Coach Training Accreditation and Certification Explained

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

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 recognised 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 this certification whitepaper to help unravel some of the terminology, pathways and certification options for coaches.

Robyn Logan (CEO) International Coach Academy

Are You Considering an ICF Credential?

Not all coaches need an ICF Credential and find the skills, expertise and certification they receive after completing an International Coach Academy training program is enough to get them coaching or running their own coaching business.  For this reason, we offer both ACTP and ACSTH training with all program curriculum ICF Accredited.

However, for coaches wanting to communicate a commitment to coaching excellence and accountability through an ICF credential, then we highly recommend an ACTP (Accredited Coach Training Program) as the quickest and most affordable pathway.

  • ACTP Pathway ACC, PCC, MCC

FOR EMERGING COACHES who have little or no coach training and very few coach training hours, this is the most direct and cost efficient route.  It does not require you, as the coach, to make any additional submissions to the ICF or incur any additional costs.  The mentor coaching and peer coaching you will need are included in our Certified and Advanced Coach Training programs.

FOR ESTABLISHED COACHES who have coaching in some capacity and have substantial coaching hours, this is our recommended pathway because it is the quickest.  If you already have 100 coaching hours then we would recommend you skip ACC and go straight to PCC.

* This is the route for MCC credential.

  • ACSTH Pathway ACC, PCC

We do NOT recommend the ACSTH pathway for ACC or PCC credentials because of the extra costs you will incur by needing to add mentor coaching and performance evaluation.  You will also have limited opportunity to gain extra coaching hours.

  • Portfolio Pathway ACC, PCC

In addition to the costs of a Mentor Coach and Peer Coach, you will also have to undertake the lengthy and rigorous process of demonstrating to the ICF that the competencies of your training map across to the ICF core competencies.  This is extremely time consuming and requires expertise in curriculum development.

Accreditation and Certification Resources

The International Coach Federation (ICF)

The leading peak body for coaching, globally

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...