Professional Goal-Centric Certified Coach

The PROFESSIONAL GOAL-CENTRIC CERTIFIED COACH (PGCC) program combines a strong grounding in coaching with ongoing experience-based supervision. Its unique features provide root knowledge and experience in the critical areas of coaching theory and practice. The PGCC program is divided into theory and competency development modules aligned with coaching standards recognized internationally by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Through core learning modules and supervised practice, participants gain competence in the essential skills and models of coaching, as well as a perspective of coaching applications in various sectors of work and society. 


The PGCC program is ICF approved. As such, it enables you to master the ICF's core coaching competencies thereby equipping you to perform effectively as a certified coach. Through program work and supervised practice, it is anticipated that you will develop the requisite perspectives and skill sets to function effectively in coaching relationships. Practical coaching assignments will deepen your experiential foundation for working with future clients.

Successful completion of PGCC as an ICF-approved ACTP program qualifies participants for PCC-level accreditation from the ICF.

PGCC applicants must already possess:

·       A high level of professional competency in a related domain of practice

·       At least five (5) years full-time work or life experience

·       A minimum of an undergraduate degree (exceptions may be made for applicants showing evidence of equivalency in education and relevant training)

Program information

  • Length: 18 days in class + outside activities, offering 169 ICF coach training hours (134 synchronous/35 asynchronous)
  • Structure: In-person on our Loyola Campus in Montreal (please bear in mind that, should the situation require it, we will switch to online delivery)
  • Coach Experiences: 100+ hours coaching, mentoring, and being coached
  • Program Dates: September 2023-May 2024

Application process

Dates and fee

Dates: September 9, 2023 - May 12, 2024 
Delivery: In-person on our Loyola Campus in Montreal (please bear in mind that, should the situation require it, we will switch to online delivery)
Language: English (Documents may be submitted in French. The final assessment may also be taken in French)
Application fee: $115 CAD (non-refundable)

Program fee: early bird $9,995 (until March 15, 2023), regular $11,495* 
Additional costs: Mentor coaching and books. Please read additional costs related to the program and ICF certification. Participants will have three months at the end of the program to send their documents in order to earn the certification. An administrative fee of $175 per month must be paid in order to submit the documents after the three months period (Maximum of two additional months after the final completion date of the program).

The program fee covers tuition, program materials and a Smart Certificate with the ACTP logo. 

*Please note: Participants may pay the program fee in installments (schedule provided upon acceptance) or in one transaction (5% price reduction). The program fee covers tuition, program materials and a Smart Certificate with ACSTH accreditation. 

*Participants may pay the program fee in installments (schedule provided upon acceptance) or in one transaction (5% price reduction). 

Register for the 2023-24 cohort.


Experienced, passionate, innovative. The Professional and Personal Coach Certification faculty team members are leaders in their field.

Jim Gavin

Jim Gavin, PhD, ABPP, MCC, IMC, is a certified master coach and licensed psychologist who has taught and practiced over the past 45 years. He is deeply committed to the development of human potential and the evolution of our human consciousness. His work has ranged from individual growth to facilitating of groups and teams, along with whole system level interventions. He has been privileged to work in a variety of settings, notably in higher education, within the airline industry, with mining organizations, in tech startups, and within the public safety sector.

Jim is a full professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, and co-designer of the internationally renowned Human Systems Intervention graduate program at Concordia. He also serves as the Director of the Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies at Concordia.  He is a Master Certified Coach (ICF) and Integral Master Coach® (ICC). Along with his long-term friend and colleague, Dr. Madeleine Mcbrearty, he designed this ICF ACTP coach certification program which was first offered in 2007.

His passion for the practice of Aikido and Iaido link magically with his academic knowledge in personal and organizational change processes. Among his numerous publications, Wellness Coaching, 3nd Ed. (Human Kinetics, 2018) is a classic and comprehensive work. Jim sees himself as a work in progress, and is often reminded of how much he yet has to learn by his five children and his life partner.

Madeleine Mcbrearty

Lydia Roy, MCC, is a successful executive coach, business development consultant, and facilitator with over 20 years of experience. She served as the Dean of Professional Coaching at Adler Graduate Professional School. She excels at identifying strategies and solutions for individuals and companies undergoing transformation and change. Lydia inspires and coaches her clients to take their leadership to the next level, to inspire and grow their teams, to attract their ideal clients/customers, and to meet both personal and professional goals. Through a combination of business performance coaching and mentoring.

Lydia is passionate about holding a beginner’s mindset that inspires her clients to be interested in exploring themselves and who they authentically are. She supports them in being grounded in themselves as a starting point for effective leadership.

Lydia uses a variety of assessments, tools, and experiences to ensure her clients achieve growth and change that will serve their performance and learning goals. These strategies will help clients to uncover their true and authentic self and leadership self. When you are able to operate from your natural abilities and who you are at your best, you inspire others to follow you. In addition, she has been a mentor to over 500 coaches, who want to become certified and grow their business.

Program contact

Contact us if you wish to receive a detailed outline for this program.


Valérie Lancelot-Mingot

Program Manager, Executive Education

Phone: 514-848-3960
Toll free: 1-866-333-2271

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