Phase II: The Professional Coach

Phase 2: The Professional Coach  –

This phase is for people who wish to step up their career development and become professional coaches.

In this phase you’ll start helping real clients, learn how to work safely and with clear boundaries. You can start earning money even when still on the course and we’ll even help you with the first steps of building your business or getting a job.


Course outcome:

Being a confident and self-regulated professional coach who is ready to work (and earn money) in the community .
Students who will follow all the course requirements and exercises should be ready with enough knowledge and experience to be able to open and work in their own practice or to try to offer their services in organisation.

You shall have enough (supervised) practice hours and knowledge of theory to try and become members of professional coaching organisations.

At the end of phase 2, student who will successfully complete all course requirements on time will receive a Diploma stating the hours of studies, what the student covered and the topics covered during both phases.

Who is it for?

Our Phase 2 course is for you if:

  • You wish to become a professional coach (working for yourself or finding a job in other organisations)
  • You see your destiny in helping people to get over difficulties and thrive
  • You are seeking a profession which can be used “on the move” when you relocate or move back home
  • You wish to add professional coaching to an existing career
  • You understand the importance of studying for such a meaningful profession in a profound long-term training
  • You wish that, alongside learning the theory, there will be ample amounts of practice in class and practical work with real clients while still being supported by the course.
  • You value receiving a diploma which will not only confirm for yourself and your clients that you’ve studied enough and practised enough to call yourself a professional coach, but it can also open more doors.

What do you learn:

Phase 2 is all about taking the knowledge you’ve gained in phase I and putting it into practice so you can prepare yourself to work as a professional coach.

It is about working with real clients while still getting a lot of support and gaining knowledge, skills and tools as a coach-in-training with the hope that you feel confident to call yourself a professional coach who’s able to see clients by yourself at the end of the course.

In this phase, there are 6 modules (modules 3-8). Unlike phase 1, in Phase 2 they’re being taught parallel to each other in order to insure a steady development and practising of skills learnt.

Module 3 -The Code of Ethics

We’ll learn the ethical code of the profession, understand its importance and how it translates into our work with clients. We’ll also look at some common ethical issues and raise possible ethical dilemmas.

Module 4 -The Coach’s frame of work

In this module, we’ll work on establishing a frame of work as a coach (from how the client hears about you, through establishing a relationship all the way to finishing the mutual work). Boundaries, coach-client agreements, referring, logistics, money matters etc. will all be explored in this module.

Module 5 – Creating a Helpful Process

We’ll practice and get a better understanding of how to take a client through a meaningful thought-provoking journey, and how to encourage them to use more of their personal potential.

We’ll explore how to best help our clients to get from point A to a more preferred point B in their lives.

This module is focusing on the client’s actual journey: Active listening, effective questioning, meaningful communication, looking for possibilities, planning, goal setting, accountability, action taking and reflecting are all going to be explored.

Building on phase I (in which those topics were learnt too) we are now going deeper into the exploration, and basing it on our work with real clients.

Module 6 – Intervision

This is “group supervision”, where we hear each other’s clients’ stories, learn from one another and support each other.

Module 7 – Personal Focus

Each student will have the opportunity to explore a certain specific way of working with clients. This can be either focusing on a certain type of clientele (for example: Women / Managers / Parents) and/or a certain working style or attention putting (like Positive Mental Attitude / Existential coaching / Career coaching / Grief and Loss etc.).

Each student will have to explore this and use it in at least some of the coaching sessions they give.

Module 8 – Basic Business and Marketing skills

Our aim is to help the good coaches, those who studied profoundly and showed commitment to the profession be out there and serve the community.

So you’re ready to be out there and for people to know about you and your services, we’ll touch on some marketing tools you’ll need (such as tips for networking, what needs to be on your website and how to self-present yourself confidently). We’ll also help you understand what you need to do in case you wish to open your own business in The Netherlands.

