What Makes Our Training Different?

With ICA's training you belong to a global network of coaches, who each graduate with their own unique coaching identity.

Not All Schools Are The Same...

A question we regularly get asked by prospective students is 'What makes ICA different from other schools?' This is a totally understandable question because coach training is an investment of both time and money and it's important your decision is one that will fit your budget, learning style and plans for coaching.

We also know that there's alot of information, (and very detailed information)  you need to wade through and consider before finding a solution. So, we've pulled out what we believe are the key points of difference between ICA and other schools or training.  We've also compiled a list of questions you should ask any coaching school before you enrol.

6 Points of Difference

Coach Training Schools are like Coaching Services in that they will all offer a degree of 'sameness', but then be different in their quality of service or product, and personality. The majority will (or should) offer Accredited Training, Certification, Credential pathways and some form of learning guarantee. Their tuition fees might also be comparable.

So, then what makes them different?  From talking to our community, we've been able to pick out 6 factors that make ICA stand out from the crowd.

  • We Help You Create Your OWN Coaching Model

The coaching market is saturated with cookie cutter coaches - all learning the same old models (GROW model etc.) and then coaching with the same old processes. At ICA we help you to create a coaching model that is unique to you, to the clients you want to coach, and to the coaching products or services you will offer.

  • You Choose if You Go Fast or Go Slow

At International Coach Academy we aim to make our coach training as flexible as possible. You can study to become a coach whilst you are working or at home looking after your family.  You choose when you learn. Most of us are leading very busy lives, some have families some have full time jobs. Whatever your commitments are, the great thing about our classes is that you can always find a way to fit them into your schedule. And if you miss a class it doesn’t matter, just pick it up the week after.

  • You Join a Connected Community of Coaches

Because our training is virtual, you get to build relationships and friendships with like minded coaches from all around the world.  Your not limited by physical location. Our coaching community is rich with diversity, with over 4500 coaches, from 90 different countries. There's a strong sense of camaraderie, with many of our graduates continuing their connections long after they complete their coach training.

  • ICF Accredited Since 2001

International Coach Academy has been accredited for ACTP, ACSTH and CCE since 2001. We have been a global school since day one and made the decision to accredit with the ICF over alternatives such as IAC, WABC etc because the ICF were, and continue to be the most established peak body in coaching worldwide.

  • Unlimted Peer Coaching (Included at no extra charge)

Many coach training schools charge extra for peer coaching - but with ICA, it's included. This gives you the chance to practice as both a coach and a client, and gives you the peer coaching requirements for an ACC or PCC credential.

  • We Truly Care About Your Success

Community Support is core to the way we do business. We truly care about our students and support you from the day you enrol right through to your graduation. We appreciate that joining a coach training program is an investment of your time and money, and one you may have considered for a long time.  So, our team of support staff are dedicated to making sure you maximise your return on investment by creating a trouble free, rich and fulfilling learning experience.

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Checklist of Questions To Ask Any Coach Training School

We've compiled a list of questions we are often asked (or know you should ask) when selecting a school that best fits your learning style, budget, life balance, and personality.

Questions to ask when selecting a school

  • TRAINING ACCREDITATION Has the training undergone external scrutiny and quality testing by an independant peak body? If so, which peak bodies and what level of accreditation is offered (ACTP, ACSTH etc)
  • THE SCHOOL'S CREDIBILITY Schools themselves are not accredited (just their training programs) so a quick background check is important to determine the schools industry crediblity and longevity. Are they a newcomer or have they been been established for many years? Who is the founder or CEO? Who is on their faculty (level of expertise, how long they have been associated with the school etc)
  • SOCIAL PROOF Does the school have a visible community of coaches? Look beyond website testimonials to find the real community and find out what they think about their school. eg. How many graduates do they have, who are they, and how are they using coaching?
  • GLOBAL OR LOCAL Networking is vital for coaches and your school community is a great resource to leverage. Is the schools community local or global and how do they connect (eg. meet ups, forum, classes)
  • COACHING IDENTITY Does the school teach a 'cookie cutter' coaching model or do they teach you how to create your own coaching model that then identifies your uniqueness?
  • CREDENTIAL PATHWAYS What industry credentials does the schools training programs pathway to? (Can you apply for ACC or PCC directly or do you need to go via the portfolio pathway)
  • LEARNING PLATFORM Is this a face to face program or an online program (or a blend of both). And, if it's an online program how does the school make sure there is real time learning and interaction between faculty and students?
  • PACE OF STUDY What does the class schedule look like and does it fit with your lifestyle? Do you have the flexibility to fast track or go slow?
  • PEER COACHING Is your peer coaching included (some schools charge extra) and how many coaches are there in the peer coaching program you can partner with to be a coach or a client?
  • TUITION Does the promoted tuition cover all your training costs such as Mentor Coaching, Peer coaching, Observed coaching and your performance evaluations (assessments)
  • STUDENT SUPPORT AND ACCOUNTABILITY Your reserach process will expose the schools sales support. But, what are the support structures once you enrol? Where will you go to get the answers you need and how will the school support you to graduate? What accountability structures are in place?
  • LEARNING GUARANTEE What happens if you join the program and then find it's not for you or your learning style? Is there a refund policy, withdrawl policy, or deferrment policy?

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