Certification and Accreditation Options

Choosing a Coaching Certification

Not all coaches need or want an ICF Credential,  but we would highly recommend that all coaches become certified.  So, what is the difference?

Deciding which coaching certification you need if any can be bamboozling.  Not all coaches need a coaching credential, but we highly recommend they complete a certification with an accredited school.  We have set out to explain the difference between coach credentialing, certification and accreditation and provided resources to help you decide which study option is best for you and your plans for coaching.


Who is the ICF?

The International Coach Federation is the leading global organization for coaches, with more than 25,000 members and 12,000 credentialed coaches in more than 100 countries worldwide. ICF is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches.


Why did ICA choose ICF for their program Accreditation?

ICA has been around as a school since 2001 and was the first Australian based school to be accredited by the ICF. We have been a global school since day one and made the decision to accredit with the ICF over our local Australian based system (RTO & Cert IV) and over other global alternatives (IAC, WABC) for very specific reasons:

- The ICF were, and continue to be the most established peak body in coaching worldwide. With chapters in many countries around the world they offer the most “global” service to date.

- Coaching is a global clients from any country in the world. Provided they speak the same language and can learn how to use www.timeanddate.com there is no reason to service only a smaller, local market.

Robyn Logan (CEO and Founder)

We chose to align with the ICF over country specific bodies because Coaching is a global profession and the ICF continues to be the most established and globally recognized peak body. Clients want to know they are not just employing someone calling themselves a coach, but that they are in fact employing someone who has been through a rigorous training and accreditation process.  I have personally written a certification whitepaper to help unravel some of the terminology, pathways and certification options for coaches.

Robyn Logan (CEO and Founder) International Coach Academy

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation indicates that a school has had their program undergo rigorous external scrutiny and quality testing by a peak body.  The curriculum is mapped across core competencies, with the faculty, assessment and learning processes all assessed.  Program accreditations at International Coach Academy include ACTP and ACSTH.


What is a Credential?

With coaching, a credential designates a recognized level of expertise in coaching, as assessed by an industry peak body such as the ICF.  This is represented by designations such as ACC, PCC or MCC.


What is Certification?

In the case of coach training,  certification is a globally recognized statement of attainment that indicates you have been assessed by an Accredited Coach Training Provider as having the industry recognized skills and expertise required to practice as a coach.


Coach Street Podcast: Certification vs Accreditation

In this Podcast Robyn Logan and Andrea Lee talk about how getting certified with an accredited program and choosing which school to enroll in, is crucial to stand out from the competition. Listen to the views of Andrea and Robyn in this enriching episode. Listen to the podcast by pressing play below.


What are the Different Program Accreditations?

An ACTP (Accredited Coach Training Program) is considered to be an “all inclusive” training option for someone wanting to become a coach.  With a minimum of 125 student contact hours, our certified and advanced programs includes core curriculum,  Mentor Coaching, Observed Coaching, Niche Development labs and peer coaching.  Students who graduate from an ACTP can apply via the ACTP track for ACC or PCC credentials.  View ACTP Study Options

ACSTH (Accredited Coach Specific Training) at ICA is for someone starting out on their coach training journey or wanting to add coach skills to an existing skillset.  The curriculum has been accredited by the International Coach Federation and is aligned with the core competencies of coaching.  At ICA the ACSTH program (Vocational) has been packed so that it directly suits the needs of those who want to become a coach or add coaching to their existing career, with the option to apply for the credential of ACC via the direct ACSTH track.  View ACSTH Study Options

Continuing Coach Education (CCE) is ICF accredited professional development for coaches.  This training can be used towards the renewal of an ACC, PCC or MCC credential. View CCE Study Options


Heather Skomp<br/>Life Coach, UNITED STATES

When I got to meet in person two of my ICA student and friends – one from Germany, and one from Vancouver, We met up in Washington state for a weekend and had the best time ever! The friends I have met in ICA are worth their weight in gold.

Heather Skomp
Life Coach, UNITED STATES

Do I Need To Be Certified To Practice Coaching?

The short answer is no. Currently there are no national or international regulatory requirements for coaches that we know of. However there have been several countries and states that have from time to time attempted to bring in some sort of regulation similar to that required for psychologists or accountants. And it may be that someone is successful.
In the meantime coaches are generally treated like management consultants. Inevitably it is the client or customer who chooses their criteria for hiring or firing. Normally that includes qualification and experience (or a combination of both)


Can I Coach While I Study?

Yes you can start coaching whilst studying to become a Professional Coach. At International Coach Academy we offer peer coaching where you would firstly get to experience what it is like to be coached and be the client. You can then start coaching your peers and applying the skills and techniques learned in the classes.  When you feel confident enough you can start coaching people outside the ICA community. We suggest coaching clients within your network to start off with and work your way up.


