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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
  • Structure: Online cohort-based Zoom sessions
  • Program Dates: Cohort 1 (September 2021-May 2022)

Application process

Dates and fee

Dates: See dates for cohort 1
Delivery: PGCC is a virtual program delivered via Zoom
Language: English (Documents may be submitted in French. The final assessment may also be taken in French)
Application fee: $95 CAD (non-refundable)

Program fee: $9,770* 
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). 

Enrolment is limited. Cohort 1 is full, join the waitlist. 


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

Madeleine Mcbrearty, PhD, PCC, is a fully bilingual educator, coach, mentor, and consultant. Her focus is on leadership development, employee engagement and mobilization, team performance, and personal effectiveness. Her passion is to walk alongside those who seek to achieve professional and personal excellence.

In all she does, Madeleine brings an intentional focus on enhancing self-awareness, identifying strengths and leveraging resources to promote individual and workplace wellness. A core belief that guides her work is that people are more committed to what they help co-create. Her approach is to partner with clients to bring about positive change and achieve the goals they truly desire. As a consultant, her proven competencies are in designing and facilitating processes to improve individual and organizational effectiveness. Her extensive professional experience is rooted in her involvement with management teams in diverse organizations for over 30 years.

In addition to her Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coach Federation, Madeleine is also a certified Social & Emotional Intelligence Coach and a Certified Mentor Coach. She is co-author of Lifestyle Wellness Coaching (Human Kinetics, 2018).

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