Why is having an ICF coaching credential so important?

ICF-certified coaches are part of a self-regulating international group of skilled coaches who provide accountability to clients and the coaching profession. They pursue and complete rigorous education and practice requirements that provide unquestioned legitimacy to their commitment to excellence in coaching.  The ICF is the largest professional coaching association in the world.

What certification will I receive at the end of the workshops?

New coaches who complete Foundations One earn 30 ICF-accredited training hours, and the designation of Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC).  While CPLC is not an official ICF designation, it signifies completion of basic coach training and the 30 hours can be applied toward an ACC credential.  Upon completion of Foundations Two, you earn 30 additional training hours, fulfilling the ICF 60-hour requirement for an ACC credential when both courses are combined.  The official ACC designation requires other elements as described in our FAQs.

How long do your workshops take to complete?

Three days, typically a Friday-Sunday from 9:00am to 6:00pm.  There is a nominal amount of reading and preparatory work that will be sent to you after registration, which counts toward the 30-hours earned in each program.

How can you provide so much training in such a short timeframe?

Every Life Coach Workshop program is live-in-person.  We accelerate learning in a focused, immersive environment.  The training is interactive – not a lecture.  There is often rich group discussion.  Questions can be answered immediately.  Clarifications occur without delay.  In three intensive days, we have one primary goal: To root participants in the basics of coaching, educationally and experientially.  We accomplish that through both traditional and alternative modes of teaching and learning, and extensive coaching practice throughout the weekend.

What is the background of your instructors?

Our workshops are delivered by a select group of ICF-certified coach trainers.  Many team members hold advanced education degrees with experience in executive leadership, training & development, and other support professions.  More than just capable educators, Life Coach Workshops trainers create a supportive environment that maximizes learning and capability. 

Are there any prerequisites for the workshops?

There are no prerequisites for Foundations One, our first 30-hour ICF-accredited training.  It’s an exploration of the coaching profession that takes participants through all the basics in the ICF coaching model.  Foundations Two requires successful completion of Foundations One, or demonstratable knowledge and basic proficiency with the ICF 11 Core Coaching Competencies model, and the previous completion of 30 ICF-accredited training hours through another ICF-accredited program. 

What are the requirements for an Associated Certified Coach (ACC) credential?

There are four primary elements to the ICF certification process for the first-level coaching credential, commonly called “ACC”.  They are:

  • Complete at least 60 coach-specific training hours through an ICF-accredited program.
  • Log 100 hours of coaching experience with at least eight different clients.
  • Receive 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a minimum of 3 months from an ICF-certified coach.
  • Successful completion of the Coaching Knowledge Assessment (CKA).

How does live-in-person compare to online coach training?

In the decades leading to the proliferation of web-based training, workshops and seminars were primarily presented in-person.  Today, educational institutions worldwide still choose the physical classroom as their primary teaching environment.  Students come together in-person, engaging in fluid discussion and interaction with an educator, in a multi-sensory learning experience.  The art of teaching in-person is still alive.  Nothing is more effective, and it is exactly how we deliver so many accredited hours in a single weekend.  

Many online 60-hour accredited coach training programs take six months or more to complete.  Week after week, you attend an online class, followed by scheduled coaching with other students and homework in between sessions.  All the distractions of life occur during this extended process, creating a disjointed process over a long period of time, void of full continuity.  The experience can be one-dimensional, behind a computer monitor without the true ability to get to know your classmates.

Life Coach Workshops has gone back to basics, bringing tradition and technology together in our accelerated, effective coach training programs.