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IMGCA Certification

The International Mental Game Coaching Association certifies qualified individuals at four levels as Certified Mental Game Practitioners. The IMGCA also offers specialized certifications in golf and tennis, the IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach and the IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach. The IMGCA courses of study include academic and fieldwork, written work and a final project or examination. Candidates who successfully complete certification receive 33 premium benefits as long as they maintain certification. They also have the right to call themselves IMGCA Certified and display the IMGCA certification logo at their level of certification.

IMGCA certification training programs are focused on improving your abilities to directly deliver mental game coaching. Our programs are based on research, theory, academics and clinical experiences, but are 90% focused on real-world applications of this material. You actually learn how to be a mental game coach. Each session focuses on the everyday challenges of what you will experience in the field as you work with coaches, athletes and parents.

The IMGCA certification training process takes place by phone, Skype, web and email. We have students from all over the world who study with us. For students wishing face to face class work with an IMGCA-certified instructor for part of their program, this can be arranged, but it is not necessary.

One on one classes can be conducted by telephone or by Skype. If we use telephone you can typically purchase a telephone discount card for long distance use, and then call IMGCA using that card. There is no charge to create a Skype account, and the Skype calls are free, no matter where you are in the world. Skype can support audio only or it can support video, again at no extra charge. The only drawback to Skype is that we cannot audio record the classes.

If you wish audio recording capability, IMGCA has arranged a separate special phone service that handles that automatically. You would call that number using your telephone discount card and receive a link to an MP3 recording later that day.


Top 15 Reasons To Be IMGCA Certified

1. Earn More Money

Certified individuals usually earn more money than their non-certified peers....

2. Get The Advantage Over Non-Certified Competitors

If you have a specialized certification, and your competitor does not, you know that will positively impact a decision by a potential employer or client....

3. Certification Is Highly Customized – You Get Exactly What You Want

Certification allows you to create your own personalized course of study with the exact content and skills you want to use in your business or career....

Read the complete list of 15 compelling ways IMGCA certification can give you that special edge (opens in new window - please close that window when finished).

Note: No payment is required when the application is submitted. If we accept your application and admit you to the program, payment is due before the first coaching session. Fees can be paid in full at that time or in installments. After you have been accepted into the program, go to Certification Payments to make your payments.

See Frequently Asked Questions About IMGCA Certification for additional information, and see a sample list of topics for a Level I Curriculum (opens in new window).

Customized Certification Audio Teleclasses


Certification students and graduates can listen to more than 120 hours of audio recordings from actual IMGCA certification telelcasses. On average, two or three hours of new audios are added each week.

Listen to a few excerpts from our archive of Mental Game Coaching Certification teleclasses.

Exclusive Mental Game Video Library For IMGCA Certification Students and Graduates


The IMGCA has compiled links to over 500 videos that teach, describe and embrace the mental approach to learning, practicing and performing, in over thirty categories, including golf, tennis, basketball, mental training, mind-body disciplines, music, business, and many more. This is the world's largest collection of mental game videos. This library is for the exclusive use of IMGCA certification students and graduates. Learn more about this video library and see some sample videos.

The Four IMGCA Certified Mental Game Practitioner Levels

  1. Level I - IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor
  2. Level II - IMGCA Certified Mental Game Coach
  3. Level III - IMGCA Certified Mental Game Master Coach
  4. Level IV - IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coach

What Are Your Reasons For Undertaking IMGCA Certification Training?

People tell us that they are excited to begin IMGCA certification training because they want to be recognized for completing a rigorous, internationally-respected mental game certification training program, a unique and impressive resume item and distinct job-hunting advantages over those without such a credential.

You can also proudly sign your name with these distinguished letters after them. Some examples:

Bob Smith, CMGI
(IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor)

Roberta Smith, CMGC
(IMGCA Certified Mental Game Coach)

John Jones, CMGMC
(IMGCA Certified Mental Game Master Coach)

Michelle Jones, CMGPC
(IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coach)

An IMGCA certification can bring you great personal satisfaction and professional recognition as you help others achieve and reach their dreams. Contact us today and discover how you can become IMGCA certified.

IMGCA Certification Benefits

The privileges of IMGCA certification carry a range of valuable benefits, both during the certification training process, and once you graduate. Each certified Mental Game Practitioner, at each certification level, or certification specialty, will be afforded a specific number of benefits.

Level I Certification has 33 benefits.

Level II Certification has 33 benefits.

Level III Certification has 33 benefits.

Level IV Certification has 33 benefits.

Tennis Psychology Certification has 17 benefits:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/TennisCertification
Benefits.html


Golf Psychology Certification has 17 benefits:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/GolfCertification
Benefits.html


To maintain IMGCA certification, and the numerous privileges and benefits that come with IMGCA certification, each IMGCA certification graduate is required to pass a re-certification checklist every two years, and pay an annual IMGCA recertification renewal fee of $100 USD.

IMGCA certified practitioners shall be entitled to the specified benefits and services that come with their class of certification each year they maintain their IMGCA certification.

(This is a $1200-$5000-plus value.)

  1. Advertising License. Right to advertise as an IMGCA certified practitioner.

  2. IMGCA Recognition. Handsome diploma certificate of completion as a Certified IMGCA Practitioner. Click on the small sample certificate below to see a larger version in a new window. (Please close that window when finished.)

