Professional coaching is flourishing all over the globe, and in turn, so is the field of coach training. To ensure quality training, the International Coach Federation accredits coach-training programs that meet its high standards. This accreditation provides coach-training programs, and those who complete them, with a competitive edge both in their content and stature. Coaches worldwide recognize ICF as an industry leader and turn to the Association for training and continuing education. Getting your coach training program accredited or approved by the ICF will give you credibility and expose your program to a wider network of coaches through its listings and searches. For more background please see Program Accreditation on the ICF Global website.
To find a coach training program, we recommend that you use the ICF's Training Program Search Service:
For best results, use only one or two search fields at a time.
The search for a coach training program is a highly individual process which depends greatly on your personal preferences and goals. The Training Program Search Service is designed to give you basic information about all ICF-approved programs.
For more detailed information about each training organization, please contact the organisation rather than the ICF office. Contact details for each training provider can be found in the ICF Training Program Search System. The ICF recommends all approved programs equally and cannot recommend one program over another.
If you would like more information on any aspect of ICF, please contact:
Manager ICF Regional Service Centre Asia Pacific - Kuala Lumpur office
International Coach Federation
Phone: +6019 2535407
The ICF Singapore Chapter Executive Committee
Each Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) must offer:
- A minimum of 125 hours of coach-specific training
- Training on all ICF Core Competencies and the ICF Code of Ethics
- A minimum of 6 observed-coaching sessions with an experienced coach
- A comprehensive final exam that evaluates a student's coaching competency
- In the US and Canada, a Director of Training holding the MCC credential; outside the US and Canada, a Director of Training committed to obtaining the MCC credential within 3 years of the application
- Certified graduates of ACTPs may apply for an ACC or PCC credential using the ACTP graduate application.
Organizations that offer Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) must offer:
- A minimum of 30 hours of coach-specific training
- Training on some ICF Core Competencies and the ICF Code of Ethics
- Graduates of ACSTH programs applying for an ACC or PCC credential must use the portfolio application rather than the ACTP graduate application. The portfolio applications includes an exam.
Continuing Coach Education (CCE) courses further the ongoing development of the professional coach and can be used to satisfy the renewal requirements for credentialed coaches renewing their ACC, PCC or MCC credentials.