Coach Certification, Accreditation and Credentials

According to the ICF Global Study Into Coaching (2020), 81% of clients say they prefer a certified or credentialed coach.

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Here's Why We Chose The ICF....

ICA was first accredited by the ICF back in 2004 and was actually the first Australian based school to have an online (e-learning) curriculum accredited. Since then we have expanded into 92 countries, with thousands of students.  We made the decision to align with the ICF over other local or international options such as RTO, IAC, WABC etc. for very specific reasons:

- The ICF were, and continue to be the most established peak body in coaching worldwide. With chapters in many countries around the world they offer the most “global” service to date.

- Coaching is a global clients from any country in the world. Provided they speak the same language and can learn how to use there is no reason to service only a smaller, local market.

According to the ICF Global Coaching Study 2020, globally, it is estimated that there were approximately 71,000 coach practitioners in 2019, an increase of 33% on the 2015 estimate.

Certification is Vital...

Deciding which coaching certification you need if any can be overwhelming. Not all coaches need a coaching credential, but we highly recommend they complete a certification with an accredited school.  We have set out to explain the difference between coach credentialing, certification and accreditation and provided resources to help you decide which study option is best for you and your plans for coaching.

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation indicates that a school has had their program undergo rigorous external scrutiny and quality testing by a peak body.  The curriculum is mapped across core competencies, with the faculty, assessment and learning processes all assessed.  Program accreditations at International Coach Academy include ACTP and ACSTH.

What is Certification?

In the case of coach training,  certification is a globally recognized statement of attainment that indicates you have been assessed by an Accredited Coach Training Provider as having the industry recognized skills and expertise required to practice as a coach.

What is a Credential?

With coaching, a credential designates a recognized level of expertise in coaching, as assessed by an industry peak body such as the ICF.  This is represented by designations such as ACC, PCC or MCC.

What Does It Mean If a School Says they are Accredited?

What is ACTP?

An ACTP (Accredited Coach Training Program) is considered to be an “all inclusive” training option for someone wanting to become a coach.  With a minimum of 125 student contact hours, our certified and advanced programs includes core curriculum,  Mentor Coaching, Observed Coaching, Niche Development labs and peer coaching.  Students who graduate from an ACTP can apply via the ACTP track for ACC or PCC credentials.  View ACTP Study Options

What is ACSTH?

ACSTH (Approved Coach Specific Training) at ICA is for someone starting out on their coach training journey or wanting to add coach skills to an existing skillset.  The curriculum has been accredited by the International Coach Federation and is aligned with the core competencies of coaching.  At ICA the ACSTH program (Vocational) has been packed so that it directly suits the needs of those who want to become a coach or add coaching to their existing career, with the option to apply for the credential of ACC via the direct ACSTH track.  View ACSTH Study Options

What is CCE?

Continuing Coach Education (CCE) is ICF accredited professional development for coaches.  This training can be used towards the renewal of an ACC, PCC or MCC credential. View CCE Study Options

Can I Coach While I Study?

Yes you can start coaching whilst studying to become a Professional Coach. At International Coach Academy we offer peer coaching where you would firstly get to experience what it is like to be coached and be the client. You can then start coaching your peers and applying the skills and techniques learned in the classes.  When you feel confident enough you can start coaching people outside the ICA community. We suggest coaching clients within your network to start off with and work your way up.

Do I Have to Register With Anyone To Practice Coaching?

The coaching industry is a voluntary self regulated industry.  Coaches should adhere to The International Coach Federation code of ethics but there is no legal requirement to do so and no legal requirement to register as a coach.  You can become a member of the ICF by paying an annual fee and once you have met the coach training, supervision and coaching hours set out by the ICF, you can apply for the designation of "Certified Professional Coach".


Coach Street Podcast: Certification vs Accreditation

In this 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. Listen to the podcast by pressing play below.

At ICA You Graduate With Coaching Confidence

In coach training we often talk about a coaching confidence. This is a belief in yourself and a belief in the coaching process as a whole.

Remember the first time you heard an experienced Coach in session? They made it seem so effortless: calmly “dancing with their client” as they explored the issue, always seeming to know what to ask next. But remember, like everyone who worked on developing their craft, they didn’t start out that way.