    IMGCA Certification Graduation Certificate

  3. Licensed IMGCA Logos. Right to use proprietary and copyrighted IMGCA Certified Mental Game Practitioner logos on your web site and letterhead designating you as an IMGCA-Certified Practitioner in good standing. Two samples of this logo appear below (including a Copyright IMGCA watermark that does not appear on the actual logo). The logos are available in various sizes suitable for use on web sites, stationery and advertising material.

    IMGCA Certified logo   IMGCA Certified Mental Game Coach logo

  4. The IMGCA Mental Game Coaching Process Logo. Right to use the proprietary and copyrighted IMGCA Mental Game Coaching Process logo on your web site and letterhead. A sample of this logo appears below (including a Copyright IMGCA watermark that does not appear on the actual logo). The logo is available in various sizes suitable for use on web sites, stationery and advertising material.

    IMGCA Certification Graduation Certificate

  5. Referrals. Active referrals of interested parties searching for a Certified IMGCA Practitioner in their area.

  6. Right To Re-Publish Proprietary Mental Game Coaching Content Articles: IMGCA has over 140 specialized in-depth mental game content articles, and depending on the certification program you choose, IMGCA grants you the right to republish in print form all the articles for your coaching practice for use as clients handouts. This gives you an immediate archive of targeted, specialized content, saving you hundreds of hours of research, development and writing. IMGCA adds additional content on a regular basis.

  7. Fast track set-up guide for a mental game coaching business: These series of in-depth checklists with questions and tasks help graduates build virtually every phase of a mental game coaching business, including sales, fee-setting, marketing, professional standards of practice, website and social media and building a brand.

  8. Marketing: This section contains a large collection of class announcements, and sales and marketing ideas to market your mental game coaching, seminars and workshops.

  9. Workshops and speeches: This section has content and outlines for speeches, articles, checklists, sample web pages, a questionnaire, a survey, assessments, videos, audience handouts, contracts, post-event follow-up and other business forms students and graduates can utilize in creating, organizing and delivering speeches, workshops and training they put together on the mental game.

  10. Building a basic website section: This is a complete guide to building a basic website. We have provided students pre-written website sales text and other text for them to copy and paste into their website, copyright-free, and at no additional charge. This turn-key website solution saves people considerable time and effort researching content and helps them get a professional-looking website up and running in just a few hours.

  11. Legal guide: IMGCA has created an overview of legal considerations for mental game coaches so they can be aware of both their obligations and options in running their businesses in a sound legal manner. This legal background touches on the basics of dealing with all aspects of business, including contracts, disclaimers, waivers, office leases, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, camp or program ownership, speaking and training, websites, copyright issues, intellectual property matters, trade marks, service marks, book rights, ebook issues, hiring or virtual or office staff, employees, 1099 independent contractors, graphic designers, web designers and others.

  12. News releases for new graduates: IMGCA creates a press release, posted on the public side of website, announcing the graduation of each new certification graduate. This news release can also be used by the graduate on their web site, and can be sent to news outlets as a public relations piece.

  13. Checklist of marketing tasks for certification graduates: Once students have completed their IMGCA certification program, this checklist of marketing tasks will help them launch a successful mental game coaching career.

  14. In-Depth Mental Game Articles. In addition to proprietary, mental game content articles you get access to all IMGCA Members-Only mental game articles.

  15. Checklists: This section contains checklists students and graduates may utilize at no extra charge in their speaking programs, private or group coaching or team coaching.

  16. Mental game glossary: An important part of being a successful mental game coach is to know, understand, and be able to utilize the terminology in the field, at many levels. The IMGCA mental game glossary contains over 400 terms mental game coaches use in their work.

  17. Research publications and academic journals: IMGCA promotes and conducts research into the mental aspects of performance, across many disciplines, including sport, music, the dramatic arts, public speaking, writing, teaching, coaching, among others, and provides a list of academic publications.

  18. Suggested reading: The IMGCA lists recommended books on various topics related to the mental game.

  19. IMGCA Premium Speakers Bureau Package. Premium listing as a speaker for associations and businesses when they call for recognized mental game experts to make presentations.

  20. IMGCA Premium Coach Finder Package. Premium listing as an IMGCA certified coach listed on our web page of IMGCA members, used by associations, clubs, individuals and others to find local mental game coaches to hire.

  21. Access To Extensive Video Library. Our extensive video library, with over 500 videos related to the mental game, is available to certification students starting on day one of their certification program and ongoing after completion of the program.

  22. Access To Audio Teleclasses. More than 120 hours of audio recordings from IMGCA certification classes are available starting on the first day of the certification program. Certification graduates can continue to access this archive of teleclasses, which is constantly being updated with the addition of new recordings.

  23. Free Optional Audio Recordings of Your Classes. You have the option of IMGCA recording your private classes with Bill Cole, MS, MA. We send you an MP3 and notes for your personal use.

  24. Free Phone Calls For Classes. IMGCA calls you, saving you long distance charges. We can also use Skype, or Google Hangout, both free on-line video conferencing services.

  25. Access To Proprietary Assessments. The IMGCA has created a mental game assessment you can utilize with your clients. The IMGCA Mental Game of Sports Assessment Tool (IMGCASAT) is a 65-item test with 13 sections, with 14 additional questions about your client's background in mental training. There are additional assessments on various specialty areas.

