Training Program Accreditation
To ensure quality training, the International Coach Federation (ICF) accredits coach-training programs that meet its high standards. This accreditation provides coach-training programs, and those who complete them, with a competitive edge both in their content and stature. Coaches worldwide recognize ICF as an industry leader and turn to the Association for training and continuing education. Getting your coach training program accredited by ICF will give you credibility and expose your program to a wider network of coaches through its listings and searches.
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ICF offers three different accreditation types for training programs:
Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)
Accredited Coach Training Programs (ACTPs) types of training programs are considered all-inclusive programs. These programs are required to provide coaches with a basic to advanced level of coach training, the opportunity to practice coaching, mentoring by an ICF professional coach (PCC at minimum) and will also be required to evaluate students' coaching skills at a PCC credential level by a qualified reviewer. Once a student/coach completes a full ACTP program, they will have enough training and skills to apply for the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential that ICF offers. Please note that training is only a portion of the requirements to submit an application for the PCC. Students/coaches will also have enough training hours to apply for ICF Global Membership. To see the full list of application requirements for this program type, please CLICK HERE.
Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH)
Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) programs are considered a la carte in relation to the all-inclusive ACTP programs, while still providing a basic to intermediate level of coach training. These programs are required to provide at least 30 hours of coach-specific training and the opportunity to practice coaching. Once students/coaches complete an ACSTH program, they can use those hours toward ICF Global Membership and one of the three ICF Credentials. To see the full list of application requirements for this program type, please CLICK HERE.
Continuing Coach Education (CCE)
Continuing Coach Education (CCE) programs are meant to provide training for coaches who already have ICF credentials or who have already received basic coach training. These programs are intended to help coaches to renew their credentials. To see the full list of application requirements for this program type, please CLICK HERE.