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.

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. We made the decision to align with the ICF over our 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 www.timeanddate.com 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


Which ICF Accreditation Does ICA Hold?


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.

Which 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.

PROGRAM SELECTION QUIZ