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).
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