ICF Accreditation / Qualification
01. What does ACSTH mean?
Approved Coach Specific Training Hours. You will need to complete a minimum of 60 ACSTH to apply for an ACC credential and a minimum of 125 hours for a PCC credential.
02. What does ACTP mean?
Accredited Coach Training Programme. This means that you have completed the necessary ACSTH, received 10 hours of mentor coaching, and completed an examination process.
03. How do I apply for an ICF credential?
You need to apply to the ICF via their Portfolio route or via an ACTP route. Our Diploma in Coaching (Part I Professional Coaching Skills
and Part II Developing Mastery)
is an ACTP so on completion of this you can apply via the ACTP route. Alternatively you can complete a programme which is accredited as ACSTH – our Professional Coaching Skills
- and then apply to the ICF via their Portfolio route. (For more information see the Credentialing Requirements Chart
04. How do I get my 10 hours of mentor coaching?
The 10 hours of mentor coaching are completed during the Professional Coaching Skills course and the Developing Mastery, through the formally observed coaching sessions, one-to-one coaching, and one-to-one supervision sessions.
05. What is the difference between accreditation and credentialing?
The training courses are accredited, the individual is credentialed. Therefore if you wish to become an ICF coach you need to complete an ICF accredited training course in order to apply for an ICF credential.
06. What is an ICF credential?
This is the level of ‘qualification’ or ‘certification’ that you can attain with the ICF. You can apply for ACC – Associate Certified Coach; PCC – Professional Certified Coach; or MCC – Master Certified Coach. Each level requires a different number of coaching hours and experience. Please see our section on Accreditation
for more detail.
07. Will I be an ICF coach when I finish the Professional Coaching Skills course?
No. You will receive a certificate which states that you have completed an ICF accredited coach training course with Coaching Development which provides 135+ ACSTH (Approved Coach Specific Training Hours).
08. Can I be a member of the ICF without having a credential?
Yes at present you can apply to be a member of the ICF without having to have a credential.
09. Do any of the hours from the Professional Coaching Skills count towards the 10 hours mentor coaching requirement for the ICF when applying for a credential?
Yes – 3 hours (formally observed sessions).
10. What can I call myself when I have finished my coaching training?
When you have completed your training, either the Professional Coaching Skills or the Developing Mastery (or both), we will send you a logo you can use. The title you choose to use for yourself as a coach is up to you.
11. Can I link to the Coaching Development website?
If you have gained a certificate through training with us we are very happy for you to link to our website. Please contact the office for a logo and hyperlink if you are unsure how to do this.
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