ICF CertificationThe Gold Standard in Coaching

American University's Executive Coaching program is accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as an Accredited Coach Training Program. The ICF is the largest accrediting body for institutional executive coaching programs and sets the gold standard in coaching.

Why choose American University's ICF accredited program?

As an ICF accredited program, we are continuously reviewed and evaluated for excellence in curricula, core competencies, faculty, structure, proficiency, and ethics to support the highest quality coach training. Our program is recognized throughout the coaching industry and by those who seek executive coaches.

How does our ICF accreditation affect your training?

By choosing a program with ICF-accreditation, you’ll add legitimacy to your coaching skills, equip yourself with the vital knowledge, skills, and tools that are proven to benefit your clients.

Our curriculum covers all four updated ICF Core Competencies:

  • Lay the Foundation
    Demonstrate ethical practice
    Embody a coaching mindset (open, curious, flexible and client-centered)
  • Co-Create the Relationship
    Establish and maintain agreements
    Cultivate trust and safety
    Maintain coaching presence (open, flexible, grounded, confident)
  • Communicate Effectively
    Listen Actively (focus on what client is and is not saying)
    Evoke Awareness (facilitate client insight thru techniques such as powerful questioning)
  • Cultivate Learning and Growth
    Facilitate client growth (turn insights into action)

What doors open for you by completing our ICF-accredited program?

At the end of our program, you’ll be a certified coach. However if you choose to pursue further credentials, you’ll already have completed one of the 3 core components of ACC or PCC certification: completion of an ICF-accredited coach training program.

ICF Credential Paths: Associate Certified Coach (ACC)

white check mark on green background Complete an ICF-accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)
 Our executive coaching program fulfills this requirement.

green circle Attest to completion of 100 hours of executive coaching.
 Log client names, contact info, and dates of coaching.

green circle Complete ICF's Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA).
 2.5 hour onine exam | Sample questions

Professional Certified Coach (PCC)

white check mark on green background Complete an ICF-accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)
 Our executive coaching program fulfills this requirement.

green circle Attest to completion of 500 hours of executive coaching.
 Log client names, contact info, and dates of coaching.

green circle Complete ICF's Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA).
 2.5 hour onine exam | Sample questions