Many people want the credibility that comes from being an accredited coach and it is now becoming more and more desirable to be an accredited so you can stand out from competition and work with a wider variety of clients. 

The accreditation process isn’t always the easiest to understand so let’s break it down. 

We are talking about the ICF – international coaching federation as they are the most widely regarded and established awarding body.

First of all let’s start with the training:

The ICF accredit at 3 levels:

1) ACTP (accredited coach training program) is a FULL end to end program which includes all you need in terms of training and mentoring to become accredited with no extra costs (except for your ICF registration fee) 

They are robust qualification that represents at least 125 hours of training across core competencies and 10 hours of mentoring. 

** this is what we offer at optimus ** 

2) ACSTH (approved coach specific training hours) these may not be start to finish coach training programs and are often lighter in their content and teaching equally it does not include mentoring so if you want to become accredited you need to pay for this on top. 

3) CCE (continuing coach education programs) these are generally for experienced coaches and look at specific areas of interest: to use these to become accredited you need to have mentoring and additional training at an ACTSCH or ACTP level 

** we offer these for more experienced coaches ** 

Next, let's look at accreditation:

When you complete your program and become certified you can then go on to be accredited.

The first level is ACC – Associate certified coach 

You need:

100 hours of coaching (70 paid / 30 pro bono at time of writing) 

PLUS 

A full ACTP qualification 

OR 

An ACSTH with at least 60 hours + 10 hours of mentoring + A recording of one of your coaching sessions to be approved and passed 

OR 

A combination of training which can include CCES + 10 hours of mentoring + A recording of one of your coaching sessions to be approved and passed 

THEN you pay your admin fee and do the coach knowledge assessment online with the ICF.

The next level is the PCC – Professional Certified Coach 

You need:

500 hours of coaching (440 paid) 

PLUS 

A full ACTP qualification 

OR 

An ACSTCH + additional training to get to 125 hours + 10 hours of mentoring + 2 recordings which need to be approved and passed 

OR 

A combination of training which can include CCEs + 10 hours of mentoring + 2 recordings which need to be recorded and passed 

THEN you pay your admin fee.

The final level (this is where our founder Ruth Kudzi is and there are about 1300 worldwide) the MCC master coach 

You need 200 hours of coach training + 2500 hours coaching + 2 coaching sessions uploaded and assessed 

As you can see if you do any route EXCEPT the ACTP you have to pay for…

: additional mentoring 

: additional training 

AND you have to have your recordings assessed 

If, for example, you did an ACTSH qualification which was 124 hours and you then wanted to become PCC accredited you will need to:

1) Pay for 10 hours of mentoring 

2) Submit a recording 

To get ACC 

Then…

3) Pay for 10 more hours of mentoring 

4) Submit 2 recordings 

5) Do additional training 

We felt at Optimus this is a much longer route and more expensive route which is why we offer the ACTP diploma where everything is in one place.