Life Purpose Institute, Inc.

Terms & Conditions

This Training and Licensing Agreement (the Agreement) is entered into between Life Purpose Institute, Inc. and THE PARTICIPANT. Fern Gorin, owner of Life Purpose Institute, Inc., is the author and creator of the proprietary career education program known as “Life Purpose Institute Coach Certification Program”, TM and SM”, hereinafter referred to as the Life Purpose Institute Program and Materials.

Under the terms of this agreement set forth below, Life Purpose Institute, Inc. grants Participant a license to use the materials from the Life Purpose Institute Program and Materials solely within Participants’ Private Practice according to the terms and conditions specified in this agreement.

I. Training

Gorin and/or a Life Purpose Institute, Inc. certified trainer shall train Participant in the use, conduct, and facilitation of the Life Purpose Institute Program and Materials from The Life Purpose Institute Life Coach Certification program. Our trainings consist of a five-day experiential seminar program or a 17-week teleconference program taught and delivered by a Life Purpose Institute instructor. Attached is a summary of all of our programs.

Life Purpose Institute, Inc. shall provide Participant with a comprehensive manual and materials, which shall be used according to the terms and conditions of the license, granted herein.  In consideration of such training and the grant of a license to use these materials as specified in the agreement, Participant shall pay Life Purpose Institute a licensing and training fee. The amount is specified in Participant’s receipt received after payment was processed by Life Purpose Institute, Inc.

II. The License & Certification

Life Purpose Institute, Inc. shall certify the Participant to coach individuals and groups using the Life Purpose Institute Program.

If Participant either chooses not to complete the Certification Program or does not successfully complete the Certification Program, Participant may not continue using the Life Purpose Institute Program and Materials with clients in any way.

Life Purpose Institute’s instructors shall use their sole discretion to determine whether Participant may be certified under this agreement. The training program is delivered to develop skill and competencies in each Participant. Participant must demonstrate skill and competencies prior to certification and a granting of a license to use these materials.

As a Certified Coach, Participant shall be authorized according to the terms of this Agreement to use the written materials known as The Life Purpose Institute Program and Materials written by Fern Gorin, M.A., only in private life coaching sessions with individuals, groups and/or workshops, as described in the training.

An additional and separate written agreement is required for the use of the Life Purpose Institute Program and Materials within the following areas (see examples listed):


  • Training others such as staff, co-workers, or students/interns/apprentices/volunteers, to become Coaches or use the Life Purpose Institute Program and Materials.


  • A corporation that purchases the materials;
  • A school, university or learning institution and all of its campus locations, that charge students for these materials;


  • Books, workbooks, tapes or other materials using the Life Purpose Institute Program and Materials

A separate business arrangement must be discussed and agreed in writing.  A royalty fee or additional licensing fee may be required.  This fee will vary depending on usage.  Participant must contact Life Purpose Institute, Inc. to discuss and negotiate fees/licensing agreements. Note: Life Purpose Institute, Inc. is open to new business relationships.

III. Guarantee

If a Participant is unable to make back the cost of the training meeting the guidelines listed below, the difference between the cost of the training and the profit the Participant has generated, will be refunded. Each Participant can determine if they want to be certified with or without an approved marketing plan. The guarantee will only apply to those who are certified with an approved marketing plan. The guarantee also only applies to the Core Program of the ACTP Track.


If a Participant is marketing their practice they may complete a detailed marketing strategy and receive approval from their instructor. Participants who choose to write a marketing plan and meet with their instructor must implement all the changes recommended by their instructor. Participants must also complete all the action steps as listed in their marketing plan. If a Participant is struggling with their marketing, they must contact Life Purpose Institute, Inc. and work with one of the instructors a minimum of 3 times. Participants must document all action steps taken and income received from coaching if they are requesting a refund.

Participants can be certified without an approved marketing plan, which voids the guarantee. Certification without an approved marketing plan can happen in 3 situations:

  1. If the Participant is having a particularly difficult time with their marketing plan their professor can refer them to seek professional marketing assistance (i.e. Copywriter, branding specialist, graphic designer, marketing consultant, etc.).
  2. The Participant seeks marketing advice which they follow elsewhere (that is different from the feedback of the instructor).
  3. If a Participant decides not to pursue building a coaching practice, they can request to bypass this step and become certified.

Completing Certification

If a Participant does not complete their certification within 6 months of the last day of their training, they will have up to 1 year to pay an additional fee* to complete their certification with their instructor or another instructor designated by Life Purpose Institute. From 1 year to 3 Years, Participant has the option of paying for* and taking a 6-week Refresher Course dependent upon availability, or to volunteer as an assistant at a 5-day training and complete certification with the class. After 3 years, Participant is required to re-take a full certification course. *All rates for classes described herein are subject to change.  Please contact Life Purpose Institute for a listing of current rates.

