Coaching Certification and Accreditation Explained

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.

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International Coach Academy was the first Australian based school to be accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and has been training students since 2001

How are Certification, Credentialing & Accreditation Different?

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

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.

Podcast: Credentialing and Accreditation

In this CoachStreet 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.

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Credential Pathways...

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ACTP? +

ACTP - Accredited Coach Training Program

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

What is 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.

Do I need to be Certified to practice as a Coach? +

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
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)

Is International Coach Academy's training globally recognised? +
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.
Why did International Coach Academy 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 there is no reason to service only a smaller, local market.