Science to Skill Coach Training Program

Do you have a passion for supporting others? Perhaps you’re a current or aspiring coach interested in practicing the science-backed skills of coaching. Or, maybe you’re a leader, manager or teacher who wants to refine your ability to motivate, inspire, and coach your team members or students. If this is speaking to you, consider singing up for the Fall 2024 cohort of Science to Skills Coach Training. Registration is open now. 

Learn evidence-based coaching skills to aid in leadership, teaching & coaching practice

Science to Skill Coach Training equips coaches, managers, leaders, and educators with the science-backed tools of coaching. Students will be empowered to to have transformative conversations in any context.

You’ll learn an interdisciplinary approach to coaching that draws on a wide range of perspectives, including findings from:

  • educational sciences
  • contemporary neuroscience
  • positive psychology
  • mindfulness studies
  • emotional intelligence studies
  • performance studies

Moreover, instead of following one specific coaching philosophy or discipline, we offer a nuanced understanding of multiple approaches. 

This allows participants to see the building blocks of coaching and learn to develop their own style, processes, and practices — all while remaining aligned with the ICF on core competencies and ethical standards. This course is a Level 1 ICF accredited coaching program

How is the course structured?

During two semesters of class, you’ll learn the science-backed craft of coaching as well as the deeper underlying concepts — all explained in a comprehensible, adaptable way.

Equipped with your new knowledge, you’ll participate in practice coaching sessions outside of class meetings so that you can put theory into practice. You’ll be empowered to build your own skillset with confidence, then customize it to your individual style and situation.

There will also be an option to participate in group mentorship sessions, where you’ll put your skills into practice and prepare for ICF accreditation.

Highlights of the course:

Learn New Skills

Semester 1 will teach you the science behind the core skills of coaching, including compassionate listening, co-creating the relationship, goal setting, exploration, solutions focus, learning facilitation, navigating change, and specific coaching interventions and tools.

Coaching in Action

Semester 2 will allow you to take a deeper look into important scientific concepts that you can use during your coaching practice, including motivation, optimism, emotions, mindfulness, creativity, diversity & inclusion, values, and much more.

1:1 Homework

All participants will have the opportunity to put theory into practice during partnered homework sessions. Each week, you’ll meet with a member of the cohort to practice a specific coaching skill, share feedback, and provide community support.


For those who aim for ICF accreditation, we offer coach mentoring hours in the form of 7 hours of group mentoring and 3 hours of individual mentoring with a PCC level coach mentor. These sessions allow you to practice ICF core competencies.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is ideal for organizational leaders, educators, and current or aspiring coaches. The skills of coaching are useful in any role where you are working on motivating and developing people – helping individuals thrive, identify their strengths, and achieve personal or professional change.

The course consists of 24 classes of 2 hour duration and 1 hour of partnered homework per lesson. 

For easy integration into your schedule, there will only be one 2 hours of class per week, plus 1 outside hour of partnered homework. There are also built in holiday weeks between each semester.

The course meetings take place on Tuesdays with different options to accommodate people from different timezones.

If you are working toward ICF accreditation, we also offer mentor coaching hours following the completion of our regular coursework.

Our next cohort will begin in September 2024. Registration is open now. To register, please reach out to and we will work with you to reserve your spot in the course.

There are two course packages available to participants: 

Package 1 – €2750

Science-based coaching skills +scientific concepts in action

This package is ideal for organizational leaders, professionals from adjacent fields who want to expand their skillset, or coaches who want to complement their coaching skills and who do not need additional ICF certification. You will gain the Applied Life Science to Skills Coaching Certificate. 

Package 2 – €3600

Science-based coaching skills +scientific concepts in action + 10 hours of mentor coaching.

This package is ideal for aspiring coaches and other professionals who want to become ICF certified. In addition to the Science to Skill Coaching Certificate, you will receive your coach training credits and mentoring hours to apply for ICF accreditation as Associate Certified Coach (ACC).

Discounts & payments

For early bird and multiple signup discounts please get in touch at

Payment can be made upfront or in monthly installments of six consecutive months starting with the first installment September for the winter semester.

Yes! All participants will receive the Science to Skill Coaching Certificate upon completion of the course. For completion, you need to participate in the 24 classes, including the corresponding 1 hour of partnered study between lessons. You may miss up to 2 classes during each part of the coach training, and up to 4 classes in total. If you miss more than 2×2 classes, you may team up with other classmates and make up for the missed classes by booking additional tutoring against a fee if a suitable time can be found.

This course is accredited as a Level 1 Coaching Education Provider with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). As soon it is complete, all participants will receive 60 credits for the Applied Life Science to Skill Coach Training program (Package 1) and 82 credits for the Applied Life ICF Level 1 Science to Skill Coach Training Certificate (Package 2), respectively. With the completion of Package 2, participants can apply for the ICF credentialing process if they meet all other required criteria.

Certificate of accreditation can be found here.

From course alumni:

Applied Life Team: Vanessa van den Brink

Vanessa van den Brink

Business & Mindset Coach & Mentor to female entrepreneurs & businesswomen 

“Spoiler alert: I am huge fan of the S2SC of Applied Life. It is jam-packed with valuable content, giving the basis of coaching – and so much more – in a safe and trusted environment!

What I value the most with this course is how rooted the teachings are in science. Everything we talk about and learn to apply is evidence-based & tried and tested by Applied Life’s great founderDr. Nelly Nguyen. The sessions are fun, low key and simultaneously challenging. Thanks for such a well thought-out coach-training experience!”

Anne Lasse

Career & Mindset Coach

“The coach training was outstanding. Nell provided a supportive environment where I felt safe to contribute and speak up which ensured that I was getting maximum value.

There is an excellent mix of practical application and theory backed by science. I felt like I was in such good hands and it has equipped me to take the leap into starting my coaching business. Through the training, I have also built a network of peer coaches which enabled me to practice my skills and also see other peers in action. I cannot recommend this highly enough both for personal development and leadership skills as well as developing technically as a coach.”

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Ready to join our next cohort? Contact our team directly and we’ll take you through the steps to register and join the cohort! Note that registration for the Fall cohort ends Aug. 31, 2024.