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Empower Coaching Academy

As an accredited Level One, International Coaching Federation professional coach training program, our organizational mission is to empower individuals with the art and science necessary to become successful coaches. Our vision is to be recognized as a leader in coach education, providing innovative and effective programs that meet the needs of our diverse community.

Our learning philosophy is grounded in the belief that coaching is a collaborative process that involves self-awareness, active listening, open communication, lifelong learning, and mutual respect. We strive to create a safe and inclusive learning environment that encourages exploration, reflection, and growth. Our program management is guided by a commitment to continuous improvement and a focus on meeting the evolving needs of our learners.

Are you considering Life Coach Certification? Your journey as a Certified Professional Empower Coach begins here at the Empower Coach Training Academy. 

Our program is unique as it begins with you, the coach in training. We wholeheartedly believe, Empowered People, Empower People.

Our coach certification program is a gentle 6-month process that begins with you and ends with a fully certified coach, able to create a space and a process to help empower others. 

Our program involves three levels:

Level One – Foundations

This beginning level is nearly all synchronous and designed to build a solid foundation from which to build your coaching skills. Level one begins with The Power of Intention – a course entirely focused on you! Next, you’re off to Essential Coaching Skills, learning the basics of coaching, practicing models, techniques, and skills. You deepen your awareness of the art and science of coaching and how to create a coaching mindset. 

Level Two – Core Comp Intensive

This is where we turn the corner into a coach training deep dive, creating more advanced coaching skills and awareness. You will take three synchronous trainings:

Core Comps One, Two, and Three. You will begin partner coaching on a regular basis, get coached by an ICF PCC level coach, and join our monthly Coaching Circles and Mindful Masterclasses. 

Level Three –  Mentor Coaching and Practicum Intensive

Our final level is designed to prepare you for professional coaching. This level is mostly asynchronous work – allowing you to fit this training into your life. You will work one-on-one with a mentor coach to review your coaching sessions (meeting ICF ACC requirements for testing) and receive feedback. You will complete coaching hours and practice all while continuing to get support through our monthly Coaching Circles and Mindful Masterclasses. 

We train and certify coaches, making sure you’ve got all you need to strengthen and/or build a career you love.

  • ICF Certified, deeply knowledgeable, and very experienced INSTRUCTORS
  • Diverse students from all areas of professional experiences and goals.
  • All ECS concepts are grounded in neuroscience, research, trauma-informed care, solution-focused thinking, developmental and positive psychology, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence.ICF 
  • Accreditation by International Coaching Federation (LEVEL 1 – ACC)
  • Training program designed for virtual learning includes cohort based work (synchronous) and individual work (asynchronous)
  • Built-in support including individual coaching for you, mentor coach requirements, post-program support, instructor office hours, and much more

Our program is as unique as you. We look forward to connecting. 

Hope to see you in an information session. If you prefer to schedule individual time – just reach out.

CPEC (Certified Professional Empower Coach) Badge
IFC Accredited Coaching Education Badge
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CPEC Info Sesssion

Questions? Register below for a free CPEC Information session – a place for you to learn more about the program and ask questions:

CPEC Info Session - 05/30/2024Zoom
  • May 30, 2024 12:00 pm PDT

Information & FAQs

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Certified Professional Empower Coach

Schedule, Costs, Fees & Payment Policy

CPEC Costs Per Level


CPEC Level One, Foundations: 

The Power of Intention & Essential Coaching Skills

POI Cost: $155 

ECS Cost $495

Total Cost: $650

CPEC Level Two, Core Comp Intensive 

Begins July 16, 2024
Level One must be successfully completed.


  • Three-part Core Competency trainings (See Virtual Classroom Mandatory Dates/Times )
  • Mindful MasterClass (See Virtual Classroom Mandatory Dates/Times)
  • Observed Coaching Session with written & verbal feedback (Built into Core Comp Series)
  • Up to three private coaching sessions with Empower Coach (Scheduled individually with your coach)
  • Case Study (Independent work)
  • Coaching Circles (See Virtual Classroom Mandatory Dates/Times )
  • Logged Coaching Practice (Scheduled Individually)

Virtual Classroom Mandatory Dates/Times:

  1. Level Two Orientation: Wednesday, July 10, 2024 9am – 10am PST
  2. Core Comp Intensive One: Tuesday, July 16, 2024 9am – 12pm PST
  3. Core Comp Intensive Two: Tuesday, July 30, 2024 9am – 12pm PST
  4. Core Comp Intensive Three: Tuesday, August 13, 2024 9am – 12pm PST
  5. Coaching Circles: Tuesday, August 20, 2024 1:30-2:30pm PST
  6. Mindful MasterClasses: Wednesday, August 21, 2024 8-8:30am PST

Cost: $1995

Please note: Receive a 10% discount on cost if you register for Level Two & Three together.

