Aspire Coach Training

Aspire Coach Training is led by Ailbhe Harrington, MA, MCC, who has trained over 400 coaches on ICF-accredited programmes since 2009.

With the support of an experienced team of professional coaches and coaching mentors, we bring an updated and fresh approach to coach training.

Our programmes are ideal for anyone looking to embark on a new career as a professional coach or those who want to bring coaching or a coaching approach into their current organisation or professional roles.

Level One Foundation In Coaching

We are now taking enrolments for our Level 1 foundation programme which will run twice in 2024 with one cohort starting in February 2024 and another in September 2024.

  • 100 training hours over 6 months
  • 9 full days of live training via zoom
  • Self-paced learning between training days
  • Assessed to ACC standard as defined by the International Coaching Federation.
  • Includes 10 hours of coach mentoring
  • Supervision clinic
  • 12 hours of peer coaching practice
  • Live coaching demonstrations
  • Includes triad practice sessions
  • Supported by experienced MCC and PCC coaches
  • Introduces tools, theories and approaches from NLP, TA, neuroscience and more
  • Skillnet funding is available for qualifying companies & individuals

What our clients say

Ailbhe, Stephen and the team walk the talk. They have devised a really wonderful programme and environment for anyone exploring the path to becoming a professional coach. have thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from the safe and authentic space they have created for me to learn coaching skills and to begin putting them into practice – I have also learnt a lot about myself in the process. A great experience of personal growth and transformation for me in the process of learning how to offer this to others
Fintan Supple

Therapist/Professional and Executive Coach

Signing up to the Aspire coach training course has been one of the best business decisions have made. With the expert level of knowledge and experience both Ailbhe and Stephen have, you are confidently led through the process. There is perfect balance in the support and challenge that facilitates both personal growth and evokes awareness. would recommend this course 100%
Brian Durnin

Co Founder & MD Duhube Associates Ltd

The most thorough and fulfilling training/learning I have ever participated in!

The most thorough and fulfilling training/learning I have ever participated in!
Karen Hayes

Karen Hayes Coaching

Has exceeded my expectations the most

Throughout my career, I have attended numerous international certification and diploma-level professional courses. Training as a coach with Coaching Development in Ireland has by far been the one, which has exceeded my expectations the most; both in terms of professional as well as personal development. The diversity and professional seniority level of the participants constitute an impressive peer group to learn from Ailbhe, as well her team of mentors, offer impeccable theoretical knowledge complemented by extensive real life coaching experience. Travelling monthly from Spain to Ireland, in order to attend the course, was a token price to pay for a truly transforming experience and I will cherish the knowledge I have gained and the friends I have made for the rest of my life
Jens Kleis Frederiksen

Managing Director

William Hill Spain

The best investment I have ever made

This was the best investment I have ever made in my own personal development, it’s life changing! Ailbhe has the power to create a wonderful special space with like minded people all on a journey not only developing as coaches but discovering such wonderful insight into ourselves, equipped with a whole new set of life skills.”

Connie Merrick Coaching

A masterclass in experiential learning

If you want to become an authentic, confident and skilful coach this is the only course to do. It is a masterclass in experiential learning which engrains coaching skills in your thinking and behaviour, and will benefit all aspects of your life. The programme content is excellent and is navigated by the exceptional trainer Ailbhe and a team of mentors. I would recommend everyone gives themselves this gift and completes the programme
Róisín Monaghan

Senior Executive Administrator

University of Limerick

Ailbhe is a masterful trainer and intuitive leader

This course has not only massively impacted my career and relationships, it’s completely changed my life! I highly recommend it for anyone looking to improve their people and team skills as well as for those wishing to learn more about themselves and improve their relationships with others. Ailbhe is a masterful trainer and intuitive leader wholly focused on the highest of standards for her field and for those in her care.
Liisa Rodriguez


