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.


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:

  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • Master Certified Coach (MCC).

For ACC and PCC levels there are 3 paths to choose from:

  • 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.

You cand read more about the 3 paths on the ICF website here.

icf requirements

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 

Program Structure

As part of this program, you will receive 8 days of training, 17 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.

The program includes:

  • •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.
  • •12 hours with a mentor coach, for the group during training days.
  • •Coaching is taught through training! 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.

Core competencies:

  • Listens Actively
  • Demonstrates Ethical Practice
  • Embodies a Coaching Mindset
  • Establishes and Maintains Agreements
  • Cultivates Trust and Safety.

Our trademarked model – ”Volcano coaching” – is presented and practices.

In module 2 the participants get a number of exercises that lead to increased self-awareness in the client.

Core competencies:

  • Evokes Awareness
  • Facilitates Client Growth.

To get increased and quicker effect in the coach collaboration the coach can use tools in the physical room, all senses etc. A buffet of different tools is introduced and practiced.

In this full module we also learn ”What makes a question powerful?” and how the coach by being more proactive can increase the client’s awareness and see new possibilities.

Core competencies:

  • Evokes Awareness

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.

They also practice process coaching and by that we take the coaching to an even deeper level.

Core competencies:

  • Maintains Presence
  • Facilitates Client Growth
  • Evokes Awareness

Diploma Day is an extra day reserved for all participants to showcase their learning post-program completion. This is an oral examination held as a coaching session with an examiner; generally assessed over a telephonic conversation.

The day concludes with a Diploma Ceremony.

*Most coaches who earn their diploma from CoachCompanion, opt to carry on their coach training through our specially designed Mastery modules in order to become accomplished in one or more niche areas of coaching. You can also simultaneously choose to start the International Coaching Certification program approved by ICF.

How will I learn? What methods do you use? What approach do you have?

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is the most efficient way for acquiring new skills that remain with you. You get concrete tools that you can immediately put into practice, while you also get to experience their impact on yourself. All our programs are based on experiential learning: this means we rarely use presentations and lectures in-class. The learning is done through a lot of practice and exercises where the participants learn by doing, observing, experiencing, self-reflection and feedback from their peers, which are essential for creating awareness and making an impact. Of course, handouts and materials are sent at the end of each module, but practice is the key.

Volcano® Coaching

Volcano® coaching is a holistic approach to doing coaching. We use this metaphor to refer to the sleeping power source of the untapped potential which we bring to life. For long-term results we discovered that self-awareness is the key element to help clients achieve goals. Anchoring the goals into a strong foundation ensures their fulfilment. All our 15+ years of experience of coaching are gathered in this powerful, modern approach to doing coaching. With very carefully chosen exercises and experiential learning you set a goal from knowing your true self and your values. From knowing what gifts and talents you have and with awareness of your dreams and visions you find the energy and power; and in this you find your motivation to reach your goals.


What you focus on grows! This is something that guides us as coaches and is also deeply rooted into the way we do training and into the flow of our coaching programs. As a coach you have unyielding faith into your client and see their greatness. You don’t need somebody to tell you what’s wrong, you grow when somebody gives you feedback on what you do good. We build on what is already there because you have the potential and the answer lies within you. As a participant in our program, you will deeply experience what that means and know that your uniqueness makes you the best coach you can be.

When can I participate?

Location: Online on Zoom or Strada Horea nr.10, Cluj-Napoca

Language: English (We have the training in Romanian, we will contact you as soon as we have a group)

Training hours09.00-17.00

Price: 2.800€

Early Bird Price: 2.500€

VAT included for private, plus VAT for companies

Discount for employees in NGO’s

Program Start Date: 21 January 2021
Training days: 21-22 January, 25-26 Feberuary, 30-31 March, 06-07 May 2021
Location: Online on Zoom

Program Start Date: 8 April 2021
Training days: 8-9 April, 13-14 May, 17-18 June and 22-23 July 2021
Location: Online on Zoom

Program Start Date: 24 June 2021
Training days: 24-25 June, 29-30 July, 9-10 September and 14-15 October 2021
Location: To be decided: Strada Horea nr. 10, Ap 9, Etaj 1, Cluj-Napoca/Zoom

Program Start Date: 2 September 2021
Training days: 2-3 September, 7-8 October, 11-12 November and 9-10 December 2021
Location: To be decided: Strada Horea nr. 10, Ap 9, Etaj 1, Cluj-Napoca/Zoom


Vasile Borz
Vasile Borz
Production Manager, WIP Industries
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I felt the whole program as a journey against my "normal" way to do things but at the end of each day I felt enlightened and always left being curious to come back and see what else I've been doing "the hard way" until now. It was one of the most interesting learning experiences I had. I could not believe how easy it is to learn by doing and how the whole puzzle was coming together during the courses.
Georgiana Melestean
Georgiana Melestean
Learning & Development Consultant, Evozon
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The content of the course and the way it was organized prepared me for success. The atmosphere gave me the courage to open up and say anything that crossed my mind. This program helped at both professional and personal levels. I have more confidence, I am more aware of what I am capable of, and besides the fact that I can practice coaching, I can use the skills that I learned here in other areas as well, like helping people or groups to achieve what they want.
Dorina Nas
Dorina Nas
Employer Branding Manager, Emerson
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The trainers were very experienced, inspiring and fun. I loved the structure of the course, the approach and the tools because they are applicable in all areas. My key takeaway: the hero approach. It’s been helping me to keep developing my compassion towards myself and others.
Andrei Antoniu
Entrepreneur & Business Coach
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The training is really good, and I really recommend CoachCompanion. First because you become a better person: you understand yourself better, you know your values, you know what you want to do, you follow your passions and you develop your intuition and it’s very beneficial for you in the first place. In the second place it’s very, very beneficial for the people around you, because when you become a better person, then everyone round you becomes better. You develop your communication skills, you know how to listen, you are present, you are more mindful and you are really armed with a toolbox that can help you everywhere: with your client, with the people around you and you really develop yourself as a person and also in your career.
Anca Rusu
Career Coach
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I think what I liked the most was the fact that it had a lot of exercises. It was a hands-on experience all the way. We got the concepts, but everything we learn, we learned from experience. And before we use any coaching tool with our clients, we use it with ourselves and we see what is happening and I think that’s important.
Nicoleta Florian
HR Professional
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I liked the fact that we had a chance to practice and put into action all the exercises that we learned in the program. It was amazing to have the interaction with the colleagues. We had a lot of opportunities to learn from each other, to discuss each step in the process and I also enjoy Maria’s guidance throughout the process and her being there to tell us about the most important things in this program. I also liked the energy and atmosphere during the classes. It was warm, welcoming, safe and it really helped me exercise all the steps for reaching this coaching goal for me.

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!


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