3Dimensional Coaching Course For Credit (Pre-Paid $125)


Course Description

This self-paced online course takes coaches on a journey towards defining their transformational purpose and creating a plan to fulfill it. Along the way, coaches will discover important principles and learn practical strategies for:

  • dealing with the “entitlement” mentality
  • intrinsically motivating athletes
  • harnessing the power of emotions
  • fostering higher levels of confidence
  • creating team cohesion
  • effectively setting goals
  • helping athletes develop character

Start the Journey


This online course is self-paced and will thoroughly train coaches to understand the 3D framework. By taking this course, you gain access to:

  • 25 teaching modules covering 2nd & 3rd dimension topics
  • 100+ short teaching videos (7.5 hours total)
  • Practical steps for writing your transformational purpose statement
  • Over 35 level 2 & 3 strategies in lesson plan format

Upon completion of this course, you will be emailed a copy of your coaching plan. You will also be mailed a hard-copy of your 3Dimensional Coaching certificate that has your personal transformational purpose statement inscribed upon it.

You can enhance your learning experience by taking advantage of the following resource that complements the 3Dimensional Coaching course for certification:

  • Companion Study Guide: This spiral-bound book covers all 25 modules and reiterates key teaching points from the online training. This resource provides a handy place to take notes as you journey through the 3D content. It also provides thought provoking questions that are designed to be used in small group settings where the content can be processed and discussed by coaches who are going through it together.
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**Check with your district, club, or governing organization to find out if this course can be counted towards CEU’s or other professional development requirements. If you need college credit for taking this course, click here.

Screenshots of an Example Course Module

  • Understand the objectives for each module

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Rating:  4.93 / 5 Stars

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July 7, 2020
Really makes you think about what you want from yourself, your athletes, your parents, your community, your program.........
Jeff Grabe
West Des Moines, IA

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June 28, 2020
A great tool for reflecting on your own purpose in coaching, and a reminder that coaching sports needs to be about much more about sports if its going to be sustainable.
Chris White
Orange City, IA

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June 28, 2020
I enjoyed the ease of completing the requirements of the course at my own pace. The videos and flow of the course were professionally done and kept me engaged.

Joe Ehrman's book was an inspirational read. My favorite part was towards the end when he discusses the concept of sportsmanship and competition. I appreciated his take on honoring opponents, and embracing a passion for the game.
Matthew Fleming
Athletic Director
Akron, OH

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June 15, 2020
Taking this course with another coach was amazing. Each video, each reading, each task lead to an in-depth conversation that allowed me to grow as a coach and as an AD. I wish every coach would take this course. It should be a requirement in every state before you can work with kids. I needed it 30 years ago when I started.
Jim Boehmer
Lake Mills MS & HS Athletic Director
Lake Mills, Iowa

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June 5, 2020
I enjoyed this course and the focus it placed on tapping into some deeper layers of what it means to be a coach and the responsibility we have to develop the whole person, not just the athlete.
Derek Pretre
Marysville, KS

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June 1, 2020
I really enjoyed the reflective experience of going beyond the foundational elements of my sport and reaching my student athletes in a more focused manner.
David Combs
West Des Moines, Iowa

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June 1, 2020
The course was awesome! I felt that I was learning what I love. The content and videos were manageable and I really was able to complete this class at a pace that was necessary at the time. I love being able to pause it whenever life needed me to.
Stephen Critchlow
Physical Education Teacher/Coach
Olivet, MI

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May 14, 2020
I recommend this course for anyone looking to impact your athletes lives now and for the future. It was worth every minute and changes the way you look at coaching.
Tamara Seifert
Junction City, Kansas

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April 29, 2020
All coaches should challenge their way of thinking in how they do things. Knowing a "framework" of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd dimension allows you to ask your "why" you are doing something before you implement it.
Rick Rockwell
Madeira Varsity Boys Basketball Coach / Madeira High School
Madeira, OH

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April 29, 2020
Excellent course with great content that forces you to really think through why you coach, facilitate a personal purpose statement, and choose strategies to implement. It is good to get the reminder that the picture for why we coach is much bigger than skills and strategy and that we as coaches must think through ways we can reach our athletes where they are at and really seek to reach not only their minds and bodies, but their souls.
David Goheen
Assistant Coach


What is the difference between the course for certification and the course for college credit?

