Program Questions

Which program should I take?

If you are interested in a self-paced program and only want to become a life coach you should take the Life Coach Training Program.

If you are interested in a self-paced program and want to become a life coach plus become one or more; Business Coach, Marketing Coach, Executive Coach, Health Coach, Relationship Coach or Master Coach, you should register for the All Access Pass.

If you are seeking ICF credentials, you should take the Live-Online program.

Tell me more about the home study program?

There are two ways to join UCI and receive coach training and certification

Option 1 – Life Coach Training Program

This includes the Coach Training, Solution Focused Coach Training, and Transformational Coach Training Programs.

There is a 1 year limited membership to the program,  resources, tools, etc. in the student center.

Option 2 – All Access Pass

This includes all of the above plus Business, Marketing, and Executive Coach Training, Weight Loss and Health Wellness Coach Training, Relationship Coach Training, and any other programs we decided to add.

There is an unlimited membership to the program,  resources, tools, etc. in the student center.

How do I complete the program?

In order to pass the program you must complete the Coach Training Foundation Course or the Solution Focused Foundation Course.

Completing the Coach Training Foundation Course will allow you to become a Certified Life Coach.

Completing the Solution Focused Foundation Course will allow you to become a Certified Life Coach and Certified Solution Focused Coach simultaneously.

To complete the course you must complete all assignments and submit an audio of a 30-60 minute coaching session between you and someone else, client, family, friend, etc. You will learn how to conduct a coaching session in the training.

Once you have complete the above you can continue with the other trainings and become certified in as many niches available in the student center based on the requirements.

How long is the home study program?

The home study program is self-paced and can be completed in as a little as a couple of days, to as long as your time desires.

The programs consist of audios and notes.

Approximate audio hours

Coach Training Foundation Course (5 hours of audios/videos)

Solution Focused Foundation Course (10 hours of audios/videos)

Will I receive certification after I complete the program?

Yes, we will send you a soft copy, hard copy, and digital badges for your promotional materials.

What does your certificates look like?

Please view the certificate here.

Is there an additional cost for certification?

USA students are allowed hard copies for up to 3 niche certificates at no additional cost.
However, all hard copies must be requested in 1 mailing.
Additional or replacement hard copies cost $5.00.
Additional postage and print *$10.00.

International students outside the USA are allowed hard copies for up to 3 niche certificates in 1 mailing for *$50.00. *The cost of postage is based on the need of a tracking number and higher for International students.

All students are also allowed unlimited soft copies.

I’ve been looking into other coach training programs, why is this one low cost?

I think the real question is, why are other programs so expensive?

Coach Ayisha, the founder of Universal Coach Institute, struggled to find an affordable quality program when she wanted to become certified. Many of her peers had the same problem as well. This forced her to create a quality and affordable program for those in need of it.

We price our programs according to what we need to charge in order to be a profitable company, provide a quality level of service that we believe YOU ALL deserve, while also keeping the price point accessible to our audience.

We can’t promise it will always be at the low price it currently is, but for now it’s a price that works for us and works for our students.00000


ICF & Accreditation Questions

Is this program approved by the ICF?

Yes, UCI’s  live webinar and teleseminar coach training programs are approved by the ICF to be used for coach specific hours and is approved as a CCE.

Our Coach Training (Foundation Course) and Solution-Focused Coach Training (Foundation Course) is approved by the ICF to be used  as CCE hours.

Please view the:

Solution Focused Coach Training program on ICF website here

Transformation Coach Training program on the ICF website here

UCI’s Coach Training and Solution-Focused Coach Training Foundation Courses are approved for up to 10 hours of ICF hours.

Do I need to have ICF credentials to become a coach?

No. The coaching industry is not a regulated industry. There is no official certification or license for you to become a professional coach (life coach, business coach etc.)  in the USA!  There are many educational programs  like UCI that may give you a “certificate of completion”. This means that you have been trained as a coach and have successfully completed a training program. Training and certification allows you to be credible to clients.

Do clients check to see if I am ICF accredited?

Clients generally do not know who the ICF is and what they do. Clients are most often only concerned that you are trained and certified.

However, if you are seeking employment with large corporations they often look for ICF accredited coaches when hiring (they have generally been advised by coaches to do this.)

How much power does the ICF hold?

The ICF is a self-imposed organization that attempts to govern and regulate coaching. Although legally they have no power to do this, within the coaching profession they are viewed as the strongest of organizations.

Keep in mind that over 95% of clients will not have heard of the ICF and thus care more about certification titles and training then governing bodies.

Coach Training Boot Camp Questions

How is the course delivered?

Every week, 2-4 new coach training lessons will be delivered online in the student center.