During Phase 2, you’ll start working with real clients. We’ll help you to find the right clients for your level of competency: first those with less complicated problems until you’ll feel confident to work with more complicated issues.

You’ll have to do 100 hours of practical work (which for some you can start earning money for, so you’ll start covering the course expenses).


-Via assignments throughout the course
-Writing 3 Case-Studies throughout the year
-By writing 2 essays:
1. A Professional Development Self-Reflection essay
2. Personal Evolvement Self-Reflection essay
Both showing your growth as a developing coach. The criteria and learning goals for the essays will be provided during the Phase 2 course.
-Passing and Oral Examination of around 1 hour by an outer examiner.

The next Phase 2 will take place on Saturdays from Oct. 2020 to June 2021

Course code ICDC2201

The 11 training days are on Saturdays, 10:00-17:00 on the following dates:



Zandvliet Lyceum, Bezuidenhoutseweg 40, 2594 AW Den Haag
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5 minutes’ walk from Den Haag Centraal
There’s free parking on weekends

The breakdown of the courses hours:

The total 115 study hours of phase 2 consist of:
66 hours of in-class training (11 training days)
9 hours of online training
15 hours of peer studying
5 hours* of receiving coaching for yourself by a professional coach (*A minimum of. Can be taken anytime during phase II. This coach is an independent coach, and can not be one of the trainers.)
10 hours of receiving coaching as a mentor (from students on Phase I Module 2)
10 hours of outside supervision by a qualified supervisor (This supervisor needs to be from outside The ICCI).

On top of the studying hours, you should do a minimum of 100 hours in which you are coaching real clients (you can already get paid for some of these sessions)

On top of these hours, you should calculate time for reading the theory, homework and preparation for the lessons. We believe that you’ll have to dedicate an extra 5-8 hours a week on average for that.



  • Professional Coaching Competencies: The Complete Guide | D. Goldvard, P. Mathews, N. Perel | 2018
    ISBN10: 1532376820 | ISBN13: 978-1532376825
  • Co-Active Coaching – The proven framework for transformative conversations at work and in life | K. Kimsey-House , H. Kimsey-House | 4th edition | 2018
    ISBN10: 9781473674981 | ISBN13: 978-1473674981
  • Developmental Coaching – Working with the Self  – Tatiana Bachkirova | 2011          
    ISBN10: 0335238556 | ISBN13: 978-0335238552


Recognition of the Diploma:

We have prepared this document for you, with an explanation about the diploma: ICCI’s Explanatory Note regarding the Diploma



Our trainers have been audited and registered with the Dutch CRKBO (The Central Register for Vocational Education) to assure the high quality of their work, and hold their quality mark:

Trainer: Noa Brume
Co-Trainers: Oriana van der Sande and Sharon Perets

See more about the trainers here



You can pay for each phase separately or you can combine Phase 1 + Phase 2 and get a discount of €645 or even €945 with early registration if you register before July 31st 2020.

Full price Phase 2 only: €3,650
Early registration Phase 1 only: €3,500
The combination of Phase 1 + Phase 2: €5,650
The combination of Phase 1 + Phase 2 during early registration: €5,350

The price for Phase 2 includes an examination by an external body. and the diploma (worth together €425) 

You might be happy to know that as part of your studies during Phase 2, you’re encouraged to start charging for the coaching sessions which you give (even as a coach-in-training). Many of our students will be able to cover the cost of Phase 2 while still on the course.

Please check our courses price list here ICCI – Price list for the academic years 2020-2022ICCI – Price list for the academic years 2020-2022 Face-to-Face starting October 2020 to see all possible combinations, discounts, and payment in instalments.
Payment can be done via bank transfer or via a link which will be sent to you with the invoice.

Prices do not include the above literature or the payments for seeing an independent coach and an independent supervisor which you’ll have to chose and pay by yourself.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

We’ve put together as many answers as we could to questions which people just like you asked us in the past. We hope this will shed as much light as possible to any question you might have:FAQ The International Coaching Diploma Course
We’re always happy to answer in person too.