If a student wants to receive college credit for taking 3Dimensional Coaching, he/she must enroll in that version of the course. The cost is $450 for 3 hours of transcripted college credit (graduate level), whereas the cost is only $115 to take the course for certification. The course for college credit has an additional unit utilizing Joe Ehrmann’s book InSideOut Coaching, while the course for certification does not include this extra work.

What is the difference between 3Dimensional Coaching and 3Dimensional Coaching?

The version of the course for certification contains the same modules, learning objectives, videos, quizzes, exercises and planning tools as the standard version. The difference is that it provides short faith-based video teachings at the end of each module that help coaches explore the topic at hand through the lens of their faith. These add-ons are provided by FCA, a level 3 partner of the 3D Institute.

If I choose the Course for Credit option, will I still receive my 3D Coaching certificate?

Yes. Whether you are taking a course for certification only, or the course for certification AND college credit, you will be mailed a hard-copy of your certificate once you complete your coursework.

Can I use this course to satisfy CEU’s and/or professional development requirements?

Because our curriculum is based on the academic research of Dr. Jeff Duke E.D.d., and the content is taught in the university setting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, school districts and athletic organizations should have no problem counting this coursework towards professional development requirements. Check with whomever is in charge of professional development in your organization to inquire, and let us know how we can help you get it approved.

I’m an administrator and I want ALL of my coaches to be certified. How do I get them enrolled?

We have many school districts, clubs, and athletic organizations who require their coaches to be 3D certified. This process is easy. Simply reach out, let us know how many licenses you would like to purchase, and we will set up a unique code that will allow your coaches to enroll in the course at no cost to them. We will then send you an invoice, and you can pay for them all at once out of your athletic budget, professional development budget, or with donated funds from sponsors. As an administrator, we will give you tools to help guide your coaches through this journey and set you up with account access so you can monitor their progress.

Once I enroll, am I on a time limit to complete the online course?

You set the pace for your coursework. If you are taking the course for certification only, there is no deadline unless you are in a situation where a supervisor establishes one for you. However, if you are taking the course for credit and you want to receive your grade at the end of the current trimester, you must complete your coursework in correspondence with the university academic calendar. If you don’t complete the work within the trimester, you can simply keep working at your own pace until you finish. Once you are done, you will receive your grade.

Do I have to buy the Companion Study Guide to receive my certification?

No. Though we feel that it is the best practice to use the Companion Study Guide to enhance your learning experience, it is not required to receive your certificate. Keep in mind that if you are using the coursework to count towards professional development requirements, the study guide will allow you to engage with the 3D training for many more clock hours than the online training alone. This should translate to more CEU’s, recertification points, etc.

How do I use the Companion Study Guide?

The Companion Study Guide will help chronicle your journey through the 3D Coaching online training. This spiral-bound book can be used as a journal to take notes from the online training. Also, it can serve as a quick reference guide to remind you of key teaching points that were presented in the video teaching. However, we believe the best way to use this resource is in the context of community with others. Each chapter corresponds with an online module and has thought provoking questions that allow coaches to discuss and process the content with each other. Coaches can watch the video modules on their own, then get together to discuss using the Companion Study Guide in small groups.

Can the Companion Study Guide be used to complement ANY version of the course?

Yes. Whether you are taking one of the courses for certification only, or the course for certification AND college credit, the Companion Study Guide will correspond with the training you experience online. However, if you are taking the course for credit, the extra coursework associated with Joe Ehrmann’s book InSideOut Coaching is not associated with the Companion Study Guide in any way.

If my school district/organization is requiring me to be certified in 3D Coaching, can I enroll in 3Dimensional Coaching?

Yes, unless your supervisor tells you otherwise. Because the 3D Coaching portion of the training is identical in both versions, you will experience the same learning objectives regardless of which version you choose. By enrolling in the version, you are simply opting to have access to an additional 1.5 hours-worth of faith-based content that is complementary to the 3D training. This content has been provided by FCA, a level 3 partner of the 3D Institute.