Accredited Executive Coach Training

The College of Executive Coaching was the first ICF Accredited Coach Training Program to specifically focus on training executive coaches.

An area that is commonly confused by coaches seeking coach credentialing is the difference between "Accredited" Coach Training and "Approved" Coach Training. It is important to know that "Approved" refers to any program that has been approved by the ICF - ACTP (Accredited Coach Training Programs), ACSTH (Approved Coach Specific Training Hours), or CCE (Continuing Coach Education). "Accredited" refers only to ACTPs, and only graduates of "ICF Accredited" coach training programs can use the streamlined ICF credential application saving potentially months and thousands of dollars while going through the application process.

Accredited Coach Training Programs (ACTP)

Each Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) offers:
Certified graduates of ACTPs may apply for an ACC or PCC credential using the ACTP graduate application.

Students who complete some, but not all, of an ACTP may apply for a credential using the portfolio application. The completed hours are considered ACSTH.

Continuing Coach Education Note: All portions of an ACTP are also pre-approved as CCEUs for the purpose of renewing a credential.

Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH)

Organizations that offer Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) offer:
Graduates of ACSTH programs applying for an ACC or PCC credential must use the portfolio application rather than the ACTP graduate application. The portfolio application includes an exam.

CCE Note:All portions of an ACSTH program are also pre-approved as CCEUs for the purpose of renewing a credential.

Continuing Coach Education (CCE)

Continuing Coach Education (CCE) courses are advanced or niche-specific courses that can be used to: Completion of a CCE program alone is generally not enough to satisfy the coach training requirements for a credential.

Source: International Coach Federation Website. Please see the official ICF website for information.