We are aligned with the International Coach Federation

The leading peak body for coaching, globally

Understanding Coach Certification & Accreditation

... or demystfying & untangling the jargon!

Certification can be really confusing for new coaches. All those coaching bodies, all those credentials, all those acronyms (ICF, CPC, MCC, PCC, ACC, ICA)


Like anything in life, the accreditation and certification path you choose will depend on your goals. However as a coach training school the choice for us is simple – we offer ICF accredited programs for the following reasons:

  • We believe a profession or industry is made better by strong Peak Bodies and Industry Associations, so aligning with a Peak body is essential for us
  • We chose to align with the International Coach Federation over country specific accreditation frameworks because coaching is a global profession (Clients have no borders) and the ICF is the biggest and strongest association (Over 10,000 credentialed coaches)
  • Clients want to know when they employ a coach that 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.

View ICA's Program Comparison Grid to find out more about Programs and Certification

Accreditation Resources

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. Continue Reading…

Case Study: How Does the ICF Credentialing Process Compare to other Professional Associations?

a Research Paper by ICA Graduate Carol Fontanez (US)
Carol researches how the ICF certification process compares to the best practices identified in her master’s research on certification requirements for membership-driven associations. Continue Reading...

ICA Graduate Yearbook

International Coach Academy Graduate Yearbook
Every quarter we publish a yearbook profiling our coach training graduates. This is a great publication to give you a sense of the calibre of people now seeking ICF accredited training.

The Yearbooks are produced for our Gloabl, Chinese and India Programs --> Read Yearbooks