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Coach Certification Programme

Learn professional coaching skills with an ICF-accredited PCC coach.

This programme is tailored for anyone looking to develop their coaching skills and for those who want to become professional life coaches, career coaches, and leadership & executive coaches. 

It is led by an ICF-accredited PCC coach and member of the ICF, and it was specifically developed to meet the ICF standards of a coach training course for the ACC accreditation.
You will be able to apply to an ICF ACC accreditation (via the Portfolio path).

How to get from the training to the ICF accreditation:

1. Complete our Coach Certification Programme

2. Practice a minimum of 100 hours of coaching

3. Complete 10 hours of Mentor Coaching (included in the programme)

4. Fill in your application to the ICF for the ACC credential

Attend live training classes delivered on Zoom

Develop critical coaching skills like powerful questioning and active listening

Learn useful coaching models, theories and creative tools

Practice coaching with other participants

65 hours of Coach-specific Training

Which include 53 hours of live training divided in 7 days, plus 12 hours of self-paced learning (videos, articles, coaching practice and self-reflection).

Two formats:

  • Part-time: 1 per week over 7 weeks.
  • Full-time: 7 days in a row.

Before the training starts, you will receive a 156-page handbook that gathers all the topics you will be trained on.

What a typical day of training looks like

  • 9-9:30am – Discussion about previous day, Q&A
  • 9:30-10:30am – Coaching Core Competency 
  • 10:30-11am – Coaching model/tool
  • 11am-12:30pm – Coaching practice
  • 12:30-1:30pm – Lunch
  • 1:30-3:30pm – Coaching Core Competency
  • 3:30-4pm – Coaching model/tool
  • 4-5:30pm – Coaching practice
  • 5:30-6pm – Daily recap and wrap up

Course Content

Get familiar with the art of Coaching and to the International Coaching Federation. 

  • Understand the ICF standards and definition of coaching
  • Difference with mentoring, therapy and consulting
  • Find your coaching philosophy and values
  • Learn about ICF accreditations and credentialing paths
  • Use a simple and effective coaching structure for your sessions

Most of the learning will happen here. You will develop a deep understanding of what makes a great coach through Core Competencies to master.

  • In-depth review of each ICF Core Competency
  • Deep dive in the ICF Code of Ethics and case studies
  • Master active listening and powerful questioning
  • Learn how to co-create the coaching relationship
  • Find out how to contract effectively

You will also learn evidence-based theories that will help you understand your clients and help them reach their potential. These include:

  • GROW Model
  • Change Curve
  • Six Stages of Change
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • ABC Model

Coaching is a thought-provoking and creative process. You will learn to explore your client’s creativity with some tools like: 

  • Metaphors
  • Three brains
  • Wheel of Emotions
  • Six Thinking Hats
  • Personality assessments
  • And many others

By the end of the training, you will master the coaching competencies set by the International Coaching Federation. You will have a coaching toolbox of evidence-based psychology theories and creative activities to use during coaching to help you understand what is happening for your clients and how to unstuck them.

6 participants maximum

We run programmes with small groups to ensure a great experience for everyone.

Includes 10 hours of Mentor Coaching

Mentor Coaching is one of the requirements to apply for an ICF accreditation.

Early bird offer: 20% off

When you register to a class a few months in advance, the course fee is €1,280 instead of €1,600.

All our upcoming classes are full.

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About the trainer

Marion Tilly is a Career & Leadership Coach and Mentor Coach based in Dublin, Ireland. She is an accredited Professional Certified Coach (ICF PCC) and has been a member of the International Coaching Federation since 2017.

After receiving requests from aspiring professional coaches to better understand the coaching industry and ICF standards, she decided to launch  a coaching certification and a mentor coaching programme to support new coaches on their journey to an ICF accreditation. 

Frequently Asked Questions

To apply to an ICF ACC accreditation, you need to meet the following 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.

More information on the ICF website.

On the first day of the programme you will be provided the ICF Coaching Log and you will be explained how to use it.

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).
  • Team/Group coaching
Visit the ICF website for more information on the experience requirements.

Yes you can, through the Portfolio path.

The coach certification was specifically developed to meet the ICF standards of a coach training course for the ACC accreditation but hasn’t been submitted yet for an ICF program accreditation.

You will be trained by an ICF-accredited PCC coach and member of the ICF, on the ICF definition of Coaching, Core Competencies and Code of Ethics.

ICF Portfolio is one of the 3 paths to get an ICF ACC or PCC accreditation. They all deliver the same accreditation, without distinction.

The Portfolio path is for coaches who have completed a coach training which isn’t accredited by the ICF but that still meets the ICF standards in terms of structure and content.

The only difference in the application process between an accredited course (“ACSTH”) and a Portfolio course is that in the Portfolio path, the applicant is asked to provide detailed information about the course, which we will give to participants (cf. following question).

Yes we will. As per the ICF training requirements, we will send you the following documents when you are ready to apply for an ICF credential:

  • A proof of completion of the Coach Certification programme,
  • The breakdown of live training hours and self-study hours,
  • A Verification of Training form,
  • A detailed class outline,
  • And the participant handbook in a PDF format.

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.

Mentor Coaching needs to be scheduled after you complete your coach training and once you have started accruing coaching hours. 

The 10 hours must be completed over a period of 3 months minimum to the date you submit your credential application.

More information on the ICF website.

Unfortunately the training dates can’t be changed as the trainer and people who booked their place have already committed to them.

We run the programme 3 to 4 times per year and offer a mix of part-time and full-time, as well as weekdays and weekends, to suit as many people as possible. 

You will be asked every week to watch a few short videos related to the ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics. You will also read an article about coaching and you will start a weekly journal to reflect on your coaching practice during the 6 weeks of training. We will discuss your learning in the following class.

There will not be any essays or case studies to submit.

Contact us

Send us an email if you want to book your place and if you have any questions that we haven’t covered on this page or on the main FAQ.

    Our Coaching Programmes

    Coach Certification
    Mentor Coaching