  26. Access To Proprietary Forms, Checklists and Articles. You get access to every possible form you need to start and run your coaching business, including intakes, client articles, checklists, reviews and charts and diagrams.

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Testimonials For The IMGCA Certification Program


Jane Bahou"Bill Cole has continually been at the forefront of a transformative movement in sport and performance. He is a pioneer who has enthusiastically promoted and personally expanded the mental game field with effective processes and indispensable articles. And so, it is truly a privilege to be recognized as a mental game coach by such a respected and prominent leader in the field."
–Jane Bahou, MA, LMFT
Level I IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor

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John Kim"(Bill Cole's) wisdom, calm demeanor, great listening skills, and instruction were second to none! I would come out of each IMGCA training session with valuable takeaways that I could apply immediately in my own life and for my clients."
–John Kim, MBA
Level I IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor
Los Angeles, California


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Shafizal Shahidan"Having the opportunity to learn from the pioneer of the Mental Game, Bill Cole, that is very rare. He is the best coach, mentor and educator that I have ever met. He is patient in explaining, very thorough and precise in his feedback and very professional in his approach. He was able to give me a very practical approach and pointers so that I was able to use them almost immediately. This is the one of the best investments that I have ever made on myself so far. So just go for it!"
–Shafizal Shahidan,
Level I IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor,
Indonesiaa


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Michal Kopcan"Bill Cole has been the best listener and educator that I have ever met! After the successful completion of Level II, I was able to start my own business in the area of mental game coaching. The decision to participate in the courses provided by IMGCA and to work with Bill was one of the best decisions I have made in the last couple of years. Bill is a great expert in the field of mental game coaching and I am honoured to work with him. Every single class with Bill was simply excellent. He has provided me plenty of useful information that I have immediately applied in my coaching practice."
–PhDr. Michal Kopcan
Level II IMGCA Certified Mental Game Coach
Slovakia


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Armand Benjamin"I highly recommend Bill Cole if you want to learn the skills of teaching peak performance skills or get coached yourself. I am a board certified psychiatrist, and elite track coach, with an MA in exercise physiology and found Bill's teachings to be highly practical and relevant. ... His experience, which he gladly shares, is second to none!"
–Armand Benjamin, MD
Level I IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor
Physician at Ventura County Behavioral Health Department,
Ventura, California


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Radek Sefcik"... one of the best investments I have ever made. You can give a gift to yourself to reach your full potential! Go for it."
–Ing. Radek Sefcik
Level IV IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coach
Slovakia

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Kulwant Singh"The IMGCA mental game coach certification program is simply fantastic and has had a tremendous effect on my mental game. Bill Cole has equipped me with specific tools and techniques to help sportsmen achieve peak performance in their respective sport. Bill's program is simply excellent!! He has a deep insight on mental game coaching, and is inspiring, practical and supportive. Bill has specific tools and techniques for each aspect of mental game coaching which are easy to understand and apply."
–Kulwant Singh
Level I IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor
Ajmer, India


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"I have been a Family Practitioner for three decades, and I decided to add a new specialty to my medical practice, mental performance coaching. I have no words to explain the levels of confidence and knowledge I have gained from IMGCA training. After Level I training I am so confident I feel I could become the mental game coach of a major pro sports team."
–Dr. Lingappa S. Yuvaraj
Level I IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor
St. Lucia, West Indies


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Dakota Patton "There is no doubt in my mind to how Bill Cole became so successful in the world of Performance Psychology along with Sports Psychology. His ability to teach me in a way specific to my goals and past is what has made this process of getting my certification with IMGCA so amazing."
–Dakota Patton
Level I IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor
Loveland, Colorado, USA


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Chris Carr"Bill's program has helped me immensely in all facets of my life. His extensive business experience was invaluable in helping me grow my business and secure more sponsorships for my motorcycle adventures. His mental game techniques have helped me to become a better motorcycle rider... Along with his guidance I have become a better educator myself."
–Chris Carr
Level I IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor
Professional Motorcycle Racer and Trainer
Atlanta, Georgia, USA


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Julie Merrick"I'm so pleased I chose IMGCA for my mental game coaching certification! Bill Cole exceeded my expectations as an instructor and facilitator. Certainly, all that I have learned will enhance my coaching business...Bill helped me prepare a presentation where I received very positive feedback from athletes."
–Julie Merrick
Level I IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor, Camarillo, California, USA

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Alan Kane"Bill is an expert in his field and can pitch the training at just the right level for each student... I found the website material and archives to provide endless material for reference and also to help formulate trainings for my clients. Without any hesitation if you are interested in learning about mental game coaching this is the place to be, stop your search now and get on to the programme."
–Alan Kane Dip K, APBP
Level I IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor
Ireland


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Kevin Nathaniel"The IMGCA Certification program has probably been the best investment I have ever made in terms of wanting to learn a practical way to teach the mental game. My time with Bill Cole was extremely enjoyable and productive."
–Kevin Nathaniel
Level I IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor
Memphis, Tennessee, USA


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"Whether you've been coaching for 20 years or have just begun, Bill Cole and IMGCA certification training can and will help you utilize cutting-edge mental game approaches and make you a better coach."
–Phil DuBois
Level I IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor
Springfield, Virginia, USA


