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Accreditation in the Coaching Profession

Accreditation in the Coaching Profession

You’ve probably seen the terms ‘accreditation’ and ‘credentialing’ on our site. These are important terms to understand as you choose a coaching course in an increasingly influential profession such as coaching. So, what do they mean, and how do they work?


High-quality coach training will invariably be accredited. This means that the training programme has undergone rigorous scrutiny by one of the professional coaching bodies and recognised as having high quality training, good operational standards, ethics, and demonstrating alignment with recognised coaching competencies.

For training to be awarded these accreditations, courses must go through a rigorous process of assessment to ensure they meet certain quality standards.

The three main professional coaching bodies are:

  • International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Association for Coaching (AC)
  • European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)

The ICF remains by far the largest professional coaching body in the world with over 27,000+ members and provides a powerful voice for the profession internationally. The AC by contrast is the largest in the UK and represents a broad base of coaches. The EMCC has traditionally be focused on coaches within the corporate space as well as providing exceptional recognition for coaching supervision training.

Animas course accreditation

We’re proud that our courses are accredited by these three main professional coaching bodies. This means you can be assured of the quality of our courses, and know that they will carry weight with any prospective client or employer. The ICF enables you to take your coaching international, the AC will speak volumes in the UK and our supervision course carries the EMCC mark.

Each of our courses’ accreditation details can be found on the course page. As a snapshot:

  • Our Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching is accredited for 123 Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) – more than double the hours required by the ICF. It is also one of only a handful of courses recognised as an Accredited Diploma in Coach Training by the Association for Coaching
  • Our Accredited Diploma in Coaching Supervision has been accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and awarded the European Supervision Quality Award; a prestigious accreditation achieved by only a small number of programmes. It is also accredited by the ICF as providing 110 Continuing Coach Education Units (CCEUs).
  • Finally, our Short Coaching CPD Courses are accredited by the ICF for 12 CCEUs each, which count towards gain or renewing your ICF coach credentials.


Credentials are something that an individual can be awarded upon demonstrating specific levels of training, ongoing development, coaching hours, and competence. In a sense, you could think about this as your personal accreditation. Credentials are becoming increasingly important for credibility, especially for coaches within organisations.

No course will automatically give you credentials with one of the professional bodies – you will always need to apply to the body after you qualify.

Conveniently for graduates of the Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching, we have mapped our course to the needs of both the International Coach Federation and the Association for Coaching.

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