• ICF: International Coaching Federation. It is the main professional organisation for coaches worldwide.
  • ACC: Associate Certified Coach. It is the first-level accreditation delivered by the ICF which validates completion of a coaching training and a minimum of 100 hours of coaching.
  • PCCProfessional Certified Coach. It is the second-level accreditation delivered by the ICF which validates completion of a longer coaching training and a minimum of 500 hours of coaching.
  • MCCMaster Certified Coach. It is the third and last level accreditation delivered by the ICF which validates completion of an extensive coaching training and a minimum of 2,500 hours of coaching.
  • ACTP: Accredited Coach Training Program. It is a programme certification delivered by the ICF to third-parties companies who deliver coaching training. ACTP programmes are “all inclusive”: they offer a high number of training hours (minimum of 125 hours) as well as Mentor Coaching and a performance evaluation process. This is why coaches who completed an ACTP training do not need to do Mentor Coaching when they apply for their accreditation.
  • ACSTHApproved Coaching Specific Training Hours. ACSTH-certified programs are considered “à la carte” training programmes, which may or may not offer start to finish coach training programmes. If you complete an ACSTH training, you are required to do Mentor Coaching.

To apply to an ICF ACC accreditation, you need to meet these requirements:

  1. At least 60 hours of coach-specific training.
  2. A minimum of 100 hours of coaching experience with at least 8 clients following the start of your coach-specific training. Maximum 30 of these hours can be pro-bono coaching.
  3. 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a minimum of three months.
  4. An audio recording and written transcript of a coaching session at ACC level.
  5. Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) during the application process.

If you have any additional questions about the ICF credentialing process, please visit the ICF website.


The programme is highly interactive. Even during the theoretical parts when we introduce a new coaching model, your questions and comments will add to the learning experience of everyone. You will participate to discussions and activities, and most importantly you will coach. You can expect to coach and be coached twice a day most days.

Learn more about our approach.

  • ICF-approved programme: our Professional Coaching Skills Certification was reviewed by the ICF and granted the ACSTH programme accreditation.
  • It includes Mentor Coaching: most coach trainings for the ACC credential do not include Mentor Coaching in their fees, which can represent an additional cost of up to €1,000. It is included in our programme.
  • Small groups: we work with groups of 6 participants maximum, which is a really great number for participants to get to know each other and ask questions during classes.
  • Physical copy of the handbook: our programme may be online but we still print and ship you the course materials so you don’t have to read from a PDF.
  • Additional resources: we give our participants and alumni access to an online platform where we share the course agenda, important links, downloads of tools and models, as well as additional resources on credential and setting a coaching business. 
  • Upcoming alumni community: we plan on building a community to connect participants and alumni with each other.

You can start coaching clients after the first day of the training if you feel confident about it.

The ICF reviews every application and will assess your coaching skills with the recording you sent them. If they do not meet the requirements of the level you are applying for, your application will be rejected.

To maximise your chances to get certified, here’s what you can do:

  1. Complete our ICF-approved ACSTH coach training by being curious and having a genuine interest to support others.
  2. Commit to learn everything about and follow the ICF definition of coaching, Core Competencies and Code of Ethics.
  3. Beyond your training, continue your professional development by reading about the art of coaching, attending webinars and reflecting on your practice.
  4. Partner with an experienced ICF-credentialed coach and mentor to receive additional guidance and feedback.

You can practice paid coaching in different ways. The ICF defines “paid coaching” as follows:

  • Peer-to-peer coaching (coaching another coach and receiving coaching in return)
  • With paying clients (payment may be in any amount, or exchange of goods or services)
  • Internal coaching (as part of the coach’s employment)
  • Third-party coaching (when the coach receives payment from an organisation for coaching a client. Payment may be in any amount or barter of goods or services).
Visit the ICF website for more information on the experience requirements.

Yes the course is enough to practice as a coach. The ICF accreditation is not mandatory. However we strongly encourage coaches to aim for an ICF certification, which validates your training and experience, and is highly recognised and sought-after.


According to the ICF, Mentor Coaching “provides professional assistance in achieving and demonstrating the levels of coaching competency and capability demanded by the desired credential level” (source).

It is a mentoring process focused on the ICF Core Competencies and on your coaching practice to prepare you for credentialing.

Mentor Coaching is mandatory for the following paths:

  • ACC Portfolio
  • PCC Portfolio
  • MCC

It is also compulsory for ACC coaches who wish to renew their ACC credential.

We receive a lot of requests from people who completed a coach training with another provider and don’t know if they can apply for an ICF credential. Before going ahead with Mentor Coaching, you should contact your training provider directly if you are unsure about the type of training you completed.

To apply for an ACC or PCC accreditation with the ICF, candidates on the ACSTH or Portfolio paths are required to complete 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a minimum of 3 months.

If you already hold an ACC accreditation and are applying to PCC, you are required to complete an additional 10 hours of Mentor Coaching for the PCC level. You also required to do an additional 10 hours of Mentor Coaching if you wish to renew your ACC credential.

The ICF requires that a minimum of 3 of the 10 mentoring hours must be one-on-one coaching with the mentor.​

The Mentor Coach must hold a valid ICF credential at the same level or higher as the one you apply for. ACC and PCC candidates can partner with a PCC accredited coach.

Check the ICF website for more information.

As a PCC-credentialed coach, I can mentor ACC and PCC applicants.

Our ICF Mentor Coaching programme offers a mix of coaching practice, feedback, peer learning and skill building. As you listen to others coach, you will pay attention the core competencies and will take away a lot for your own practice. During our individual sessions, the focus will be on you. We will listen to and debrief recorded sessions, as well as practice together.

Whether it is in a group or individual setting, we always make sure to create a space where you feel comfortable learning and practicing together.