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Ashvin Soin"Bill Cole is an expert in the Mental Game. His achievements as an international mind coach, top-level champion athlete, and his background in academic sports psychology and clinical psychology work are infused throughout this training. ... This certification will really help me gain more credibility and visibility in the tennis coaching and teaching world."
–Ashvin Soin
Director, Breakpoint Tennis Academy
USPTA Certified Tennis Professional
Saratoga, CA

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Patrick McArdle"The IMGCA certification allowed me, unlike some other programs, to work directly with the teacher, Bill Cole. Each session is geared personally to your needs and goals...and Bill really is a great teacher. He takes the time to make sure you get and understand the golden nuggets of sports psychology he is handing you...
Another great aspect of this certification program is the vast library of other phone conversations listed by topic."
–Patrick McArdle
Level I IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor
Physical Education Teacher/Coach
West Babylon, New York, USA


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  1. Bill Cole's 77-page Mental Game Of Sports Mental Training Manual. Bill uses this with his coaching clients as part of their coaching package, and you can have this manual also, at no extra charge. This gives you an immediate manual for your coaching clients, saving you hundreds of hours of time.

    Mental Game of Sports Mental Training Manual

  2. Opportunity To Advertise In IMGCA Materials. IMGCA Certified Practitioners who wish to advertise their products or services in IMGCA materials and on the IMGCA web site will be provided a 40% discount off prevailing advertising rates.

  3. Speak At IMGCA Meetings. Priority opportunity to present at IMGCA meetings.

  4. Discounted Meeting Fees. 15% off all IMGCA meeting fees.

  5. Discounts With William B. Cole Consultants. 20% discount on all products and services from William B. Cole Consultants, at www.mentalgamecoach.com.

  6. IMGCA Store Discounts. 10% discount on all products and services from the IMGCA store (Certification discounts are separate).

Discounts as an IMGCA member and as an IMGCA-Certified Practitioner cannot be combined. The higher of the two discounts will apply.


Who Would Benefit From Obtaining IMGCA Certifications?

  1. Sports coaches
  2. Sports psychologists and sport psychology consultants
  3. Athletes who eventually want to teach and coach
  4. Physical education instructors
  5. College and university faculty in physical education and kinesiology
  6. College and university faculty in psychology
  7. Students training to become sports educators
  8. Media commentators, journalists and sports announcers
  9. Athletic trainers, nurses, physiatrists and physical therapists
  10. Youth sports administrators and officials
  11. Sports academic counselors
  12. Stress management specialists and exercise physiologists
  13. Sports administrators
  14. Sports sociologists, sports philosophers, sports historians and motor development and motor control specialists
  15. Sports researchers and writers
  16. Mind-body practitioners
  17. Dance and movement specialists
  18. Performance enhancement coaches and consultants
  19. Personal and professional life coaches
  20. Hypnosis and NLP professionals
  21. Chiropractors and physicians
  22. Massage and other body workers
  23. Psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists and counselors
  24. Parents of athletes
  25. Sports officials
  26. Sports writers
  27. Fitness training professionals and exercise physiologists
  28. Trainers in the martial arts

Who Qualifies To Undertake IMGCA Certification Training?

Candidates for IMGCA certification come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports, coaching, teaching, consulting and the mental game. The IMGCA has designed four levels of certification to address the needs of persons wishing to advance their knowledge, training and capabilities as mental game practitioners. These levels range from beginning practitioners all the way to highly experienced, advanced professional mental game coaches. The commonality among all candidates is that they possess a love of sports and movement, a willingness to learn more about the mental game, and a desire to help others through state of the art mental game coaching.

For levels I and II IMGCA certification, each applicant is assessed on an individual basis, and does not need to satisfy each of these qualifications to enter the program. Possible qualifying capabilities include:

  • Experience as a teacher, trainer or coach.
  • Experience in various sports, or deeply in one or two sports.
  • Experience in movement or mind-body disciplines.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Academic preparation in a field that is in sport and movement or that supports these fields.

An ideal candidate for the two advanced IMGCA certifications would have a background as an athlete, coach, teacher, consultant, researcher, administrator or trainer, with academic preparation in appropriate, similar fields at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Advanced Certification Standing By Passing A Challenge Exam

If you have a background in the mental game, performance psychology, or associated fields you can choose to take a challenge exam to pass any IMGCA certification level. You would simply apply for your chosen level of certification, pay the appropriate fees and take the exam. You would completely bypass any classes, homework and fieldwork. This would of course save you considerable time. If you do not pass the exam, you will be afforded unlimited opportunities to retest. If you ultimately do not pass, your fees will be refunded. We have had numerous people utilize this challenge exam option, and everyone has passed, on the first exam.

When you pass the challenge exam, you would be certified at that particular level.

We would supply you with the areas of study for this exam, suggested readings and speak with you to guide you in advance of how to study. You would have full 24-7 access to all materials in the IMGCA Private Back Room so you can study.

Many people have taken the challenge exam with minimal study, since they already had the necessary knowledge since they had been working in the field, or since they had been reading on their own, or if they had earned an associated degree.

This is an excellent fast-track option for individuals who already have experience and/or a degree in this field.