Practice builds confidence and will give you the opportunity to apply the techniques and skills learned in class to real life situations. You will start by being coached by peers then coaching your peers in return.  There is also the opportunity to coach in class and receive constructive feedback from trainers in Coaching Labs, Mentor Coaching, Observed Coaching, and Coach Supervision classes as well as Peer Coaching. All ICA programs offer opportunities coach development via practice.

Coaching Labs

ICA Coaching Labs are where you can practice and observe coaching in the context of the ICF competencies.  An expert coach facilitator will observe a live coaching session and then using a 'stop the clock' technique, they will ​interrupt the coaching session to highlight the use of a specific ICF Competency .  Using an ICA worksheet, students observing the coaching will make note of any competencies they observe, and then encouraged to share these with the group following the session.

Mentor Labs

Mentor Coaching is an opportunity to apply your learning from other parts of the program in class and receive feedback. You will participate in coaching role plays and observed by an experienced coach (Mentor Coaching trainers hold an ACC or PCC credential)

- To practice coaching aligned to the Coaching Competencies as given by the International Coaching Federation (ICF)

- To understand and articulate the coaching skills and techniques used in your coaching sessions

- To analyze and identify your learning from the coaching session

- To identify and outline your coaching process

- To recognize your strengths and nurture them, recognize your weaknesses and overcome them

- To demonstrate how you evaluate your coaching session

- To be prepared for the Observed Coaching Course that you are required to take toward graduation.

Observed Labs

Observed Coaching is similar to Mentor Coaching in that you will coach and receive feedback by an experienced MCC or PCC coach.  But, unlike our regular classes, our Observed classes have only 6 students and are an intimate experience where students receive verbal and written feedback.  Observed Coaching is the final preparation for assessment and graduation.

FlipIt Labs

FlipIt™ is a coaching framework for change. It is a 4 step process for resetting your lens and adopting a fresh way of 'seeing the world. It is a way to move from where you are now to where you want to be; to transition from a current state to a desired future state.  As a student you will attend these labs in the role of a CLIENT.  At the beginning of the Lab everybody will be asked to identify a problem or issue they would like to change. Ideally it is something that you have tried to change and couldn't, and it has to be something you are willing to change. You will then work through the 4 steps with the rest of the group, with the trainer inviting people to share their process along the way.

This provides insights into how to shift a perspective by being the client, and watching the coach in action.

Peer Coaching

Peer Coaching is one of the most beneficial parts of your coach training course. You will connect with coaches from all over the world and in many different industries and professions. Students set up real coaching appointments and get to experience the coach/client relationship in a learning environment.

The Peer Coaching Program is self regulated, which means it is up to you to get yourself a coach and to offer yourself as a coach. You can do this in the Peer Coaching Forum.  You can do as many peer coaching hours as you like but each coach training course has a minimum number of hours required.

Cathy Holuk<br/>Family Enterprise and Leadership Coaching, CANADA

I am very grateful for the entire ICA experience which challenged and supported my personal discovery journey in so many unexpected ways. The peer coaching process, in particular, resulted in an increased level of confidence and trust in myself as a coach and the power of the coaching process. 

Cathy Holuk
Family Enterprise and Leadership Coaching, CANADA

Learning as a Client

Being a client is an underrated way of learning about coaching. Through your peer coach you will get a feel for what works and what doesn't, and truly experience what it is like to be on the other end of the coach.

Learning as a Coach

As a coach you will practice the many new skills you will be learning in this course, and you will do so in a safe and supportive coaching relationship. Your coach is a student just like you so feel free to experiment and make mistakes.

You can do as many peer coaching hours as you like but each coach training course has a minimum number of hours required. Take advantage of the peer coaching opportunity to put coaching techniques into practice.

Which Coach Training Program to Choose?

When choosing a program it's important to consider how you would like to learn (which might be different to how you have learnt before), what pathway options are available to for further study or credentialing, program value for money,  and  how the program will fit your lifestyle.  To help you make these key decisions, we've shared some insights into our program.  Take the Program Selection Quiz to find the program best for you.