Here at The Academy of Coaching and NLP, we take our coaching certification programs seriously! We strive to be at the top of our game in bringing local, national, and international coaches together in one class. We also strive to provide our coaches with the skills to continue spreading our mission to create ripples of change. What future coaches may not know is that our program is affiliated with the International Coach Federation (ICF) which can help take your career to the next level.
Founded in 1995 by the late Thomas Leonard, the ICF was created with the intent to “advance the art, science, and practice of professional coaching”. A comprehensive strategic plan has been used by ICF since 2006 and promotes integrity, excellence, collaboration, and respect as its core values.
Why do we choose to affiliate ourselves with ICF?
1. It is standard procedure to be asked “Are you ICF certified?” or “Is your coaching certification program recognized by the ICF?” This is especially common in the United States, but fast becoming the norm in Asia and may soon become a worldwide practice.
2. An ICF certification is not necessarily required in Europe. However, if you plan on moving or simply expanding your practice to the United States, you may face issues with securing contracts with other companies or obtaining clients.
3. ICF holds the highest standards in this profession. We believe the standards this organization sets for its certification process will be recognized if coaching becomes licensed or regulated. If this were the case, ICF certified coaches could be grandfathered in as licensed coaches.
Why settle for the rest when you can have the best? At ACN, we want you to know our coach training program is tops! This is why we want to make sure that our future coaches and clients are aware of what an ICF certification can do to further their career. Learn more by visiting the International Coach Federation.