“What you have achieved holds less significance than ‘how’ you have achieved it”—Regal Unlimited. While the accomplishments are celebrated, all the achievers know that the merit is always in the journey, not the destination. At Regal Unlimited, all three are important, the journey, the destination, and the company that keeps the journey exciting and memorable. “I am a ‘so and so’ coach.”
I am sure this line sounds like music to your ears because becoming a ‘coach’ demonstrates mastery of domain expertise. A standard query is, ‘How can we become an ICF-Coach?’ While the process is quite simple, there is a lack of authentic content to simplify and explain the process.
This blog will chart the path to becoming an ICF-ACC coach. We will keep this blog in Q&A format and answer the most frequently asked questions by beginners and aspiring coaches. Brace yourselves for a simple yet defining #Regal Ride.
What is Coaching?
Coaching is a transformational process and a framework that allows individuals to reach their full potential. It aims at maximizing potential and focuses on personal and professional growth. ICF defines coaching as a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires you to maximize your potential (Credits: https://coachingfederation.org/) It takes you from where you are to where you want to be. It is meant to take the client to a more resourceful state.
It can challenge your self-limiting beliefs, spotlight your strengths, expose your blind spots (and we all have them), and let you shine with the brilliance you deserve. Coaching is the most customer-centric profession where the client is a true hero and, simultaneously, the coach has a detached-attached relationship with the client. You can learn more about it here.
What does a Coach do?
A coach partners with the client in the process, inspiring them to maximize their personal and professional potential. He/She/They ‘ask’ rather than ‘tell’. This allows the client to explore the space for solutions and empowers them to find their answers. Through conversations, a coach holds a mirror for the client so that they can grow professionally and personally.
A professional coach uses the framework of ICF/EMCC, not frameworks based on personal experience. A coach is also a cheerleader, believing in the client’s potential and cheering for him/her/them to accomplish it. (Did we start describing who is a ‘good coach’, well it was deliberate to outline the essentials:)
What is ICF?
Why is it necessary to be an ICF-ACC certified coach?
What are the different types of coaching? And do we need separate training?
There are various niches in coaching. It is common to wonder if you need different training for different niches. However, these niches are just extensions of ICF coaching. ICF believes in pure and classical coaching, which has a foundational “How to Coach” framework. It is to train you on the aspects that encompass coaching. Once you master that, you can use it to choose any niche you prefer (based on your preferences).
There is no need for separate certification or training after earning the ICF certification. Selecting a niche is more about targeting your clientele than your ability to coach them. Once you have gained the right nuances, you may change your niche depending on your preference for which segment of the population you want to cater to. You may choose any niche and apply the ICF framework and process. The ICF certification is universally applicable (hence the global brand).
Pure and classical coaching is just learning the art and science of coaching and applying it as it is. The cherry on the cake is that identifying the coaching niche and building a brand around it is an integral part of the ICF curriculum at Regal Unlimited.
What is a Coaching Credential?
What is the difference between certification and credentialing?
ICF does not provide training directly. It has accredited certain coach training institutes to provide the required training hours and the curriculum duly approved by the ICF. Regal Unlimited is one such coach training institute. After completing the training hours and mentoring, the Coach Training Institute certifies the learner-coach as a professional coach.
But ICF credentialing requires two more steps: successfully completing the performance evaluation and the ICF credentialing exam. If only the coach qualifies in these evaluations, ICF issues the credentials. Certification is a precondition for ICF credentials. The ICF offers the Coach Training Institute, which issues certifications and credentials. More on this in the section: Steps to Become an ICF-ACC Coach.
What is ICF-ACC Certification?
Who is an ACC (Associate Certified Coach)?
What skills does the ICF-ACC have?
How can I become an ICF-ACC certified coach?
- 60+ Coach Training Hours
- 10 Mentoring Hours
- 100+ Client Coaching Hours
- Successful Completion of the Performance Evaluation
- Successful completion of Credentialing Exam
Step 1: Coach Training Hours
Step 2: Mentoring
Step 3: Coaching Practice
Step 4: Successful Completion of Performance Evaluation
Step 5: Successful Completion of the ICF-ACC Credentialing Exam
Updated ICF-ACC Credential Pathway (w.e.f. 2023)
ICF unveiled the new accreditation framework for coaching education and training programs in November 2021 to ” set the best standards for coach-specific education in the world.” The ACTP and ACSTH designations are replaced by this new accreditation structure’s level-based system, which aligns with the ICF Credential levels. You can refer here for further questions on ICF Coaching Education’s new Accreditation Structure.
The ICF-ACC Credential can be obtained through education at Level 1. Organizations that provide at least 60 contact hours of learning, 10 hours of mentoring by a qualified mentor coach, and performance evaluations at or above the ICF-ACC level are considered to be at ICF Level 1 (formerly ACSTH).