The Coaching Institute is Australia’s #1 life coaching school. We are and have continuously been a Registered Training Organisation (RTO code 21564) for the last 12 years, offering Australia’s most comprehensive range of life coaching courses. As well as being approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), we are also a recognised school with the International Coach Guild (ICG). Our courses meet the highest international and national standards around coaching. The ICG establishes the coaching Code of Ethics and holds its members responsible to meet the Code and professional standards, ensuring they understand, advocate and apply the Code of Ethics in their coaching business and situations.
The Australian Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (ABNLP) is not an accrediting organisation. They are a volunteer body. They can only offer ‘recognition’, not accreditation. TCI chooses to be recognised by the International Coach Guild (ICG). Because we offer our students a range of developmental pathways and certification courses like no other life coaching body in Australia, the ICG establishes the highest standards of coaching and competencies for the success of our students and the advancement of coaching, one of the fastest growing professions in the world. ICG standard and recognition distinguishes TCI as the leading coaching provider in Australia.
We are no longer affiliated with the ABNLP. In 2013, a clerical mistake was made by a former TCI employee regarding NLP certification. The former employee took full responsibility and apologised for her actions. The matter was investigated by ASQA and found without merit. No damage or loss was incurred by the ABNLP, as the applications lodged by the ex-employee were rejected, meaning that ABNLP certification never took effect. That said, TCI has apologised for the registration mistake.
TCI courses have been developed in accordance with internationally and nationally recognised standards guided by the purpose, values and beliefs of the Institute, its founder and the network of coaching experts and leaders who endorse and implement TCI’s programs. Our main point of difference is the success rate of our students. Students choose to learn at TCI. We have trained more than 6,000 students over the past 12 years. We currently have 1,000 students enrolled in our courses. We constantly score in the high 90s for ‘student satisfaction’ among students who complete our courses’. We have the highest course completion rate in our sector. Our students and graduates genuinely love their journey with us and we are mainly a referral-based coaching school. TCI students consistently attend additional free events and classes provided by TCI in large numbers, which is further evidence of strong student engagement. Our student at the centre policy means we are constantly reviewing and improving our operations and courses to remain at the forefront of life coaching in Australia.
TCI has continuously been a RTO since December 2004 and has since trained more than 6,000 students. The ASQA audit in 2013 was based on the allegations of 3 former students. Nevertheless, we took their complaints seriously and acted accordingly to resolve their issues.
After a comprehensive review process, ASQA found TCI ‘to be compliant with the relevant standards’, in accordance with sections 36(2) of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011. Under the powers of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act, residual matters identified by ASQA were directed to the Tribunal, which were also dismissed.
The TCI chooses to be recognised by the International Coach Guild (ICG). Along with 143 founding members and expert coaches, we established the ICG in 2013. The ICG revised and redirected the new 15 Coaching Competencies designed to serve as a grade and roadmap to the best standards available in coaching and practice. ICG also created the first every system to benchmark business and marketing education for coaches with the unique Business Mentorship Provider point system. Because we offer our students a range of developmental pathways and certification courses like no other life coaching body in Australia, the ICG supports the success of our students and the advancement of life coaching, one of the fastest growing professions in the world. ICG standard and recognition distinguishes TCI as the leading coaching provider in Australia.
TCI has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct. We have conducted several courses designed to help people who may need to resolve and overcome emotional or psychological hurdles in regard to sex. They are very empathetic courses. They are designed to remove inhibitions and misunderstandings so that people can enjoy a normal, healthy, sexual relationship. The allegations made by former students in relation to sexually explicit content were previously investigated by ASQA in 2012, and found to be without merit. In our terms and conditions, students are now asked to agree to this term: "I understand that there may be sexually explicit content and strong language may be used throughout the training. I understand that some discussions may be confronting and that I will participate only to the extent I feel comfortable”.
Our trainers sometimes receive questions about sex, sexual dysfunction and sexual abuse. We protect our trainers from any participant mistakenly interpreting comments regarding these areas as being inappropriate or ‘sexualised’ in any way. Our trainers do not discuss the subject of sex per se. Rather, they review how to work with a client who shares with them an experience of a sexual related issue (such as sexual dysfunction) and how best to respond to this experience – i.e. make them feel safe and then refer them to an appropriate professional or specialist. In addition to our terms and conditions, and as an added precaution, we:
At the Coaching Institute, we are always looking for ways to create an environment of opportunity for growth, connection and success for our students. We live by The Coaching Institute’s values, strive for excellence and be the outstanding role model for the people around us. We are always looking for opportunities to spread our passion, joy and kindness with people, because they matter.
TCI created Coach and Connect as an opportunity for students and the community to come together to network, experience great value and new learnings from guest speakers who present on a topic each month on coaching, business or professional development topics. It is an extension of value in the form of coaching event platform from The Coaching Institute, so that coaching students and community can feel connected. That said, the Coach and Connect does not form a part of the core coaching courses (both nationally & internationally accredited) that are currently offered by TCI.
TCI experienced one isolated case of credit card fraud involving a former employee, Jordan Dallwitz, a couple of years back. The matter was referred to the Victorian Police. TCI followed the recommendations and instructions made by the Victoria Police and attempted to make contact with every TCI student who came into contact with the former employee.
Because we have the highest course completion rate in our sector, and the fact our students and graduates genuinely love their journey with us, we are mainly a referral-based coaching school. We also offer choice. We provide a range of developmental pathways and certification courses to choose from. No other life coaching body in Australia invests in their students, trainers and facilitators as much as we do in terms of standards, content, courses, competencies, mentoring and assessment. We have never received a complaint in writing about the style or delivery of our courses, our approach to marketing or the conduct of our staff in 12 years of training, aside from the 3 complaints made to ASQA. These were fully investigated and were subsequently found to be without merit. We also provide ongoing support to our students throughout their courses. There are periodic calls placed to our students, Q&A sessions, Coach and Connect events around Australia, an extensive online community and classes where support matters are raised and acted upon. While this support is extensive and ongoing, TCI expects that its students are also prepared to take responsibility for their success and seek out support when needed.
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