The lesson will be in video, audio, and notes format. You can download the audios and notes to take with you on the go.

When does the course meet?

The course doesn’t meet at fixed times. All the lessons are online, and you have access to them 24/7 so you can study whenever is best for you.

Throughout the course, we send you an email every weekday morning to help keep you on track, and then you’re welcome to work on the lessons whenever it fits your schedule.

How Do I Pass The Course?

There are two things you need to do to pass the course.

(1) Complete the assignments/quizzes at the end of each unit.

(2) Final Exam – Submit a 30-60 minute audio coaching session between you and someone else. By week 7 you will be fully prepared to conduct a coaching session. By week 7 you will begin setting up your session.

When is the final exam due?

The final exam can be submitted starting from week 7. You will have up to 1 year from the date you registered to submit the final exam at no additional cost. After the first year, you will have to pay $47 for your certification.

I work full time, can I fit this course into my busy schedule?

Absolutely! We recommend setting aside up to 3 hours a week to engage with the course materials and your classmates and instructors, but you can shift this around depending on your weekly schedule.

Some of our students can’t devote up to 3 hours a week to the course but can study for longer periods of time over the weekend — This is totally fine too, and our material is always available for you when you need it.

What if I get left behind in the course? Will the lessons still be available to me?

Yes, absolutely! You’ll continue to have access to the course, so you can catch up or review whenever and whatever you like.

Really, there is no “behind” at Universal Coach Institute. We 100% support you in going through the material at a pace that feels right to YOU.

What if I don’t complete the program within 1 year?

Not a problem! After 1 year you will still have access to the course, however, you will pay $47 fee for your certification.

What kind of computer or software do I need?

Nothing fancy! You just need a computer with access to the web, of course. You should be able to stream videos and download / upload materials like photos and documents.


Ask additional questions below. Only submit once.


  1. Steph
    June 16, 2015 @ 7:24 pm

    If I pay for the home study with all access pass, can I get a certificate of completion for more than one “type” of coaching or is it a new fee for each one? (If I want to get the life coach certification as well as the solution focused coach certificate and the relationship coaching certificate- would I pay 3 times or once for all of them I want that were listed?

    Do the certificates ever “expire”?

    Thank you for your time.



    • Coach Ayisha
      July 6, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

      Hi Stephanie,

      I apologize for the late reply. All certificates are included in the cost. Nothing extra.

      ~Coach Ayisha


    June 22, 2015 @ 10:10 am

    I went online to sign up and realized I missed the $97 sale. Is it possible to still sign up for $97? If not, please let me know when you will have another sale. Any help or guidance you could give would be greatly appreciated. Thank you


  3. Leah
    July 12, 2015 @ 3:53 pm


    Is the home study with all access path curriculum ICF accredited? Upon completion of the course are participants also ICF accredited?



    • Coach Ayisha
      July 13, 2015 @ 1:51 am

      Hi Leah,

      The ICF only approves coach training programs with student contact hours – this means clock hours spent in synchronous (real-time) interactions between faculty and students. This may include face-to-face, live webinars, and live teleseminars.

      UCI’s home study programs are not approved by the ICF because they are self-study.

      If you are seeking hours for ICF, you must join our live-online programs.
      Also, seeking ICF credentials is a process that requires more than coach training. In order to receive credentials you must complete all of the requirements and apply to the ICF. So, after you finish the live-online program you will not receive ICF accreditation until you fulfill the other requirements.

      Please visit ICF for more information http://coachfederation.org/credential/landing.cfm?ItemNumber=2199&navItemNumber=744


  4. Jaralyn Roberts
    August 11, 2015 @ 1:34 pm

    I see there is a Life Coaching program starting August 31st, when will the next Life coaching program begin. I am thinking of the registering for the Business and executive coaching program while it is Buy one, get one, and getting the Life coaching program free. How long will this offer be available?


    • Coach Ayisha
      August 11, 2015 @ 3:46 pm

      Hi Jaralyn

      Thank you for your interest in UCI.

      After August 31, the next Life Coach Program will begin October 7.

      Mondays – Coach Training Foundation (All students must take this class) 8-9 pm ET
      Tuesdays – Relationship Coach – 8-10 pm ET
      Wednesdays – Life Coach – 8-10 pm ET
      Thursdays – Business & Executive Coach – 8-10 pm ET

      This offer ends August 31, 2015


  5. Jaralyn Roberts
    August 12, 2015 @ 12:39 pm

    Thank you for your response! So if I were to do the business coaching and life coaching at the same time, I would have to have class Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday correct? I just want to be sure I understand correctly. I have a 6 month old baby so I want to see what is feasible. Is there an option to take the life coaching courses after the business coaching is complete? Do you have any tips for Moms with young children going through these courses? Is it possible to go log on for the classes via mobile phone? Sorry for all the questions; I am really really interested and I just want to figure out a way to make this work.



