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Qualification - Associate Diploma in Coaching

Course CodeVPS009
Fee CodeAS
Duration (approx)1500 hours
QualificationAssociate Diploma
Study our Coaching Diploma to start a new business or a new career in coaching!
  • Specialise in Business Coaching, Life Coaching, Sports Coaching, Nutrition Coaching, Careers Coaching 
  • Or Study All of the above to add more "strings to your bow".
  • Improve your earning potential with this excellent qualification
  • Study in your own home and at your own pace.
  • Highly qualified and experienced tutors.
  • A must for anyone wanting to work in coaching.
  • You are required to complete 14 modules in total. There are five core units that you must study.
  • Then you choose the additional 9 modules, focussing your attention on modules you wish to specialise in.
  • You are also required to undertake 100 hours of industry experience.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Associate Diploma in Coaching .
 Counselling Skills I BPS109
 Research Project I BGN102
 Stress Management VPS100
 Business Coaching BBS304
 Life Coaching BPS305
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 10 of the following 25 modules.
 Business Operations VBS006
 Anger Management BPS111
 Business Studies BBS101
 Fitness Risk Management VRE104
 Food Coaching VRE110
 Foundations Of Human Nutrition -Human Nutrition I BRE102
 Health and Wellbeing BRE101
 Human Biology 1A (Anatomy and Physiology) BSC101
 Human Nutrition and Food 1 BRE102
 Industrial Psychology BPS103
 Marketing Foundations VBS109
 Marketing Psychology BPS107
 Motivation VBS111
 Sports Coaching VRE109
 Sports Psychology BPS106
 Careers Counselling BPS202
 Conflict Management BPS201
 Human Nutrition and Food II BRE202
 Therapeutic Nutrition BRE211
 Weight Management Nutrition BRE210
 Business Planning BBS302
 Human Nutrition and Food III BRE302
 Marketing Systems BBS303
 Nutrition for Sports BRE303
 Sports Nutrition BRE303

Note that each module in the Qualification - Associate Diploma in Coaching is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Coaching Starts by Building a Relationship

Before a coach is able to move forward and work with a client in helping them to achieve what they would like to, it is imperative to build a trusting, caring relationship with them.  If a client does not trust you then they will find it hard to fully reveal their difficulties and engage openly, preventing them from getting the most out of their coaching sessions. Establishing this relationship is of utmost importance. It is the cornerstone of coaching.  

Sometimes, there may be a clash of personalities, cultural or sexual tension between a coach and client. If there is any reason why a coach thinks they cannot work well with a client, it is best to discuss this with the client and then, with their permission, to refer them on to another life coach who is better able to help them.

The same is true of the client - if they feel that they cannot work with the coach, they will either tell the coach or simply never arrange to see them again. Sometimes this will happen. An experienced coach will recognise this and not let it affect their confidence, after all no-one is able to get along with everyone.  

Coaches often work one-on-one with their clients in face-to-face settings. Some types of coaches may also work via the telephone, web chat, Skype or email. In fact, some coaches work exclusively using the latter techniques. However, choosing this method to deliver your services may restrict the quality of the working relationship. It also means that you are unable to take cues from the client's body language and must rely on making observations through listening to their voice (tone, rhythm, pitch) or making assumptions through the written word. In one-on-one meetings you are able to draw on the client's body language as well as their voice and interact with them in real time which can help to establish a stronger relationship with them.

Whichever way (or ways) the service is offered, coaches build up a relationship with their clients that may be viewed as being something akin to a close friendship. You could perhaps view the coach as being someone who goes with you every step of the way. They almost walk alongside their clients.

While sports coaching may have been around for a long time Life coaching only started to emerge in the US in the early 1990’s. Its popularity has increased and spread dramatically since. Business coaching has also become a big sub industry since then. One possible reason for coaching growing so fast may be that it does not have the same stigma as some other helping professions.

Having a therapist has often associated with some stigma depending on the society, culture, and age group. There is no similar stigma attached to having a life coach, business coach, wellness consultant or sports coach. Among some groups it may even be seen as kudos to have a coach.

When starting to work with a new client, a life coach should ensure that they appear to be:

  • Professional
  • Well-prepared
  • Interesting
  • Open to listening to what the client has to say
  • Treating the client as an individual
  • Understanding
  • Empathic
  • Friendly
  • Patient

The more you engage with the client and express an interest in what they have to say, the more they are going to trust and relate to you.

Study this flexible coaching diploma to start a new job or career in the booming coaching industry.
You can start the course when you want, so why delay? Enrol today and start learning more about coaching!

Meet some of our academics

Lyn QuirkM.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.
Tracey JonesWidely published author, Psychologist, Manager and Lecturer. Over 10 years working with ACS and 25 years of industry experience. Qualifications include: B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), Dip. SW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies).

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