Level 1 Summary

Most Frequently asked questions – Level 1 Applied Coach Education Programme



I have no previous Coach Specific Training.  Where should I start?


Even if you have been coaching before, the best place to start is our Level 1 Programme.  The Level 1 Programme is called “Applied Coach Education Level 1"


How are you different to other training organisations providing Coach Specific Training?


  • You receive 1:1 exclusive tuition with a Professional Coach who is also trained as a Tutor. (no anonymous group webinars or seminars, boring videos to watch)
  • You will not have any travel or accommodation costs, saving you a lot of money
  • Your Tutor will work with you right through the programme
  • Your Tutor will customize the programme to suit your learning needs and specialty and the experiences you bring.  We can concentrate on specific topics or skip over material you already know.
  • We can help you develop your own specific niche in which you plan to work as a Coach e.g. Career Coaching, Life Coaching, Executive Coaching.
  • If you don’t know your niche yet, we will help you find it!
  • Our training material has been developed by a New Zealand based and educated Professional Coach and caters for different cultures as well as local and international students
  • You can pause the programme at any point without any penalties and resume when you are ready
  • You can withdraw from the programme and stop paying at any point during the programme, as long as your current week is paid.

If you have paid up front and wish to withdraw, you will be refunded the balance of your fees.   (Note that nobody has ever done this, because we have had a 100% success rate with customer satisfaction!)

  • This is an exclusive School and we train selected students (compared to other schools who train people in bulk)
  • You will be studying at a pace appropriate to your level of existing knowledge and ability (compared to other schools who put you in a class with a wide variety of abilities)
  • Once you graduate, you still have access to your Tutor for ongoing help and mentoring





What do I need to do to complete the programme and become certified?


You will need to successfully complete all 3 Units in the programme to become Certified (Cert. Coaching NZSC) with the NZ School of Coaching. Successful completion means:

  • Attending classes and completing all learning modules and homework
  • Paying your fees for the complete programme
  • Successfully passing a written exam with a 70% score or better (This exam is done during Unit 3)
  • Recording at least one of your coaching sessions with a client, submitting it to your Tutor and receiving written and verbal feedback on how the session went, based on the Core Competencies you have been trained on
  • Upon completion, you will receive a Certificate in Coaching


Do I have to attend classes?


You do have to attend classes, but these are in the form of skype classes, where you simply sign in at a pre-organised time from your home or office to work through the series of coaching modules which your Tutor will send you.


Homework is required to be completed by the student and discussed at the following week's class. You will interact with the Tutor who you are appointed to. He or she will overview your progress and will follow up on your homework assignments. We are flexible with the times you have your classes, preferring them to be Monday – Friday, between the hours of 9 – 5. 




What are the topics I need to study?


The programme is divided into three Units.  Below are listed the topics we cover with you:



  • Setting the Foundation -
  • Co-creating the Relationship
  • Communicating Effectively
  • Facilitating Learning and Results
    • Topics include the academic aspects: The Psychology of Coaching, The keys to successful change and two different coaching models to work with.  You will learn the NZSC’s models of coaching called: Strategic Model of Coaching and QUEST.
    • You will know how to work with clients, and how to apply the essential coaching tools in your practice.
    • You receive 45 Coaching Tools when you complete Unit 1.
    • Included in your training is a module on Psychometric Testing and modules about working with Values and Needs as well as an Introduction to NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming).
    • You receive a comprehensive manual of notes supporting the above topics.
    • Paperwork and the basic processes you will need to be a Professional Coach are also included.



  • Coaching Practice
  • Feedback
  • Homework Projects
  • We Coach You



  • The Business of Coaching
  • Your Business Plan
  • Marketing approach
  • Practice Building


Can I study just a few topics?


Yes, you can complete a selection of topics.  However, you will need to complete all three units to become a Certified Coach.


What sort of people is this programme most suited to?


