We are aligned with the International Coach Federation
The leading peak body for coaching, globally
The trick is to make sure coach certification is working for you, and not the other way round. There is nothing worse than coach training built entirely around competenciesKathy Munoz Director, Mentor & Supervised Coaching
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.
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
Glossary of Terms
ACTP – Accredited Coach Training Programs that offer start to finish coach training, including comprehensive instructions around the ICF Core Competencies, Code of Ethics, and ICF definition of coaching.
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.
Credential – a designation of ICF eg ACC, PCC, MCC
Certificate – official document issued to prove completion of a course of program
Accredited – adjective used to describe ACTP program content
Certified Coach - a coach who has received a certificate from a training school
ICF Credentialed Coach - coach who has received ACC, PCC, MCC from the ICF