The Coaching Profession: credential, certification and accreditation

Introducing video nr. 2 –
Let’s continue our exploration on the coaching world and the coaching profession.
Coaching is a self-regulated profession. There are several global coaching organizations that offer credentials. In this way they ensure the consumers that they are hiring a coach who is both trained and experienced.

Each of these organizations is dedicated to excellence in coaching, and has developed a series of credentials, accreditations and certifications to support their mission.

International Coaching Federation is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals.

ICF developed the coaching Core Competencies as the gold standard of coaching, plus a strong Code of Ethics that protects both coaches and clients. It offers the most globally recognized, independent credentialing program for coach practitioners.

ICF also accredits training programs that deliver coach-specific training.
ICF-accredited training programs must complete a rigorous review process and demonstrate that their curriculum aligns with the ICF Core Competencies, Code of Ethics, and definition of coaching.
ICF tracks learning using CCE’s: Continuing Coach Education units. Each CCE equals one hour of approved coach-specific training.

Accreditation means different things for different coach organizations.For ICF accreditation means approving coach training programs to offer different levels of training. ICF offers three different levels of ICF accreditation: ACTP, ACSTH and CCE.

ACTP (Accredited Coach Training Programs) are ‘all inclusive’ programs that offer full coach training at the PCC level. Students who complete all the certification requirements of an ACTP program receive a certificate that is accepted by ICF as proof that training requirements are met at the PCC Level.

ACSTH (Approved Coach Specific Training Hours) approved courses are ‘a la carte’ training programs which may not provide the full start-to-finish coach training program.

CCE (Continuing Coach Education) are separate training modules for supplemental or advanced training. Providers may provide a certificate, but it can only be used to prove hours of training.

Take a look at the video below to get more clarity and stay tuned for the coming video.

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