You Get Full Certification Benefits And Full Access To All IMGCA Resources

When you register for this challenge exam option you get immediate 24-7 access to all materials in the IMGCA Private Back Room so you can study. Once you pass the challenge exam, you will enjoy the full ongoing 33 privileges that accompany IMGCA certification. You will continue to get 24-7 access to all written, audio and video resources, and all assessments, logos, and everything else afforded graduates. Upon certification, IMGCA certified practitioners shall be entitled to these 33 benefits and services each year they maintain their IMGCA certification.

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Advanced Certification Standing For Prior Certifications, Degrees And Work Experience

IMGCA recognizes your hard work, investment and time spent in earning certifications, advanced degrees and time invested in a career related to mental game work. To that end, IMGCA offers advanced standing for certain graduate degrees and certifications.

Advanced Certification Standing For Prior Certifications

IMGCA offers advanced standing for holders of prior, non-IMGCA certifications. If you hold a certification, or more than one certification, in fields similar to psychology, counseling, clinical psychology, community psychology, social work, human behavior, applied behavior analysis, industrial and organizational psychology, and educational psychology, and others, IMGCA will explore the options for advanced standing with you. Perhaps you have a certification in hypnosis, NLP or other areas. These usually qualify also, depending on the type of certification you hold.

Advanced Certification Standing For Holders Of Graduate Degrees

If you hold an advanced degree such as an MS, MA, MSW, Ph.D., Psy.D, or MD, or others, there is an option for you to achieve advanced standing in the IMGCA certification training program, and thereby save time and money.

If you qualify, you would skip one or more levels of certification, and start your program at a higher level. Your advanced degree(s) would qualify you to even potentially skip all contact hours, and you may be granted full certification graduation by virtue of your degrees and professional work experience. All you would do to qualify is to submit your resume or CV and pay the custom-quoted pro-rated tuition. IMGCA quotes you a specific, customized fee and certain number of IMGCA certification hours for your unique situation.

Full Certification Benefits And Full Access To All IMGCA Resources

Regardless of how you achieve advanced standing, you will enjoy the full 33 privileges that accompany IMGCA certification. You get 24-7 access to the IMGCA Private Back Room, with all written, audio and video resources, and all assessments, logos, and everything else afforded graduates.

Degrees And Licenses That Qualify For IMGCA Certification Advanced Standing

There are a number of degrees and licenses that would qualify for advanced standing in IMGCA certification. If you don't see your degree or license here, please contact us and we can have a discussion about that. This is a partial list of the degrees, titles and licenses that would qualify for advanced certification standing in IMGCA:

  • Master of Science in Counseling

  • Master of Arts in Counseling

  • Master of Science in Psychology

  • Master of Arts in Psychology

  • Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

  • Master of Science in Community Psychology

  • Master of Arts in Community Psychology

  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

  • Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

  • Master of Science in Marriage, Family Therapy

  • Master of Arts in Marriage, Family Therapy

  • Masters of Science in Industrial And Organizational Psychology

  • Masters of Arts in Industrial And Organizational Psychology

  • Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

  • Master of Science in Addiction Studies

  • Master of Arts in Addiction Studies

  • Master of Arts in School Counseling

  • Master of Science in School Counseling

  • School Psychologist

  • School Counselor

  • Masters of Science in Physical Education

  • Masters of Science in Kinesiology

  • Masters of Science in Sport and Exercise Science

  • Masters of Science in Physical Therapy

  • Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy

  • Masters of Science in Athletic Training

  • Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (MAPC)

  • Masters of Science in Education (MSEd)

  • Masters of Arts in Education (MAEd)

  • Masters of Science in Educational Psychology

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

  • Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW)

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC or LCMHC)

  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC or LPC)

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

  • Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT)

  • Doctorate in Education, either Ph.D. or Ed.D.

  • Doctorate in Educational Psychology

  • Doctorate in Psychology, either Ph.D. or Psy.D.

  • Licensed Master's Degreed Psychologist

  • Licensed Psychologist

  • Licensed Psychiatrist

  • Physicians in any specialty wishing to add sports psychology to their practice

To discuss this option, please contact IMGCA.

IMGCA Certification Programs Are Unique For Each Student

The IMGCA Certification Programs are highly customized for each student. IMGCA does not believe in "one size fits all" educational training. We make sure that each program is custom-tailored to each student's background, sensibilities and future goals. To that end, IMGCA has created a menu approach for students to design their programs. They design their program with the help of the IMGCA President, Bill Cole.

The IMGCA Menu-Driven Approach to Certification Program Design

The topics and issues we cover in your certification depend on the level you qualify for and select. There are core competencies for each level, and at higher levels, we go deeper and broader in the material. We customize your certification to make it more practical and meaningful for you, depending on how you will be using the certification in the field. We offer over 700 potential areas and modules of study over the course of our four certification levels.

Each Certification Level Contains These Six Major Elements

The major common threads across these four certification levels are:

  1. Awareness
  2. Learning
  3. Development
  4. Change
  5. Habit Formation
  6. Performance

The IMGCA offers classes leading to certification in four major competency areas that help you launch your potential as a superb mental game coach. All levels contain content from each of these four areas.

