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Logistics and Structure of Coach Training

What can you expect when you start a Coach Training Program?  Read on to understand some of the factors that are involved, to help you make a good decision on which program to choose.


Coach training programs can be held face-to-face, online or a combination of both.  Class sizes range from 1 on 1 to 30+ people in a class.  Consider how you learn, and what is important to you in learning a whole new way of interacting with people.  Do you learn well in large groups?  Do you do better in small groups where you get individual attention?  Or do you prefer to learn one on one, where you are the sole recipient of the trainer’s attention?  Do you prefer face-to-face interaction with a trainer, or do you learn just as well online? 

You will also see reference to Asynchronous and Synchronous learning.  The former is learning without a trainer present, for example watching a video or reading a book, done on your own time.  The latter is real-time training with a trainer present.  ICF wants to see most of the training you receive be Synchronous, so be sure that is what the program you are interested in offers.


Different Coach Training programs have vastly different offerings.  An ACTP Certification program (125+ hours) will take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to complete, depending on the graduation requirements.  Classes might be held for 3 days in a row monthly, which would shorten the length of the program, but could tend to be overwhelming for those 3 days.  Other programs offer classes weekly, bi-weekly or even monthly, with practice times in-between. 

Be sure to ask the training program when the classes are held:  weekends, evenings, work days, etc.  Also find out where they will be held if they are face-to-face. 


A full ACTP Certification program will cost anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000.  ACSTH programs cost less, as they are not as long and don’t include mentoring.  You can expect to pay around $6,000 - $8,000 for a 60-hour ACSTH program that qualifies you for the ACC credential, plus another $1,500 - $3,000+ USD to get the required mentoring for a credential.  

Most Coach Training programs offer some kind of payment plans to help with the cost of the training.  ACTO  (the Association of Coach Training Organizations) offers partial scholarships awarded based on need and other factors.

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