This programme is designed for:

  • Individuals with relevant life experience who want to establish an independent coaching practice
  • Individuals with previous experience in a related profession who wish to add Coaching to their competency set.
  • Individuals who wish to learn how to empower and relate to people for their own personal development.
  • People with no previous coach specific training. 


Please note that if you are a Manager, Executive, Leader or HR specialist and wish to learn how to adopt coaching suitable for the workplace, the programme to attend is our EXECUTIVE AND MANAGER AS COACH Programme which is listed under our Level 2 options


What are the outcomes of the Programme?


You will learn best practice techniques and tools and will, by the completion of the programme, will be a competent and confident Professional Coach

  • You will know and how to achieve genuine, measurable, sustainable change by using best-practice behavioral coaching techniques
  • A solid understanding of the skills and approaches used within today’s coaching profession as defined by the International Coach Federation
  • You will be able to work in a range of Coaching Specializations e.g. Life Coaching, Business Coaching, Career Coaching etc.


What do I need to do to get started?


All you need do is to Contact Us to register your intention to commence the programme and think about when you would like to start and we will accommodate your request wherever possible.  As a general rule, we start new students on the first Wednesday of every month. 


You will also need to think about whether you wish to become a fully Certified Professional Coach, which means doing Units 1 - 3, or wish to do only parts of the programme.   A Tutor will make contact with you to go through your registration and to make sure you are on the right programme. 


Can I get a student loan with the NZ Government Study Scheme?

We focus our training on international accreditation standards and therefore are not NZ Qualification Framework certified. We do this because we have found that the qualifications you complete with us are relevant to the International Coaching market


How long does it take to complete the whole programme?

Unit 1 will take

  • 18 weeks of in-class (synchronous, i.e. with a tutor in real time) work at 1.50 hours per week. = 27 hours total
  • A minimum of 6 hours of self-study and projects is required (Asynchronous - i.e. in your own time)
  • Unit 1 takes a total of 33 hours over a period of 18 weeks (weeks 1 - 18)


Unit 2 will take

  • 7 weeks of synchronous sessions with your Tutor for a total of 10.50 hours
  • A minimum of 6 hours coaching practice in your own time (Asynchronous)
  • Unit 2 takes a total of 16.50 hours over a period of 7 weeks (weeks 19-25)


Unit 3 will take

  • 7 weeks of synchronous sessions with your Tutor for a total of 10.50 hours
  • There is no compulsory homework, however, you will find it beneficial if you do complete some work in your own time
  • Unit 3 takes a total of 10.50 hours (weeks 26 - 33)


If you complete the programme without any interruptions you can expect the programme to take 33 weeks from beginning to end.  However, we do allow for interruptions for instances such as illness and personal issues or if you need a "week off" to review your study.


If you wish to accelerate your programme, we can discuss the time frame you were wanting to work to and will endeavor to meet your needs, as long as the learning quality is not compromised.



What are the fees for the Programme?


The fees for Units 1 to 3 are shown below:

  • Unit 1 is $NZD187.50 per week over a 18 week period
  • Unit 2 is $NZD187.50 per week over a 7 week period
  • Unit 3 is $NZD187.50 per week over a 7 week period
  • We can discount the fees by 10% if you wish to pay in full ($NZD5400). Fees must be paid before the first day of training to qualify for the discount.



I am a Human Resources Specialist, Manager or Leader. Is this programme the right one for me?


You could complete the Level 1 Programme, which will give you skills to work with your own Staff, as well as the option of eventually setting up your own Coaching Business. We do however have a course in our Level 2 Programme called "Executive and Manager as Coach" which gives you sufficient skills to work with staff, but will not qualify you as a Professional Coach, able to set up your own business. See Level 2 Programme.



How do I enroll in the Level 1 Programme?


You will need to talk with The School about the programme before you can enroll, as we like to make sure this is the right programme for you. You can either call us on the telephone or send us an email through our Contact Us page to make contact.





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