  1. The Mental Game Coaching Field: Current Practices And Future Trends
  2. The Mental Game Coaching Process
  3. Topics, Issues And Techniques In Mental Game Coaching
  4. Organizing And Running Your Coaching Business

You Will Learn Many Powerful Mental Interventions

No matter what level certification you select, you will learn hundreds of different techniques and methods to help your clients master the mental game. Some examples:

  • Master 5 ways to assess clients.
  • Learn 36 communication techniques.
  • Study and experiment with 23 concentration techniques.
  • Learn 38 ways to watch the ball in tennis and other ball sports.
  • Discover and test 18 stress control techniques.
  • Learn 16 tried-and-true methods for managing client motivation.
  • Acquire 22 ways to help clients think like champions.
  • Learn 41 strategies for creating practice and performance success.


Over 700 Potential Topics Of Study


See a sample list of topics for a Level I Curriculum (opens in new window). More content modules you can add to your program include:

  • Using metaphors and analogies in coaching
  • Creating a coaching dialogue
  • Coaching vs. consulting vs. training vs. teaching
  • Conducting the first coaching session
  • How to get clients and have a busy practice
  • How life stress events intrude on sport performance
  • Common mental obstacles to peak performance
  • Coaching parents of athletes
  • The inner game and zen sports
  • Top ten mistakes coaches make in building their business
  • Running your business day to day
  • Business policies and procedures
  • Understanding why and how mental game coaching works
  • Personal qualities of a great mental game coach
  • Your personal values and how they impact your coaching philosophy

...and 700 MORE topics, issues, techniques and methods of the mental game.

Depending on the level of certification you undertake, any of these topics may potentially be added to your training. We customize our classes to your wants and needs and work closely with you to create the most practical, sensible and results-based program possible.

We want you to succeed!

The IMGCA Private Backroom

Certification students undertaking their program, and graduates have access to this private collection of mental game content, delivered across a variety of platforms.

There are no extra charges for anything once you begin certification training. One fee covers your entire program. You get 24-hour, seven day a week access to this vast mental training archive:

  1. Quick Start Guide: IMGCA has designed a core course of study to help students get off to an immediate, positive start in the certification process. This includes audios, videos, articles, checklists, assessments and other forms.

  2. Links to over 500 videos that teach, describe and embrace the mental approach to learning, practicing and performing, in over thirty categories, in sports, business and life.

  3. More than 120 hours of Audio Recordings from actual IMGCA certification teleclasses. We add more all the time.

  4. Over 40 Content Articles with more than 130 pages of material.

  5. Access To Proprietary Forms and Checklists. You get access to every possible form you need to start and run your coaching business, including intakes, client articles, checklists, reviews and charts and diagrams.

  6. Section on Workshops And Speeches containing hundreds of pages of articles, checklists, sample web pages, a questionnaire, a survey, assessments, audio samples, video samples, contracts, speech topics, sample handouts, evaluation forms, marketing and sales letters and business forms you can utilize in creating, organizing and delivering speeches, workshops and training you put together on the mental game.

  7. A 77-page Mental Training Ebook, loaded with techniques and exercises you can use with your clients, at no extra charge.

  8. Legal Guide Section containing 14 sections about the knowledge and actions you should take in setting up your business so you are on firm legal ground.

  9. IMGCA Code Of Ethics comprised of six areas, covering 42 tenets, including relationships and leadership, competence, professionalism, client well-being, confidentiality and privacy and referrals and termination.

  10. Business Start-Up Guide with a series of checklists with 261 questions and tasks for you to execute to build virtually every phase of your business. This is a series of tasks that will get your business jump-started:
    1. Business Basics Start-Up 47-Point Checklist
    2. Professional Standards of Practice Start-Up 16-Point Checklist
    3. Fee-Setting Start-Up 31-Point Checklist
    4. Don't Make These 20 Marketing Mistakes
    5. Marketing Start-Up 42-Point Checklist
    6. Sales Start-Up 40-Point Checklist
    7. Website and Social Media Start-Up 26-Point Checklist
    8. Building Your Brand Start-Up 39-Point Checklist

  11. Marketing Guide with 50 samples of brochures and flyers for mental game workshops and seminars that mental game coaches from all over the world have created to market their seminars and workshops.

  12. Assessments section with a mental game assessment, mental fitness quiz and list of 210 diagnostic questions in sport psychology for you to utilize with your clients. We have also provided links to three other assessments on various topics.

  13. Research section containing 24 academic journals relating to the mental game, across many arenas.

  14. Checklists section containing 22 forms that give you an idea of the types of handouts mental coaches use in presentations, to use as a guide so you can create your own.

  15. A Book List with 89 recommended titles.

  16. A Mental Game Glossary with over 400 terms mental game coaches use in their work.

  17. Syllabus with over 700 potential areas and modules of study over the course of our four certification levels.

  18. Checklist Of Marketing Tasks For Certification Graduates: Once students have completed their IMGCA certification program, this checklist of marketing tasks will help them launch a successful mental game coaching career.

All IMGCA Certification Training Programs Are Guaranteed:

IMGCA certification programs are guaranteed. We want you to succeed. Anytime you have any concerns about a coaching session or any aspect of the program simply let us know. We will confer with you to determine how the coaching sessions and your program needs to be adjusted, and we will make sure you are satisfied with your progress. If you still have concerns, we will continue to work with you toward your goals at no additional cost to you. If, after such an additional attempt, you still believe we have not met your objectives, we will refund a pro-rated portion of your certification fees paid, based on the number of classes you have had from when you first raised your concerns in a payment installment period, or for the remaining hours of classes if you have paid in one lump sum for the certification. Whenever you make the next coaching payment that is due in your program, this indicates that you are satisfied with the coaching up to that point, and that you wish to continue the coaching program. We believe in our ability to help our clients. Our commitment to your success is total. This has been our commitment to our clients for well over two decades.

