Self Mastery ICF Certification Program (ACTP Step 2)

ICF is an independent organization thata quality assures coaches on ACC, PCC and MCC levels. We are one of the few institutes that deliver training accredited by ICF and also offer the oral exam on ACC and PCC levels. Your goal of becoming accredited is also our goal! And we support you throughout the journey.

The Certification program is step 2 after the  Professional Coach with Diploma (Step 1) program, as part of the complete ACTP (Accredited Coach Training Program). You can read more about ACTP here

The main theme for the Certification program is Self Mastery.

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Find out information about:

International Coaching Federation (ICF) and Professional Coaching

What is ICF?

ICF is considered the golden standard in coaching. It is the only organization that offers globally recognized coaching credentials to individuals who meet a strict set of requirements.

The coaching industry is evolving rapidly and it seems that anyone can easily call themselves a coach. For this reason, it is important to make sure high standards are kept when it comes to professional coaching.

What does ICF credential mean for a professional coach?

ICF credential is evidence of the fact that you have a deep understanding of the highest standards in coaching and have demonstrated a mastery in them. They declare to the world that you are a professional coach who is recognized for their coaching excellence.

How to become an ICF certified coach?

In order to become an ICF recognized coach you need first of all to go through coach education that is approved by ICF.

Depending on the level that you apply for, the number of training hours that you are required to complete increases and the same applies for the number of client coaching hours. You are also required to have at least 10 mentoring hours, complete a Coach Knowledge Assessment and go though an oral examination to prove your competence.

ICF offers three credential levels for coaching excellence:

  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • Master Certified Coach (MCC).

For ACC and PCC levels there are 3 paths to choose from:

  • ACTP (Accredited Coach Training Program)
  • ACSTH (Approved Coach Specific Training Hours)
  • Portfolio Path

CoachCompanion Romania supports coaches through start to finish ACTP programs for ACC and PCC levels.

You cand read more about the 3 paths on the ICF website here.

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What does ACTP mean?

ACTP means start to finish or all-inclusive coach education. Such a program includes all the training hours, mentor coach hours and oral examination that ICF requires. After you go through the program with CoachCompanion you will receive a certificate which proves this. Having this certificate, the only thing left for you to do is to complete the Coach Knowledge Assessment, submit your application request on the ICF website and wait to receive you credential after 4 weeks’ review period.

Going through CoachCompanion Romania’s ACTP program also means that you can apply for either ACC or PCC level. It all depends on how many client hours you have. If you for example have 100+ hours you can apply for ACC level and in the moment you reach 500+ coaching hours you simply need to apply for PCC.


ICF Certification program in CoachCompanion

The market is seeing an increasing demand for high-quality professional coaches. Because of that, our customers are learning to see the difference between those who call themselves coaches and those who are professionally certified as coaches. They are coaches who have keen professional pride and realize that there is something of more value, beyond an 8-day program. Indeed, they know that it is imperative to keep their knowledge fresh, and are focused on continuously developing themselves.

Program Structure

(!)Self Mastery ICF Certification is Step 2 as part of ACTP. You first need to complete Professional Coach with Diploma (Step 1)

The certification program includes:

  • Eight full days of training from 9 am to 5 pm
  • 5 hours for one-on-one sessions, with a mentor coach
  • Training days spread over a period of eight months with one training day every month
  • Marketing and sales techniques to find paying clients
  • Peer coaching with a training colleague
  • Oral examination in order to complete the certification program during the examination month
  • Certification ceremony on successful completion and dinner with CoachCompanion as your host.
  • Help our program participants to register on ICF’s Web page and complete the written examination to receive their International Certificate.

We help you all the way to the goal!

Note that the class size is limited to 12 participants.

Program Contents

Each training day has its own unique theme, with a clear focus on building understanding and knowledge of the 8 ICF core competencies. Emphasis is laid on the individual development and inner leadership.


We have several different trainers depending on the city and the country as well as for our mentor coaches and module coaches (mentor coaching in the group). In addition, everyone is certified at the ACC level and most of them on the PCC level. Because we have the right to perform the oral certification we have higher demands from ICF then other training companies. In summary, that secure for quality.


Our training is always based on action learning, for this reason, the participants learn primarily from training but also short theory pass, guidance and feedback and through other participants’ experiences and knowledge.

The theme for each day of training is as described below.:

In Day 1 we explore who you are and who you want to be as a coach and what are your goals for this program. We learn new coaching tools that help facilitate client growth.

