From science to skills that help you thrive — in coaching & in leadership

We’re not here to convince you. We are here to empower you.

At Applied Life, our motto is from science to skills to help you thrive. We are a think tank, professional network, and community that take state-of-the-art scientific insights and transform them into practical application. We support people and organizations that are open-minded and like to think outside the box in finding unique ways to thrive and contribute to a sustainable, flourishing society.

That’s why our Science to Skills Coach Training course is focused on equipping coaches and managers with the science-backed tools of coaching, empowering them 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, the course offers a deeper and more nuanced understanding of coaching science so that participants will see the building blocks of coaching and learn to develop their own style, processes, and practices whilst remaining aligned with the ICF on ethical standards.

learn the science-backed craft of coaching

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:

Science-Based Coaching Skills

Semester 1 will teach you the science behind the skills of coaching, including listening, speaking, goal setting, exploration, focus, learning, change, metacognition, and more.

Coaching in Action

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

Partnered 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, offer feedback, and provide community and support.

Coach Mentoring

For those who aim for ICF accreditation, we offer the necessary coach mentoring hours in the form of 7 hours of group mentoring (taking place on Friday mornings at 9.30am) and 3 hours of individual mentoring with a PCC level coach mentor.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is ideal for aspiring coaches, organizational leaders or in-house coaches, educators, and practitioners from adjacent professions such as counselors or caregivers.

The course consists of 24 classes of 2.5 hour duration and 1 hour of partnered homework per lesson. 

For easy integration into your schedule, there will only be one 2.5 hour 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 Wednesdays from 4-6pm CET/CEST.

The dates for Fall 2023 are as follows:

Winter Semester:

  • 6th Sept.
  • 13th Sept.
  • 20th Sept.
  • 27th Sept.
  • 4th Oct.
  • 11th Oct.
  • 18th Oct.
  • 1st Nov.
  • 8th Nov.
  • 15th Nov.
  • 22nd Nov.
  • 29th Nov.

Spring Semseter: 

  • 10th Jan. 
  • 17th Jan. 
  • 24th Jan.  
  • 31st. Jan 
  • 7th. Feb. 
  • 14th. Feb. 
  • 21st. Feb. 
  • 6th March
  • 13th March 
  • 20th March 
  • 27th March 
  • 1st April 

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, 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 + 10hours of coach mentoring

This package is ideal for aspiring coaches and other professionals who want to become ICF certified. In addition to the Science to SkillCoaching Certificate, you will receive your coach training credits and coach 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 inApril for the summer semester and September for the winter semester, respectively.

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.

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) has recently updated coaching education standards. We are launching this coach education course in line with the ICF and will apply for this course to be recognized as a Level 1 coach education program. As soon as the application is complete, all participants will receive 60 credits for this course and can apply for ICF credentialing process if they meet all other required criteria. Please note that we cannot guarantee ICF recognition for this program at the time being, but we are working hard towards fulfilling all requirements in close contact with the ICF and are confident that we will be able work out a solution.

from our past participants:

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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Have questions about the program and ready to learn more? Download the brochure, then contact us at with any questions.

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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, 2023.