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Total Program Length:31 Weeks
Number of Semesters:2 Semesters
tuition:$4,750.00 per semester

Diploma in Life Coaching – Become a Trusted Voice Helping Individuals and Groups Achieve Their Personal Goals and Enrich Their Lives.

As a Professional life Coach, you are highly skilled at helping others find the confidence to live fulfilling lives. A Diploma in Life Coaching qualifies you to operate your own professional life coaching practice or obtain a life coaching job in a variety of settings.

Our life coaching courses are designed to enhance your own personal and professional growth. As your client prospers, so do you. Our powerful and unique learning environment encourages you to gain tremendous insight and transformation. It is from this place you can create the environment your clients need to make powerful changes in their lives.

Discover the difference you can make in your client’s lives!

The Diploma in Life Coaching Courses Benefit You as Much as Your Clients

The Life Coach Diploma program at Rhodes Wellness College is carefully designed with the cooperation of employers offering life coaching jobs.

Our life coaching courses teach you the fundamental knowledge and skills required to effectively coach individuals and conduct groups. We provide you with comprehensive personal coaching, group coaching and life skills training which, includes designing, developing and teaching activities to groups.

Rhodes Wellness College takes the extra step to include professional counsellor training in your Life Coach Diploma program. Counsellor training is rarely found in life coach training programs. Having a background in counselling is invaluable to becoming a successful life coach. Providing basic counselling services is another tool to help your clients overcome challenges.

The Diploma in Life Coaching program builds upon the Life Skills Counsellor Certificate program by teaching students business management, personal coaching and supervising their work practicum.

This program has been approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

Graduate Outcomes

Our graduates have a proven track record of succeeding and becoming professional counselors. Many move on to further study or set up their own coaching or counselling businesses. Our graduates are eligible for membership in both the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association and the International Coach Federation. Please visit the success stories page to learn more.

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Are you interested in becoming a student at Rhodes Wellness College? Click on the Apply Online link below to get started! Here you’ll find all the admission requirements as well as all the important links for starting your application. 

Professional Counsellor Diploma

Rates for applications submitted prior to December 12, 2022 Rates for applications submitted after December 12, 2022
Tuition $4,750 $4,317
Application Fee (Domestic) $100 $100
Application Fee (International) $200 $200
Textbooks & Course Notes $620 $1,395
Student Activities $75 $225
Archive Fee $15 $75

Total Program Length – 80 weeks (1,725 hrs) | 6 Semesters

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Frequently Asked Questions

No, the Federation of Associations for Counselling Therapists in BC (FACTBC) does not require a masters degree to practice counselling in BC. Regulation does not exist for B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Newfoundland, the Northwest Territories, Yukon, or Nunavut. Competency-based regulation exists in Ontario and single title protection (e.g., “Registered Psychotherapist” in Ontario) exists in Ontario and the Maritime provinces. Only Quebec provides broad-based industry regulation.

Our graduates also meet the requirements for registration with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA) and the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT).

Rhodes graduates are eligible to:

  • Write the national Canadian Professional Counsellors Association's Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) exam. Graduates that pass this exam immediately become a Registered Professional Counsellor-Candidates (RPC-C) and can immediately start practicing as a counsellor, under the supervision of an approved counselling supervisor, until they accumulate enough hours to become a Registered Professional Counsellor. Post-graduate supervision is similar to the post-graduate supervision that is required to become a Registered Clinical Counsellor RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), another non-mandatory and membership-based counselling organization.
  • Show proof of Direct Contact Hours (DCC) with clients while in fifth and sixth semesters and upon vetting of application documents, become a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor-Candidate. Post-graduate supervision is then provided to graduates with this  designation until they have enough supervised hours that they gain Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC) status.

Note: Counselling education across Canada that leads to a professional designation (e.g., RPC, RTC, RCC, CCC, designations, etc.) all require supervision following designation. This is one of the ways that the industry can provide assurances of safety and competency to the public when accessing counselling services.