CPEC Level Three, Mentor Coaching and Practicum Intensive

Begins September 17, 2024
Level Two must be successfully completed.


  • Three ICF mentor coaching sessions (Scheduled individually with your mentor coach)
  • Mindful MasterClass (See Virtual Classroom Mandatory Dates/Times)
  • Completion of 30-hours of coaching practicum logged (continued from level two)
  • Coaching Circles (See Virtual Classroom Mandatory Dates/Times )
  • Final Coaching evaluation at ACC ICF level (Scheduled individually)

Virtual Classroom Mandatory Dates/Times:

  1. Level Three Orientation: 9/17 – 12:30pm -1:30pm, PST
  2. Coaching Circles: 9/17: 1:30pm -2:30pm PST and 10/15: 1:30pm -2:30pm PST
  3. Mindful MasterClasses: 9/18 – 8:00am-8:30am and 10/16 – 8:00am-8:30am

Cost: $1995

Please note: Receive a 10% discount on cost if you register for Level Two & Three together.

Completion Date: On or before November 15, 2024

Payment Policy & Fees

Additional Fees May Include:

  • Cost of books – approximately $50
  • Cost of Coaching Sessions if rescheduled or canceled by CPEC participant within less than 24-hours prior to scheduled time or CPEC participant does not show – $200 per session
  • Cost of Mentor Sessions if rescheduled or canceled by CPEC participant within less than 24-hours prior to scheduled time or CPEC participant does not show – $200 per session

Payment Policy:
CPEC certification is divided into Three Levels. Payments for the program can be paid per level or in full. The full fee per level or for the coaching program must be paid prior to beginning courses. When the entire course is paid in full (Level 1-3) prior to the start of the program, a 10% discount is applied.

Any fees for missed Mentor Sessions must be paid in full prior to rescheduling the session.

Payment Methods:
Payments can be made by credit, debit, automatic bank transfer, or check. Checks should be mailed to:

Attn: Tiffany Grimes
PO Box 1719
Jacksonville, Oregon

Late Payments:
Late payments may delay program start, suspend services, or serve as grounds for termination of Empower CPEC Academy status.

Career Pathways for Professional Life Coach Certification

There are many options for a certified professional life coach. Having an ICF accredited life coaching certificate opens up a diverse range of opportunities, both within organizations and as an independent professional. It allows you to make a positive impact on individuals and teams in various aspects of their lives.

A life coaching certificate can be valuable for both internal (within an organization) and external (freelance or self-employed) job opportunities.

Here’s a list with a few examples:

Internal Job Opportunities:

1. Employee Development:
   – Use coaching skills to assist employees in setting and achieving professional development goals.
   – Enhance communication and leadership skills within the organization.
2. Leadership Development:
   – Work with or as executives and managers to improve leadership abilities and strategic thinking.
   – Facilitate leadership training programs within the organization.
3. Human Resources:
   – Offer coaching support to employees dealing with workplace challenges.
   – Develop and implement employee wellness and engagement programs.
4. Organizational Development:
   – Use coaching techniques to facilitate organizational change and improve team dynamics.
   – Assist in creating a positive workplace culture.
5. Career Development Advisor:
   – Help employees navigate their career paths within the organization.
   – Provide guidance on skills development and career progression.
6. Training and Development:
   – Design and deliver coaching-based training programs for employees.
   – Foster a learning culture within the organization.


