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ACC Portfolio Coach-Specific Training Requirements

ACC Portfolio applicants must have a minimum of 60 hours of coach-specific training.

Of the 60 hours required, at least 48 of the hours must be:

  • Student contact hours – clock hours spent in synchronous (real-time) interactions between faculty and students. This may include time spent in direct instruction (voice-to-voice or in-person training), real-time discussions, observation and feedback of practice coaching sessions, and mentoring students. 
  • Coach-specific training developed and delivered based on the ICF Core Competencies (all 11 ICF Core Competencies must be covered).

Of the 60 hours required, no more than 12 of the hours may be:

  • Homework/Independent Study – clock hours spent outside of real-time interaction between faculty and students (asynchronous). These may include outside reading, writing, research, journaling, and various other activities that may occur outside of the synchronous setting. All asynchronous hours must be part of the training program and require some method of validating that the activity was completed by the student.


Training that is accepted as coach-specific training:

  • Training from an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) or a program that has received the ICF Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) designation
  • Training from a Continuing Coach Education (CCE) Provider, ICF conference, SIG/CP or Chapter event, subject to these limitations:
    • All hours approved in Core Competencies will be accepted
    • A maximum of 12 hours outside of the Core Competencies will be accepted
  • Training that is specifically marketed as teaching coaching skills, that teaches coaching skills or teaches how to apply technical skills in a coach-like manner and teaches coaching skills in accordance with the ICF Core Competencies

Training that is not accepted as coach specific training:

  • Training that is marketed as teaching other skills, even though the skills can be used by a coach in some manner 
  • Personal development courses 
  • Education in other areas such as psychology, counseling, NLP, etc., does not count as coach specific training unless it was actually taught as coach training and from an ICF Core Competencies’ perspective

Teaching coaching classes does not count as coach-specific training unless:

  • The applicant created the class
  • The applicant also taught the class
  • The training otherwise meets the definition of coach-specific training

If all three above apply, then the class may be counted only one time, not each time that the same class was delivered.


On the online credential application, you will provide:

  • The number of hours of coach-specific training that you completed
  • The type of program (ACTP, ACSTH, CCE, or non-approved)
  • The name of the organization that operated the program
  • The name of each coach training program that you attended

For coach training programs that have been approved by the ICF:

  • You must submit proof of completion in the form of a certificate or signed letter issued by the program indicating the name of the program, dates of attendance, and total hours completed.

For coach training programs that have not been approved by the ICF:

  • You must submit proof of completion in the form of a certificate or signed letter issued by the program indicating the name of the program, dates of attendance, and total hours completed.
  • You must list the hours of content that are delivered in a synchronous setting and asynchronously. Note that 80% of all instruction must be synchronous, allowing the opportunity for real-time interaction between instructors and students.
  • You must provide a self-evaluation of the training program that you attended, including a brief narrative statement describing how you believe the training meets each of the ICF Core Competencies. Additionally, you must provide references to relevant supporting documents you will be required to upload with the application.
  • You must provide a concise class outline or syllabus that summarizes the names of classes/modules and the time allowed for presentation.
  • You must provide student materials used to support the content referenced in the self-evaluation of the training you completed. These materials may include a student or instructors’ manual, handouts, power points, or any other documentation that clearly illustrates the detailed curriculum.

For classes that you have taught:

  • You must submit a letter explaining that you created and taught the class.
  • You must submit a description of the class. The description should be detailed enough to show that the training meets the definition of Coach-Specific Training above, including direct interaction with trainers and alignment with the ICF Core Competencies.
  • You must submit a sample of materials that you created for the class. The sample could be a course description, PowerPoint presentation, student handbook, or other document that shows some of the content of the program.


The coach-specific training requirement must be fulfilled prior to submitting your application.


Do not send documentation to ICF Headquarters by mail or email. Only documentation that has been uploaded with your online application will be accepted. The ICF does not provide pre-approval for non-approved training programs. All curriculum reviews and approvals are completed as part of the application process.

Upcoming Changes to ACC Requirements

Beginning October 1, 2016, at 12 a.m. (New York), all ACC applicants will be required to complete 100 hours of client-coaching experience following the start of their coach-specific training. Furthermore, at least 25 of these hours must occur within the 18 months prior to submitting the application for the credential. ACC applicants will still be required to have a minimum of eight (8) clients and 75 paid client-coaching experience hours.