ICF core competencies: Cultivates Trust and Safety, Establishes and Maintains Agreements, Demonstrates Ethics Practice, Facilitates Client Growth.

You will never be satisfied if you don’t appreciate what you already have. In Day 2 we explore gratitude. We learn new coaching tools that evoke awareness and facilitate client growth.

ICF core competencies: Facilitating Client Growth, Evokes Awareness

In Day 3 we deepen our understanding of the written and oral coach agreement and discover ways to refine our mastery in coaching.  

ICF core competencies: Establishes and Maintains Agreements, Listens Actively, Cultivates Trust and Safety

Starting from the idea of partnership in Day 4 we explore powerful questions and ways to use questions in order to evoke awareness. We dig deeper when it comes to non-verbal cues and the coach’s duty to express what they observe.

ICF core competencies: Cultivates Trust and Safety, Evokes Awareness

How to support clients in a trusting way? In Day 5 we take active listening and partnership with the client to a deeper level.

ICF core competencies: Listens Actively, Cultivates Trust and Safety, Evokes Awareness, Facilitates Client Growth

In Day 6 we let our inner powerful self, shine unrestrained by saboteurs. We explore sources of power and energy and 5 ways to handle saboteurs

ICF core competencies: Cultivates Trust and Safety, Evokes Awareness, Facilitates Client Growth

Day 7 is about challenging our current view of things and changing perspective. We explore new techniques to evoke awareness and facilitate client growth.  

ICF core competencies: Evokes Awareness, Facilitates Client Growth

We use music as a tool to access our emotions in Day 8. Last, but not least we look at our greatness as coaches.

ICF core competencies: Facilitates Client Growth, Listens Actively, Maintains Presence, Evokes Awareness

To take the oral exam you need to have completed the 8 days of training, 10 mentor coach hours and have at least 100 coaching hours for ACC level and 500 hours for PCC level. 

When you are ready you have 3 months after the last training day to schedule your oral exam with an examiner that we will assign to you.

About one month after the last training day CoachConnect will host a certification dinner to celebrate the end of the program.

We also offer you, our program participant, further support to register on ICF’s Web page and complete the written examination, which is necessary to receive your International Certificate.

How will I learn?

What methods do you use? What approach do you have?
Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is the most efficient way for acquiring new skills that remain with you. You get concrete tools that you can immediately put into practice, while you also get to experience their impact on yourself. All our programs are based on experiential learning: this means we rarely use presentations and lectures in-class. The learning is done through a lot of practice and exercises where the participants learn by doing, observing, experiencing, self-reflection and feedback from their peers, which are essential for creating awareness and making an impact. Of course, handouts and materials are sent at the end of each module, but practice is the key.

Volcano® Coaching

Volcano® coaching is a holistic approach to doing coaching. We use this metaphor to refer to the sleeping power source of the untapped potential which we bring to life. For long-term results we discovered that self-awareness is the key element to help clients achieve goals. Anchoring the goals into a strong foundation ensures their fulfilment. All our 15+ years of experience of coaching are gathered in this powerful, modern approach to doing coaching. With very carefully chosen exercises and experiential learning you set a goal from knowing your true self and your values. From knowing what gifts and talents you have and with awareness of your dreams and visions you find the energy and power; and in this you find your motivation to reach your goals.


What you focus on grows! This is something that guides us as coaches and is also deeply rooted into the way we do training and into the flow of our coaching programs. As a coach you have unyielding faith into your client and see their greatness. You don’t need somebody to tell you what’s wrong, you grow when somebody gives you feedback on what you do good. We build on what is already there because you have the potential and the answer lies within you. As a participant in our program, you will deeply experience what that means and know that your uniqueness makes you the best coach you can be.

When can I participate?

Location: Online, Cluj-Napoca

Language: English, Romanian

Training hours: 09.00-17.00

Price: 2.800€ (VAT included for private, + VAT for companies)

Payment plan option: we support our participants with payment plans of up to 8 months

 20€ administration fee is applicable to each invoice in the payment plan

We offer special discounts for employees in NGO’s

In addition and as a bonus,  during in-class training CoachConnect invites all our program participants to join us for a Swedish Fika on all training days. The Fika is a uniquely Swedish tradition of mingling over coffee and specific Swedish delicacies. Therefore we offer all participants a yummy start to the day with a delicious breakfast buffet to go with their morning coffee as well as an afternoon coffee break with organic treats. Enjoy your Fika as you mingle with a great mix of participants who share their experiences with each other from day one!

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