External Job Opportunities:

1. Private Practice Life Coach:
   – Start your own coaching business, offering services to individuals seeking personal development and life improvement.
2. Corporate Trainer/Consultant:
   – Provide coaching services to businesses and organizations to enhance employee performance and well-being.
   – Conduct workshops and training sessions on various personal and professional development topics.
3. Executive Coach:
   – Work with top-level executives and leaders to improve their decision-making, communication, and leadership skills.
4. Health and Wellness Coach:
   – Specialize in helping individuals achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle through coaching on nutrition, fitness, and stress management.
5. Career Transition Coach:
   – Assist individuals in navigating career changes, setting goals, and finding fulfilling professional paths.
6. Relationship Coach:
   – Offer coaching services to individuals and couples seeking guidance on improving their personal and professional relationships.
7. Youth or Educational Coach:
   – Work with students or educational institutions to support personal and academic development.
8. Online Coaching Platforms:
   – Join online coaching platforms to offer your services to a global audience.
   – Utilize digital marketing to attract clients and build an online coaching presence.
9. Author/Speaker:
   – Write books, articles, or blogs on personal development topics and offer your services as a motivational speaker.
10. Added to professional licenses such as Educator, Nurse, Doctor, Lawyer, Therapist:
  – Combine a coaching certification with an existing professional license for a more human-centered, holistic approach.

Title of education offerings

Certified Professional Empower Coach

Delivery method

Virtual Classroom (Zoom)

Intended participants

Individuals seeking to become professional life coaches as their primary career or as part of a professional pathway.

Professional staff, Case Managers, Program Leaders, and Team Managers from all industry sectors ready to cultivate a coaching mindset and skillset. Industries may include: businesses, workforce, education, human services, healthcare, community-based organizations, etc.

Empower CPEC Academy Mission & Values

Empower CPEC Academy Mission

As a coach training academy, our organizational mission is to empower individuals with the art and science necessary to become successful coaches. Our vision is to be recognized as a leader in coach education, providing innovative and effective programs that meet the needs of our diverse community.

Our learning philosophy is grounded in the belief that coaching is a collaborative process that involves self-awareness, active listening, open communication, lifelong learning, and mutual respect. We strive to create a safe and inclusive learning environment that encourages exploration, reflection, and growth. Our program management is guided by a commitment to continuous improvement and a focus on meeting the evolving needs of our learners.

Core Values

  • Excellence – We are highly trained and highly skilled coaches, trainers, and contributors. We strive for excellence as practitioners and what we offer to those we serve. We honor time commitments, energy commitments, client and contractual outcomes, communication with clients, each other, business and contractors (even when it’s hard).
  • Joy – Through joy and curiosity we bring our authentic selves to the work we do and lives we live. We seek joy on-purpose. Freedom and flexibility are byproducts of this work.
  • Empowerment – We believe unequivocally that those we coach and train, are creative, resourceful, equal, and whole. Through empowering relationships and highly trained skills, we assist others in self-awareness, choice, intention, and personal power.
  • We live the Genius of the AND:
    Creative and Disciplined
    Innovation and Execution
    Humility and Audacity
    Freedom and Responsibility
    Short-term and Long-term
    Vulnerability and Courage
    Analysis and Action
    Individual and Team
    Continuity and Change
    Realist and Visionary
    Value and Results
    Purpose and Profit

Empower Purpose

To both personally and professionally empower our clients, students, and the organizations we proudly serve.

Empower CPEC Academy’s statement on ethics, integrity, and transparency

The Empower CPEC Academy’s commitment to ethics, integrity, and transparency is paramount to our mission of providing quality education to our students. We hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of conduct, both in our academic and administrative practices. Our faculty, staff, and students are expected to uphold these values in their daily interactions, and we strive to foster a culture of trust and respect across our virtual campus community. We believe that transparency is key to building strong relationships, and we are committed to providing clear and honest communication to all involved. At Empower’s CPEC Academy, we are dedicated to promoting ethical behavior, maintaining the highest levels of integrity, and operating with transparency in all that we do.

Empower CPEC Partial Completion Policy and Process

If a CPEC coach training participant completes part of a program, they will have up to one year to complete assignments for completion or transfer to a different course/program within the academy and finish the program. Empower CPEC Academy will offer credit for partial completion of a course. The number of hours awarded will depend on the number of hours of curriculum received. If you are interested in receiving partial credit for a course in which you are currently or were previously enrolled, please contact Tiffany Grimes at no more than 10 working days after the course has ended.

