Coaching program

Become a certified coach with the USC Coaching Program

Note: USC employees have priority for this program.

The USC Coaching Program is offered in collaboration with the Goldvarg Consulting Group. The program lasts six-months and received accreditation by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as Approved Coaching Specific Training Hours (ACSTH). It is designed to develop coaching skills and puts one on the path to become an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC).

As a trained coach, you will collaborate with other faculty and staff to maximize your potential, achieve objectives, become more effective, and bring more wellbeing to your lives. Becoming a trained coach will allow you to make a significant impact on your team, and at USC.

What is coaching?

ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity, and leadership. Watch this video!

Why coaching?

Coaching is a life-changing experience that improves your outlook on work and life, while boosting your leadership skills. It helps you tap into your potential, unlocking sources of creativity and productivity.

By the end of the program, you will be to understand and apply the International Coaching Federation Core Coaching Competencies, therefore enhancing your personal and work effectiveness.

Topics covered include:

  • Coaching agreement
  • Building a partnership
  • Communication skills
  • Coaching presence
  • Cultural diversity
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Positive psychology

The program includes coaching practice and working with a mentor coach who will provide feedback from recorded sessions.

Sessions are facilitated by Master Certified Coach Damian Goldvarg, PhD. Goldvarg has over 20 years of experience training and developing leaders and empowering people at their workplaces.


The 2024 cohort begins on Friday, March 29, and ends on Friday, Sept. 6.

Sessions meet on Fridays from 8:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Please note this is a virtual program with three in-person sessions.

Register here. ** If you are not a USC employee and are interested in the program, please contact If space permits, you may be allowed to enroll in the program at the non-USC rate of $4800.


The full amount is due at the time of registration. (Please contact for payment options)

Early Registration: $4,150 (for USC employees – registration before March 16th)

Regular rate: $4,500 (for USC employees – registration on or after March 16th)

For more information, please email