Our trainers have been audited and registered with the Dutch CRKBO (The Central Register for Vocational Education) to assure the high quality of their work, and hold their quality mark:

Trainer: Noa Brume
Co-Trainers: Oriana van der Sande 

See more about the trainers here

To get admitted to the course/s you’ll have to do the following:

  1. We ask all potential students to have an intake session before registration.
    This helps us to see if this is the right course for you.
    It’s also an opportunity for you to ask any questions and learn about us. 
    This session is done over the phone.
    You can book an intake session via this link,
    or you can contact us to request an intake session using
     our email or phone number 0650499646 to set a time.
    An intake session is typically 30-45 minutes long.
  2. If we feel that you’re ready to join our courses, we’ll send you ‘The ICCI Welcome Pack’ by email.
    This Welcome Pack includes a few documents about the course and a registration form.
  3. you’ll have to do the following.
    For the protection of your details, this form is password protected, so we’ll send you the password separately to the email.
    All other instructions will be on the email. 
  4. We’ll have a look at your registration form. If it was successful, and if there are still places on the course, you’ll receive a confirmation email followed by an invoice according to your choice of course/s and payment on the registration form.
  5. Once your payment was received, that’s it, you’re registered.
    Welcome to the ICCI.

Students who took courses with us in the past tell their stories:

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

In The Hague, 5 minutes walk from Den Haag Centraal.
There’s free parking on weekends and evenings.

Anyone who’s willing to gain the skills needed to use as a skilled helper, and possibly wish to become professional coach.
Anyone who is able to grasp the literature and participate in group discussions/exercises and who is interested in learning.
The students on the course tend to come from countries from all over the world and from different backgrounds, which makes this course ever so interesting.

No, no need for previous studies.
The course is built on existing talent and knowledge. Your life experience is a wonderful thing to start building on, combined with whatever education you have received.
Experience of previous studies will help you in studying the materials and getting organised.

As a main method, we’re focusing on the Person-Centred approach which is part of the humanistic approach. This approach strongly emphasises the believe that the client knows what is good for them, and our job as coaches is to empower them to discover their potential and act upon it.
We find this as the most effective way to help people.
To that we’re adding a large variety of tools and exercises from different working methods, so our students become all-rounded coaches who have the knowledge and skills to work with a diversity of clients.
This allows more choice, lets you become a more eclectic coach.

This course is a “hands on” course. It’s a very practical course.
This means that we mostly learn by doing and experiencing listening skills and coaching tools in order to become professional ourselves.
The theory, the exercises, the books and other study materials are very important as they support your knowledge and you can check if you can get a good understanding of it, but they’re to accompany your practical studies.
The good thing is of course that you can start learning by reading the theoretical books before you start.
If for whatever reason you’re really unable to read the theoretical books, gaining the theoretical knowledge can be done in other ways which we can advise you on if this is an issue (audio books or learning with peers for example are good ways).
At the end of the day, coaching is not about chanting theory, but about doing and being present for someone else.
This is not something you learn from books!

The main course we offer is a complete two-year track towards becoming a professional coach. It’s a two-phased course, where the first year forms Phase 1 and the second year forms Phase 2. Successful completion of the course puts you in position to seek work as a professional coach (independently or for an organisation). 

Phase 1 prepares you to become a skilled helper. Phase 2 goes further to prepare you to become a professional coach. It involves much more practice, including with actual clients.

The average student reports dedicating 3-5 hours per week to their study (outside of the training days) for Phase I, and 5-8 hours per week for Phase 2 (outside of training days, but including seeing clients). This is of course very personal, but please make sure that you have this time available. It can be useful to already start with the literature required even before you start the course.