Who Delivers The IMGCA Certification Programs?

Certification programs are designed by and delivered by the IMGCA President and founder, Bill Cole, MS, MA, an internationally and nationally recognized peak performance mind coach, multiple Hall of Fame honoree, award-winning scholar-athlete and author who has coached at the highest levels of major-league pro sports, big-time college athletics and corporate America. Learn more about Bill Cole.

How IMGCA Certification Can Improve Your Abilities As A Mental Game Practitioner

The IMGCA certification process is a rigorous and thorough system that prepares you to deliver mental game services to many types of sports, mind-body and movement participants across a wide range of applications. You will be able to deliver mental game services to individuals, groups and teams at a much higher level and will be much more effective in helping them overcome mental and emotional obstacles and in achieving their goals in sports and movement. These certifications are not programs leading to licensing or qualification as a sport psychologist. That requires additional training and schooling.

Specifically, you will experience these enhancements:

  1. Deeper levels of awareness, analysis and assessment of the mental game.
  2. Improved teaching, consulting and coaching effectiveness in the mental arena.
  3. Confidence of knowing how to facilitate mental game interventions across a variety of disciplines, skills levels and situations.
  4. Better 1-1, group and team coaching in the mental game.
  5. Enhanced speaking and training abilities for use in conducting mental game workshops and seminars.

IMGCA Tools You Can Access During The Certification Training Process

  1. Mental game assessment tools
  2. Turn-key handouts for teaching the mental game
  3. Turn-key handouts for coaching the mental game
  4. An IMGCA workbook
  5. IMGCA articles
  6. Athlete feedback forms
  7. Post-competition assessments

How The IMGCA Certification Process Works

Applicants may bypass selected lower IMGCA certification levels, depending on their background, experience, training and education, to undertake an advanced level of certification. This evaluation and determination will be made by the IMGCA.

The IMGCA certification program is comprised of these educational elements:

  1. Combination of teleclasses (live and recorded)
  2. Videos
  3. Assessments
  4. Readings
  5. Homework and mental coaching exercises
  6. Case studies
  7. Practicums working with clients in field settings
  8. Final project or written examination

The IMGCA certification training process takes place by phone, Skype, web and email. We have students from all over the world who study with us. For students wishing face to face class work with an IMGCA-certified instructor for part of their program, this can be arranged, but it is not necessary.

IMGCA Certification Requirements

Specific certification requirements vary, depending upon each level of certification desired. Some of the required hours are similar, but the type of assignments, type of material and level and depth of material advances at each successive certification level.


Level I IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor


Level I certification requires two hours of live video or telephonic 1-1 private coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. You also have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes and over 500 mental training video resources. Each student will complete reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicums with groups, teams and individuals as applicable and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student will pass the IMGCA Level I certification written examination.

Total Level I investment for tuition and all materials: $499 USD. Each certified Mental Game Practitioner will also be afforded the aforementioned premium benefits. IMGCA Certification Training programs are guaranteed. You may apply any funds paid and hours completed from any lower level to any higher level. For example, if you complete Level I, with two teleclass hours, you can apply the tuition paid and hours completed to Level II, pay the balance, complete three more hours and other standard certification requirements, and you are graduated in Level II.

You may make payments in installments.

The IMGCA certification training process takes place by phone, web and email. We have students from all over the world who study with us. For students wishing face to face class work with an IMGCA-certified instructor for part of their program, this can be arranged, but it is not necessary.

Fill out the application form to invest in this IMGCA certification now.

See a sample list of topics for a Level I Curriculum (opens in new window).



Level II IMGCA Certified Mental Game Coach


Level II certification requires five hours of live video or telephonic 1-1 private coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. You also have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes and over 500 mental training video resources. Each student will complete reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicums with groups, teams and individuals as applicable and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student will pass the IMGCA Level II certification written examination, or write a final paper or create and submit a project.

Total Level II investment for tuition and all materials: $1299 USD. Each certified Mental Game Practitioner will also be afforded the aforementioned premium benefits. IMGCA Certification Training programs are guaranteed. You may apply any funds paid and hours completed from any lower level to any higher level. For example, if you complete Level I, with two teleclass hours, you can apply the tuition paid and hours completed to Level II, pay the balance, complete three more hours and other standard certification requirements, and you are graduated in Level II.

You may make payments in installments.

The IMGCA certification training process takes place by phone, web and email. We have students from all over the world who study with us. For students wishing face to face class work with an IMGCA-certified instructor for part of their program, this can be arranged, but it is not necessary.

Fill out the application form to invest in this IMGCA certification now.



Level III IMGCA Certified Mental Game Master Coach


Level III certification requires 15 hours of live video or telephonic 1-1 private coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. You also have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes and over 500 mental training video resources. Each student will complete reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicums with groups, teams and individuals as applicable and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student will pass the IMGCA Level III certification written examination, or write a final paper or create and submit a project.

