Coach Training - North America

Students living in North America join our Global Coach Training Programs where they develop strong friendships or networks, and can share local and global perspectives on coaching issues and skills.

Coaching Trends In North America

72% of ICF Global coaching study respondents in North America viewed coaching as a profession vs 28% viewing coaching as a skill and 6% view coaching as an industry.

North American coaches use a mix of in-person coaching (51%), audio-video platforms (50%) and telephone (59%) which differs from other regions around the world which tend to have more face to face coaching. This trend may change after Covid.

Personal clients account for a smaller share of the client mix in North America (17%), Coach practitioners are more likely to have executive clients.

The typical coaching engagement lasts from four to six months. Longer engagements (seven months or more), are most often found in North America (44%)

On average, coaching sessions are shortest in North America, where 29% last less than one hour and fewer than one in five (19%) last more than one hour.

Clients are Looking for Certified Coaches

Coaching has roots from a variety of theories and philosophies including adult education, positive psychology and organisational psychology. And it can be found in an increasing number of industries and professions. It is not a singular practice. Consequently it cannot be taught as such.

At ICA, we like to plan your exit at the beginning.  You will graduate with the confidence, skills and knowledge needed to coach anyone anywhere in the world, your own unique coaching model and portfolio, and a coaching certification that is recognised globally.

Take the PROGRAM SELECTION QUIZ to find out which program is best for you.

A large majority of coach practitioners and managers/leaders using coaching skills agreed that individuals or organizations using coaching expect their coaches to be certified or credentialed.

ICF Global Study Into Coaching (2016)


We have been delivering our coach training via e-learning for over 20 years, and was the first Australian school to have an online curriculum accredited by the ICF (in 2004).

At ICA the term online learning refers to an interactive e-learning methodology and a thriving community of networks and friendships.

The first thing you do when you join our training is spend some time looking around the virtual corridors of ICA - unpacking your learnsite (module downloads, video tutorials, curated resources, class schedules and the ICA Coaches private forum), meet your faculty,meet your peers, and join an orientation call. Then using your graduation checklist you map out a learning schedule, selecting classes that best fit with the times you have set aside to study (options to fast track or take your time).


When coaching was a new profession, it was perfectly acceptable to simply call yourself a coach. But today the coaching profession is well developed across many industries and professions around the globe and the need to specialize and showcase your uniqueness is increasing. At ICA you will graduate with the skills to coach anyone, anywhere in the world, but we will also show you how to specialise by helping you to develop your own Coaching Model.

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All our Graduates create their own unique coaching model and conduct specialist research during their studies. The result is that on graduation they have a ready made Coaching Portfolio of work they can use to promote their coaching services.



Performance Coach, CANADA

testimonial-avatarLearning coaching in such a professional and credible institution like ICA is an experience that will be always memorable for me! The most memorable moment was one of my mentor coaching classes where I finally found the courage to coach someone for the first time in my life. That day is still so vivid in my mind. I was shaking when I was done. The best part that put the smile on my face today is how all ICA instructors are so direct and supportive to you. They encourage you to grow and they never judge you. Thank you, ICA!


Work Life Integration Coach, UNITED STATES

testimonial-avatarThe classroom environment was always lively and full of smart classmates willing to participate. It was my anchor during the COVID-19 quarantine.



testimonial-avatarI remember the feeling you get when you realize you've made the right decision... I truly enjoyed every class in the program. Every experience I had through classes confirmed that ICA was the right choice to prepare myself for my next career as a coach. I particularly enjoyed the flexibility provided in how everyone chooses to complete the program as well as the nontraditional learning format. Minimizing lectures and book learning while favoring group discussions and self-reflection has been such a powerful way to learn and grow. I'm grateful for all of my skills instructors who made the process fun and engaging. The cultural diversity provided by instructors and students from all over the world was a great additional benefit. I highly recommend ICA!

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