Life Coach

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The Life and Business Coaching Association of Ireland is a professional body whose aims are to promote coaching as a profession and to develop and maintain standards for the profession of Life/ Personal and Business/ Executive Coaching.

Life-coaching is entirely self-regulated in Ireland and there is no international governing body.   At present the Irish Management Institute and the Life and Business Coaching Association of Ireland (LBCAI) are among the organisations that offer accredited courses.

According to the Life and Business Coaching Association of Ireland (LBCAI), life coaching includes personal development, career coaching, business training and executive training. Many life coaches combine their training with additional qualifications to offer health, fitness and financial coaching.

Caitlin O’Connor, the founder and director of Accelerating Performance, spent almost twenty years working in the marketing industry before moving into life coaching. She set up Dublin-based Accelerating Performance, which specialises in workplace innovation and thought leadership, in 2005.

O’Connor believes that marrying life coaching with another discipline (such as fitness, nutrition or project management) can improve a life coach’s prospects in the industry and help them to develop a niche.  (taken from article – So you want to be a Life Coach…)  29/03/2007

LBCAI Approved Coach Trainer List:-



LBCAI Approved Training Courses

Diploma in Business, Executive and Leadership Coaching.  Dublin venue.  Part time.  September 2016 to February 2017


Diploma in Personal & Business Coaching.   The ILI are taking enrolments for the next round of courses from Monday May 2nd – these courses will run from October 2016 to May 2017 in the following locations – Carlton Airport Dublin, Maldron Hotel Tallaght Dublin, Cork Education Support Centre, Clare Education Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare


Life & Business Coaching Diploma.  Dublin venue.  Part-time.  September 2016 to February 2017


Diploma in Executive, Business & Life Coaching. UK venue.  September 2016 to July 2017


Accredited Diploma in Executive and Life Coaching. Part-time.  See website for details.  Dublin & Cork Venues.


Successful group coaching course.  Part time. See website for details.  Dublin venue.


Diploma in Executive & Leadership Coaching.  Dublin venue.  See website for details.


Diploma in Business, Executive and Personal Coaching.  Part Time.  Venue to be confirmed.

October 2016 to May 2017



Other Approved Training Courses available

Professional Coaching Skills at Limerick IT Tipperary (Thurles campus).  Part-time.  20 days in length, presented in five units of 4 days (Friday to Monday), over a period of five months.


Diploma in Business, Executive and Personal Coaching at Coach Institute of Ireland.  Dublin or Galway venues.  Part-time. Coaching


Diploma in Life Coaching/The Certificate in Life Coaching is a pre-requisite to registering for the Diploma Dublin venue. Part time


Diploma in Life and Business Coaching.  Diploma in Business & Executive Coaching.  Dublin venue. Part-time.  See website for details.


Certificate in Coaching Models of Practice. Dublin venue. Part time.


Useful Websites

International Coach Federation:

The Irish Management Institute:


Last updated 24.5.2016