There are many good reasons: 

  • Our course is tailor-made for internationals. 
  • Our course focuses on practice, and a lot of it. You work with people (other students) right from the first training day and gradually move on to work by yourself once you’re confident to do so. This is done with our guidance. We combine the theory with practical work;
  • We invest in our students and provide a positive and supportive environment for your growth. We have a high ratio of trainers to students (typically 3 trainers for every group of around 18 students) so you get a lot of ongoing support;
  • Our course has a person-centred, humanistic framework and orientation that includes freedom and responsibility;
  • Our course offers much attention to personal safety and boundaries, as well as to intellectual stimulation and challenge.
  • The skills and insights one can gain in this course, can be immediately useful in daily work/ life and provide a solid basis for further professional development;
  • Our institute is registered at, and audited by the Dutch CRKBO
  • Our trainers are also registered at, and audited by the Dutch CRKBO and all have years of experience both as practitioners and in training adults in various training or academic settings. 

For several reasons combined: 

  • It’s tailor made for the International community in The Netherlands. After years of teaching internationals, our trainers really understand the unique needs of this community, and have created a course which is focusing on the way this community learns best and cover their needs as coaches who’ll potentially also work elsewhere as coaches;
  • We focus on the International community as our target audience: This community has its specific needs, its particular challenges (very often different from the locals ones), and we particularly address and highlight this in the course. We learn to work and support this community.
    Some issues which are discussed in the International courses we developed are unique to our course and might not even be raised in other courses aimed at Dutch audience;
  • We use materials and literature which is used in similar courses around the world. 
  • our trainers come from a wide range of countries and backgrounds and they have experienced themselves being “international” and “multicultural”. They also all work with the international community in the Netherlands and can provide a good example to people who see this community as their target audience once they work; 
  • Being such an interactive course, the students are playing a vital key in the formation of the course and its outcome; 
  • Our students are international and therefore the whole process becomes so from the nature of the participants and what they bring to the course.

Our approach, combined with English as the tuition language and the highly international character of the course – which is tailored-made to expats. 

The students on the course come from countries from all over the world and from different backgrounds, which makes this course ever so interesting.

The ratio of students to the number of members of staff involved:
We aim for 3 members of staff on each course, so this really is a “boutique” course, with lots of ongoing support.

There is no need for previous studies. The course is built on existing talent and knowledge. Your life experience is a wonderful thing to start building on, combined with whatever education you have received. Experience of previous studies will help you in studying the materials and getting organised. Admission to Phase 1 is conditioned on a successful intake session done over the phone. Admission to Phase 2 requires completion of Phase 1, and a successful Phase 2 intake session. 

Technically, at any time because you don’t even need training to call yourself a coach in The NL.

But you chose to train and to gain the needed professional skills, and we congratulate you on this decision. By doing so you already demonstrate your understanding that working ethically and professionally is an important part of being a professional helper (such as coach), and that you’re ready to place yourself on a high standard level as a professional. Well done. 

In the course we recommend to complete Phase I (also called ‘’The Skilful Helper’’) before you start seeing real clients. During that phase you study and practice the most important coaching skills, you learn about the working boundaries, and you gain experience with coaching methods and tools so you’ll be ready and sure of yourself when you see real clients.

Once you have entered Phase 2, we encourage you to start seeing real clients, (and even charge for the help you provide when you feel ready). In fact, because you have to coach for 100 sessions during Phase 2, it’s good to start early so we can be there to support you and guide you (and you’ll also need a supervisor).
Our advice is to start with coaching work that concerns clients with relatively simple issues. Don’t worry, we’ll guide you on how to approach such clients – this is part of what we teach.

Because this is free professions, you don’t even need a diploma or any other certificate, or anyone’s permission to work as a coach.
The reality of the market is, however, that people not only train to work as coaches, but they choose to train well in serious courses which include meaningful training combined with many practice hours. It is up to the individual to choose how much and in what way they train themselves before they are confident to see and present themselves as skilled helpers or professional coaches, and provide (paid) services.
It’s also important to note that private clients and companies to which you might be able to offer your services tend to look for people with knowledge, experience, professional qualifications and an association with professional bodies/organisations.