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£4,495 (inc. VAT and all costs).
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Live in-person training, virtual supervision, 121 mentoring, and reflective client work. More on our course structure.

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Diploma in Transformational Coaching

If you’re looking to train as a coach, whether to become a life coach, executive coach, or internal coach then our Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching is the right course for you.

Over a number of months, you will progress from a coaching novice to become a highly-effective coach, able to work with a range of coaching approaches across the spectrum of coaching contexts.

The course blends in-person training with experiential learning and mentoring, and a wealth of online resources, to ensure you gain exceptional skills as a coach.

Fully accredited by the world’s leading coaching bodies, the International Coach Federation and the Association for Coaching, our coaching course will ensure you are able to coach professionally both in the UK and internationally.

To get to know our Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching in more detail, simply click the sections below to dive deeper in to the details of the course.

Course Structure

The Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching is delivered through five modules of in-person training along with experiential client practice, personal coach mentoring, a rich library of course materials and reflective learning.

Each in-person module takes place over two days from 9.30 until 5.30 and takes place on weekends or weekdays as you choose.

Module 1 : Foundations

Foundations is where your journey to become a coach starts. The module introduces you to the key principles of coaching, gets you practising your new skills and prepares you to start coaching clients outside of the training room.

Module 2 : Cognition

Cognition explores the theory and practice of Cognitive Behavioural Coaching, to enable you to help the client understand and change the thinking patterns which may be driving how they behave and the results they are getting.

Module 3 : Presence

Presence encourages you to slow down in coaching and become more aware and tuned into the quality of the relationship and space. Drawing from person-centred theory and practice, you will explore how to work more fully with what emerges in the coaching space.

Module 4 : Transactions

Transactions explores how individuals relate both to themselves and to others in ways which can both empower or disempower. Using concepts from Transactional Analysis, you will learn to apply these ideas and models to your coaching.

Module 5 : Paradigms

Paradigms is your final module and, as well as synthesizing your learning to date, it introduces you to new ways to explore an individual’s personal paradigm through the stories, language and metaphors they use.

What you learn

The Animas coaching course delivers a transformational approach to coaching that draws from key psychological influences underpinned by a core set of coaching principles. 

As a transformational course, you’ll learn approaches that enable you to explore your client’s inner world as well as their outward behaviours.  You’ll learn how to surface and explore a client’s patterns of thinking, feeling, behaving and relating and to create conversations around beliefs, values, aspirations, assumptions, fears and more, in service of the change your client wants to bring about. 

You’ll learn and integrate:

  • Core coaching principles and skills
  • Solution-Focused Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioural Coaching
  • Transactional Analysis Coaching
  • Narrative Coaching
  • Clean Language

Alongside these coaching approaches, you’ll also learn key practice management skills of the coaching professional ensuring you develop a robust, ethical approach to coaching.

In summary, the Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching ensures you become confident and skilled as a coach with your own signature approach that sets you apart


One of the reasons people enjoy the Animas course so much is the exceptional support we offer and the feeling that they are part of a caring community. It’s very easy to feel isolated when you’re studying and practising, so we’ve put in place several support mechanisms to help you along the way.

In addition to the live training modules, you will benefit from:

  • A Personal Coach-Mentor to support your practice
  • Weekly online Group Coaching-Supervision around your client work
  • Weekly Observed Coaching Practicums
  • AnimasConnect – A state-of-the-art online community for students and alumni with access to events, specialist groups and so much more
  • Study Pack with course-specific books and Learning Journal
  • An exclusive, private group online community

Accreditation and Qualification

The Diploma in Transformational Coaching has gone through two rigorous quality assurance procedures.

123 hours ICF ACSTH

It is recognised by the International Coach Federation as providing 123 Approved Coach Specific Training Hours – more than twice the amount required to become credentialed with the ICF.

Association for Coaching ADCT

The course is also accredited by the Association for Coaching, the UK’s largest professional body, as an Accredited Diploma in Coach Training. This distinction makes it one of the very few in the world to hold this level of accreditation.


Qualification is achieved through a mixture of learning, practice and reflection. We have designed the process to be rigorous but enjoyable and manageable with all your other daily demands of life.

Course Fee and Payment Plans

The course fee is £4,495 (inc. VAT and all costs).

Payment Plans

When you’re ready to secure your spot, all you need to pay to enrol is  a minimum £495 deposit. 

To pay the balance, we have 3 options:

1. Pay in full before the start and save £150

Pay everything at least 4 weeks before your course starts, saving £150 on the course fee.

2. Interest-free instalments for up to 10 months

Pay with interest-free instalments for up to 10 months.  This can be tailored around your needs with a larger deposit reducing monthly costs.

3. Interest-bearing instalments – UK Only

For UK students seeking longer-term payment plans, we offer credit of up to four years through a trusted third-party credit provider. With this option you could pay less than £115 per month for the four year term.

Cancellation Policy

For your peace of mind, we offer a 14 days full-refund cancellation period after enrolment. In addition, to reduce your risk, we offer you a further 14 days after you experience the first module to decide if you want to withdraw from the course and incur only the non-refundable deposit of £495.