Graduates practice as counsellors within organizations or work as a professional counsellor in a private practice. While counsellors can usually earn more income in private practice, working for not-for-profit organizations, governmental organizations, and for-profit organizations in the counselling industry is rewarding and meaningful. Our graduates work in hundreds of organizations across Canada. Below are just a few examples:

• Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
• Coast Mental Health (BC)
• Government of the Northwest Territories, Department of Health and Social Services
• Alpine Counselling
• Salvation Army
• Nova Scotia Works
• Work BC
• Community Living British Columbia
• Surrey School District
• UBC Human Resources
• Jewish Family Service Agency
• Family Services of Greater Vancouver
• John Volken Academy
• Fraser International College
• Strength Through Motion
• Anam Cara Farm and Learning Center
• Frog Hollow
• Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion
• Battered Women’s Support Services
• Together We Can
• Last Door Recovery Centre for Men
• Rhoda Kaellis Residences
• John Howard Society
• Qmunity
• Jericho Community Centre
• Crossroad Treatment Centre
• Spectrum Society for Community Living
• Renfrew Collingwood Seniors Centre
• Orchard Recovery Centre
• Homalco First Nations
• Parkgate Youth Services

The Canadian Professional Counsellor Association (CPCA): Rhodes Wellness College is an Associate Member of  CPCA. We work with the CPCA to ensure a smooth registration process for our graduates applying for the Registered Professional Counsellor (“RPC”) designation. Graduates will be able to register with the CPCA upon passing their entrance exam. Rhodes Wellness College provides help to our graduates with exam preparation and pays for required supervision for one year following graduation.  For more information, visit cpca-rpc.ca.

The Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT): Rhodes Wellness College is an Associate School member of the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists (ACCT). For more information about ACCT and it’s benefits, please visit acctcounsellor.com 

Federation of Associations for Counselling Therapists in BC (FACTBC) is a society of professional associations that represent counsellors and therapists practicing throughout British Columbia. Rhodes is a member of the FACTBC Stakeholders Group. Rhodes and FACTBC are pushing for competency-based guarantees and requirements for practicing counselling therapists. We believe this is the only way that the public can be assured that practicing counsellors can provide help that is safe and skilled. For more information please visit factbc.org

We are fortunate to have incredibly skilled, highly trained, and empathetic faculty who push, pull, support, and of course teach. Teaching is a difficult and very worthy calling. We choose our faculty for their balance of academic abilities and their ability to hold space for our students in the deep experiential learning model Rhodes Wellness College is known for. We are very grateful for their contributions to our students and our community. For a full list of faculty members, please visit our faculty page here.



All diploma programs at Rhodes Wellness College contain a practicum component. Practicums provide an opportunity for students to apply their skills in a professional environment, get “real world” feedback, network, find employment, and engage in applied career exploration.

Each student in the Professional Counsellor Diploma must complete a 120-hour practicum to graduate. Practicums are overseen by the Director of Student Services and Career Services and must demonstrate, either individually or within an organization, that the student can successfully apply all learning concepts they were taught over the six semesters of the program.

All students receive counselling supervision throughout their studies. Supervision is overseen by our Supervisory Committee, which includes:

• Manager of Supervision: Kerry Vega, MPCC-S, RCS, MA (Clinical Counselling), BA – 16 years of experience as a counsellor and over eight years’ experience as a clinical counselling supervisor.

• Senior Educational Advisor: Bea Rhodes, MPCC-S, Med (Curriculum), BA Psych – 25 years’ experience as a counsellor specializing in trauma counselling and over fifteen years’ experience as a counselling supervisor.

• Director of Education: Chelsea Lee, MM, BA, C-IAYT. Chelsea brings over 8 years of experience leading programs for colleges and is well-versed in somatic therapy-based approaches.

• President: Benjamin Colling, MLead. Ben brings over 22 years of senior management experience to Rhodes in the areas of academics, student services, and community involvement.

• Director of Student Services and Career Services: Janice Prinsloo, RPC. Janice has more than 8 years’ experience working as a counsellor and has helped manage Rhodes students, including overseeing all practicums and the student counselling centre, for over 6 years.

Students receive an opportunity to work in the Rhodes Student Counselling Centre in their fifth and sixth full-time semesters. The counselling centre offers pro-bono student counselling to members of the public in need of counselling assistance. The centre is managed and supervised by Rhodes. Senior Rhodes students also provide volunteer hours, gaining valuable clinic logistical experience. Students can accumulate up to 20 clients while working in the centre. Students also receive supervision assistance while in fifth and sixth semesters in our supervision lab  (labs are held once per week separate from required classes) and formally in their Supervised Clinical Practice (SCP) course.

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Rhodes Wellness College is regulated by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

Designated B.C. Private Training Institutions Branch & Shield Design mark is a certification mark owned by the Government of British Columbia and used under licence. To view our college’s PTIB “Designation Certificate”, please click here