IV. Policy for Refunds, Transfers and Cancellations

A Participant must notify Life Purpose Institute, Inc. in writing if they need to cancel, transfer or withdraw from any class prior to the start date of that class. If a Participant misses any of the telephone classes, they may make them up by listening to audio recordings of their class, or pay a fee of $150.00 to Life Purpose Institute for a private makeup session class. If Participant misses more than 3 telephone classes and is unable to make-up those classes, the Participant will be asked to withdraw from the class and will have the option to transfer to a future class within 1 year. There is a transfer fee of $595.00. No refund will be given 2 days after a class has started.

Refunds requested by Participant 2 weeks prior to a class start date will be given a full refund less a $595.00 cancellation fee and less a $500.00 administrative fee. For a Participant who is enrolled in the ACTP program and requests a refund 2 weeks prior to a class start date, a $1,000.00 cancellation fee and a $500.00 administrative fee will be deducted and the rest of the fee will be refunded. If a Participant who is enrolled in the ACTP program has not fulfilled their payment plan agreement, Participant agrees that the $500.00 administrative fee will be charged against the credit card or they will provide another form of payment if there is no credit card. All requests for refunds will be processed by the end of the following month.

In order to preserve the group dynamics of our small classes, it is strongly suggested that a Participant remain in the same class and not transfer if at all possible. If a payment plan has been set-up and a Participant drops out, the Participant is still responsible for the unpaid balance of the payment plan unless a refund has been requested 2 weeks prior to a class start date. If a personal emergency arises (i.e. death in the family, a major personal illness, not the common cold, or any other malady of a minor nature) occurs, and the Participant is unable to finish the class, the Participant can transfer to a future class within 1 year and the $595.00 transfer fee will be waived.

Participants who transfer to another class or drop-out of a class are legally required to complete their agreed upon payment plans.

A Participant must complete their certification requirements within 1 year of the last day of their training. No refund will be given 2 days after a class has started. If a Participant is enrolled in the ACTP program, they will be required to complete their certification within 2 years of the last day of their last program. No refund will be given 2 days after a class has started for any of the ACTP programs.

V. Grievance Policy

If for any reason, a Participant is unhappy or dissatisfied during a class or is unhappy with a program and/or its materials, we request that the Participant notify as soon as possible the Instructor in writing and in-person and provide specific feedback so that we can work on a solution, if any to resolve or improve the situation. If a solution cannot be found with your instructor, please contact the Director, Fern Gorin at and by telephone at 858-484-3400. Fern will contact you as soon as possible to discuss potential resolutions to your complaint or grievance. It is our goal at Life Purpose Institute to provide the most personal coach training. If for any reason, we are unable to provide this kind of service, we would appreciate you communicating that to us.

VI. Cancellation Policy

If for any reason a class is cancelled due to lack of enrollment, a Participant will be notified 2 weeks prior to a class start date. Life Purpose Institute, Inc. will make every effort to offer another future date for the same program and if not, a Participant will be refunded in full. If for any reason a class is cancelled due to an unforeseen emergency, Life Purpose Institute, Inc. will make every effort to offer another future date for the same program and if not, a Participant will be refunded in full.

VII. Termination and Disruption

By giving written notice to Participant, Life Purpose Institute, Inc. may terminate the Agreement and the License granted hereunder at any time for breach of any of its provisions or for lack of professional conduct. In addition, Life Purpose Institute, Inc. may terminate this Agreement and License granted herein if, during Participant’s training or at any time thereafter, Fern Gorin, Director, determined in her sole discretion, that Participant is unable to meet the standards set forth in this agreement.

If at any time during a class, Participant becomes disruptive (i.e., under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, rude or violent behavior), Life Purpose Institute, Inc. will dismiss Participant and no refund will be given to Participant.

VIII. Copyright Agreement

 Participant acknowledges the proprietary nature of the information and training provided to Participant under this Agreement and waives any interest in the program except as specifically granted herein.  Participant acknowledges that Life Purpose Institute, Inc. / Gorin is the owner of the program and holds all proprietary rights to every aspect of Life Purpose Institute program and materials, including but not limited to its methodology and content, anything published as part of the program (including books, workbooks, training manuals, videos, and audio recordings). There are certain sections of the program materials that are exclusive to I.C.F. (International Coach Federation). Any reference to their materials will be stated in the program. Participant may contact I.C.F. for further information regarding their materials.  All information conveyed to Participant as part of the Life Purpose Institute Program and Materials shall be presumed subject to this Agreement unless explicitly exempted in a writing signed by Gorin.

Participant shall make no representation, express or implied, in any article, interview, or other communication whether oral or written that Participant is the author or the originator of the Life Purpose Institute Coach Certification Program or of any material related to its development or implementation.  Participant shall attribute to Gorin and Life Purpose Institute, Inc. the authorship and development of the Life Purpose Institute Program and Materials in all contexts whether written or oral.  These representations shall in no way suggest that Participant is an employee of Life Purpose Institute Inc.  If Participant’s license is revoked for any reason, Participant shall cease to use the terms, “Life Purpose Institute Program and Materials” in any of Participant’s work or other activities and shall return all Life Purpose Program materials to Gorin.  If Participant’s license is revoked, Participant shall not employ similar language or language designed to be misleadingly similar. ***The registered copyright marking on Life Purpose Institute, Inc. materials MUST remain on all copied or duplicated materials and cannot be omitted.

