Program Updates to take effect as of 1st July

Robyn Logan

As of July all our programs will have fresh curriculum, increased portfolio opportunities, Learning Labs, and Mentor Coaching.  Business Development and a Coaching Mastermind group will also be added to our elite Advanced program. These changes are to be sure our programs are aligned with ICF ACTP requirements, and to add value to your learning.

Robyn Logan CEO & Founder

What's Changing and Why...

Why Are The Programs Changing?

We regularly review programs to be sure that they are completely aligned with ICF accreditation requirements, continue to be industry relevant, and continue to provide the best learning experience and pathways for students.  As of the 1st July all programs will benefit from a fresh structure and curriculum.  Program pricing will also increase, although existing students will be automatically extended the new programs at no additional cost.

What are the Benefits to Existing Students?

Improvement across all programs

> > > Changes Specific to CERTIFIED COACH PROGRAM +

What's New in Certified Coach...

  • Supevised Coaching Becomes Observed Coaching

    Observed Coaching is a new ICF requirement that all ACTP’s must deliver by 2016.  We are actually already delivering this in your current program, but it’s called Supervised Coaching.  So, the only change here is in the name and a slight change in hours.

  • Coaching Practicum becomes Mentor Coaching

    Mentor Coaching is a relatively new ICF requirement that all ACTP’s must deliver by 2016.  We are already delivering this in your current program, but it’s called Coaching Practicum. The only change here is in the name and a slight change in hour and number of sessions you must coach.

  • Current Assessments become Course Outcomes

    The current assessment requires students to create a Coaching Power tool, Coaching Model and Research Paper (or case study). These will now become recommended course outcomes and are not assessable.   They will however make up your coach portfolio, and will be what you use to position yourself as a coach.

  • New Assessment - online exam and oral exam

    Students already complete the oral exam as part of their Supervised (soon to be Observed) Coaching. This won’t change.  But, a new online exam will be added as an end of course assessment. This is similar in structure to the Coaching Knowledge Assessment, as required for an ICF credential.  So, a great preparation tool for those planning an ICF credential.

    This exam is not meant to ‘trip you up’…it’s designed to showcase your success and you will be well prepared before you sit it.

    Students graduating between July and September will have a choice to sit the exam for assessment, or submit via the previous assessment criteria.

  • 18 months unlimited access to Peer Coaching

    As of the 1st July, the minimum peer coaching requirement will 20 hours.  This is significantly less than the current requirement.  However, students are welcome to do more, and have 18 months unlimited access to the peer coaching community (with the Advanced program, this is lifelong access)

  • Introducing Course Labs

    There are now three types of teleclasses you will attend as part of your studies.

    Topic Teleclasses
    Previously you would do these twice.  You now only do them once.  In this class we will teach you the theory, share professional and personal exampls, and dig into the module concepts.

    Course Labs (new)
    This is where you extend your learning, and workshop your course outcomes.  Each course area has a required number of labs

    Observed Coaching Teleclasases
    These are where you complete the assessment requirements for your program. You attend these only after you have attended all other teleclasses and they are the last step before graduation.

    * For students who have already completed 2 instances of a module – that’s completely fine.  As a transitioning student you must have attended 69 hours of teleclasses.  You must take each module once.  But if you done a module twice, then you can count that as a class taken and reduce the number of labs you attend.

> > > Changes Specific to ADVANCED COACH PROGRAM +

What's New in Advanced Coach Program...

  • Supevised Coaching Becomes Observed Coaching

    Observed Coaching is a new ICF requirement that all ACTP’s must deliver by 2016.  We are actually already delivering this in your current program, but it’s called Supervised Coaching.  So, the only change here is in the name and a slight change in hours.

  • Coaching Practicum becomes Mentor Coaching

    Mentor Coaching is a relatively new ICF requirement that all ACTP’s must deliver by 2016.  We are already delivering this in your current program, but it’s called Coaching Practicum. The only change here is in the name and a slight change in hour and number of sessions you must coach.

  • Current Assessments become Course Outcomes

    The current assessment requires student to create a Coaching Power tool, Coaching Model and Reseach Paper (or case study). These will now become recommended course outcomes and are not assessable.   They will however make up your coach portfolio, and will be what you use to position yourself as a coach.

  • New Assessment - online exam and oral exam

    Students already complete the oral exam as part of their Supervised (soon to be Observed) Coaching. This won’t change.  But, a new online exam will be added as an end of course assessment. This is similar in structure to the Coaching Knowledge Exam, as required for an ICF credential so a great preparation for those who are planning their credentialling journey.

    This exam is not meant to ‘trip you up’…it’s designed to showcase your success and you will be well prepared before you sit it.

    Students graduating between July and September will have a choice to sit the exam for assessment, or submit via the previous assessment criteria.

  • Introducing Course Labs

    There are now three types of teleclasses you will attend as part of your studies.

    Topic Teleclasses
    Previously you would do these twice.  You now only do them once.  In this class we will teach you the theory, share professional and personal exampls, and dig into the module concepts.

    Course Labs (new)
    This is where you extend your learning, and workshop your course outcomes.  Each course area has a required number of labs

    Observed Coaching Teleclasases
    These are where you complete the assessment requirements for your program. You attend these only after you have attended all other teleclasses and they are the last step before graduation.

    * For students who have already completed 2 instances of a module – that’s completely fine.  As a transitioning student you must have attended 69 hours of teleclasses.  You must take each module once.  But if you done a module twice, then you can count that as a class taken and reduce the number of labs you attend.