Total Level III investment for tuition and all materials: $3899 USD. Each certified Mental Game Practitioner will also be afforded the aforementioned premium benefits. IMGCA Certification Training programs are guaranteed. You may apply any funds paid and hours completed from any lower level to any higher level. For example, if you complete Level II, with five teleclass hours, you can apply the tuition paid and hours completed to Level III, pay the balance, complete ten more hours and other standard certification requirements, and you are graduated in Level III.

You may make payments in installments.

The IMGCA certification training process takes place by phone, web and email. We have students from all over the world who study with us. For students wishing face to face class work with an IMGCA-certified instructor for part of their program, this can be arranged, but it is not necessary.

Fill out the application form to invest in this IMGCA certification now.



Level IV IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coach


Level IV certification requires 40 hours of live video or telephonic 1-1 private coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. You also have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes and over 500 mental training video resources. Each student will complete reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicums with groups, teams and individuals as applicable and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student will pass the IMGCA Level IV certification written examination, or write a final paper or create and submit a project.

Total Level IV investment for tuition and all materials: $9980 USD. Each certified Mental Game Practitioner will also be afforded the aforementioned premium benefits. IMGCA Certification Training programs are guaranteed. You may apply any funds paid and hours completed from any lower level to any higher level. For example, if you complete Level III, with 15 teleclass hours, you can apply the tuition paid and hours completed to Level IV, pay the balance, complete 25 more hours and other standard certification requirements, and you are graduated in Level IV.

You may make payments in installments.

The IMGCA certification training process takes place by phone, web and email. We have students from all over the world who study with us. For students wishing face to face class work with an IMGCA-certified instructor for part of their program, this can be arranged, but it is not necessary.

Fill out the application form to invest in this IMGCA certification now.

Please contact us for more information.


How To Apply For IMGCA Certification

  1. Applicants complete the IMGCA certification for Mental Game Practitioner application.
  2. Applicants complete an optional (at the discretion of the IMGCA) 20 minute personal interview by phone, fax or email with an IMGCA administrator.
  3. Once all applicant materials are submitted, and the optional interview is completed, the IMGCA acceptance committee meets to review the applicant's packet.
  4. A decision is made within seven (7) days and the applicant is notified by email or phone.

NOTE: Submission of an application to the IMGCA does not imply automatic acceptance into the IMGCA certification program. Completing this application is the first step in the IMGCA screening process.

IMGCA Continuing Education Credit Requirements

Certified graduates of the International Mental Game Coaching Association have earned 33 benefits and services that will benefit them in their career, on an ongoing basis.

To maintain IMGCA certification, the ability to call themselves certified, to use the IMGCA logos and to use these 34 privileges and benefits, IMGCA certified graduates are required to complete six continuing education units (CEU) every three years, and pay an IMGCA recertification renewal fee of $100 USD annually.

Virtually every international, national and state certifying organization in every professional field requires ongoing training once someone is initially certified or licensed. You may be familiar with this standard in these professions: medicine, nursing, law, engineering, psychotherapy, accounting, finance, etc.

This continuing education unit requirement is a vital part of a person's development as a mental game coach, and is something the IMGCA has made convenient for graduates to access and complete. This CEU requirement is meant to be instructive, interesting and meaningful to you in your career as a mental game coach. This is an opportunity to continue to excel in your chosen field. How you would complete these six continuing education units would be very simple. This can be done using the vast archives of the IMGCA Certification private backroom area. You could do this by reading a book, watching a series of videos or listening to a series of audios, or other similar tasks. As a graduate who is accessing the backroom area, you would naturally be doing these things anyhow. We just made this into a formal process that actually makes your certification more valuable and rigorous.

There are no additional classes, fees, charges, or tuition required in order to complete these six continuing education units, beyond the annual $100 recertification fee. There is no test to take or writing you must do. There is a suggested list of 32 various activities from which to choose that qualify as recertification tasks. You only need one or two of these every three years. IMGCA is also open to your suggestions for additional such tasks that may interest you. You would simply certify to IMGCA that you have indeed completed a certain amount of training, and that you have satisfied the three-year requirement.

To Make The Annual Recertification Payment

To make the payment for the annual $100 Re-Certification fee, which will give you immediate access to the private back room, please go to the Certification Payment page. Scroll down to the bottom of the text where the colored boxes appear. At the very top of this section you will see a light blue rectangular box that says: Annual Re-Certification Payment. Click on the yellow "Add to Cart" button to the right and it will take you to a new webpage for PayPal that says "Annual Re-certification payment". Click on either the yellow rectangular "Check Out" button or the oval rectangular button that says "Check out with PayPal". Either one will take you to a secure webpage where you can enter either your credit card data or your PayPal data.



How To Become Licensed To Teach The IMGCA Certification Programs

The IMGCA welcomes inquiries from Mental Game Experts and Level IV IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coaches who wish to become licensed trainers in the IMGCA Certification training programs. If you qualify, you or your company can be licensed to teach the IMGCA Certification Training Programs in various regions and countries. Become licensed in your region, country or state to provide IMGCA training and create a profitable business, as well as spread the good works of the IMGCA.

Licensing benefits include intensive training, on-going support, use of our brand names, logos, tools, assessment instruments and our strategic branding initiatives. Contact us today for more information.

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