What Happens Inside The Classroom?

Take a look inside our learning environment. Download a module, watch a video tutorial or listen to a live class (with real learning, faculty and students). Or, join a live class and take the first module for Free

Unpacking Your Learnsite

As soon as you join an ICA program we will get you set you up in our ICA Learnsite and organise a one on one 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.

We've pulled out some of the learning and community experiences, so you can get an idea of how learning at ICA works.  You're also welcome to join in one of our classes to experience it first hand. 

Who will be 'sitting next to you' in class?

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 a global coach training school since day one and have a connected community of over 5000 coaches in 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.

Image Source: ICA Faculty host an open call

Theory (Classes) to introduce the concept or skill

Students attend Classes and Labs.  Classes are where the concept or skill is introduced, explored and discussed.  This learning is then extended to a lab where students come along and practice or fine tune their coaching and receive feedback from an expert trainer and Coach.   

Our classes 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).

What is Coaching? (Module and Video Tutorial)

Let’s say in life you can walk or ride a bicycle to your destination. You will get there quicker and with less stress if you rode instead of walked, right?

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. The coach asks you if you need instructions on how to ride and asks where you might get them. The coach asks you to decide the color or kind of bike you want. The coach runs along side the bike “checking in” to see if you’re enjoying the experience and asks what might make it more fun. Before you know it, you’re discovering new directions and pedaling toward an exciting destination with the wind in your hair. 

What is Coaching? (Recording from recent class)

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

Practice (Coaching Labs) to put theory into practice

The Coaching Agreement (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.

Student and Graduate Portfolios

One of the elements of our training that we are most proud of is that we teach our students to create their own coaching model.  So, we ask them to answer the question - how would you like to coach? And, then provide the tools, guidance and learning needed for them to create their own coaching model. One that will speak to future clients and employers about who they are as a coach and their own unique methodology. Download our latest Graduate Yearbook to see how our graduates are using coaching today.

Research Paper By Vernon Stinebaker
(Agile Coach & Business Coach, CHINA)

The aim of this case study is to highlight the results of a coaching issue or problem that you have applied coaching skills to. Continue…

A Coaching Power Tool Created by Darya Haitoglou
(Systemic Relationship Coaching, UNITED KINGDOM)

TO NOURISH MEANS TO GIVE UNCONDITIONALLY. It’s what Tom Rath and Donald Clifton wrote in How Full is Your Bucket? Continue…

Memorable Moments Shared


Career Coach, BRAZIL
testimonial-avatarMy memorable moment;

"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!"


Executive Coach, CANADA
My memorable moment;

"The Advanced ICA syllabus holds the topics I always wanted to grow and evolve in, in a more profound and structured way. I love the ICA open approach to be able to develop as a coach in my own unique authentic way."

Read more about our Alumni, how they are using coaching, and their ICA Experiences.  

Take the First Module for Free

At ICA the term 'ONLINE LEARNING' refers to a combination of Live Classes, Video Tutorials, downloadable Modules, Peer Coaching and a Private Coaches Forum.  These are all hosted in our 'online learning centre'. It's up to you how many classes you take each week and how fast (or slow) you move through the program.  The key benefit of this style of training being FLEXIBILITY.