ICF-Accredited Coaching Certification - Earn an ICF credential
ICF-accreditation is changing! The new Level 1 and Level 2 accreditations rolled out in August of 2022 and beginning in January of 2023 the legacy accreditations formerly ACSTH and ACTP will be removed. For earning a credential (formerly ACSTH and ACTP) paths remain for those who have certification. The new Level 1 will make the process for the ACC credential easier and the Level 1 and Level 2 accreditations are clearer. At the Center for Coaching Certification we will continue to offer (formerly ACSTH and ACTP) through 2022 and we started offering the Level 1 and Level 2 in August.
- The Foundational Cohort is an ICF-accredited Level 1/ formerly ACSTH coach training program that includes the training and mentor coaching to support you earning ICF's ACC credential.
- The Growth Cohort is an ICF-accredited Level 1 to 2/ formerly ACSTH & ACTP coaching certification to transition from the ACC to the PCC credential.
- The Advanced Cohort is an ICF-accredited formerly ACTP / Level 2 coach training and mentoring program for earning the PCC credential.
Click here to access the overview for these credentialing cohorts:
- Level 1 / formerly ACSTH: Foundational Cohort: Overview
- Level 1 to 2 / formerly ACSTH & ACTP (for those who already completed 60 hours of coach-specific training) Growth Cohort: Overview
- Level 2 / formerly ACTP: Advanced Cohort Overview
For the schedule of each cohort, go to https://www.coachcert.com/training/credentialing-cohorts/icf-credentialing-cohort-schedules.html
To register for a credentialing cohort, complete the application at https://www.coachcert.com/training/coach-training-application.html and submit the registration fee at https://www.coachcert.com/purchase-page.html
Let's pull this all together: How can I become a coach? This question about how to become a coach is asked by many and the process includes training, mentoring, gaining experience, being assessed, and an exam. During the process you are developing the core competencies of a coach, learning and demonstrating an ethical practice as a coach, solidifying your efficacy with mentor coaching, and gaining coaching experience. This culminates in being assessed coaching and passing the Coach Knowledge Assessment exam. The listed credentialing cohorts provide options for your path to become a coach.
What is changing with how the International Coaching Federation, ICF, accredits coach training? Starting in August of 2022, ICF is transitioning how they credential coach training programs. Formerly ACSTH accreditation was for programs offering at least 30 hours of training and that is changing to accrediting programs as Level 1 with 60 hours of training and mentor coaching to earn the ACC credential. Formerly ACTP accreditation was for programs offering at least 125 hours of training and mentor coaching and that is changing to accrediting programs as Level 2 with the same standards to earn the PCC credential.
The left column in this chart lists the programs that are offered a-la-carte or bundled in the Foundational, Growth, or Advanced cohorts for earning an ICF credential: