How to become a Certified Army Coach: Eligible Soldiers and DA Civilians can apply

By Army Talent Management Task ForceOctober 1, 2021

Army officer receives coaching through the Army Coaching Program
Army officer receives coaching through the Army Coaching Program (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

Service members and Department of the Army Civilians will soon be able to become certified Army Coaches thanks to an Inter-Service Coach Training Pilot.

This next step in the growth of the Army Coaching Program allows those who successfully complete the course to earn a new Personnel Development Skill Identifier, “A3b Army Coach”, and will be certified to serve as coaches in the Army.

The application period opened 30 Aug. and advertised to close 15 Oct.

The five-month pilot course begins Nov. 30, and involves a series of one to two-hour virtual training sessions conducted three days a week.

Applicants should have a minimum of ten years of professional experience and at least three years until their end of time in service or mandatory retirement date.

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required.

Applicants can submit their application through the Army Coaching Program - U.S. Army Talent Management or by sending an email to

Those who complete the course should perform a minimum of 100 hours of coaching and assist with future training cohorts within two years of graduation.

Over 80 percent of participants said coaching not only improved their leadership skills, but also helped them in their current assignment.

More than 2,080 officers and NCOs have participated in the Army Coaching Program.

According to the Army Talent Management website, an Army Coach is a credentialed and certified professional who has a confidential formal relationship with an Army professional for a specific period-of-time, to assist in developing, and improving their knowledge, skills, and behaviors in order to achieve their goals.

The Army launched its Army Coaching Program in 2020, following successful pilot programs at the Command and General Staff College and the inaugural Battalion Commander Assessment Program.