Please include details about the course in which you were enrolled, the number of credit hours you are seeking, and any additional relevant information. If approved, you will receive a certificate of credit indicating the number of training hours completed

Empower CPEC Coach Academy Learning Philosophy

Empower CPEC Academy’s Learning Philosophy is designed to empower coaches to help individuals and organizations achieve their goals. At the core of this philosophy is the belief that every individual has unique strengths and abilities that can be harnessed to achieve success. The Empower CPEC Academy’s program is designed to help coaches develop the skills and knowledge necessary to help clients identify and leverage these strengths.

Empower CPEC Academy’s Learning Philosophy emphasizes the importance of active listening, empathy, and collaboration. Coaches are encouraged to create a supportive and non-judgmental environment in which clients feel free to explore their thoughts and feelings. Through this process of exploration, coaches are able to help clients identify their goals and develop a plan of action to achieve them.
Empower CPEC Academy’s Learning Philosophy also emphasizes the importance of ongoing learning and development. Coaches are encouraged to continually expand their knowledge and skills in order to provide the best possible support to their clients. Through ongoing training, coaches are able to stay up-to-date with the latest coaching techniques and best practices, ensuring that they are able to provide the highest quality coaching services to their clients.

Empower Coaching Illness Policy

At Empower Coaching, we’ve customized the coach training experience to fit different schedules for working professionals. To provide you with the minimum required training hours for certification, it is essential and highly encouraged to attend all live (synchronous) sessions and complete the training as sequentially offered.

To become a Certified Professional Empower Coach, you must complete the educational and practical requirements totaling 85 hours and demonstrate proficiency in the minimum skills requirements for an ACC credentialed coach set forth by the ICF (International Coach Federation).

If you have an emergency, become ill, cannot attend at least 80% of all live synchronous training, or believe you won’t be able to complete the courses with your cohort, please contact Tiffany Grimes at to receive support and discuss specific accommodations.

We understand that emergencies happen beyond a person’s control, and we have built-in flexibility to make up sessions offered with future cohorts. You will be expected to review the session materials, complete assignments, review the session recording, and complete one-on-one coaching practice outside the live session as well as attend missed sessions in a future cohort. Level one trainings are offered multiple times throughout the year. Our goal is to offer Level Two & Level Three three times per year.

Additional Fees May Include:

  • Cost of Coaching Sessions if rescheduled or canceled by CPEC participant within less than 24-hours prior to scheduled time or CPEC participant does not show – $200 per session
  • Cost of Mentor Sessions if rescheduled or canceled by CPEC participant within less than 24-hours prior to scheduled time or CPEC participant does not show – $200 per session

CPEC DEIJ Statement

CPEC DEIJ Statement

At Empower we honor and celebrate diversity. In all Empower programs, including our Certified Professional Empower Coaching (CPEC) Academy, we respect the individual and unique paths we’ve each taken to get here. 

The Empower CPEC Academy recognizes the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) in the coaching profession. We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all individuals, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, or ability. We believe that coaching should be accessible to everyone and strive to create a diverse community of coaches and clients. We acknowledge the systemic barriers that exist in society and actively work to address them in our coach training programs. Our coaches are trained to be culturally competent and sensitive to the unique experiences and perspectives of each individual they work with. We are committed to ongoing education and growth in our DEIJ practices and welcome feedback from our clients and community.

CPEC Complaint and grievance procedure

The Empower’s CPEC Academy encourages use of our complaint and grievance process. The Empower CPEC Academy encourages the first step be that Individuals resolve concerns or grievances at the informal level with the individual(s) involved. If the grievance cannot be resolved at the informal level, a formal grievance can be submitted in writing or verbally to Tiffany Grimes at Both written and verbal grievances must contain with specificity the facts supporting the grievance, the attempt to resolve the grievance at the informal level, and the name and contact information for the person(s) filing the grievance. 

We are committed to addressing all properly filed grievances fairly and promptly. 

Upon receipt of a grievance, the academy will investigate the matter thoroughly and will keep the individual informed of the progress. 

We aim to resolve any complaints and/or grievances within a reasonable timeframe and will take appropriate action where necessary to prevent recurrence.

CPEC Cancelation and Refund Policy

These policies are effective as of the time you submit your deposit or register for your training program.

