorded content.

Cons:

  • Overall cost.

Short-Form Life Coaching Courses:

The following list includes short online life coaching courses ranging from free courses to a few hundred dollars, which can be helpful for anyone looking to refresh themselves on different coaching skills or learn a new coaching concept or approach.

1. Positive Psychology w/ Martin Seligman

Enroll here.

Overview:

Taught by Upenn professor Martin Seligman, this course teaches theories and strategies on how to use positive psychology to thrive personally and professionally.

Cost:

Free

Program Length:

Self-led, 4-hours/week, for 5-months

Of note:

  • Led by one of the founders of “Positive Intelligence.”
  • Go at your own pace.
  • Self directed, complete at your own time
  • money back guarantee
  • Includes FabJob Guide to Become a Life Coach
  • Life Coach Certificate 
  • Gain knowledge on options for coach specialities

Cons:

  • Faculty is available to help but program is mostly self-taught
  • Have to sign up for specific course date

2. Professional Life Coaching Guide (on Udemy)

Enroll here. 

Overview:

This is a beginner-level, all-around course, with a focus on emotional intelligence, limiting beliefs, NLP, and more.

Cost: $129 

Program Length: 13 hours

  • Includes information on how to setup your coaching practice.
  • Includes downloadable forms and guides to help you get off the ground.
  • Useful all-around content.

Other Interesting Resources:

Another way to learn new coaching approaches and skills is to attend the introductory course for different coaching certification programs. Here are a few:

What is life coaching?

A life coach is a type of wellness professional who helps individuals evolve their life to reach specific goals or overall more satisfaction. Life coaches help clients with anything from day-to-day issues to wellness to maximizing yourself to your full potential. Coaches can help clients with goal making and strategies to overcome any obstacles they may face to achieve those goals. It is personalized work to the client that takes accreditation and specialization to become an expert in.

What’s the difference between a life coach and a therapist?

While therapists analyze a client’s past to help them understand their current behavior, life coaches identify obstacles that stop a client from achieving their goals and present strategies for getting past these obstacles. Life coach’s role is not to give advice, their role is to make a plan.

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