Brain Science Certification for Coaches

We train coaches to become experts in applied brain science

Brain Science Certification for Coaches is a 3-step process that starts with building a knowledge base through The Brain Science Advantage for Coaches, goes deep with one-on-one Mentorship sessions, and expands to application and integration through a Masterclass.

You’ll learn the latest, most exciting brain and behavioral science out there, get real practice with application, and develop a focus area to help you establish your niche as a coach. You’ll also join a growing community of professionals committed to evidence-based coaching, who are differentiating themselves with this groundbreaking certification program.

As a Brain Science Certified Coach, you’ll receive 80+ hours of training, practice, and one-on-one mentorship. Most coaches complete their certification in about one year, but it can be done is as little as 8 months.


coursework hours
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Why Certify?

Benefits of Brain Science Certification for Coaches


Brain Science Certification signals to potential clients that everything you do is 100% evidence-based. In a crowded market, you’ll differentiate yourself by bringing a level of training and expertise that few other coaches can offer.

If you've ever struggled to enroll clients, then Brain Science Certification is for you. You'll be able to clearly and powerfully communicate your value as a coach, and set yourself apart by bringing cutting-edge brain science into your sessions from day one.


Brain Science Certification will turn your toolbox into a tool shed. Using evidence-based strategies will double your effectiveness as a coach, helping your clients achieve the mind-blowing results they’re really hoping for.

Nothing sells your services like a satisfied customer. Brain Science Certification will supercharge your coaching practice, helping you unlock an avalanche of new clients through client referrals.


Brain Science Certification is not just about your clients–it’s about your own personal growth and development, too. The most powerful coaches are ones who have experienced science-based transformation in their own lives.

We’ve seen it again and again: Coaches come for professional training, and are personally changed by applying what they learn in their own lives. Brain Science Certification is a transformative journey for your coaching business and for YOU!

How it Works

3 Steps to
Brain Science Certification

The Brain Science Advantage for Coaches lays the foundation for Brain Science Certification.

This 8-week course is a comprehensive overview of all of the latest brain and behavioral science--a distillation of hundreds of books and thousands of scientific papers into practical, actionable, and easy-to-understand tools and strategies for coaches. You'll receive 40+ hours of training through on-demand sessions, live group discussions, exercises, and readings.

Coursework focuses on four of the most common challenges coaches tackle with clients:

Overcoming Fear

The Brain Science Advantage Course can be taken alone or as a first step toward Brain Science Certification. The course alone qualifies for 30 CCE hours with ICF.

For a detailed description of the course, click here.
As soon as you’ve completed The Brain Science Advantage for Coaches, you can start your Mentorship sessions. These are 12 private, one-on-one coaching sessions directly with James.

In your Mentorship sessions, you’ll choose one or two areas from the course that were particularly interesting to you and we’ll spend three months diving deep on each topic. You’ll be able to explore your questions, get advice about specific client scenarios you’re facing, and work through challenges and obstacles you’ve encountered as a coach.

In order to meet the requirements for certification, coaches must complete 12 Mentorship sessions with James. These are scheduled on a weekly basis. (If you have a conflict here or there, we understand and we'll work with you to reschedule for the following week. Don't worry -- we'll make sure you get all 12 sessions!)

The goal of these sessions is to get you fully confident that you know every bit of science in your chosen focus area so that you can start marketing yourself as an expert in that area (whether it’s overcoming procrastination, beating burnout, making or breaking habits, building confidence, or any other area of the course that really spoke to you).

Not only will you sharpen the focus of your expertise through Mentorship, you’ll also have the chance to explore what the science means to you personally on your own journey toward transformation.
After you’ve completed The Brain Science Advantage for Coaches and your Mentorship, you’ll join a community of other coaches who are also working to apply, integrate and fine-tune the knowledge, skills, and tools they’ve learned in the course. You’ll deepen your expertise and broaden your toolkit by learning how other coaches are applying brain science in their practices.

The Masterclass is a regularly scheduled live Zoom meeting facilitated by James Garrett once per week. James chooses a brain science-based theme each month, and introduces new information on that theme each week, before opening up a group discussion centered on workshopping and idea-sharing.

Each Masterclass session lasts 60 minutes. To meet the requirements for Brain Science Certification, coaches must complete 26 Masterclass hours, the equivalent of attending weekly sessions for six months.

The Masterclass can be joined by any coach who has completed the Brain Science Advantage for Coaches. It can be joined on its own or as the final step toward full Brain Science Certification. And coaches are welcome to stay on as part of the Masterclass even after they’ve completed their 6 months that goes toward their certification!

The Masterclass is where our coaches really develop unshakeable confidence in their ability to use the right science-based tool with the right client–every time!

