The Leadership and Transformative Life Coaching Certificate Program

Inspire Greatness in Others. Earn the ICF-recognized Leadership and Transformative Life Coaching Certificate of Completion.

Program Overview

This professional certification program in life coaching at Sofia University is founded on the belief that true transformation requires experiencing a deeper holistic understanding of the body, mind, and spirit. The 14-week, 100% online program incorporates weekly participation in online lessons, cohort discussions, real-time coaching practice, and opportunities for self-reflection.

This is a transpersonal approach to coaching that builds on both the International Coaching Federation’s core competencies and a proven framework, the GROW model. Participants deepen their transpersonal and transformative knowledge, engage in ongoing experiential practices, collaborate with colleagues, and practice coaching skill capacities within a safe and collaborating group process. The program begins and ends with a three-day virtual seminar and continues with online learning and discussions, teleconference coaching practice, and accredited coach mentoring. The program supports participants’ multiple coaching niches from external personal and professional businesses to internal company leadership positions.

Once the program is successfully completed, students receive the Leadership and Transformative Life Coaching Certificate of Completion, which is recognized by the International Coaching Federation.  Our goal is to provide students with the confidence to market and expand their coaching base, develop their own unique coaching style, and strengthen their leadership effectiveness to make a difference.

Next Start

The next start date for the program is January 7, 2022.

Program Length

14 Weeks


$4,500 All program materials included in cost


The program is 100% Online

Total Hours

82 Hours

Direct Synchronous


Commonly Asked Questions

What are the requirements to enroll in the program?

Bachelor’s Degree (*Students with an Associate degree in a field similar to coaching such as Human Resources, etc. may be able to enter. Please speak with the Admissions Office to better understand the program and identify if this is the right fit for you).

What's the total cost of the program?

The total cost for the program is $4,500. All materials are included, and the tuition is due at time of registration.

What are the policies on withdrawals and refunds?

• Full refund minus $75 processing fee within one week prior to the start of the residential intensive (previous Friday at 5:00 pm).
• Full refund minus $175 process fee up to 24 hours prior to the start of the residential intensive (Thursday, 9:00 am).
• Full refund minus $1000 processing fee by the Friday (5:00 pm) after the weekend residential intensive.
• No refunds after that date.

What is Coaching?


We define coaching as partnering with others in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

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Transpersonal Coaching

Transpersonal coaching works with the whole person – mind, body, emotions, spirit and empowers clients to rise above limiting beliefs, closed mindsets, and unwanted behaviors that inhibit growth.

Transformative Coaching

Transformative coaching expands upon coaching and empowers clients to shift from within themselves, to examine what is true about how they are being and how that reflects upon their outcome. It supports a new way of thinking or a shift in perspective.

My experience at Sofia was lovely. I enjoyed each and every session and thanks to our guide Vicki, we got the best out of the course. She’s taught us and walked us through the rough and soft of what coaching is as a business and as a way of living.

Dragos RaduAlumnus, Leadership and Transformative Life Coaching Certificate Program, Class of Spring 2020

Key Program Takeaways

# 1

Earn a Leadership and Transformative Life Coaching Certificate of Completion for 82 hours of Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) aligned with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) in preparation for continued accreditation with the ICF.

# 2

Develop and apply coaching core competency skills of how to engage with your clients in meaningful ways that build trust, deepen insights and inspire a movement toward desired actions.

# 3

Create a strategic roadmap for how to build a coaching practice that ignites your niche and supports your clients’ potentials.

# 4

Increase your effectiveness as a leader and develop a greater sense of how to engage others and increase performance advancing your career aspirations.

# 5

Experience a deeper understanding of transpersonal (body, mind, emotional, spirit) approaches that support multiple coaching niches from personal to professional fields of interest.

# 6

Demonstrate a strong understanding of the coaching code of ethics and how continued self-awareness, self-monitoring, and self-improvement contribute to the highest standards of professional coaching.

Meet the Instructor

Dr. Vicki Lundin-Taylor
Dr. Vicki Lundin-Taylor

Dr. Lundin-Taylor graduated with her Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology and Ph.D. from Sofia University. She also has an MBA from California State University. Her research and training interests include expanding on her diverse business knowledge from corporate venues to successful entrepreneurial enterprises, doctorate research and certifications in transformative learning, human development, and leadership for social transformation have supported her interest in a variety of fields: professional coach, academic coach educator, and community leadership. Dr. Lundin-Taylor supports and empowers clients to ignite their visionary future as well as foster students in a safe, skill-scaling environment to integrate and grow their potential. As President of the International Coaching Federation High Country Chapter of six northwestern states, she leads a board of directors and membership toward developing a robust collaboration for meeting the latest adaptive challenges.

Licensures & Certifications
  • Generating Transformational Change in Human Systems, 2 Year Certificate – Pacific Institute in partnership with Leadership Institute of Seattle
  • Accredited Associate Coach, ACC – International Coaching Federation
  • Certified Mentor Coach, CMC – CCE International Coach Federation
  • Licensed Trainer, Coaching Out of the Box® 5/5/5/ Model
  • The Art of Development Certificate; a variety of coaching approaches within the context of adult stages of development – 6 months
  • Stages, InDepth Theory and Methodology for Human Development
  • Certified Transformative Life Coach – Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
  • Certified in Emotional Intelligence EQ-I 2.0 and EQ 360 Degree Leadership Assessments; Multi Health Systems, Inc.
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