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Accredited Coach Training Programs

The better the training, the better the coaches

Professional coaching is flourishing all over the globe, and in turn, so is the field of coach training. To ensure quality training, the International Coach Federation 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 or approved by ICF will give you credibility and expose your program to a wider network of coaches through its listings and searches.


ICF offers two types of recognition for programs—the Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) and Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH). ICF also offers approval of Continuing Coach Education (CCE). ACTP and ACSTH programs have been approved by ICF because they align with the ICF Core Competencies and ICF Code of Ethics. ACTP and ACSTH programs count toward the coach training requirements of an ICF Credential.

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A start-to-finish coach-training program, the ACTP includes comprehensive instruction around the ICF Core Competencies, Code of Ethics and the ICF definition of coaching. The ACTP also includes 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. Learn about the ACTP application process.




ACSTH programs are approved 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. If an applicant is applying for the ACC credential and has completed all 60 hours of required training through an ACSTH program, they must apply using the ACC ACSTH path. If an applicant is applying for the PCC credential and has completed all 125 hours of required training through an ACSTH program, they may apply using the PCC ACSTH path. If an applicant is intending to apply for the ACC or PCC and has not received all hours of required training through an ACSTH program, they must apply using the Portfolio application path. Learn about the ACSTH application process.



ICF also approves Continuing Coach Education (CCE), which is intended as supplemental training for those wishing to acquire additional learning and/or those who are renewing their ICF Credential. Thousands of ICF Credentialed Coaches renew their credentials every three years, so getting your training program approved opens your training to more coaches. For example, one requirement for credential renewal is 40 hours of CCE units. Learn about the Portfolio (CCE) application process.

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