Attending the Aspire Coach training program was one of the most impactful experiences of my life! recognise that this is a ‘big” statement to make, but it is made with absolute authenticity! Originally, I signed up to the program with the intention/aspiration of acquiring the necessary technical capability, skills and knowledge to become an effective and “successful’ professional Coach® On this front, the program fully delivers!! But little did know how much more was to be given; I continually learned more and more about myself and though challenging and emotional at times, resulted in my growing into being me’ an on-going process! I can only thank Ailbhe, Stephen, Connie Liisa, Eileen and their amazing colleagues for this wonderful gift; the course content, but perhaps more importantly, the style delivery and safe space curated made for a truly unique learning and development experience. would thoroughly recommend anyone who is considering moving into the Coaching arena (in whatever guise) or indeed, just exploring this space, to connect with Ailbhe/Aspire Coaching you won’t regret it!
Lesley Murray

CHR Coaching & HR Consultants

I was unprepared for the incredible journey of self-awareness that followed

My decision to attend this Professional Coaching Programme, with Ailbhe, was based on a recommendation, from a work colleague, that it would be ‘life-changing’. I had no inkling of how life-changing it would be and I was unprepared for the incredible journey of self-awareness that followed. If I happen never to attend another learning and development programme, I will be eternally grateful for having had the opportunity to complete this on
Seán Feeney

Professional Coach and Director

Supply Chain at Alkermes Pharma Ireland Ltd

It has given me a very different view of the power of coaching

If you are a manager, a parent or just someone who wants to get to know yourself a little bit better this may be the perfect course for you. I recently completed a Coaching Development Certificate in Professional Coaching Skills course with Ailbhe Harrington and her team in Coaching Development. I choose the course over a number of other high profile coaching courses based on the recommendations I received from a broad cross section of executives in my professional network and I am so happy that I did. The learning experience was challenging but at all times enjoyable and the outcomes surpassed my expectations. The benefits continue to come through both in my professional and family life and it has given me a very different view of the power of coaching both for our own development and for those around us
Maurice Carr


BDO Recruitment

A wonderful enlightening journey of self-reflection

As part of my professional self-development I decided to engage in a program of professional coaching. I was drawn to Ailbhe’s warm and friendly nature, and I was struck by her approach to ensure that I felt very comfortable with the coach I chose to work with. My experience over the course of our sessions was a wonderful enlightening journey of self-reflection where Ailbhe’s curiosity facilitated a growth in confidence and an increased effectiveness in my professional career
Colette Ryan

Senior Director

Supply Chain Alkermes Pharma Ireland Limited

Transformational at both a personal and professional level

My experience of undertaking the Coaching Development programme is best described as transformational at both a personal and professional level. The programme has transformed my worldview of what I want in my life and has equipped me with the skill set and competence to be an effective coach.  My learning was greatly augmented by the experiential and interactive nature of the programme within a safe and non-judgemental environment, carefully crafted by a skilled facilitator, Ailbhe Harrington.  Through this programme, I have come to realise that I am the creator of my own destiny; a philosophy I now bring to my coaching practice.
Eileen Savage

PhD, MEd, BNS, RCN, RGN | Professor and Vice Dean of Graduate Studies in Medicine and Health

University College Cork

Aspire, the very meaning, directing one’s hopes or ambitions towards meaningful achievements. Aspire Coach Training has been the game changer in my life over the last six months, in my thoughts, my reflections, and my self-awareness which has enabled me to probe, interrogate and challenge my own experiences as I talk, think and write them down like never before This person-centric approach, the humanistic presence, the futuristic concept has allowed sensitivity, care and safety whilst I worked towards the path to what see as permanent change for me. This empowering experience has allowed me to believe in myself, stepping forward empowered and trusting that am an expert of my own self but also trusting myself to instil this belief In everyone I meet In my new coaching world. Authenticity, honesty, integrity, trust, vulnerability, empathy, respect and curiosity are all part of the coaching process working in partnership with those you will coach along your path. I am immersed in this now and want to continue to learn and grow, this is the art of possibility. I would encourage anyone who is willing to learn more about themselves in a deep and meaningful way and to help others to do the same to take up the Aspire Coach Training course As a Health Care Professional and Director of Nursing Services this course is without exception the best course I have encountered in my long career.” I would like to pay tribute to Ailbhe and also to her supportive team for all their expertise, encouragement and support along this journey, to congratulate them on what is a truly inspirational experience.’
Karen Forristal

Director of Nursing Marie Keating Foundation