Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in studying with us! Here are the most commonly asked questions that prospective students have before enrolling in our program.

Frequently used terms:

  • SCU—Sex Coach U

  • WASC—World Association of Sex Coaches

  • WAS – World Association for Sexual Health

  • AASECT—American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists

  • ACSI—American College of Sexologists International

  • ASIS—Association of Somatic and Integrative Sexologists

  • CEs—Continuing Education credits

  • SAR training—Sexual Attitude Reassessment and Restructuring training

I heard Dr. Patti is retiring. What does that mean for Sex Coach U and any credential I may earn through your program? What should I tell my friends who might also be interested in becoming a sex coach?

Hi, I’m Dr. Patti Britton–CEO and co-founder of Sex Coach U. You may have heard that I recently announced my retirement from Sex Coach U –or SCU–and you probably have a few questions about what that means for you if you’re considering enrolling in the Certified Sex Coach training program.So let me take just a couple minutes and answer the most pressing questions.

  1. When is your retirement effective? I’m actually not stepping down from the leadership of Sex Coach U until the end of May 2023 — that’s 15 months from now! I plan to shepherd all current students and those enrolling in February 2022 through their entire program before I step down.
  2. Is Sex Coach U closing? No, at this time, there are no plans to close SCU. We are working right now on a legacy plan to keep SCU alive and thriving, and to continue my mission around the world under new leadership. 
  3. Will this be the last enrollment period? Right now, the future of SCU has not been fully figured out, so I don’t know if or when enrollment may open again. That’s why it’s so important, if you don’t enroll now, to watch your inbox! What I can tell you is that this is the LAST enrollment with me at the helm. This is your LAST chance to be trained directly by me through Sex Coach U. 
  4. What happens to the credential I earn through SCU if it does close? No matter what happens with me or with SCU, your certification remains valid forever. Breathe, relax, and take pride in that great accomplishment. 
  5. I have a friend/family member/colleague who is interested in attending SCU. What should I tell them? 
    1. You should advise them that this is the last enrollment with Dr. Patti at Sex Coach U.  While there may be future enrollment, this is the last cohort that will be trained directly by Dr. Patti.
    2. This is your great opportunity to serve as an Ambassador if you are a current student, a graduate of our program or an allied professional. C’mon. Sign up to be an Ambassador if you aren’t already. You can refer students for this last chance to be trained by Dr. Patti Britton through Sex Coach U. You will earn commission on all referrals who are accepted into the program. Go to to register as an Ambassador.

Do we do the program at our own pace? How many hours per week should I expect to devote to my studies?

Yes, this is a self-paced program, but there are time limits. For Core, you need to complete everything within 15 months. For BOSC, you have 12 months.

If you are on a payment plan, your payments must be made in accordance with your progress through the curriculum.  If you’d like to move through the curriculum faster than your current payment plan, you can make extra or larger payments to speed things along.

We can’t tell you how many hours to set aside for your studies, because everyone is different in terms of how fast they read, watch, and process material, and everyone’s schedule is different. However, you will want to make sure you put in several hours per week in order to keep up with it all and finish in time.

Don’t let procrastination steal your motivation! My best advice is to just do it. Don’t think about it, just carve out the time, make sure your family understands how important it is not to interrupt you during those hours, and then sit down and do it.

What support will I receive during my studies?

At SCU, we pride ourselves on our global community of sex coaches and sexologists. 

On enrollment, students are assigned to a student advisor who reviews their work periodically to evaluate their progress. Student advisors are available on a limited basis for one-on-one help with any study concerns and technical support. Student advisors are also available on a fee basis to assist students who need intensive guidance to achieve their completion of studies and earn their Sex Coach U Certified Sex Coach™ credentials.

Students have the opportunity to attend one (or more) of the regular Student Advisor Office Hours sessions each month. These sessions are live group coaching and mentorship sessions to empower, encourage, and support our students on their study journey.

Students are also matched up with another student in the same cohort as a Study Buddy or Accountability Partner. Study Buddies keep each other accountable while moving through the program and encourage each other along the way. It is up to the study buddies to maintain their contact and relationship. This is not supervised by SCU.

All students can enjoy our highly-engaged private Facebook community of students and WASC members. There are weekly threads to share your progress, inform the community about your work, and to ask for support. We strongly encourage students to use this community to form friendships and professional collaborations. 

