What is the difference between ACTP, ACSTH and CCE accreditation?
- Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)
The ACTP is a start to finish coach-training program that includes comprehensive instruction around the ICF Core Competencies, Code of Ethics, and the ICF definition of coaching. ACTPs also include Mentor Coaching, observed coaching sessions, and a comprehensive final exam that evaluates a student's coaching competency. Graduates of an ACTP may apply for an individual ICF Credential using the ACTP path.
- Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH)
ACSTH programs are accredited on an hour-by-hour basis and may or may not be a full coach training program depending on the number of student contact hours. Students who complete all of their training hours through an ACSTH may apply for an ICF Credential via the ACSTH path.
- Continuing Coach Education (CCE)
ICF also accredits Continuing Coach Education (CCE), which is intended as advanced training to those wishing to acquire new learning and/or those who are renewing their ICF Credential. Thousands of ICF-credentialed coaches renew their credential every three years so getting your training program accredited for CCE units opens your training to more coaches. For example, one requirement for credential renewal is 40 hours of CCE.
||Once accredited may be marketed as:
|Continuing Coach Education (CCE)
|Intended as advanced training for those wishing to acquire new learning and/or renew their coaching credential. Does not provide comprehensive coach training. Typically focuses on one or few specific skills.
||1 to 60+ student contact hours
||$200 - $1,500 USD. Please refer to the CCE Provider Requirements page for more detail.
|Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH)
|Beginning and intermediate coach-specific training. Students at this level will acquire practical and theoretical knowledge with expanded opportunities to develop skills under the guidance of faculty.
||30 to 176+ student contact hours
||$1,500 - $3,300 USD. Please refer to the ACSTH Provider Requirements page for more detail.
|Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)
|Beginning, intermediate and advanced coach-specific training. Students at this level will acquire practical and theoretical knowledge with multiple opportunities to develop skills under the guidance of faculty. Students complete formative and summative assessments of their coaching.
125 to 176+ student contact hours
|ACTP, ACSTH, CCE
||$2,300 - $3,300 USD. Please refer to the ACTP Provider Requirements page for more detail.
How do I get my coach training program accredited?
Applications for accreditation as an ACSTH, ACTP or CCE are thoroughly reviewed by ICF staff and by specially trained teams of reviewers. The timeline for accreditation will vary based on the complexity of the program, the availability of reviewers, and the comprehensiveness of the documentation and audit materials provided by the applicant.
How long does it take to get a program accredited?
- ACTP review normally takes between 12 and 24 weeks.
- ACSTH review normally takes between 12 and 24 weeks.
- CCE review normally takes between 3 to 4 weeks.
Please plan accordingly when planning program promotional efforts.
Why did ICF change the program accreditation application pricing structure for ACTP, ACSTH and CCE?
Training providers report that their ICF accreditation is vital to their ability to market their offerings and demonstrate their commitment to high standards. Because ICF-accredited programs are listed on ICF’s Training Program Search Service and have the ability to spotlight their status on websites and promotional materials, they are able to promote their offerings to a wider network that includes prospective coaches, practitioners seeking an ICF Credential, and corporate and government entities that wish to train their personnel to deliver coaching services internally.
Although the value of ICF accreditation is immense, ICF’s fees for these processes have remained static for more than eight years, and are well below the cost of program accreditations offered by other organizations. In order to ensure the continued consistency, integrity and operational excellence of ICF’s accreditation processes going forward, the ICF Global Board of Directors approved a change to the fee structures for initial ACTP, ACSTH and CCE program applications.
What does ICF do with the information that I submit on the program accreditation application? Is it protected?
Who can I contact with a program accreditation question?
- For ACTP or ACSTH questions, please contact Emily Williams.
- For CCE programs, not hosted by an ICF Chapter or CP, please contact Emily Williams.
- For CCE programs hosted by an ICF Chapter, please contact Matt Varney.
- For CCE programs hosted by an ICF Community of Practice, please contact Adam Meredith.