 Empower CPEC Academy – Cancelation Policy

  • Students who have enrolled in the Empower CPEC Academy course  may cancel 31 days or more prior to the starting date of the program, and your tuition is fully refundable minus the non-refundable deposit ($500).  If you cancel between 15 and 30 days prior, we will refund 50% of the program fee.  No refunds are possible after 14 days prior to the starting date.  Refunds are to be made by sending written notification via email to:
  • If you are on a payment plan, the financial obligation for the tuition is incurred at the time of registration. If you cancel between 15 and 30 days prior, and you are on a payment plan and have not yet paid in full, 50% of the tuition fee becomes immediately due and payable.  If you cancel less than 14 days before the program starts and have not yet paid in full, the full tuition fee becomes immediately due and payable.
  • Empower CPEC Academy reserves the right to reschedule or cancel any scheduled training or to replace personnel due to low enrollment or circumstances beyond our control. If a training is rescheduled or canceled, participants will be given notice by Empower CPEC Academy at least five business days before the start of class. Students may then enroll in the next available offering of the program. Should this occur, if desired by the student, all tuition collected to date will be refunded.

DEPOSIT: The deposit for the program is non-refundable and non-transferable. Deposit may be applied to tuition but remains non-refundable in the case of tuition refunds.

PAYMENT PLANS: Payment plan options can be found on the Registration/Pricing and Payment Options page on this website.  Monthly automatic credit card billing is required. Applicable service rates are posted on the Registration/Pricing and Payment Options page on this website. Credit cards accepted for payment: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, JCB and Diners Club. Billing information will be collected during the registration process to facilitate payment on the service renewal date. A payment receipt will be emailed each billing cycle.

TRANSFERS/SUBSTITUTIONS: You may not transfer to another program nor substitute another person in your place.

WITHDRAWALS: If you withdraw from the program at any time for any reason, we will not refund your tuition.  If your tuition is being paid by payment plan, the full amount becomes immediately due and payable.

EMERGENCIES: We will always try to accommodate absences resulting from emergencies such as severe illness, accidents, etc. However, adjustments can be challenging.  Therefore we are not able to accommodate requests for withdrawals for any other reason, such as work scheduling issues, family vacations, or personal reasons, etc.

Individual Mentor Coaching – Cancellation Policy

  • 24 hour notice is required when canceling an Individual Mentor Coaching session. Those who do not give 24 hours notice will be charged an additional $200 per mentor session. Three Individual Mentor Coaching sessions are required to graduate from the Empower CPEC Academy. Three sessions are built into the cost of tuition. 

CPEC Ethical Marketing Agreement

The Empower CPEC Academy’s Ethical Marketing Agreement is a set of guidelines that outlines the ethical standards by which our academy operates in its marketing practices. It emphasizes the importance of fairness, honesty, responsibility, diversity, and transparency for the customer in all aspects of marketing. The agreement outlines our practices in use of ethical marketing strategies, it stands as a reminder that the use of any deceptive or manipulative tactics are not a practice used in any Empower programs and offerings. 

Empower CPEC Academy’s Ethical Marketing Principles:

The key principles of our marketing ethics are:

  1. Fairness: Establishing fairness as a decision-making principle means we commit to fair prices and sustainable development.
  2. Honesty: We commit to use marketing communications that provide factual and unexaggerated information about the functionality and impact of our offerings and services. We market without attempting to mislead.
  3. Responsibility: We take training coaches as a serious endeavor. We do not offer our Empower CPEC Academy lightly. We feel a strong sense of responsibility to prepare coaches to not only know and understand the skill of coaching but to understand their commitment to grow the profession, strengthen the industry, and uphold all ICF core competencies whether they chose to take immediate action on their ICF certification or not. 
  4. Diversity: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a key element of our marketing practices – we strive to bring diversity into our student body and thus, all marketing efforts. Our efforts are to include people of different financial standing, ethnicity, backgrounds, genders, sexuality, educational levels, niche desires, and more. Our marketing reflects this. 
  5. Transparency: In business, transparency means being open to the public about your company’s operations, particularly the ethical way you treat employees and the sustainability and environmental impact of your products or services.

CPEC Transfer of Credit Policy

Empower CPEC Academy is an ICF Level 1, 60-hour program. Since this is the building block of all other accreditation, any request to transfer credit from other programs into Empower CPEC Academy will not be accepted.

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