Essential Coach Training Program

Entry level Certification for those wanting to add coaching skills to their every day life, professional portfolio,  or workplace.

Program Overview

Take your time (Up to 9 months) or Fast Track (6 months)

Program Hours: 60 hrs
Learnsite Access: 9 months
Peer Coaching Hours: 9 hrs with 9 months access
Certificate: Essential Coach Training
ICF Pathway: ACC credential via the Portfolio pathway

The Essential Coach Program is Approved Coach Specific Training that includes the core coaching competencies and coaching practice around ICF competencies for those wanting  to pursue the ACC credential via the Portfolio pathway. The added bonus is that you get your own coach, while at the same time learning coaching skills that apply to any coaching relationship.   Download Syllabus


Program Curriculum

  • 7 hrs Coach Foundation
  • 11 hrs Core Coach skills
  •  9 hrs Power Tools
  • 4 hrs Coach Discovery 
  • 17 hrs Coaching Labs
  • 12 hrs  Portfolio Development
  • 8 hours Peer Coaching (Barter coaching) which can be counted towards an ICF credential

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum is grouped into course areas and modules.  For each module there is a downloadable PDF, a live teleclass, and peer discussion via the private community forum. These modules are mapped against ICF Core competencies and will give you the theory, knowledge and tools you need to build your practical expertise.

Coaching Labs

Coaching Labs are hands on coaching sessions designed to give students feedback on their coaching in the context of a specific ICF competency. Using a “Stop the Clock” technique, your coach trainer will interrupt the coaching session whenever they observe an ICF Competency in practice.

Coach Discovery

These courses will help you to discovery who you are as a coach. You will develop your coaching model and define your coaching niche.

Portfolio Creation

The coaching market is saturated with cookie cutter coaches - learning the same old models (GROW model etc.) and coaching with the same old processes. At ICA we help you to create a coaching model that is unique to you.  This is how you will tell the world, and your future clients, who you are as a coach.

Global Coaches Forum

All ICA coaches belong to our coaches forum, with coaches in over 92 different countries around the world.  Opportunities for local and global friendships and netwo

Peer Coaching

One of the most important components of coach training is applying theory into practice.  With peer coaching you have the chance to try out your new coaching skills and techniques with your peers, and at the same time, accrue hours towards an ACC or PCC credential. Many graduates continue their peer coaching networks long after they graduate.


Credential Pathway

ACC via ACSTH pathway

It's vital that as a coach you are certified.  However, how you plan to use coaching and who you will coach will determine if you need an ICF Credential. The Essential Coach program offers a pathway to an ACC credential via the portfolio pathway.  Or, if you wanted to take the more direct ACSTH route, then we recommend upgrading to our Vocational Program which includes the required Mentor Coaching and Observed Coaching.


Program Delivery

Live Teleclasses via Video or Audio, Private Coaches Forum & Resource Rich Learnsite

All learning is delivered via a blend of LIVE teleclasses, forum discussion and self reflection with many opportunities to coach, and be coached.   It's up to you how many or few classes they take each week.  The schedules have been timed to allow for self paced study, where the study schedule fits with your lifestyle and not the other way around. The learning process is as follows

1. Download and read the course module
2. Dial into a teleclass (facilitated by an ICA Trainer)
3. Post reflections on the forum


My most memorable moment was during observed coaching when everything came together. I was relaxed, intent and able to experience what “dancing in the moment” felt like with my client. It was the first time, I could visualize the future, see myself as a coach and feel the full scope of what I was embarking upon. It was a wonderful feeling!

Hope Bear, US Vocational Program Graduate

Flexibility is the Key

Classes are scheduled so they fit with your lifestyle and not the other way around.  With morning, afternoon and evening classes you can choose when you study.  And, if you miss a class one week, you can make it up at another time that same week or the week following.


Unparalled Support

At ICA we'll never leave you hanging.  Our support team has been with ICA for over 10 years, so they know our community and our programs inside out.  They are experts in making sure you have what you need and will partner you from the moment you enrol, through until you graduate. Read more

Sample a Coaching 101 Class

Each month we open up a classroom so that those considering coaching as a career can get started with some free coach skills. It's also a great opportunity to get to know us better as a school by meeting our faculty and students.

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