Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – AC Coach Training Accreditation

Why has the AC introduced coach training accreditation?

What is the difference between coach training accreditation and coach accreditation?

Will I be an accredited coach as a result of completing an AC Accredited Coach Training?

Is this scheme the same or different to the AC Course Recognition scheme?

Why call it Coach Training Accreditation rather than retain the Course Recognition Scheme name?

I’m a coach training provider and already hold AC Recognition for my training programme. What happens to my existing programme?

What are the different levels of the AC’s Coach Training Accreditation Scheme?

What are the key features of the AC’s new Coach Training Accreditation Scheme?

Why are there different levels of coach training accreditation?

What level of coaching/es are the different levels of programme accreditation aimed at?

How will I know which level to apply for?

The structure of my training course doesn’t quite match the hours for any of the four levels.  Can I still apply?

How will my application be assessed?

What level of AC membership does my organization need to apply for individual coach accreditation?

What will it cost?

What support does the AC provide to help me complete my application?

I have a question that is not answered here or in the application documents, how do I find out more?

Why has the AC introduced coach training accreditation?

AC Coach Training Accreditation offers reassurance to buyers of coach training with regard to the level of knowledge, practical experience and application of coaching competencies, all benchmarked against best practice. Plus, the AC believes that by taking the time and care to meet accreditation criteria for a course, a training provider demonstrates its commitment to developing effective coaches as well as ensuring a course meets quality standards. Accrediting a coach training helps to minimise sub-standard coaching through the teaching of ethical and rigorous coach practice.

What is the difference between coach training accreditation and coach accreditation?

Both types of accreditation schemes ensure a level of quality and competence, whether for coach training or coaching. However, participants on an accredited coach training course do not become accredited courses by their attendance alone. Individual coach accreditation can be applied for when the coach has had experience, CPD and supervision in addition to training, and has developed the required level of competence for the level of coach accreditation sought. More information on AC Coach Accreditation.

Will I be an accredited coach as a result of completing an AC Accredited Coach Training?

You will not become an accredited coach purely as a result of attending an AC Accredited Coach Training Course. In addition to your training you need coaching experience, CPD and supervision and to demonstrate coaching competencies in order to become accredited. Find out more about applying for individual coach accreditation here.

Is this scheme the same or different to the AC Course Recognition scheme?

Until September 2014 the AC offered a Course Recognition scheme for coach training courses. This has now been replaced by the new AC Course Accreditation Scheme, introduced to meet the new and emerging needs of the coach training market.

The AC has now introduced a new Course Recognition scheme designed to award a quality standard for short coaching skills for managers courses, which the AC is Recognizing as “Leader as Coach”.  More information here.

Why call it Coach Training Accreditation rather than retain the Course Recognition Scheme name?

The title Coach Training Accreditation is in line with commonly accepted and widely used terminology in the market, and is more in keeping with the assessment of courses at a range of levels.

Providers of other coaching-related training courses will be able to seek Course Recognition from the AC.  The first newly Recognized Course award is for short courses training coaching skills to managers. This scheme is known as AC Recognized Leader as Coach.  More information here.

I’m a coach training provider and already hold AC Recognition for my training programme. What happens to my existing programme?

Your existing Course Recognition will stand until you apply for the new Coach Accreditation or your renewal date, whichever is sooner.  You will have received communications about this.  If you have any further queries please contact accreditation@associationforcoaching.com.           

What are the different levels of the AC’s Coach Training Accreditation Scheme?

The names of the levels are as follows. For more information on the eligibility criteria to apply for each please click here:

  1. Accredited Award in Coach Training (AACT)
  2. Accredited Certificate in Coach Training (ACCT)
  3. Accredited Diploma in Coach Training (ADCT)
  4. Accredited Advanced Diploma in Coach Training (AADCT)

What are the key features of the AC’s new Coach Training Accreditation Scheme?

  • Four progressive levels from entry level coach training programme accreditation offering a career path for new entrants to coaching to an Advanced Diploma for the more experienced coach.
  • Provides sufficient training hours to support applications for individual Coach accreditation up to Master Coach
  • Benchmarked against international industry standards, existing training and qualifications and providers’ existing programmes to ensure relevance and progressive high standards
  • Developed with active engagement in the scheme design from coach training providers and organizational buyers of coaching
  • Available for training course providers from different disciplines, backgrounds, training and experience
  • Focuses on a blended learning approach with a balance of practical and theoretical content

Why are there different levels of coach training accreditation?

The AC introduced a levelled model in response to the demand from our Members (coaches, coach training providers and buyers of coaching) for training at different levels that reflected their experience and development needs over time.

What level of coaching/es are the different levels of programme accreditation aimed at?

  • The Accredited Award in Coach Training (AACT) is an entry-level programme for those new to and starting out in coaching.
  • The Accredited Certificate in Coach Training (ACCT) develops coaching skills and practice further. It covers comprehensive core coaching skills including skills drawn from a range of theory, models and practice. ACCT courses provide sufficient training hours for coaches wishing to pursue Coach/Executive Coach or Professional/Professional Executive Coach Accreditation with the AC.
  • The Accredited Diploma in Coach Training (ADCT) is aimed at Coaches with existing training and significant coaching experience looking for more training at an advanced level. ADCT courses provide sufficient training hours for coaches wishing to pursue Professional/ Professional Executive Coach or Master/Master Executive Coach Accreditation with the AC.
  • Accredited Advanced Diploma in Coach Training (AADCT) is an advanced training that develops an expert knowledge and deep understanding of the art and practice of coaching. It is aimed at very experienced Coaches who have already completed basic (and possibly further) training who are looking to develop coaching mastery.

How will I know which level to apply for?

Please read the AC Coach Training Accreditation Overview and Applicant Guide (download here) to see which level of training course you may be eligible for.

The structure of my training course doesn’t quite match the hours for any of the four levels.  Can I still apply?

The requirements for each award have been carefully selected by the AC to ensure both quality and consistency between those awarded accreditation.  This means that to attain accreditation you will need to amend your training course structure to achieve the AC minimum standard at each level.

How will my application be assessed?

Applications are checked for completeness on receipt before being passed for assessment.  If the application is incomplete or the evidence provided is insufficient you may be asked to submit further evidence, which may incur further fees. The application is then assessed by trained AC Assessors against key criteria.

What level of AC membership does my organization need to apply for individual coach accreditation?

You must be an AC member and hold current AC Membership in one of the following capacities at the time of your application submission:

  • AC Organizational Member
  • AC Corporate Member
  • AC Third Sector Member

What will it cost?

Fees are summarised on the AC Coach Training Accreditation Overview.

We aim to make fees as good value for money as possible, recognizing the time and resources required to assess an individual’s application for accreditation and the market place value this provides the coach.

What support does the AC provide to help me complete my application?

A detailed Applicant Guide may be downloaded along with the application forms. To access these documents click here. 

I have a question that is not answered here or in the application documents, how do I find out more?

Please e-mail accreditation@associationforcoaching.com