Brain-Based Solution-Focused Coach Certification

ICF Level 1 Accredited Coach Certification Program

Our understanding of the human brain has evolved significantly over the past two decades, and neuroscience is more popular than ever before. While this is great news for those in the field of coaching, it makes it more important than ever to get the right training.

We believe that coaching needs to be backed by evidence-based neuroscience, using a solution-focused approach, and delivered with well-developed client-centered competencies. With these 3 pillars supporting you, you will become a confident, knowledgable and skillful coach.


Brain-Based Coaching


Learn key applied neuroscience concepts: the how and why of brain-based coaching.

Solution-Focused Coaching


Help your clients establish, pursue and achieve meaningful goals with powerful solution-focused frameworks and techniques.



Cultivate trust, maintain presence and listen actively, evoke awareness and facilitate client growth.

Stephanie Spellen-Nouel

"This course has been phenomenal. The weeks went by too quickly. The content is of real value and the teachers are really committed and invested in teaching us to become the best coach we can be. Eye-opening, challenging and feeling this real growth in knowledge and experience while going through the weeks of the course. I would recommend this course to anyone that is interested and invested in pursuing a coaching career. The neuroscience part gives you this extra in dept knowledge and understanding of how our brain, hormones and physiology impact our body, mind and feelings. I really loved this extra in dept knowledge we gained. Thank you, Ramon and Divya, for everything!"

Your 5-in-1 Coach Certification Program

The International Coach Federation Level 1 Accredited program is delivered over 12 weeks with a combination of immersive coach training, brain-friendly videos, a support community and resource toolkit.

Coach Training

The immersive coach training is conducted weekly, with a small group (online over Zoom) to maximize the learning experience. Each session is comprised of coach-specific skills training, and practicing your new skills with a partner coach.

See FAQs for live call details.

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Applied Neuroscience Training

The applied neuroscience training is delivered in a brain-friendly video format. These videos are released throughout the program, and can be viewed from any device at a time convenient for you.

Live applied neuroscience sessions are also held throughout the program.

Dedicated Support Community

Stay connected to your peers in our private online group. Discuss the training, organize peer coaching sessions, and stay up-to-date.

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Coach Toolkit

Your Coach Toolkit contains resources that will help you build confidence with your new coaching skills. Tools include cheat-sheets, guides, and comprehensive training materials that contain the processes and models that you will learn in the program.

Become a Brain-Based Solution-Focused Coach™

The ICF Track option prepares you for an International Coaching Federation ACC credential, including the education hours, mentoring hours, feedback sessions and performance evaluation. If you wish to attain an International Coach Federation (ICF) ACC credential, enroll in the ICF Credential Track. A coach directory listing is also included for certified coaches.

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Ken Chow

"I am very happy with the course. It had met my expectation of what an evidence-based coach training would be like. I also like the how the applied neuroscience complements the solution-focused coaching approach."

Program Overview

Hone your skills and develop expertise over 12 weeks.

Coaching & Applied Neuroscience Essentials

Coaching & Applied Neuroscience Essentials

You will learn about the coaching core competencies, such as how to evoke awareness and facilitate client growth. You will also learn how to structure a coaching session. We will explore the brain basics and applied neuroscience frameworks and processes essential to brain-based coaching.

Behavior Change & Committed Action

Behavior Change & Committed Action

Goal setting is a core concept in coaching. You will learn about the different types of goal-setting, and their strengths and weaknesses. You will also learn about key motivation concepts. This includes the brain states necessary for goal-setting and attainment, as well as how to help your clients become committed to attaining their goals.

Working With Values-Based Goals

Being Client-Centered

You will learn key distinctions between goals and values, and how to set and work with values-based goals. You will also learn about the importance of client autonomy, and helping your client create a self-directed life of meaning and fulfillment.

Working With The Emotional Brain

Working With The Emotional Brain

Our emotional life plays a significant role in the pursuit and attainment of our goals. Developing an understanding of the emotional brain while building the relevant coaching skills will enable you to work with common emotion-related barriers to success.

Working With The Self

Developing Effective Thinking

Learn how to coach to the here and now. This is especially helpful for those clients who are ruminating about past failures or worrying about what the future may bring. Learn how to help your clients unload the weight of self-defeating thoughts and unhelpful labels by cultivating the habit of shifting perspectives.

Coaching Pivots

Solution-Focused Principles & Techniques

You will learn the importance of focusing on solutions and the expectation that positive change will occur. By understanding the cycle of goal setting, action planning, monitoring and evaluating you will know exactly where to go next with your client.

Coaching in Practice

Coaching in Your Niche

Brain-Based Solution-Focused Coaching is perfectly suited to be applied to specific domains such as health and fitness, wellness, personal development, high-performance, leadership or life coaching, as well as common problems that arise when working towards goals, such as procrastination. Here, you will learn how to apply the coaching process to a range of different domains so that you can begin tailoring the brain-based coaching process to specific niches.

Ethical and Reflective Practice

Ethical and Reflective Practice

We will explore the coaching mindset: the attitude we bring to each coaching session, and to our clients. We will discuss key concepts such as integrity, confidentiality, continuing professional development, as well as examining the ICF code of ethics.

ICF ACC Credential

Optional: ICF Credential

If you wish to attain an International Coach Federation credential, this module will help you to prepare for the ICF exam.

For further information on ICF credentialing please see FAQs below.

Julie Fortin

"I got a lot of value from the course and would recommend it to anyone looking to get training in Solution Focused Coaching and/or the Neuroscience of Coaching."

Your Program Facilitators

Dr. Brian English

Divya LV Jegasundaram, PCC

Divya Jegasundaram is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and works in the areas of Executive, OD and Life Coaching. After spending 13 years in the corporate world, Divya transitioned into coaching in 2013. Divya has 10,000+ hours of coaching and mentoring experience, and has trained over 1200 coaches.

Divya is your solution-focused facilitator and ICF core competency coach.


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Ramon David, MSc

Ramon David is the founder of BrainFirst® Institute, delivering applied neuroscience training for coaches since 2016. Ramon holds a Masters degree in Applied Neuroscience and has conducted brain-based research with real-world application. He has 12,000+ hours of coaching, training and mentoring experience, and has trained thousands of coaches. He is currently completing his PhD research, investigating a neuroscience-based approach to psychological needs, and is the author of the Handbook of Professional Coaching Competencies, with neuroscience and psychology insights.

Ramon is your brain-based coach skills facilitator.


Sibylle Kneer

"The Brain-Based Coaching program is a beautifully crafted course. I enjoyed every session and I loved the connection to the rest of the group throughout this time. Looking at the potential of human behavior from the two different perspectives of neuroscience and solution-focused coaching was truly inspiring. I can already see how my coachees benefit from what I've learned. Can't wait to keep going on my journey to become a coach. Thanks Brian and Ramon for an excellent experience!"

Live Session Dates/Times

Ready To Become a Brain-Based Solution-Focused Coach?

Next program commences July, 2024. Select Your Training Track...

ICF Level 1 Track


payment plan available

The ICF Credential Track will fully prepare you for becoming a coach and gaining your ACC credential

  • Complete 12 week Coach Training Program
  • 66 coach education hours
  • 10 sessions of mentor coaching (7 group + 3 one-on-one)
  • Personal feedback on your coaching
  • Meets all ICF education and mentoring requirements for ACC Credential
  • Coach Toolkit and Private Community
  • ACC Performance evaluation
  • Coach directory listing
  • Maximum 12 participants for an optimal learning environment



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