Why Become an ICF Certified Coach?
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the world’s largest and most recognized organization of professionally trained coaches. An ICF certification is a globally recognized credential that represents the gold standard in professional coaching across all industries.
Becoming an ICF certified coach demonstrates that you have met specific standards and requirements designed to develop and refine your coaching skills. It is an indication that you are dedicated to upholding strong principles of ethical behavior in coaching. An ICF certification identifies you as a professional coach in your workplace and with private clients.
Credibility and Professionalism
Coaching Excellence and Greater Impact
Globally Recognized Coaching Standards
Who Is Eligible to Take This Course?
This ICF Preparation and Practicum course is offered exclusively for graduates of the Solros Positive Peer Coach Training Program. People who complete this course will have fulfilled the Training, Group/Individual Mentoring, and Performance Evaluation requirements for ICF ACC certification.
How Will You Learn in This Program?
This is a practicum course which will help you keep growing as a coaching professional through intensive coaching practice and ongoing feedback from your coaching conversation partners, peers in your cohort, and ICF-certified Mentor Coaches.
We will continue working with the ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics as our standards, and we'll use the ICF ACC Minimum Skills Requirements as our benchmarks for this program.
We will not be introducing additional content or self-paced learning modules as you have already covered the essentials in our Positive Peer Coach Training Program. The focus of this program is on building your skills, confidence, and impact as a coach.
We will be learning-by-doing through a combination of...
Group Mentoring sessions with coaching practice and self/peer/mentor feedback
Facilitating, recording, and reflecting on coaching sessions you set up with colleagues at your school
Question/Response discussions with your facilitator
A 1:1 Mentoring Call about a recorded coaching session
A Performance Evaluation of a recorded coaching session
Guidance and study groups for the ICF credentialing exam
How Does This Course Lead to ICF Certification?
People who complete this ICF Prep & Practicum course after completing the Solros Certified Positive Peer Coach Training Program will have fulfilled the core training requirements for ICF ACC certification...
60+ hours of coach-specific training
10 hours of Mentor Coaching (including 3 hours 1:1)
To apply for ICF ACC certification, there are two more requirements, and we will provide our participants with support to help you succeed with both of these...
ICF Credentialing Exam
100 hours of coaching experience
Who are the Program Facilitators?
This program was created by Kristin Lowe, MAOP, ACC, CPPC.
Kristin is the Host and Lead Coach of the Positivity Playground Global Peer Coaching Network, and she facilitates this ICF Certification Preparation and Practicum course once a year.
Kristin is a former international school teacher who now works as an Organizational Development Consultant, Certified Positive Psychology Coach, and Certified Brief (Solution Focused) Coach.
Kristin is an Associated Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, committed to bringing professional coach training to international and independent school staff. She is also a Certified International Counselor, an ATD Master Instructional Designer, and an Accredited Strengths Profile Practitioner.
Mentor Coach and Head of Coach Education: Ewa Polak, PCC
Ewa is a Mentor Coach in our coach training programs, and she also leads coach education initiatives for Solos as part of our accreditation processes with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
Ewa is an ICF PCC (Professional Certified Coach) and experienced Mentor Coach who has completed advanced training in assessing coaching skills using the ICF Core Competencies. Ewa will conduct the Performance Evaluations for participants in this program.
Some of Ewa's strengths are Hope, Social Intelligence, Zest, Honesty, Forgiveness, Personal Responsibility, and Self-Awareness. She is originally from Poland and is now based in Antigua, Guatemala.
What is the Time Commitment?
This is a 16-week course which includes...
Regular reflection, self-assessment, and Client/Peer/Mentor Coach feedback, using the ICF Core Competencies as the standard.
Eight 3-hour Zoom Group Mentoring sessions held on Saturdays from 10:30am-1:30pm Amsterdam time (CET/CEST)
Coaching two colleagues at your school - each for a minimum of three 30-minute coaching conversations, followed by a guided reflection process.
A 1-hour Mentoring Call where you receive individual coaching and feedback on one of your recorded sessions from your Mentor Coach*
An ICF ACC Performance Evaluation of one of your recorded sessions. As an ICF-accredited coach training provider, our verification of your passing score will be accepted by ICF as evidence of your coaching competencies meeting the Minimal Skills Requirements for ACC certification.*
*Participants may purchase additional Mentoring Calls if they would like more support before submitting their recording for the Performance Evaluation and/or if they do not pass the initial Performance Evaluation. Additional fees apply for additional Performance Evaluations. The fee for additional Mentoring Calls or Performance Evaluations is €250.
What are the Dates for the Next Cohort?
Our next cohort will begin with our first Practicum session on August 26th, 2023.
This course includes 8 mandatory Group Practice sessions,* which will meet from 10:30am-1:30pm Amsterdam time (CET/CEST) on these dates...
- 9 September
- 23 September
- 7 October
- 21 October
- 4 November
- 18 November
- 2 December
*Unlike with the trio/partner practice sessions in the Positive Peer Coach Training Program, the Group Mentoring sessions are not something you can make up independently (i.e. without an ICF Mentor Coach involved).
If you miss more than 7 hours of group mentoring, you will need to arrange and pay for individual mentor coaching sessions to complete the required 10 hours of mentor coaching to satisfy the International Coaching Federation requirements. The fee for an additional Mentoring Call is €250.