Do I Have to Register With Anyone To Practice Coaching?

The coaching industry is a voluntary self regulated industry.  Coaches should adhere to the the The International Coach Federation code of ethics but there is no legal requirement to do so and no legal requirement to register as a coach.  You can become a member of the ICF by paying an annual fee and once you have met the coach training, supervision and coaching hours set out by the ICF, you can apply for the designation of "Certified Professional Coach".

 

国际教练学院,澳洲首家持国际教练联盟(ICF)认证 的培训学校,
从2001年开始培训课程。

客户希望他们聘请的,不仅只是自称为教练的人,而是经过严格培训,通过认证课程考核出来的专业教练。教练是一门全球性的职业,我们的培训与ICF的要求同步。 ICF仍旧是最成熟,被全球公认的教练行业最高机构。在您选择任何教练培训课程之前,我们强烈推荐您首先厘清您计划如何运用教练,您是否需要或者期待未来的证书和教练认证等。

毕业证书、教练认证和课程认证有和不同?

并非所有教练都需要ICF认证,但我们强烈推荐所有教练通过认证课程培训。区别到底是什么?

何谓课程认证?

认证课程表明,一所学校已拥有自己的经过权力机构的严格的外部审查和质量检测的课程。该课程同步所有的ICF认定之教练核心能力,教员、评估和学习过程皆通过评估。国际教练学院受认证的课程包括ACTP和ACSTH。

何谓教练认证?

教练行业认证,传达了一个关于教练方面的公认的专业知识水平,由行业机构进行评估,如ICF。这种认证用ACC,PCC或MCC表示。作为认证或高级培训课程的毕业生,您将持有认证的专业教练(CPC)的称号,并且可以通过ACTP途径来申请您的国际教练联盟认证。

何谓毕业证书?

在教练培训课程毕业,您的毕业证书是全球公认的成就,表示您已经具有行业公认的教练技能和专业知识,足以专业教练身份进行教练会谈。

ICF 认定之教练能力

学生将会在获得PCC认证的教练观察下完成教练会谈,并依据ICF核心能力标准,给予反馈和评估。

ICF行为准则

所有教练都必须遵守ICF 行为准则

通过ICA教练培训获得认证

成为认证专业教练 (CPC)

当您完成下列课程,毕业级获得认证专业教练(CPC)头衔。这意味着您已经通过称为专业执业教练所需技能和专长的评估。 至于是否取得ICF的认证,这取决于您自己。完成下列ICA培训学习之后,您可以决定以何种通道获得ICF认证。

推荐ICA培训课程
认证培训桥梁课程 (ACSTH)
认证教练培训课程(ACTP)
高级教练培训课程 (ACTP)

*不打算申请认证,但希望获得高质量与ICF教练核心能力相匹配的教练培训的同学,可以考虑我们的 基础教练培训课程 (ACTP)

通过ICF教练认证

PCC, 专业认证教练 Professional Certified Coach (成熟教练)
ACC, 初级认证教练 Associate Certified Coach (实习教练)

哪一类课程适合您?

使用我们的互动选择工具,来帮助您找出最适合您自己的学习途径、对您来说最适用的认证资历以及能够使您受益最大化的课程。

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常问到的问题

什么是ACTP? +

ACTP - Accredited Coach Training Program

This accredited option offers start to finish coach training, including comprehensive instructions around the ICF Core Competencies, Code of Ethics, and ICF definition of coaching.

什么是ACSTH? +

ACSTH: Accredited Coach Specific Training Hours

....are programs approved on an hour-by-hour basis and may or may not be a full coach training program depending on the number of student contact hours offered by the program. Students completing hours of an ACSTH must apply for an individual ICF Credential via the ACSTH path if applying for the ACC credential or the Portfolio path if applying for the PCC or MCC credential. Programs must have a minimum of 30 hours.

我需要认证资历来从事教练活动吗? +

The short answer is no. Currently there are no national or international regulatory requirements for coaches that we know of. However there have been several countries and states that have from time to time attempted to bring in some sort of regulation similar to that required for psychologists or accountants. And it may be that someone is
successful.
In the meantime coaches are generally treated like management consultants. Inevitably it is the client or customer who chooses their criteria for hiring or firing. Normally that includes qualification and experience (or a combination of both)

国际教练学院的培训是否受到全球认可? +
We get this question all the time and our answer is the same no matter what country you come from. Coaching is a global profession, and by that we mean that your clients can come from all over the world. Since most coaching is conducted over the phone there is no need to meet face to face. The only exception to this is executive or corporate coaching, where the company or the executive may require initial coaching to be face to face, (but even that can swiftly move to phone coaching once all parties see the benefit.) So for this reason, it
far more important to align yourself with an international qualification
and credential than a local one.