Pathways for coaches wanting to upgrade
their certification or credential


Program Overview

Our Bridging Programs are designed specifically to help you "bridge" your existing training, education and experience, with what you need to either continue working in your field or take a on a new role. The hours and structure have been created in a way that enables you to take a direct pathway towards an ACC or PCC credential with the International Coach Federation.

If you have completed at least 30 hours coach specific training (from an ICF Accredited school) you can use the coach training hours you complete in this course as a learning credits to upgrade to a Level 1 or 2 accredited coach training program.

Key Benefits

  • Internationally recognised Certification (ICF accredited)
  • The skills to coach anyone, anywhere in the world (including Group Coaching)
  • Business Building and Portfolio Creation
  • Local and International Coaching Networks
  • Access to expert Faculty (all who run their own coaching practices)
  • 12 months ongoing support, classes & Labs post graduation

What times and days do I need to be available for study?

The programs are structured (set number of hours and course areas) and there’s an international schedule with over 30 times each week across 4 time zones. You are the one that decides which days and times you attend. Read more

How is the schedule structured?

This program includes a set number of training hours but there’s flexibility within the structure.  You will be required to complete a combination of live classes, guided study, reflection and self study.  Each week there’s about 8 classes in your time zone to choose from.   These will be scheduled morning, afternoon, evening and on the weekend, with most classes able to be taken in any order.

Take Your Time: If you are wanting to take your time you would attend 1 class a week (any 1 of the shown times).  You work the classes in around your own personal schedule.

Fast Track: If you are wanting to fast track you would attend at least 3 classes a week on a regular basis.  This will require you to have some flexibility with your own schedule.

Read More or request a copy of the schedule.

Who will be in my cohort?

ICA has ongoing intakes with new students joining each month.

But, unlike traditional cohort learning, where you are restricted to an allocated group with a set start and end date, you get to choose which group you join.  The commonality might be language, country or even niche.  You also have the option to create your own group.

In summary, you get to choose the people you would like to learn and connect with, and there’s students in over 126 countries also wanting to share and collaborate.

How is the program delivered?

ICA’s e-learning platform was established in 2001 and includes downloadable modules, class schedules, curated resources, and a private forum.  Participation includes classes, labs and guided study.

A class is theory based synchronous study where students dial into class via zoom.  A trained facilitator (PCC or MCC) facilitates the learning and discussion.

A lab is practicum based synchronous study where students dial into class via zoom.  A trained facilitator (PCC or MCC) facilitates the learning and discussion.

Guided study is asynchronous learning where ICA provides the resources and learning materials (module downloads, quiz, worksheets etc) for students to complete in their own time.  This includes portfolio and resource development.

Does this certification lead to an ICF Credential?

What is Accreditation?
Accreditation indicates that a school has had their program undergo rigorous external scrutiny and quality testing by a peak body.

What is Certification?
Certification is the recognized statement of attainment that indicates you have been assessed by an Accredited Coach Training Provider as having the industry skills and expertise required to practice as a coach.

What is a Credential?
With coaching, a credential designates a recognized level of expertise in coaching, as assessed by an industry peak body such as the ICF.  This is represented by designations such as ACC, PCC or MCC.  The Advanced program leads to the ACC or PCC credential via the ACTP (Level 2) track.

Is there a learning guarantee?

Enrollment in a Coach Training program is a commitment to both yourself and International Coach Academy. If within 45 days you have not found value in your learning then you can apply for a refund (less administrative fee) and have your attended classes and labs certified by ICA.   Read More

  • A Coach Approach

    Learn and explore the competencies, theories and frameworks that underpin coaching, including what coaching is (and isn’t).  Includes Resource downloads, audio’s, zoom classes and learning tasks.

  • The FlipIt Framework

    Learn how to use the FlipIt Framework in both an individual and group setting; a process for moving someone from where they are now to where they want to be. Resource downloads, audio’s, learning tasks and zoom classes.

  • Coaching Practicum

    Put theory into practice, trialing new techniques and refining your coaching personality. Coaching labs include coaching demonstrations, showcasing the ICF competencies in action.

  • Industry Experience

    Take on the role of both coach and client with ICA’s Peer coaching.  Earn experience hours (pro bono and barter) that can count towards an ACC or PCC credential.

  • Mentoring

    20 plus hours One on One and Group Mentoring; Coaching with feedback from an experienced PCC or MCC coach with the opportunity to develop and refine your coaching skills.

  • Coach Observation

    At ICA your coach observation prepares you for your final performance evaluation, providing you with written and verbal feedback against the ICF Competencies as demonstrated at either ACC or PCC level.

  • Your Coaching Model

    A ‘one size fits all’ coaching model is fine for beginner coaches, but ultimately you need your own unique coaching model.  One that reflects your values and personality, and communicates to future employers and clients who you are as a coach and the problems you solve. We teach you how to create this.

  • Your Coaching Starter Pack

    With our support and guidance you will create your coach starter pack so that you are ‘client ready’ by the time you graduate. This includes a range of templates and suggestions for you to use or repurpose.

  • Your Business Model

    The last few years has seen a rapid uptake of online or virtual coaching. Having been online for 20 years we know this space well, and will support you to get your business online with b-labs.  Live labs where we will help you to identify your signature offer, brand and social media strategy.

  • Lifetime Membership

    You never need to leave.  Upon completion of your studies you will continue to engage and connect with your ICA community in CoachCampus; the social learning platform for ICA.

  • Global Networks

    ICA Coaches live and work in over 126 countries around the world.  The networks and friendships you build will be lifelong, with many coaches continuing their connections long after they graduate.

Program Comparison

Apply between 20 - 90 hours prior learning (ICF Accredited) towards any Level 1 or 2 program.  Below are the most common scenarios, but you can also apply for a customised bridging option. 


  • 60 hours
  • Complete in 6 - 9 months
  • ACC Accredited Education
  • ACC via ICF Level 1 Track
  • Single Certification
  • Lifetime Campus Membership


  • 76 hours
  • Complete in 6 - 12 months
  • ACC Accredited Education
  • ACC via ICF Level 1 Track
  • Dual Certification
  • Lifetime Campus membership


  • 125 hours
  • Complete in 9 - 18 months
  • PCC Accredited Education
  • ACC or PCC via ICF Level 2 Track
  • Dual Certification
  • Lifetime Campus Membership


  • 150 hours
  • Complete in 12 - 24 months
  • PCC Accredited Education
  • ACC or PCC via ICF Level 2 Track
  • Triple Certification
  • Lifetime FlipIt Membership
  • Lifetime Campus Membership


Find the program and certification options best suited to your coaching goals, budget and timeframe for completion.

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