Professional Coach with Diploma Program (ACTP Step 1)
This program is the starting point for all coach training. In addition, it is ideal for those who want to bring a difference to other’s lives, as well as their own.
This program introduces you to the coaching tools and methodologies you need to coach others in a professional manner. Additionally, this training acts as the first step to further your candidature for ICF credentials in the future. You can read more about ACTP (Accredited Coach Training Program) here.
When you have finished this program you can work as a coach and become an ICF member. To apply for an ACC or PCC certificate at ICF you can continue your coach training with our Certification Program.
Find out information about :
International Coaching Federation (ICF) and Professional Coaching
What is ICF?
ICF is considered the golden standard in coaching. It is the only organization that offers globally recognized coaching credentials to individuals who meet a strict set of requirements.
The coaching industry is evolving rapidly and it seems that anyone can easily call themselves a coach. For this reason, it is important to make sure high standards are kept when it comes to professional coaching.
What does ICF credential mean for a professional coach?
ICF credential is evidence of the fact that you have a deep understanding of the highest standards in coaching and have demonstrated a mastery in them. They declare to the world that you are a professional coach who is recognized for their coaching excellence.
How to become an ICF certified coach?
In order to become an ICF recognized coach you need first of all to go through coach education that is approved by ICF.
Depending on the level that you apply for, the number of training hours that you are required to complete increases and the same applies for the number of client coaching hours. You are also required to have at least 10 mentoring hours, complete a Coach Knowledge Assessment and go though an oral examination to prove your competence.
ICF offers three credential levels for coaching excellence:
For ACC and PCC levels there are 3 paths to choose from (see below). You cand read more about the 3 paths on the ICF website here.
- ACTP (Accredited Coach Training Program)
- ACSTH (Approved Coach Specific Training Hours)
- Portfolio Path
CoachCompanion Romania supports coaches through start to finish ACTP programs for ACC and PCC levels.
What does ACTP mean?
ACTP means start to finish or all-inclusive coach education. Such a program includes all the training hours, mentor coach hours and oral examination that ICF requires. After you go through the program with CoachCompanion you will receive a certificate which proves this. Having this certificate, the only thing left for you to do is to complete the Coach Knowledge Assessment, submit your application request on the ICF website and wait to receive you credential after 4 weeks’ review period.
Going through CoachCompanion Romania’s ACTP program also means that you can apply for either ACC or PCC level. It all depends on how many client hours you have. If you for example have 100+ hours you can apply for ACC level and in the moment you reach 500+ coaching hours you simply need to apply for PCC.
The CoachCompanion ACTP program is made up of two steps: Professional Coach with Diploma (Step 1) and Self Mastery ICF Certification (Step 2). You will find more details about the Professional Coach with Diploma Program below and you cand read more about the second step here: Self Mastery ICF Certification
As part of this program, you will receive 8 days of training, 5 mentor coaching hours, course literature, on-demand support, 10+ years of coaching know-how, and a separate Diploma Day for the examination, in order to prove your skills through a
live coaching session.
The program is structured as 4 modules, spread over 8 days, with each module covering 2 days each.
- •8 full days of training from 9 am to 5 pm.
- •5 hours for one-on-one sessions, with a mentor coach, during the days between modules.
- •Coaching is taught through practice! Opportunity for at least 15 practice client hours with at least three clients between training days, and completed before Diploma Day.
- •Handouts and book with all training material, created by CoachCompanion.
- •On-demand support during all training days.
- •Peer-coaching with other program participants (voluntary but recommended).
- •Includes the cost for fees for the Examination to be an approved coach and receive the diploma.
- (in case of failure, we will give participant another chance to clear the examination, upon payment of exam fees of 50 Euros).
- •Free membership to the CoachCompanion ALUMNI network, which is a place for all certified coaches and for those with the diploma.
- •Option to market your coaching skills and services, through the CoachCompanion Romania website.
- •Free follow-up call with a mentor coach, after Diploma Day.
Note that the class size is limited to 12 participants.
What will I learn?
The base for the training lies in the ICF Core Competencies of a coach. Of course, the core competencies are strongly connected with one another, so even though different module will focus on certain core competencies it is important to remember they all build one another.
After module 1 the participants get concrete tools to get started with coaching with their practice clients.
- Listens Actively: the 4 levels of listening
- Demonstrates Ethical Practice: confidentiality, ethical guidelines, professionalism, the difference between coaching and other professions
- Embodies a Coaching Mindset: trust the client and see the greatness in them
- Establishes and Maintains Agreements: written and oral coaching agreement
- Cultivates Trust and Safety: self-awareness and integrity of the coach are a prerequisite in order to coach clients successfully
The Volcano Coaching® Model is presented and practiced.
In module 2 the participants get a number of exercises that lead to increased self-awareness in the client and help them set goals that are aligned with their true selves.
- Evokes Awareness: values, gifts & talents, dreams & visions
- Facilitates Client Growth: setting goals & designing actions
This module develops your coaching by offering new and diverse tools to help the client to evoke awareness, challenge and explore the current and future patterns of behaviours, thinking and emotion. A buffet of different tools is introduced and practiced, such as using the senses, the space and pictures.
In this module we also learn ”What makes a question powerful?” and how the coach by being more proactive can increase the client’s awareness and help them see new possibilities.
- Evokes Awareness
- Facilitates Client Growth
In module 4 the participants practice merging what they learned so far about the core competences and use them to form their unique coaching style.
We also practice process coaching (coaching feelings) and by that we take the coaching to an even deeper level.
- Maintains Presence
- Facilitates Client Growth: celebrating success and showing appreciation
- Evokes Awareness
Diploma Day is an extra day reserved for all participants to showcase their coaching skills after finishing the program. The oral examination consists of a coaching session with an examiner assessed over a 15-minute phone conversation. The day concludes with a Diploma Ceremony, when we reflect on our coaching journey and celebrate with champagne!
The diploma is recognized by ICF and it states the number of training hours (65), mentor coach hours (5) and practice clients hours (15) that the participants achieved as part of the ACTP training.
After you finish the Professional Coach with Diploma program you can choose to continue with step 2 of the ACTP program: Self-Mastery ICF Certification (ACTP Step 2) or register for one of the specialization modules: Leadership, Career, Team or Wellness.
How will I learn?
When can I participate?
Training hours: 09.00-17.00
Registration Fee: 300€
Early Bird Price*: 2.500€
*if you register no later than 1 month prior to the start date
VAT included for private, plus VAT for companies
Discount for employees in NGO’s
Program Start Date: 13 May 2021
Training days: 13-14 May, 17-18 June, 22-23 July, 9-10 September 2021
Location: Online on Zoom
Program Start Date: 2 September 2021
Training days: 2-3 September, 7-8 October, 11-12 November and 9-10 December 2021
Program Start Date: 16 September 2021
Training days: 16-17 September, 14-15 October, 18-19 November and 16-17 December 2021
Location: Drumul Regimentului 20d, Bucharest
In addition and as a bonus, during in-class training CoachCompanion invites all our program participants to join us for a Swedish Fika, on all training days. The Fika is a uniquely Swedish tradition, of mingling over coffee and specific Swedish delicacies. Therefore we offer all participants a yummy start to the day with a delicious breakfast buffet, to go with their morning coffee, as well as an afternoon coffee break with organic treats. Enjoy your Fika as you mingle with a great mix of participants who share their experiences with each other from day one!