ICA Certification and ICF Credential Pathways

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 to be aligned with 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 126 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 www.timeanddate.com there is no reason to service only a smaller, local market.

What is the difference between a Certification and a Credential?

We often suggest to our prospective students that, if possible, they start at the end and work backwards.  To consider who they want to be as a coach, and how do they plan to use coaching once they are certified.  This is going to inform their program and certification selection, and which ICF credential they are most likely to pursue post graduation (if any).

For those who are not sure, we highly recommend selecting a program that is ICF accredited so that if you decide later down the track you want to pursue an ICF credential, then the option is there for you.

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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.

Accreditation Explained

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 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.