This course introduces aspirant coaches to the definitions, challenges, competencies, ethics and basic processes in the coaching profession. Information is deliberately kept at a high level to improve flow and conceptual understanding. Some concepts are further explained by linking to readings while others are deferred to later courses which perform a deep dive into specific topics. Some of the readings will offer different or even conflicting viewpoints. We leave the decision as to which approach or concept is preferred, to the learner in each case.