What's Included

Here's what you'll receive in your
Brain Science Certification Package:

for Coaches


26 60-minute live sessions with James (one meeting per week for 6 months, at a regularly scheduled time)
A deeper dive into 6 brain science topics chosen by James (one monthly)
An opportunity to workshop real client scenarios and real challenges from your practice
An opportunity to get your questions answered about obstacles your client is facing
Membership in a select community of coaches who are also working toward Brain Science Certification

$4,000 USD

Erin Lego
"I have loved being part of the Brain Science Certification! I appreciate James's thoughtful teaching and discussion topics and being in a space with others who challenge me to think and ask questions differently. Each week, the content has been applicable to my clients. And the one-on-one coaching with James has been exceptional!"
Erin Lego, ACC, Leadership Coach
Nicole Henry
“Doing the Brain Science Certification is one of the best investments that you can make. The return on investment is immediate! I have been able to apply the learnings to my daily life and my clients are utilizing the tools with amazing outcomes. The certification has helped me launch my coaching business by giving me timely week-by-week advice and coaching me on brain-based solutions for the clients that I’m currently coaching. If you are looking for an experience that is engaging, research-based, straightforward, and easy to follow – and for an immediate return on your investment – look no further! Hands down I give it a five-star rating!”
Nicole Henry, Change Management Consultant and Life Transition Coach
Desiree Briel Rodi
“I can't say enough great things about the Brain Science Certification! Working with and learning from James has been an incredible journey! I am so grateful for his knowledge and enthusiasm, as well as his empathy and encouragement. The Masterclass and Coaching with James is the highlight of my week!”
Desiree Briel Rodi, ACC, PhD Candidate
Paula Miles
“What makes this program extra special is the incredible depth of knowledge I have gained! A large contingent of the clients I serve are curious about the origins of the tools I use in our coaching sessions and the Brain Science Certification program ensures that I feel confident and well-prepared to serve my clients using neuroscience-powered interventions!”
Paula Miles, PCC, Leadership Coach
Dale Kennedy
“The various courses I have completed over the years have proven fruitful, but the certification program with Brain by Design stands above them as an endless source of science-based knowledge, real applications, and practical tools. I found the weekly masterclass to be warm, inviting, and welcoming – with an invaluable eclectic network of connections with other coaches. I look forward to the time each week as it always promises new inspiration waiting to light me up. I am forever grateful for choosing this path. Working with James was one of the best decisions I've ever made!"
Dale Kennedy, Certified Life Coach

Frequently Asked Questions

You should plan to spend 5 hours per week for the first 8 weeks as you complete the Brain Science Advantage for Coaches course. After that, 1-2 hours per week, depending on how you schedule your Masterclass and Mentorship participation. 

Yes. Doing this is not required, but you will need to do this if you plan to complete your full certification in 8 months. If you’d rather take a full year to complete your certification, the usual sequence is 2 months of coursework, then 3 months of mentorship, followed by 6 months of the masterclass.

Yes. You can access both pre-recorded sessions and live sessions (once they are recorded and uploaded) at any time.

We administer our The Brain Science Advantage for Coaches through a software called Teachable. You will have a login that allows you to lifetime access to course materials.

It’s designed for coaches, but it can be incredibly useful for other people in helping professions, especially counselors, therapists, teachers, and even doctors and nurses. If you are not a coach but are interested in certification, please contact us here.

The Brain Science Advantage for Coaches is certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) for 30 CCEs. For details about our accreditation, click here. You do not have to complete the full Brain Science Certification to get these CCEs.

We do offer continuing education (CE) credits for other professions, including nurses and therapists. If this is something you are interested in, please contact us here.

No. Currently the only portion of our Brain Science Certification that is ICF accredited is the 30 CCE hours you receive for part 1: The Brain Science Advantage for Coaches. 

If you are not already an ACC certified coach, becoming a Brain Science Certified Coach with Brain by Design will only get you part of the way toward your ACC credential. 

That said, you can apply the 30 CCEs you’ll get through The Brain Science Advantage and finish the other requirements you need to get your ACC through ICF’s “portfolio path.” More info here on how to do that. Feel free to reach out to us if you have additional questions about this.

Yes! We offer continuing education (CE) credits to an array of mental health professionals (LCSWs, LMHCs, MFTs, MSWs, addiction counselors, etc.). We also offer CE credits to nurses, dentists, and teachers — but some restrictions apply. To learn more, click here.

If this is something you are interested in, please contact us here.

Brain by Design is currently developing a program to share our incoming coaching client load with Brain Science Certified coaches. But please know that this is NOT not available yet, and NOT something that is guaranteed as part of your certification. We’re working on it, but we can’t say for sure when it will launch, who will be included, or exactly how the program will work. Stay tuned!

Unfortunately not. We stand behind the value of our certification program 100% and are only looking to work with coaches who are willing and able to make an investment in themselves and their business by enrolling.

More questions?

Schedule a consultation to see if Brain Science Certification is a fit for you.

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