Our Student Ambassador also leads a monthly Book Club for enrolled students. This is a great opportunity to connect with other students and dive deep into relevant material that may or may not be featured in the formal training.

Our live training events, SAR and ASPEX, are great ways to make connections and form friendships with other community members. (All in-person events are suspended while the world is afflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Sex Coach U, through its approved providership, is offering virtual SAR events periodically.)

Will we be writing papers and a thesis like in a masters program? Are there tests?

Nope. But at the end of each course there are 2 types of self assessments: A self evaluation on whether you feel that you learned the content; and a 20-question multiple choice exam on the content covered in the course; with the answer key. We teach using Adult Learning Theory, which relies on you to self direct your learning progress. You will also complete a supervised practicum toward the end of the program, where you get to demonstrate your understanding of the material and your skills during live sessions with real clients. Your student advisor will review with you how your practicum sessions went and offer feedback.

Is it possible to see the material that is made throughout the training?

No, but a breakdown of the course curriculum can be found on our website. Our training is divided into 4 Modules, and each module contains instruction in clinical sexology, co-active coaching, and our unique Integrated Sex Coaching training that extends and synthesizes what you learn in the sexology and coaching courses.

Is it a one year program and on a Bachelor’s degree level?

While many people get this program done in 12 months or less, you have a total of 15 months to complete it.

It is more like a graduate program. In fact, the International Institute for Clinical Sexology (IICS) has determined that Sex Coach U graduates have the equivalence of a Master’s degree, so any of our graduates who hold a Bachelor’s in a healthcare-related field are eligible to apply for their PhD program in Clinical Sexology.

How much does the training cost?

The full tuition when paid up front is $15,597.

We offer 3-month and 15-month payment plans, which breaks that amount down to $5,199/mo for 3 months or $1075/mo for 15 months (includes 3.4% handling fee).


We also offer an Early Bird discount, which brings the total tuition to $14,597. NOTE: The $1,000 Early Bird discount expires roughly halfway through each enrollment period.

You may qualify for the discount AND use an installment plan. The Early Bird tuition on a payment plan is $4,866/mo for 3 months or $995/mo for 15 months (includes 2.2% handling fee).

For those who pay in full up front (the full tuition rate), we’re offering an extra special, Fast Action discount: You can take $2,000 off the full tuition cost, bringing the total down to $13,597 (not combinable with other discounts).


If you cannot afford the full tuition rate and you identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) or you live with a disability, you may be eligible for one of the three partial-tuition scholarships we offer during each enrollment period. This scholarship is for 50% off the total tuition price, which means you would still need to be able to pay $540/month for 15 months. For more information and to apply for a scholarship, click here.

Additional costs:

As part of the program, students must also buy the books and videos required for each course. Costs vary but are approximately under $200 USD.

All Sex Coach U students are required to successfully complete a SAR training prior to graduation. Costs for SAR vary by provider, but if you enroll in October 2021 and beyond, your fees for attending the Sex Coach U Virtual SAR are included in your Certified Sex Coach training program tuition.

Learn more about the SCU Virtual SAR here.

To deepen your learning and personal development, students may apply to attend ASPEX training, which is offered once or twice per year as a residential experiential retreat (once the threat of Covid-19 has passed and travel restrictions have been lifted). This is not compulsory to achieve certification but is highly recommended. The cost for ASPEX varies, depending on location, which includes accommodations, meals, and local travel to the venue. Students will need to cover the cost of flights and housing before/after the retreat.

Learn more about ASPEX training here.

Why is SCU’s program so expensive compared to other sex coach courses?

Because it’s better! And you get to train under the Mother of Sex Coaching herself, using the textbook she wrote to go with the program. We also require and now pay for your SCU SAR! The program contains: 21 courses in sexology, coaching and integrated sex coaching from the clinical perspective; and then an entire 13-course program on business success; with group coaching; private/secret community support; intensive group business coaching; assigned Student Advisor; curriculum support; and an assigned Study Buddy/Accountability Partner; and webinars with the top experts of the field in sexology, coaching and business 2-3 times a month to uplevel the content in the program and bring it to the highest level of expertise.

