The ICF stands for International Coach Federation. They are the leading global organization that accredits coach-training programs and certifies individual coaches. Credentials from the ICF are internationally recognized and considered the highest standard in coaching around the globe.
ACTP stands for Accredited Coach Training Program. These training programs are considered start to finish coach-training and meet the necessary requirements outlined by the International Coach Federation.
Coach Training EDU offers 3 Accredited Coach Training Programs (ACTPs)
Each of these ACTPs includes 3 parts: 1) the specified 1.0 training course, 2) the Coach Training 2.0 course, and 3) Group Mentor Coaching.
To officially complete the full ACTP, you must complete a 1.0 level course, the 2.0 Coach Training course, and Group Mentor Coaching.
If you ONLY complete a 1.0 program, you will have officially completed 62.5 hours of coach training within an ACTP. For purposes of applying to the ICF, you would use the ACSTH route, but your training would have been within an ACTP.
You are able to apply for ICF certification after completing one of Coach Training EDU’s 1.0-level courses and Group Mentor Coaching. However, you would use the ACSTH path. With your 1.0 course, you have completed 62.5 hours of coach training WITHIN an ACTP (you have not completed the entire ACTP). These hours are enough to get your ACC with the ICF.
If you want to apply for ICF certification through the ACTP path, whether for your ACC or PCC, you will need to complete our entire ACTP (the 1.0 course, group mentor coaching, and the 2.0 course).
Ultimately, coaches in training choose a couple different ways of approaching their ICF certification, and it is entirely personal preference. Some coaches choose to complete their 1.0 course and group mentor coaching, and then apply for their ACC with the ACSTH path. This route allows you to get your ICF certification under your belt sooner. Others choose to get all of the training they need for their ACC and PCC completed first, meaning they do their 1.0 course, group mentor coaching, and the 2.0 course (our full ACTP) all before applying for ICF certification. Coaches who do it this way then wait a little longer to apply for their ACC, but they then use the ACTP route.
For a complete breakdown of ICF certification and how to achieve the accreditation you are looking for, visit this page.
What it comes down to is talking about what you do in more tangible terms and in a way that possible clients can actually relate to and understand what they would get out of working with you as a coach. Don’t focus on the definition of life coaching or a life coach.
Here is an example of what you might say as a wellness coach:
“I help people stay motivated and follow through on exercise plans, stop procrastinating on doing meaningful work, and address frustration with low energy and lack of optimal health.”
An Executive Coach
Or an Academic Life Coach:
A GREAT way to figure out what types of problems your target audience/clients want help with is to simply ask. Find a few people who fit your target audience, and ask them what their biggest pain points are or what types of problems they would consider seeing coach about.
Once you have identified the problems, you simply have to craft them into to “So… what do you do?”! I always suggest that coaches come up with a 1-3 sentence answer to that question, that you can essentially memorize and reiterate to potential clients.