Accreditation & Certification

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

Why is Accreditation Important?

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 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.
  • We are philosophically aligned with the ICF Core Competencies

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Glossary of Terms

There are a whole range of terms used in coach training that are all slightly different


ACTP - Accredited Coach Training Program

Coach Specific Training - training that deliberately and directly teaches ICF competencies (conferences count)

Credential - a designation of ICF eg ACC, PCC, MCC

Certificate - piece of paper issued to prove completion of a course of program

Accredited - adjective used to describe ACTP program content

Certified Coach - sometimes refers to a coach who has received a certificate from a training school, sometimes refers to the long version of the ICF credential acronyms eg. ACC = Associate CERTIFIED Coach etc.

ICF Credentialed Coach - coach who has ACC, PCC, MCC