You also get amazing bonuses to learn how to write persuasive copy for your website and how to write up a business plan for a successful practice. Plus membership in WAS, instant eligibility for ABS, ACS. Also SCU graduates with a prior Bachelor’s in a healthcare-related field are eligible to enroll in the PhD in Clinical Sexology program at IICS (International Institute for Clinical Sexology), an accredited U.S. school based in Florida. Our program is the equivalent of a Master’s degree!

Is the business program optional for a reduced rate, if we already have business training?

Yes. Core only is available for $9,997 (after the Early Bird discount has been applied).

On the flipside, if you are already a trained and practicing sexuality professional in a related discipline (therapy, medicine, etc) and what you want is the business training (since we all know most graduate programs for helping professionals don’t require much, if any, training in business and marketing), then you can also enroll in BOSC only.

The Business of Sex Coaching component is available as a standalone course for $4,997.

Since the program is on a selection basis, what is it that SCU is looking for in the selection process?

You must be over 21 years of age to apply to the Core Certified Sex Coach™ training program.

We are looking for bright, energetic go-getters who are devoted to making the world a more sex-positive place through helping others achieve their optimal sexual wellness. There are no educational or employment prerequisites, though a history of doing something in the field of sexuality is a plus. This can be as simple as being the person everyone you know turns to for sex advice or as complex as being an MD who specializes in pelvic floor issues — or anyone in between!

Ideal candidates for SCU have a background in therapeutic training, or experience in the pleasure products industry, adult entertainment, bodywork (sexological or other), sex education, life coaching, counselling, nursing, Tantra or other sacred sexuality modalities.

Career changers with prior college education and/or work or business experience are also ideal candidates. SCU is a complete training program, so it is entirely possible to transition from other careers by achieving the knowledge and skills required to become a competent sex coach.

What you do need is dedication, self-discipline, motivation, and patience. You need a willingness to dive deep into your own psyche and work through and heal from your own sexual wounds. And you need to be open to new ideas and the diversity of human sexual expression.

You will be challenged by this material, and you may even be triggered. You will need to have in place a support system and know how to self-soothe and regulate your emotional responses. 

On the application, we’re specifically looking for people to fully answer our questions. One word and one line responses will not suffice. You need to show us who you are. Be authentic and demonstrate your enthusiasm.

What is the application process?

Students are accepted on a case-by-case basis depending on their application. Not everyone is accepted. In order to enroll in the program, students must complete a two-part application, which includes a written portion and a live Application Interview (conducted via Zoom). Applications are only accepted during open enrollment periods, which happen just a couple times each year.

Space is limited in each enrollment, and seats fill up fast. Click here and join the Mailing List to be informed of future programs and events.

When applying for the scholarship, is it a two part application, or if you apply for the scholarship, is that the actual application, as well?

If you are interested in being considered for one of our scholarships (we typically award 3-4 per enrollment period), you will want to submit a Scholarship Application. The scholarship application consists of written answers to a questionnaire PLUS an interview if we like your written answers.

You will not need to complete the non-scholarship application, unless you are turned down for the scholarship and still want to attend at the full tuition price.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The scholarship application is ONLY available for two weeks and opens about a month before our enrollment period opens. If you’re interested in applying for a scholarship, learn more at and get on the Scholarship Waiting List.

Scholarship decisions will be made prior to the start of the regular enrollment period.

For the BIPOC scholarship, for how many months would you have to pay the $540/month?

The payment schedule for the scholarship tuition is the same as for the regular tuition. So you would pay $540/month for 15 months.

What credentials will I earn when I successfully graduate?

Graduating from this training gives you the title of Certified Sex Coach™, and upon graduation, you may add the initials “CSC” behind your name.

You’ll be eligible for fast-track membership in WASC, ACSI, and ASIS.  

Since Sex Coach U is a global organization with students and graduates in over 72 countries and counting, we are proud to be recognized as an organizational member of the World Association of Sexual Health (WAS). As an enrolled student or graduate, you automatically become a member of this incredible international organization under our membership umbrella. 

How long will it take to earn my certification?

The Core Certified Sex Coach™ program is a self-paced study program. Students move through it at different rates. Some students finish their studies in as little as 6 months, although the average time is 12-15 months. Students have 15 months to complete the program.

All students must complete an SCU-approved SAR training and pay their tuition in full to be eligible for certification.

Can I apply for AASECT Certification when I complete my training?