Locations and Dates

We deliver our transformational coaching course in a number of the great cities of the UK and Europe, allowing people to more easily access our training.


We’ve delivered coach training in London for over 10 years and with more than 1500 people having trained at the school here, it offers an active and lively alumni.  All training is delivered centrally to ensure convenient travel even if you’re coming from afar.


Animas Edinburgh meets the ever-increasing demand for coach training in Scotland and with a growing community of coaches here, you’ll never be short of support and camaraderie.


Also launched in 2018, Animas Berlin acts as our hub for coach training for Germany and eastern Europe.

Course Dates

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2019 Dates - Download dates sheet for courses commencing in 2019

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How to enrol

Enrolment on the Diploma in Transformational Coaching is by application only. Once you apply using our simple online form, we’ll call you to answer any final questions you have, make sure the course is the right fit and, if you decide to join, take you . through the enrolment process.

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Our course trainers

All of our trainers are ICF credentialed and remain actively coaching with their own private practices. This ensures that they bring a rich depth of experience in their work which they can draw upon and share with you on your learning journey.

They are also each unique in their approach and bring their particular expertise to bear on the Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching, whether that’s in specific modes of psychological practice or their own style as a coach.

A common saying in coaching goes, who you are is how you coach. It’s true and that’s why we ensure you gain training from each of these exceptional coaches across the modules, so you receive a balance of approaches and ideas to help you grow as a coach.

Robert Stephenson

Director of Training & Coaching

Rob both manages and supports our training teams across the globe ensuring quality training that serves the needs of our coaches-in-training.  He enjoys the opportunity to step back into the training space on occasions and enjoys supporting trainers directly in the classroom. Rob also hosts the regular Animas interviews for our Animas Podcasts. With a background in performance, he brings both creativity and passion to his role.

Robert Stephenson

Emily Johnston

Coach Trainer

Emily is a highly experienced trainer on the DTC having originally created and trained the Animas Certificate in Mindfulness for Coaching. She brings a warmth, humour and creativity to her work as a trainer. She is an experienced coach, facilitator and supervisor and runs her own business bringing coaching into schools 1-2-1 and in group work and also works with private clients as a coach, meditation teacher and supervisor of coaches. She also loves cooking and walking her spaniel!

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Marcus Stone

Coach Trainer

Marcus is one of our trainers on the DTC. An experienced coach, supervisor and facilitator, Marcus loves working with groups of new coaches and creating a space that empowers each person to grow towards the coach they would like to become.  As a coach, Marcus draws upon person centred practices, focussing to develop a quality of closeness and rapport with his clients. When not working, Marcus is very much a family man and lurcher fan!

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Matteo Trevisan

Coach Trainer

Matteo’s deepest drives are curiosity and growth. As one of the lead trainers on the DTC he brings a great amount of energy, depth, and excitement. His creative style was shaped by an eclectic international life and past careers in both Physics and Education. He also works as a leadership trainer in the corporate sector and his nicheless private coaching practice has helped a range of clients - Entrepreneurs, Executives, Schools, Charities…Humans!

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Bronwyn Nash

Coach Trainer

You’ll meet Bronwyn in the training room, sharing her passion for personal growth and powerful, creative approaches to coaching. Within Animas she leads coaches through face-to-face group elements of the flagship diploma course and offers further support through group supervision. Elsewhere she runs her own coaching and supervision practice and has outdoor adventures with her husband, campervan and scruffy lurcher.

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Emma Dempsey

Coach Trainer - Edinburgh

Emma has worked in wellbeing and development for over twenty years, facilitating change in people and communities and enabling others to live to their true potential. Alongside her training role in Edinburgh and Dublin she is founder of Forth Coaching and works with people who want to create change for themselves or others and want to enhance the world somehow. When not working she can be found either near or in the sea.

Emma Dempsey

Nick Thorpe

Coach Trainer - Edinburgh

Nick has an inbuilt passion for journeys of discovery, whether literally rafting across the Pacific as an award-winning travel writer or getting curious with Animas students about what takes great coaching deeper. A trainer on our live modules in Scotland, he leans towards the person-centred, existential realms of coaching, often attracting private clients undergoing midlife transition. A devoted dad, he lives by the sea and loves meandering in his kayak.

Nick Thorpe

Liz Goodchild

Coach Trainer - Berlin 

Liz trained and qualified with Animas in 2013 and since then, has grown a thriving, full-time coaching practice from her home in Germany. Her writing has been featured in Psychologies Magazine, The Independent, Tiny Buddha and Thought Catalog, she also regularly contributes opinion pieces for large publications and podcasts. As a coach and trainer, Liz’s warm, encouraging and down-to-earth personality helps put people at ease, yet she’s also known for her challenging, thought-provoking questions, to help people see “outside of the box” and shift their perspectives in a way they never imagined.

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Natasha Harris

Business Trainer

Natasha is a trainer on the Kickstart your Coaching Practice workshop. Having trained in 2012 she loves to support newly qualified coaches in their journey to starting their own practice. In her own successful business she works with people who have a deeper sense that there is more to life that what they are experiencing and takes them on a deeper journey to rediscover themselves and their life purpose.

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