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Journey to Mastery

Advanced certified coach training

Journey to Mastery (J2M), an advanced coach development program, builds upon our highly successful Personal and Professional Coach Certificate (PPCC) program. Journey to Mastery provides theoretical perspectives, evidence-based and practice-based guidance, plus individual and group mentoring sessions designed to profoundly deepen your comprehension and ease of application of the 11 ICF Core Coaching Competencies.


Journey to Mastery takes place in an intimate learning environment with a maximum of 12 participants. It builds on expertise acquired in a basic PPCC program and supports you in increasing your ability to navigate challenging coaching interactions with authentic confidence in your abilities and skills. The curriculum covers the behavioural repertoire of an ICF-certified Professional Certified Coach (PCC). It also addresses elements of personal foundation related to genuine coaching presence and interpersonal effectiveness.

  • The Coaching Certification modules I and II are ICF approved for 169 hours of coach-specific training;
  • Successful completion will result in your qualifying for application to the PCC credential level.
  • Journey to Mastery has been recognized by ICF for 53 coach-specific training hours (including mentoring). However, the program, as it is designed in its current format, consists of 67.5 hours of training / mentoring :
    • 57 web-based hours
    • 3 hours of individual mentoring
    • 7.5 hours of individual work.

Please note that all non-program based ICF requirements, such as the completion of 500 documented coaching hours with clients and the ICF Coach Knowledge exam, must also be met when applying for PCC from ICF and that the certificate of completion will mention 53 ICF approved coach-specific training / mentoring hours.

Intended participants

Participants in the Journey to Mastery will already hold a basic coaching certificate (Concordia’s PPCC or equivalent certification demonstrating 116 hours of coach-specific training from an ICF-accredited coach-training organization). They will also have the intention to devote the time and energy necessary to bring their proficiency to a PCC credential level.

Please note that it is not necessary that one holds the ICF’s ACC credential to apply to the program; however, acceptance into Journey to Mastery requires that applicants demonstrate the ability to coach at the ACC level as determined by ICF.

Program information

  • Length: 6 class days, 8 follow-up group coaching sessions and 2 Individual mentoring sessions. 
    All sessions are web-based.
  • Structure: Exclusively web-based sessions, group coaching and individual mentoring sessions

Application process

Dates and fee


  • October 29, 2021 – February 26, 2022

Location: Online (Zoom)

Language: English
Application fee: $95 CAD (non-refundable)
Program fee: $4,500 CAD*

Make-up final exam: $175

*Participants may pay the program fee in installments (schedule provided upon acceptance) or in one transaction (5% price reduction). Participants who do not pass the final exam will need to retake the final exam in order to earn their certification. An administrative fee of $175 must be paid in order to submit the secondary exam.

The program fee covers tuition, program materials and a Smart Certificate with ACTP or ACSTH accreditation, depending on the curriculum of the participant (see Program accreditation section for more details).

Enrolment is limited.


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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