Participant understands that the current license agreement with Life Purpose Institute, Inc. also applies to the materials that will be e-mailed to them. Participant understands that these materials are only for their coaching practice and are not to be distributed in any manner outside of their practice, without consent from Life Purpose Institute, Inc.

Participant understands that all of their clients need to fill out “The Client Copyright Agreement” which will protect The Life Purpose Institute Program and Materials from being illegally distributed. “The Client Copyright Agreement” is located in the Intake Section in the Manual. Participant agrees to fill out “The Client Copyright Agreement” for each new client and keep it on file for one year after completing coaching with the client.

Participant understands the importance of doing this in order to minimize the risk involved in having The Life Purpose Institute Program and Materials easily distributed through e-mail. This protects both of our interests. Participants understand that they have been given these materials with special privilege and will uphold their agreement. Participant also understands that if this agreement is violated, legal action will be pursued.

Participant shall not take, nor permit another to take any action with the purpose or intent of circumventing or avoiding the terms of the Agreement.  Participant shall notify Life Purpose Institute, Inc. of any unauthorized use, copying or disclosure of the Life Purpose Institute Program and Materials known to Participant.

IX.  Independent Entity

Upon completion of the training, Participant shall be an Independent Entity and not an employee of Life Purpose Institute.  Participant shall be solely responsible for any taxes, benefits, professional or business licenses, insurance, office space, fee setting, billing, maintenance of records and related matters.  Participant agrees that support services provided by Life Purpose Institute, Inc. including but not limited to consultation, marketing tools, and revised Life Purpose Program material will not change Participant’s status as an Independent Entity.

Participant understands that the Life Purpose Institute Program and Materials is in no way intended to be a program of psychotherapy.  Participant further understands that completion of the training as a Life and Career Coach does not qualify Participant to practice psychotherapy or provide any form of therapeutic counseling service.  Life Purpose Institute, Inc. makes no representation express or implied that Participant trained as a Life Coach or is certified or licensed under the laws of any jurisdiction or professional association as a psychotherapist or career counselor. Participant understands that the laws governing provision of psychotherapy and counseling services vary from state to state.  Participant alone has the duty to investigate, be informed of, and comply with any law applicable to the activities that Participant undertakes in any jurisdiction.  Life Purpose Institute, Inc. makes no guarantees express or implied as to actual earnings of a Coach.

X.  Indemnification

Participant shall indemnify and hold harmless Life Purpose Institute, Inc. and all related parties from any and all attorney’s fees, expenses, liability or judgments which arise out of the parties association, a breach of this agreement, or out of Participant’s actions as a Coach. 

 XI. Injunction Relief Authorized

Participant agrees that any violation of the Agreement would cause irreparable injury and that the remedy at law for any violation or threatened violation would be inadequate and accordingly, Life Purpose Institute, Inc. would be entitled to temporary and permanent injunctive or other equitable relief in addition to any other remedies allowed by law.

XII. General Provisions

This Agreement is the sole Agreement with respect to the subject matter hereof and replaces and supersedes any other Agreements whether oral or in writing.  This Agreement may not be changed or modified in whole or in part, except by a subsequent instrument in writing signed by both parties to the Agreement.

If any paragraph or provision of the Agreement shall be found to be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of the Agreement shall continue in full force and effect.

This agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California.  The venue for any action to enforce, interpret or concerning any provision of this Agreement shall be brought only in the state or federal district courts located in San Diego, California.

Should any controversy or claim arise out of or relate to this Agreement, the parties agree to its settlement by mediation. If mediation does not resolve the matter the parties agree to submit the matter to binding Arbitration.

Attorney Fees & Costs. In any action incurred to enforce this contract or defend services provided according to the contract, the prevailing party shall be entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees.

I, THE PARTICIPANT, understand that the Life Purpose Institute will be taking some pictures during the training workshop that I am attending and audio recording the follow-up teleclasses.

I hereby grant Life Purpose Institute permission to use my likeness in a photograph in any and all of its publications, including website entries, without payment or any other consideration. I understand and agree that these materials will become the property of Life Purpose Institute and will not be returned. I hereby irrevocably authorize Life Purpose Institute to edit, alter, copy, exhibit, publish or distribute this photo for purposes of publicizing its programs or for any other lawful purpose. In addition, I waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product, including written or electronic copy, wherein my likeness appears. Additionally, I waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of the photograph. I hereby hold harmless and release and forever discharge Life Purpose Institute from all claims, demands, and causes of action which I, my heirs, representatives, executors, administrators, or any other persons acting on my behalf or on behalf of my estate have or may have by reason of this authorization.

Audio recordings will be used for training purposes for other students and other trainers for the Life Purpose Institute. I understand that my identity is confidential and that my personal information will not be disclosed in any way. The recordings are the sole property of the Life Purpose Institute. I understand that the recordings will be available to me for review, and I agree that I will not share these recordings with any third party.


Life Purpose Institute, Inc reserves the unilateral right to modify or amend the terms and conditions of this agreement as neeeded.