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Accredited with the International Coach Federation since 2004

Level 1

ICF ACSTH Mark White

Level 2


International Coach Academy (ICA) was created in the year 2001 with a vision to change the world one coaching conversation at a time.

As pioneers in online learning, ICA was one of the very first schools to have their e-learning accredited by the ICF (in 2004).  The online learnsite has been purpose built to host the curriculum and resources students need for their learning and certification, and our classes are delivered by an International faculty.  All programs have a structured curriculum, with flexible participation and pathways. Our coaches connect, network and form lifelong friendships.

  • 2001 - First intake of 20 students join our global pilot program
  • 2004 - Accredited by the ICF (ACTP - Level 2)
  • 2008 - Chinese language program launched, followed by Romanian and Italian
  • 2012 - Our International community becomes a reality, with thousands of ICA Coaches living in 126 countries
  • 2018 - The FlipIt Framework is introduced into the curriculum
  • 2021 - ICA celebrates it's 21st Birthday, having delivered over 47,000 onlne classes to students in 126 countries

Pathways = Choices

Most clients are looking for certified coaches when they research their options. It's vital the certification has industry recognition and credential pathways. 

What is Accreditation?

The ICF “accredits” programs via an application process that involves rigorous external scrutiny and quality testing. The program curriculum is mapped across core competencies, with faculty, assessment and learning processes all assessed.

In 2004 ICA was one of the first coach training schools to have an online curriculum and we remain one of the leading accredited providers worldwide.

What are Certification Pathways?

Certification pathways are where one program can lead into another, or where learning credits from partial completion of one program, can be credited to another program.  Because, even the best laid plans, goals, or intentions can change. Your coach education needs to be able to change with you, and with ease.

As an example

You plan to add a coach approach into your workplace and choose a Level 1 program.  But, as you learn more about coaching, you decide to pivot direction and pursue coaching as a stand alone career.  With ICA’s training you can keep moving forward by crediting your level 1 participation or completion towards a Level 2 program.

What are ICF Credential Pathways?

Coach training certification leads to a coaching credential, with credentialing being highly regarded but optional. Too often we are approached by coaches who have completed their coach training only to find that it doesn’t pathway to an ICF credential.  Their choices are limited to not pursing a credential, pursuing a credential via a portfolio pathway (time consuming and expensive), or returning to study and completing Level 1, 2 or 3 training. So, even if you don’t think you will need a credential, keep the option open by pursuing ICF Accredited Training.

Direct Credential Pathway

* Level 1 accredited study (ACSTH) pathways to an ACC credential

* Level 2 accredited study (ACTP) pathways to either an ACC or PCC credential

+ Level 3 accredited study pathways to an MCC credential (but only after completion of a Level 2 program and the achievement of PCC credential)

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Coach Education with a Difference

Our Training is more than just a series of Zoom classes.

Our students chose ICA for their coach education because we are a school with 20 plus years academic excellence, offer flexible participation (fast track or take your time), and have an international community of coaches rich with diversity, networks and friendships.

  • learnsite

    Coach Education LMS

    Our LMS (or ‘Learnsite’ as we call it) provides 24 hour access to module downloads, videos, audios, class and lab schedules, curated resources, graduation checklists etc.

  • Coaching

    Private Coaches Forum

    Our forum is a private community with literally thousands of coaching conversations, networks and friendships. And with students across 4 timezones there is always an answer to be found.

  • Business

    Business Building (bLabs)

    We train our coaches to be unique in their marketplace.  The Business Labs are workshop style classes that support you to create a coaching portfolio and signature offer, and learn the best way to get your coaching practice online.

  • Model

    Your Coaching Model

    You will create your own unique coaching model. A model that communicates to future clients and employees who you are as a coach, and the problems you solve.

  • PostGrad

    Post Grad. Alumni

    Ongoing access to labs, resources and the ICA Forum after you graduate for your coach development and credential renewals.

  • PeertoPeer

    Peer Coaching

    Peer coaching at ICA is extended learning, and can be counted towards your ACC, PCC or MCC credential application.

Program Pathways

Our programs are accredited with the peak body for coach training; International Coaching Federation. There are direct pathways between all our programs and student may upgrade
at any time without losing time or credit points.

What days & times do I need to be available for study?

The programs are structured (set number of hours and course areas) and there’s an international schedule with over 30 times each week across 4 time zones. You are the one that decides which days and times you attend. Read more

Who will be in my cohort?

ICA has ongoing intakes with new cohorts starting each month.  You will meet those starting the same time as you in an orientation call.  But, you will also connect with all ICA coaches in the private forum, classes and labs.  We are one connected community. Read more

What if I need to take a break from my studies?

Needing to take a break?

All students have the option to defer for up to 6 months.  During this time we will ‘stop the clock’ on your studies. When you are ready to return, we’ll get you set up again and back into your studies.

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Refund Policy

ICA has a 45 day learning guarantee. If you do not find benefit in your program and would like to withdraw within the first 45 days, you will be refunded all fees paid (less 10% admin).  You will be certified for any classes attended.

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What does 'Structure with Flexibility' mean?

All ICA programs have a set number of hours including class attendance, portfolio development, practicum, and assessment.   We then provide a platform (the Learnsite) and structure (Graduation checklist) for you to navigate your studies.

But, the pace you study is up to you.  You can take your time, or you can fast track.

To find out more, speak to a program advisor.

Do all students have access to the Flipit Framework

All students in our ACSTH and ACTP have access to the ICA coaching power tools and will learn how to use them to shift a perspective.  Students in the Advanced program, who decide to become Change Leaders, take this a step further by learning how to apply the FlipIt Framework in a group setting.

What happens after graduation?

All graduates join ICA’s alumni, where they can continue developing their networks, friendships and coaching resources.  ICA Coaches can also continue selected classes and labs for 6 months post graduation via the graduate program (free)

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We help you work out who you are as a coach

At ICA you will develop your own unique coaching model. A model that works for you, in your market and with the clients you want to coach.

No two clients, or coaching situations that are the same. A generic coaching model will only take you so far. To really succeed and to bring extraordinary results for your clients you need a tailored approach. What works for one client wont work for another.

For this reason every coach at ICA graduates with their own unique Coaching Model.

We teach our students to identify what is unique about them, what can they bring to coaching that no other coach can.


ICA Graduate Publishing

All our graduates create their own unique Coaching Model and Coaching Power Tool during the program. They also conduct a Research Project on a specialist coaching topic. We promote and publish all our Graduates in the ICA Blog.

Rethink The Way You Think...

4 Step Coaching Framework

All our coach education includes the FlipIt Coaching framework.  An easy to use tool that can help move someone from where they are now, to where they want to be. You can use it with groups, in your coaching sessions, or even around the kitchen table with friends and family.

What is the FlipIt Framework?