ICF Coaching Course Accreditation – An overview

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15th November 2018

Author: Nick Bolton

An Overview

The ICF – International Coach Federation – is a global body dedicated to establishing professional standards for the coaching profession since 1998. It is the ‘big name’ in the professional coaching world, having a staggering 25,000 members from 126 countries. They are rapidly becoming the recognised accreditation in an industry which is relatively young and isn’t legally regulated. That makes their accreditation to training courses worth their weight in gold. The ICF – What Do They Do For Coaching and Coaches?

The ICF take a multi-pronged approach to the coaching industry: they campaign for professional standards in an industry that hasn’t previously had any; they aim to give coaches a professional platform from which to work; they assess training courses and providers within the industry to ensure that professional standards are achieved.

Coaches who choose to be trained by ICF accredited courses, and thus become ICF certified, are choosing training that is of the very highest standard in the industry. This is critical in an industry which doesn’t require practitioners to be regulated. Coaches who wish to demonstrate their ethics, achievement, knowledge and aptitude therefore need to seek out the regulation themselves. This enables you to stand out from any old Joe Bloggs who might decide to set themselves up as a self-styled life coach.

What Do You Get From The ICF?

You can choose to get ICF accredited coach training which will become the bedrock of your coaching journey, using a training provider such as Animas. You may also feel it’s worthwhile to join the UK Chapter of the ICF for the additional benefits this brings such as the credentials, Code of Ethics and Core Competencies, access to an established professional coaching community, and access to global coaching research.

ICF Coaching Courses – The Difference

Any training provider can set up a course and call it something such as ‘Life Coaching Skills’, and it tells you nothing about what you will actually gain through the course. ICF coaching courses stand out because they offer very tailored, very specific, and assessed content. Typically, ICF coaching courses can be defined through three categories: Accredited Coaching Training Program (ACPT); Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH); and Continuing Coach Education (CCE).

Accredited Coaching Training Program (ACTP): A one-off comprehensive training course covering the ICF Core Competencies, Code of Ethics, and essentially everything necessary to become a qualified coach. The Program is not simply theoretical, but also involves practical assessment.

Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH): This is an hour-by-hour system of achieving ICF Credentials.

Continuing Coach Education (CCE): This training is very much what you would think of as Continuous Professional Development. Some of the ACSTH and CCE will overlap, but CCE courses are aimed at ongoing development and renewing your ICF Credential.

ICF Coaching Courses Available

Animas are proud to be approved training partners of the ICF. This means that we offer a range of ICF-approved courses which in turn help you to be the best in the profession.

The Animas coaching course, the Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching which enables you to train as a life coach, executive coach, or internal coach, is approved for 123 ACSTH (Approved Coach Specific Training Hours) – more than twice the amount needed for ICF credentialing after qualification.

Outside of our central diploma, we offer ICF Accredited Short Courses as part of a rolling programme of coaching CPD. All of these courses count as 12 CCE hours.

Why Choose Animas ICF Coaching Courses?

Animas puts you – the coach – and the overall coaching profession first. We understand that coaching is still a relatively young profession and, as such, being at the forefront of ensuring high professional standards is central to all that we do. We believe in offering integrative and psychologically-minded coaching courses, focusing on transformative theory and facilitative learning to bring out and develop the most highly-skilled coach you can be. We do this by proudly aligning ourselves with the ICF.

Author Details

Nick Bolton

Nick is the founder and CEO of the Animas and International Centre for Coaching Supervision. Along with his love of coaching and supervision, he is a a passionate learner with a fascination for philosophy, psychology and sociology.

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