Many prospective students ask if our program meets the requirements for certification through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).​

As of Jan 1, 2021, AASECT CEs are no longer provided through Sex Coach U. AASECT certification is restricted to United States citizens. However, Sex Coach U is a global organization with students and graduates in over 72 countries and counting.

Therefore, we are proud to be recognized as an organizational member of the World Association of Sexual Health (WAS). As an enrolled student or graduate, you become a member of this incredible international organization under our membership umbrella. 

You may still apply for AASECT certification, but you’ll need to consult them about their requirements and whether or not your studies at Sex Coach U will qualify. We do not guarantee AASECT certification will be granted as a result of completion of the Core Certified Sex Coach™ training program.

AASECT certification is awarded on a case-by-case basis, according to a candidate’s background and whether they meet the highly-rigorous AASECT criteria. Learn more here.

Where does SAR take place?

SAR takes place at different times in the year. in different locations around the USA and internationally. Each training is offered by an SCU-approved SAR provider or another recommended trainer. Past locations have included San Francisco, Phoenix, Warsaw, Poland, Berlin, Germany, Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Prague, Czech Republic.

In person SARs are suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic. For the foreseeable future, all SARs will be held as online, live events.

Learn more about this unique training here.

Do I need to complete the SAR if I have already done one?

No, your previous SAR training will count. You will need to send your SAR completion certificate and a write-up on your SAR experience for submission to your student advisor. While you do not need to complete another to earn your certification, you may choose to take another to refresh your training.

Do I need to take any more training after I graduate?

The Core Certified Sex Coach™ program is a complete training program, providing you with all the skills and tools you’ll need to work and build a business as a competent sex coach. You do not need any further training after graduation in order practice as a Certified Sex Coach™.

That said, many of our students choose to take further training. Many have gone on to earn credentials in complementary fields like sociology, psychology, marriage and family therapy, counselling, GSRD therapy, or public health. Others choose to train in sexological bodywork, sacred sexuality, trauma therapy, or other holistic fields. 

We highly recommend students continue to invest in their professional development after graduation to keep up with the latest developments in sexology and sexual health. 

All students choose different paths, and it depends on the career goals and preferences of each student.

When can I start working as a sex coach?

SCU has a policy on working as a Sex Coach In Training, which you can view here.

In summary, SCU was created in order to provide the gold standard in sex coach training. We feel students are not ready to take clients through the full sex coaching process until they have completed their training and have passed their live practicum demonstration. This policy is to protect both students and clients from potential harm.

However, we acknowledge that many students who come to SCU already have prior training and experience in healing and therapeutic modalities and are already working with clients. 

We encourage students to start building their business, their online presence, and their professional network as soon as possible. There are many ways to do this without taking clients through the sex coaching process, which you can read more about here.

Student advisors will assess whether their students are ready to work as a sex coach before graduation and will make the final decision. 

Is SCU accredited with the International Coaching Federation?

No – sex coaching is a derivative of the field of sexology, not coaching. With Sex Coach U, you can be cross certified with American College of Sexologists International and the Association of Somatic and Integrative Sexologists in the UK.

Also, Sex Coach U is the only sex coach training organization that has been approved for organizational membership in the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS), a highly respected global organization dedicated to sexual health and wellness for all. All Sex Coach U students and graduates also enjoy membership benefits under our membership status.

What is the World Association of Sex Coaches and how do I join??

The World Association of Sex Coaches (WASC) is the premier professional association for sex coaches worldwide. WASC was founded to ensure the highest professional standards for members in the absence of licensure requirements. 

Membership entitles you to:

  • Listing in our International Directory of sex coaches and allied professionals
  • Access to a vibrant community of peers through our private Facebook group and our twice-monthly webinars (you can participate in our webinars live or access the recordings anytime)
  • A membership certificate you can display in your office
  • A digital credential you can display on your website
  • The ability to promote your practice by contributing to WASC Articles
  • Access to OMGYes for all professional members
  • Training on Internet safety to protect your practice

Being a student at SCU qualifies you for student membership at WASC. Graduating from SCU gives you access to fast-tracked Certified Sex Coach™ membership, a complimentary first year’s membership, and lifetime discounted membership dues. This is in recognition of Sex Coach U as the gold standard in sex coach training today. 

All members must agree to uphold the World Association of Sex Coaches Code of Ethics.

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