why signup for Professional Coach ICF Level 1

Why sign-up for Professional Coach – ICF Level 1 (ACC)?

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Professional Coach ICF Level 1 Program is the starting point for all coaching training. On top of that, it is ideal for those who want to make a change in both their own life and the lives of others. 

This program introduces you to the tools and methodologies you need to be able to coach in a professional way. In addition, this training is the first step towards obtaining ICF accreditation in the future. 

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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.

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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).

Tthere are 3 paths to choose from (see below). You can read more about the 3 paths on the ICF website here.

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  1. Level 1 (ACC)
  2. Level 2 (PCC)
  3. Portfolio Path

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Our Professional Coach ICF Level 1 Program, gives you the tools and resources to become an ICF’s Associate Certified Coach. 

Over 6 months of certification, you will receive 90+ hours of knowledge including 60+ hours of classes (both synchronous and asynchronous), 10 mentor coaching hours, experience through peer coaching, your own coaching model, clarification on your coaching niche, as well as all course literature, on-demand support, 10+ years of coaching know-how, and a rigorous validation to prove your coaching skills by being assessed through a live coaching session.

The program is structured in modules, spread over 6 months, with each module covering key areas of the coach development journey: Coaching Foundation, Coaching Presence, and Coaching Skills.

Module 1 Coaching Foundation

Coaching Foundation 

Coaching foundation is about understanding the role of the coach, the duty we have towards our clients, and the intent we wish to bring into the coaching partnership. Main Core competencies: Demonstrates Ethical Practice, Establishes and Maintains Agreements, Embodies a Coaching Mindset We do this by understanding the Ethics and Guidelines we as coaches adhere to, by exploring the ICF Core Competencies and their meaning to the coaching relationship, by defining what coaching is and is not, and finally by developing a mindset that is favorable to the inner growth and transformation of our coachees. 

Module 3 Coaching Skills

Our Coaching Skills module takes your coaching competencies to the next level by giving you the tools and the resources to create a deeper awareness, to facilitate insights, and to transform the learning into action, while allowing your clients to take ownership and accountability for those actions. 

Main Core competencies: Evokes Awareness, Facilitates Client Growth 

We do this by exploring a variety of coaching tools to be used in your sessions, by practicing these tools in the classroom and outside, by reflecting on techniques that can be personalized to our clients in their learning process so key insights can surface in their journey. 

Module 4 Coach Development

Developing as a coach goes beyond just the work we do with our clients. Starting with our sessions, you will undertake a discovery journey of who you are as an individual but also within your coaching practice. While this is just the beginning of the journey, we want to ensure you have everything you need to continue that journey. As a coaching student, you will attend both group and individual mentor coaching, a powerful way to get feedback from your instructors and your peers. Peer coaching will give you the practice that is key to perfecting the art of coaching. Finally, you will learn how to build your own coaching model that represents you and your style of coaching as well as develop your own coaching niche.

Diploma Day

Diploma Day is an extra day reserved for all participants to showcase their coaching skills after finishing the program. The oral examination consists of a coaching session with an examiner assessed over a 15-minute phone conversation. The day concludes with a Diploma Ceremony, when we reflect on our coaching journey and celebrate with champagne!

Certification Process Certification

Certification Process Certification follows the full completion of the coursework. After submitting your training attendance log, you will be invited to book an oral examination that consists of a coaching session with an examiner assessed over a 15-minute phone conversation. Upon successful completion of all requirements, a diploma will be sent to you. 

Our program is currently in the process of being recognized by ICF and will state the number of training hours and mentor coaching hours that the participants achieved as part of the ACTP training.

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How will I learn? Method & Approach

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.


Transformational Coaching

Transformational coaching is a holistic approach to doing coaching. Each and everyone of us has a 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 fulfillment. 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 and to create a true transformation.


Appreciation 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 well. 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? Training days & costs

Find out more about when you can participate, training days and costs, here! Don’t miss the change to start your journey in coaching with CoachConnect!

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