Portable Learning, Networks and Friendships

I can't believe the strong connections I made with friends around the world who I have only met virtually. At this point, I feel like I could actually travel to any country in the world and I will have an ICA friend wherever I go!
- Lauren Flaherty (ICA Graduate, USA)

A Learnsite Built Specifically for ICA Students

Built in 2004, our online learnsite holds over 20 years of curated resources, curriculum development, global networks and friendships.

As soon as you join an ICA program we will get you set you up in our ICA Learnsite and organise an orientation.   Your learnsite is host to all your required learning materials including you live class schedule (teleclasses,) written training material, video tutorials and faculty moderated learning forum.  These resources make up your training and will extend you an interactive, flexible and self paced learning opportunity that is rich with networking opportunities and friendships.  This is also where you will meet your fellow ICA Coaches.

Your ICA Learnsite holds your learning materials

  1. Module Downloads and Video Tutorials (to read/view before class)
  2. Class Schedule (explore the theory of coaching)
  3. Lab Schedule (put theory into practice)
  4. Forum (reflect with your peers)
  5. Peer Coaching (coach and be coached)

Who Will Be Sitting Next To You In Your Virtual Classroom?

One of they things that makes ICA different from other coach training schools is our diverse and friendly community.  Coaching is a global profession, so we've been delivering e-learning for many many years (since 2001!).  And, actually, we were one of the very first 'online schools' to be ICF Accredited.  Our community now spans 92 different countries. 

When you login to the ICA learnsite, or dial into an ICA class, you'll find ICA students – seated variously on sofas, office chairs, kitchen tables, train seats – discussing  and practising coaching. Who are they?  A mix of corporate professionals, managers, HR professionals, yoga practitioners, teachers, health professionals,  stay at home parents and everyone in between – all sharing perspectives and learning.

Our students and graduates create lifelong networks and friendships locally and globally. Download our latest Graduate Yearbook book to find out how ICA Coaches are creating positive change in the world.

Connecting to Classes

All you need to connect to classes is the schedule, a mobile device or PC/Mac, a quiet space, and internet connection.  You then dial in using zoom (free app) and join either a  classroom or a lab.

Classes are where the concept or skill is introduced, explored and discussed.

Labs are a place where that learning is then put into practice, with opportunities to take on the role of both coach and client

Our classes and labs are quite structured,meaning that you know what to expect before you dial in and can prepare accordingly.  There will generally be between 10 - 20 students in each classes, and although they will be dialing in from many different countries, they will most likely live in a country that has the same time zone as you.  You will also find they are often at the same learning level. For example: if you are a new student joining a 'What is Coaching' class then there will most likely be other new students in that same class (because this is an introductory module).


Coach training is an investment of time and money.

Julia Griffin, ICA graduate, coach and educator, unpacks why learning coach training via e-learning sets you up for a life of coaching success. Read more



Let’s say in life you can walk or ride a bicycle to your destination. You're thinking you will get there quicker and with less stress if you rode instead of walked. A consultant will tell you where to sit and where to put your feet, when to pedal, and when to brake. And then leaves you on your own.  A therapist will explain why it is important for your self-esteem or psyche etc. to successfully ride the bike.  A mentor will share with you their experience or expertise of cycling and advises the most effective way they have found to ride one.

But, a coach will first listen to your desire to try riding, and then ask you powerful questions to help map your journey and set your goals.  They then run along side you and “checking in”. Download Module

Live Class Structure

1. Welcome all students
2. Coach Skill presentation
3. Discover, Don't tell
4. Coaching Tip

5. Niche specfic mentoring
6. Resource Sharing
7. Student Sharing and Reflection

Audio from a Recent Coaching Lab

The Coaching Agreement is at the core of any coaching relationship and being able to create and demonstrate a coaching agreement is fundamental to coaching at both ACC and PCC level.  In this Coaching Lab, Lorna Poole (PCC) takes on the role of coach and uses a 'stop the clock' technique to highlight the important steps in setting up a coaching agreement.  You can download the ICF Module - The Coaching Agreement as a resource to help you follow the process.


Career Coach, BRAZIL
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"The remarkable feature that ICA has is its global and diverse community of coaches, which share the passion for the profession and the will to learn in a colaborative way."


Life & Executive Coach, UAE
testimonial-avatarMy memorable moment;

"Moment? There were many moments including my very first class, my first practicum, my first session as a client, my first session as a coach, feedback from clients, referrals, assessments. But, above all, realizing that coaching skills are not only applicable in coach-client sessions but also in my daily life and personal development!"

YOU decide the DAY and TIME you attend classes

Our ACTP and ACSTH programs have a set number of ours and completion requirements.  But, you are the one that decides the days and times you study, with a rotating schedule offering morning, afternoon, evening and weekend options across all time zones.

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