    • Coach Ayisha
      August 13, 2015 @ 11:56 pm

      Hi Jaralyn,

      I am a mother with young children and I teach the program. From my experience the program is great for moms. It’s convenient and flexible. You can join the program online or by telephone. You can switch at anytime. The class is also recorded and available if you miss anything.

      Yes, that is correct. You would take the Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday class.

      This offer is only for the classes held this year. You could take the next class which will begin October 7 for the same offer. However, if you cannot take the offer and want to take the life coach class next year in January (after you complete 1 program) the class will only be $498.50 (because you already passed 1 program) and you will only attend one day a week.

      I do not mind your questions. I love them. You can email me directly at coachayisha@gmail.com


  6. Mira
    September 29, 2015 @ 11:18 am

    I have two questions please. First, is the solution focused training & certification program in the home study program accredited with the ICF?

    My second question is, if i sign up for the life coach home study program for one year, and later on decide to go for the full unlimited access option, is this possible, do i just pay then the difference, or i would have to purchase the program all over again?

    Thank you.


    • Coach Ayisha
      September 30, 2015 @ 5:13 pm

      Thank you for your interest in UCI.

      No, only UCI’s live webinar and teleseminar Solution Focused Coach Training, Relationship Coach Training, and Transformational Coach Training programs are approved by the ICF to be used for coach-specific hours and is approved as a CCE.
      The ICF only approves coach training programs with student contact hours – this means clock hours spent in synchronous (real-time) interactions between faculty and students. This may include face-to-face, live webinars, and live teleseminars.

      UCI’s home study programs are not approved by the ICF because they are self-study with extensive student support.

      As for your second question…yes, you have one year to upgrade with the ability to pay the difference. After 1 year, you have to pay the full price.


  7. Sherri
    November 18, 2015 @ 1:23 pm

    Do the certifications ever expire?

    Thanks so much!


    • Coach Ayisha
      November 23, 2015 @ 11:44 pm

      Thank you for your comment!

      No, the certifications do not expire.


  8. Devandy
    March 15, 2016 @ 11:36 pm


    I am curious as to when the next All Access Pass will become available?



    • Coach Ayisha
      March 18, 2016 @ 6:28 pm

      Hello Devandy

      Thank you for your interest in Universal Coach Institute.

      The All Access Pass will be reopen in June, at the end of Spring.



  9. Isabelle
    May 7, 2016 @ 3:58 pm

    Hello, I was looking at your life coaching training and wondered if the 800 dollar tuition fee has to be paid all at once or can you do payments? Also, Is it all online??


  10. SakinaB
    May 13, 2016 @ 12:09 pm

    My goal is to become a Life Coach that caters more to young women. Since the home study programs are not approved by the ICF, does that me that I will not be able to meet with them, have workshops, do seminars, etc.


    • Coach Ayisha
      May 18, 2016 @ 5:36 am

      Our home study programs now qualify for up to 10 CCE hours by the ICF. However, this doesn’t matter in your case because you can start a life coaching business with or without ICF credentials.


  11. Meghan
    June 14, 2016 @ 2:50 pm

    I have my masters degree in MFT. I’m interested in the all access pass but not the ICF certification. Is this $97? Apologies I’m having difficulties finding a breakdown in fees.


  12. Kumba
    March 2, 2017 @ 9:22 am

    Hi! I hope you are happy and healthy! I came across your website after watching one of your videos on Youtube. I must say I am so impressed with your achievements! It gives me so much motivation and confidence! Your course looks amazing! I am so eager to get started! I wanted to ask you if there is any way I can pay for the Life coach certification course in installments as I do not have enough to pay the full fee. I have three young children and we live on my husbands income. I really want to be able to register and get started as soon as possible. I don’t want to wait for months untill I am able to save up for the full fee. Oh please is there any way we can work around this? I would be ever so grateful! I hope to hear from you as soon as possible!

    Ayisha, I don’t know you personally, but I am so proud of your achievements! You are definetly on my top five list of role models! I am saying this as I am so happy to have found a female life coach whom I can identify with. And to see you having so many years of experience and even having your own practice is just mindblowing!

    Have a fantastic day and I hope to hear from you soon.

    Much love from Kumba Anonsen


    • Coach Ayisha
      July 12, 2017 @ 5:04 pm

      Sorry for my late reply to this. I had so much spam in the backend. Thank you so much! I hope you continue to benefit from the content.


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