Vocational Coach Training Program

With ICA's training you belong to a global network of coaches, who each graduate with their own certified and unique coaching identity.

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

Take your time (Up to 12 months) or Fast Track (4 months)

The Vocational Coach Program is Approved Coach Specific Training that includes the core competencies, mentor coaching and observed coaching needed to pursue the ACC credential via the ACSTH pathway. The added bonus being you get to focus on your niche, while at the same time learning coaching skills that apply to any coaching relationship.   Download Syllabus

Program Hours: 76 hrs
Learnsite Access: 12 months
Peer Coaching Hours: 12 hrs with 12 months access
Certificate: Vocational Coach Training (Niche)
ICF Pathway: ACC credential via the ACSTH pathway


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


Program Curriculum

  • 27 hrs Core Competency Classes
  • 11 hrs Coaching Labs
  • 16 hrs  Mentor Coaching
  • 10 hrs Observed Coaching
  • 12 hrs  Portfolio Development
  • 12 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 Lab

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.

Mentor Coaching

Mentor Coaching is where you will develop your unique style as a coach.  You will be both a coach and a client, and participate in role plays, round robin questioning and group feedback.  An experienced coach (PCC) and member of faculty will provide one on one feedback to support you to develop your client management and coaching expertise.

Observed Coaching

By the time you reach Observed Coaching, you are nearing graduation.  It's a chance to showcase your new coaching skills and increase your coaching mastery.  An expert coach (PCC) and member of faculty will provide you with written feedback and observe you as coaching at PCC level.

Niche Development

Every coach at ICA graduates with their own niche, with the opportunities for niching being endless.  Our Niche development labs will help you identify your niche, and then explore it together with other likeminded coaches.

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.

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.

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


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


  • 45 Day Learning Guarantee

    Having trained over 4500 coaches since 2001, we know our curriculum, and style of delivery works.  But, if for some reason you find our community or training is not for you, then we offer a 45 day satisfaction guarantee.  Read More

Download Program Syllabus

Download our syllabus to learn more about the training option that will best fit your budget, timeframe for completion and certification needs.

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