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What Makes the Center for Coaching Excellence and Its Training Distinct?


From the desk of Mary Verstraete, CCE President

Our team loves people, their vision and aspirations. There is no greater fulfillment than establishing relationship with you, supporting you throughout your training, and continuing a personal and professional relationship for years to come. We count it an honor to support you as an individual, your vision, and be a resource that you can count on, whether it's a simple question or charting a course in your career or life.

Our Central Focus

Developing highly competent coaches through a mentor-training approach and a training model that equips leaders and coaches to contribute at their professional and personal best, resulting in transformational changes in the lives of those they lead and coach.
After consulting with organizations and leadership for more than 25 years, I'm convinced that coaching is one of the most effective and influential mindsets in the life of an organization. When it is woven into the conversations of leadership, supervisors, and teams, it develops a culture of strong trust, compassion, engaging collaboration, and highly creative innovation. 
Further, when coaching is applied to personal relationships, family, and children, it produces open communication, trust, respect, and a safe environment to talk about important matters. The results from this kind of environment are confidence, a sense of well-being, and healthy vibrant family relationships.

Training Distinctiveness


Training approach. Our training solely focuses on developing highly competent coaches through a mentor-training approach that allows us to invest in each trainee. Our class size is small, with a maximum of 10 trainees per class that allows us to give support in developing each person's unique coaching style and applying the coaching concept to their particular area of focus.  

In-depth. Emphasis on the structure and nature of an effective conversation using coaching competencies, value-based mindset, and neuroscience basics delivers application that you can transfer to any profession. The approach to coach training is the result of research where we learned firsthand the effectiveness that skilled communication has in the hands of some of world’s most influential leaders. The neuroscience behavior and mind-set research added the science to masterful communication. CCE has taken that knowledge and broken it down into tangible communication processes that leaders can incorporate into their personal and professional lives.

We have had the privilege of expanding communication processes and skills by developing customized communication training used in companies such as ExxonMobil, Luse Companies, MJ Senior Housing, and Fairview Hospitals of Minnesota. Today, I continue to present and customize training for diverse industries in the United States.

Comprehensive. Our Associate and Professional Program tuition covers all of your training and mentor coaching costs for your first and second level of International Coach Federation certification. Plus, our programs include an Ethics and Risk Management for CoachesCoaching With StrengthsFinder© and Personality Indicators, coaching practicums, plus more. Why do we include all of options in our training? We believe these elements will result in developing highly skilled coaches who can ultimately influence transformation in people's lives, and inclusion of the additional courses is cost effective for our participants.


Customized. All of our training has been developed by CCE, using what we believe to be the best resources available. This provides us the opportunity to customized our training to best meet the needs of our trainees. Each program manual has been beautifully designed and formatted as a resource that you can use for years to come.

Relational. Our core programs are a combination of workshop and virtual webinar classroom. We heard our trainees when they asked us to not change to online only because of the value of in-person training. We responded by taking our workshops into several regions of the United States and we continue to add more regions. Workshops are a great way to establish new relationships and sit around a table learning together. I must add...the food is great, the training rooms are always lovely, and we cover all of your costs except for airfare and hotel costs. Hotel accommodations are always at a discounted rate.

We also heard our potential trainees ask if there can be training with no travel required. We are now offering Essential Coaching twice a year that doesn't require travel. Our virtual online classes enable you to interact visually with the trainer and other trainees. It's the next best thing to being in person.

We hope that you will consider the Center for Coaching Excellence for your training. We would love to serve you. Contact us at 612.246.4787 or schedule a free personal consultation.

I appreciated the personal attention to developing my craft as a coach.

Troy Hines
Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach