How I Became a Certified Coach for Under $500

Some of the most asked questions I receive are:

How did you get started as a Coach? and  Where did you get your Certification?

I did my certification completely ONLINE - as I'm fully location independent. And guess what, it cost less than $500.

Here is all the information you'll need and a $100 discount code:

How to pick a Coaching School:

Let me tell you, there are hundreds of coaching institutes out there to get certified.

I did tons of research before I made up my mind which one to take, and here's why I went with Universal Coach Institute in the end:

  • It's completely online (so their actual location didn't matter to me)
  • It costs less than $500 - whereas most schools charge thousands of dollars
  • It's a home study program, which means you can go through the content at your own pace
  • It's an approved CCE provider by the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • I got 3 certifications:
    Certified Life Coach, Certified Solution-Focused Coach and Certified Transformational Coach.

If you'd rather prefer a school with 6-12 months of live classes in a real classroom, this isn't the right option for you.

I chose this program because I didn't want to study for years before I could get started. 

You will learn all the tools, techniques and principles on how to conduct coaching sessions as well as a variety of helpful forms, files and help to actually start your coaching business.

How it works:

Once you register and pay for your course you will receive a welcome package and access to the student center. This is where you can access all your lessons as well as a broad library of coaching tools, exercises and tons of helpful forms.

I got so much value just out of the coaching toolbox: 

  • A welcome pack to send to your clients
  • An example of a client agreement
  • The most important questions you can ask a client
  • A business plan template
  • Payment letters and
  • Group Coaching forms

All things I definitely needed but had no idea how to create by myself when I was just starting out.

Frequently asked questions - all answered in 20 minutes!

The modules:

The modules are designed for various learning styles:

  • There are recorded video trainings
  • You can listen to the lessons via audio whilst commuting to work
  • There are PDFs with all the notes to read through

I personally used the video trainings and took lots of notes whilst listening, that's how I learn best.

It's completely up to you how many modules or units you want to finish in one week.

You have access to your student center for 12 months, so you can really take your time if you are already having a pretty busy life.

I was absolutely obsessed with this course and studied 1-2 modules every single day. This way I was able to finish all 3 certifications, within 6 weeks!

Susi Kaeufer Certificate for Certified Transformational CoachSusi Kaeufer Certificate for Certified Solution Focused CoachSusi Kaeufer Certificate for Certified Life Coach

Why I recommend this course:

I recommend this course because I have DONE it myself and it was the foundation for the 6-figure coaching business I've built in less than 1,5 years.

I don't believe that you need years of studies to help others.

I think it's great to have a foundation and a good understanding of coaching before charging money, which this course will give you. 

I have recommended this course to plenty of people even before I became an affiliate for the school. I wouldn't recommend it if I didn't believe in it.

Today I am honoured to refer people to the school with a $100 coupon code. Whilst I earn a small commission of $59, you can get $100 off by signing up with my coupon code on this linkEnter the code SUSIK before you exit the shopping cart.

In fact, I'm currently studying again with Universal Coaching Institute:

How to start my own Coaching School based on the coaching principles I learned here, so I can certify others to become a Solution-Focused Life Coach and make an impact in this world. So YES, I stand 100% behind this course. 

In the meantime, there are even more certifications you can finish online with UCI.
For all of them you can use the $100 discount code below:

Life Coach Certification:
Co-dependency Recovery Coach:
Start your own coaching school:

UPDATE: 23/02/2020: As of February 2020, this coaching school doesn't offer pure self-study courses anymore.
You can now sign up for a 12 week live certification. The $100 discount code still applies.

Coupon and Discount for Certified Coaching Program


  1. Valarie Dunn on October 22, 2019 at 1:41 am

    The discount code does not work. Is there an updated discount code.

    Thank You,

    • Valarie Dunn on October 22, 2019 at 1:45 am

      Sorry, it works for the self study

    • Andy Martin on October 22, 2019 at 7:51 am

      Great to see that it did work with the Self Study 🙂

  2. Katrianna on February 22, 2020 at 1:40 am

    These courses are no longer available on their site – now I’m so sad I missed it! 🙁

    • Susi Kauefer on February 22, 2020 at 8:58 am

      Hi Katrianna,

      unfortunately, they decided to remove “self-study” options as of this month.
      They are still offering LIVE certifications for all the courses though.

  3. Michelle Sylvester on April 6, 2020 at 8:26 am

    If self study is no longer an option. Exactly what is the live study curriculum?

    • Andy Martin on April 6, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Michelle,

      thanks so much for your comment!
      Which of the certifications are you interested in?

      It’s probably best to contact the coaching school directly for any questions you have about how they are running things now,
      as I don’t work for them, I just did the certification there myself in 2016 🙂

      From what I understand they are now running live certifications, which are 12 weeks long.
      This one is the life coaching one. The next round starts in May.

      There’s also a business coaching certification, with the next round in June 2020.

      In the past, you could get the content at any time (however a lot of people were lacking structure and didn’t finish the program)
      If there’s anything else I can answer for you, let me know 🙂


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