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Required Reading

Co-Active Coaching by Laura Whitworth, Karen Kimsey House and Henry Kimsey House. (ISBN: 978-0891-06198-4)  is one of the required textbooks for the Certified Business Coaching Specialist (CBCS) designation. 

The Co-Active Model featured in Co-Active Coaching has always encompassed a philosophy, a methodology, a skill set and a communication form that balances self-awareness, relationship intelligence and courageous action so people can be deeply fulfilled, connected to others and successful in what matters most.


The Business Coaching Toolkit by Stephen G. Fairley and Bill Zip. (ISBN: 978-0470-14692-7) is another book required for this designation.

Discover the 10 best Coaching practices for solving problems and implementing change with clients–right away. Coaching works, there’s no doubt about that. But the coaching industry is going through tremendous change that all professional coaches need to address. Equipping coaching professionals to stay on the cutting-edge of their craft, The Business Coaching Toolkit: Top 10 Strategies for Solving the Toughest Dilemmas Facing Organizations expertly provides a collection of application-based, proven tools that present creative solutions to common situations encountered in today’s workplace.


Coaching Questions by Tony Stoltzfus. (ISBN: 978-0979-41636-1)  is the last book required for this course.

The single most important skill in coaching is asking powerful questions. In this volume, master coach trainer Tony Stoltzfus joins with 12 other professional coaches to present dozens of valuable asking tools, models and exercises, then illustrates these coaching strategies with over 1,000 examples of penetrating questions. Covering the gamut from basic techniques like options and actions to advanced concepts such as challenge and reframing, Coaching Questions is a book that will find a home on any coach’s short list of handy references. Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide to Powerful Asking Skills includes: 1. Dozens of asking tools, models, and strategies. 2. The top ten asking mistakes coaches make, and how to correct each one. 3. Nearly 1200 examples of powerful questions from real coaching situations. 4. Destiny discovery tools organized in a four-part life-purpose model . 5. Overviews of 15 popular coaching niches, with a tool and examples for each. 6. A schedule of training exercises to help you become a “Master of Asking”.


All of these books are available at Amazon.com, Chapters, Barnes & Noble or your local bookstore. These are also available at most public libraries.

If you have not already, please feel free to download the CBCS study guide and syllabus with the links below:

 CBCS Study Guide PDF Download
– CBCS Syllabus PDF Download

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