  • 2 years Unlimited Business Development (replaces Advanced Coach Skills and Advanced icoachportfolio)

    You can spend hours of your time trying to figure our your Business model – or you can learn from people who have been there and done that!  ICA’s business development is designed to get you ‘business ready’ by the time you graduate.  There’s a heavy focus on the ‘how to’ and implementation support, including how to set up your website, how to connect your business with social media and how to turn prospects into paying clients.

  • 2 years Unlimited Coach Mastermind Membership (replaces additional Observed Coaching requirmeents)

    ICA is a firm believer in lifelong learning.  As a professional coach, your learning and development continues long beyond your coach training graduation. As a member of the Coach Mastermind you will connect as a small group to deepen your coaching presence, awareness and competency.

    * If you have already completed your additional Observed Coaching, then the mastermind is optional.

  • Lifetime unlimited access to Peer Coaching

    As of the 1st July, the minimum peer coaching requirement will 20 hours.  This is significantly less than the current requirement.  However, students are welcome to do more, and have 18 months unlimited access to the peer coaching community.  Students wanting to pursue an ICF credentiual such as ACC or PCC can get their full coaching hours from ICA’s peer coaching

  • Lifetime unlimited Access to Mentor Coaching

    This means that after you graduate, you can come back as often as you like to fine tune and practice your coaching skills, and get feedback from one of our mentor coaches.

    * Mentor Coaching will soon become an optional monthly membership and available only as an addition to Advanced (not a lifetime inclusion). However, those who already have it in their Advanced program will continue to enjoy unlimited, lifetime, access.

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Program Learning Areas and Student Contact Hours

Core Coach Training

All modules are mapped against ICF competencies and cover the fundamental theories and frameworks of coaching and core skills you needed to get up and running as a successful coach.  This includes ICA's trademarked Power Tools.  Available and taught only at International Coach Academy, this set of distinctions can powerfully shift a perspective, and will be something you find yourself coming back to over and over again.

Coach Skills Essential Bridging Certified Advanced
Foundation Coach 2 hrs 12 hrs 12 hrs 12 hrs
Coaching Presence 3 hrs 12 hrs  12 hrs 12 hrs
Coach Skills 3 hrs 16 hrs 16 hrs 16 hrs
Framework and Models - - 15 hrs 15 hrs 15 hrs
Power Tools 9 hrs - 14 hrs 14 hrs 14 hrs
Total Teleclass Hours 16 hrs 40 hrs 29 hrs 69 hrs 69 hrs

Coach Development

In mentor coaching you refine your coaching skills, with the support and feedback of an ICA Mentor coach.  You will gain the confidence to coach anyone, anywhere, anytime.  Observed coaching is an opportunity to showcase your coaching skills and refine your coaching mastery.

Coach Development (Live Teleclasses) Coach Skills Essential Bridging Certified Advanced
Mentor Coaching 2hrs 10hrs 16hrs 16hrs 16hrs
Observed Coaching - - 15hrs 15hrs 15hrs
Total Teleclass Hours 2hrs 10hrs 31hrs 31hrs 31hrs

Coach Portfolio

No 2 coaches are alike.  Your coaching portfolio will communicate who you are as a coach - your brand, your niche and your coaching model.  Selected portfolios are published and shared (with permission) on the ICA website and will position you as a coaching expert to future clients.

Coaching Essential Bridging Certified Advanced
Coaching Development Plan
Training and Certification plan
Create a Research Project
Design your own Coaching Model
Create your own Power Tool
Your Client Starter Pack
Total Self-Study Hours 2 hrs 10 hrs 12 hrs 25 hrs 25 hrs

Peer Coaching

There are two components to the Peer Coaching Course; coaching and being coached. In many ways this is one of the most powerful parts of the program. It is the place where theory meets practice, where you can implement and apply the many skills and tools you will learn.

Peer Coaching (One on One) Coach Skills Essential Bridging Certified Advanced
As a Coach 10hrs 10hrs unlimited
As a Client 6 hrs 10 hrs 10 hrs unlimited
Total Teleclass Hours 6 hrs 20 hrs 20 hrs 30 hrs (minimum)

Business Development

You can spend hours of your time trying to figure our your Business model - or you can learn from people who have been there and done that!  ICA's business development is designed to get you 'business ready' by the time you graduate.  There's a heavy focus on the 'how to' and implementation support, including how to set up your website, how to connect your business with social media and how to turn prospects into paying clients.

Coach Skills Essential Bridging Certified Advanced
Social Media and Website 'How To' Video Tutorials - - - - 10 hrs
Live Business Development Teleclasses unlimited
Total Teleclass Hours unlimited

Coach Mastermind

ICA is a firm believer in lifelong learning.  As a professional coach, your learning and development continues long beyond your coach training graduation. As a member of the Coach Mastermind you will connect as a small group to deepen your coaching presence, awareness and competency. 

Coach Supervision Coach Skills Essential Bridging Certified Advanced
As a Coach unlimited
As a Client unlimited
Total Teleclass Hours 30 hrs (minimum)

Graduation Timeframe

Each program has a fixed period for graduation.  In most cases students fast track and finish much sooner than the times below.  However, it's entirely up to you and we recommend you choose a pace that works best for your life/ work / family balance.

Coach Skills Essential Bridging Certified Advanced
Graduation and Assessment timeframe 6 months 12 months 12 months 18 months 2 years

Showcasing ICA Graduates

A selection of Power Tools, Case Studies and Research Papers by ICA Graduate Coaches