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Coach Training: Strategies for Success

ICF Accredited Coach Training Programme (ACTP)

By Saima Butt, Change Advantage Ltd.


This ACTP offers an “all inclusive” 147 hours designed as a complete pathway towards the Professional Credentialed Coach (PCC) certification from the ICF.

The virtual & in-person modular training welcomes internal and external coaches, HR, executives, directors, leaders and managers wanting a global professionally recognised coaching credential from the ICF.

Our vision for this programme is to connect people to their most resourceful and successful self to best serve themselves, their customers/clients, organisations, and our planet.

ACTP Overview

The ICF Accredited Coach Training Programme (ACTP) is widely becoming the gold standard for professional coach training around the world. By completing this programme with Change Advantage, you will have given yourself the opportunity to be a credentialed coach with the ICF and therefore raise your professional standing as a coach for you and your business.

This programme is designed with you in mind and features synchronous coach training, demonstrations, coaching practice, observations, verbal and written feedback, 15-hours of group and individual mentor coaching, asynchronous assignments, case studies and coaching practice culminating with a final performance evaluation assessment.


Completing the full 147 hours of training, assignments with active participation in all aspects of the programme AND successfully and consistently passing coaching observations and assessments will gain you a certificate from Change Advantage acknowledging your ICF ACTP completion.

Successful participants with this Change Advantage certificate and having banked 500+ hours of coaching experience can apply for their PCC with the ICF after this training.

Participants who complete only some aspects of the 147 hours of coach training and/or do not pass the final performance evaluation shall receive an Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) certificate.

Possibilities for individual credentialing at ICF after completion of the training (click here for more information):

Entrance requirements for participants will include and are not exclusive to a person who is:

  • Wanting to be in service of humanity and the planet
  • A life-long learner willing to unlearn and re-learn
  • Accepting of feedback and willing to speak the truth when giving feedback of yourself, trainers, and co-learners
  • Being available and present to fully participate in all aspects of the programme
  • Able to show a minimum of 3 years working experience

ACTP Timeframe

Delivered from March to December 2022 the Synchronous Learning (SL) aspect of the programme will total 100-hours and delivered virtually and in-person in Ljubljana:

  • Modules 1, 2 and 3 coach training will be delivered virtually
  • Module 4 coach training delivered in Ljubljana in-person*
  • Module 5: Group Mentor Coaching, delivered virtually
  • Module 6: Individual Mentor Coaching & final Performance Evaluations also delivered virtually
  • Throughout the programme there will also be Asynchronous Learning (AL). See this as homework of 47-hours away from the ‘training’ and will include reading, writing, videos, case study assignments and Co-coaching practice, recordings transcriptions for mentor coaching

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic scheduling for the in-person module will be considered with everyone’s health, safety, and wellbeing in mind. As such please note that there may be some flexibility to our current scheduling if either the Slovenian or UK governments rulings override our intentions to meet in-person.

Content & Structure

The coach training will be an experiential practice and lean upon the ICF Core Competencies as a guide throughout the programme. Emphasis will be on developing clarity on you as an individual, your identity, vision, values, beliefs and behaviours to serve as an ethical and professional coach. An ambassador to humanity and our planet.

Establishing who we are and how we show up. Understanding our cultural identity and what matters most to us. Developing sustainable working relationships, contracting and coaching agreements. Sharing our learning styles and distinguishing & defining coaching from other talking therapies.

Co-creating an ethical and professional standard driven approach from which to introduce the ICF coaching core competencies and their value when interacting with clients.

Drawing from neuroscience and how patterns and programmes drive our behaviours. To actively listen for how others make choices & decisions. What empowers you, as the coach, to actively listen, maintaining presence and manage your emotions.

Seeing yourself from different perspectives generates a richer picture of who you can be and what for. Raising your client’s awareness to these levels engages in a profound trust and intimacy in the coaching relationship that can illicit powerful change.

Developing creative flexibility. Generating authentic alignment. Enabling curious, evoking and direct questions of what you really want. Using metaphor and playfulness.

Through identifying values and beliefs, we create a new world of possibilities in how to enable your client to move forward, developing empowering habits that serve them for now and the future.

Creating awareness of the nuances of how your mind and body can work together. Generating congruence with who you are. Being able to hold this space for you, firstly, then of course for your clients, opens an abundance of possibilities leading to results.

Impact of coaching on humanity and the planet. Building a coaching practice. Integrating the learning, knowing how to measure, manage and master your own performance.

ICF Mentor Coaching definition: a student being coached on their coaching skills rather than on practice building, life balance or other topics unrelated to the development of a student’s coaching skill. Mentoring is intended to serve as a development process for the student that takes place in a repetitive cycle of receiving feedback regarding student coaching, reflecting on this feedback, and practicing new skills. The focus must be on the development of skills using the ICF Core Competencies… coachingfederation.org

In our eight GMC sessions we will focus on each ICF Core Competency in detail together, discuss what is working and what stands out for you, practice & observe coaching with co-learners synchronously. Each participant will have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the competencies in the moment receiving verbal and then written feedback from their Mentor Coach/Trainer.

Congratulations for getting to this point in the training. You are now at the stage of sharpening your coaching skills in One-to-One Mentor Coaching discussion with your trainer. These will consist of you pre-preparing a minimum of three coaching sessions having coached any client, fellow participant, or any other person, shared an MPG4 audio or Zoom recording with accompanying transcript. Each coach recording must be a minimum of 20 minutes and maximum of 60 minutes.

The above content is an example of what is available during the training. We reserve the right to change the order/structure to facilitate the best learning experience of all the participants and your learning styles.

Throughout the training participants will receive written feedback from their observed coaching sessions. These observations are based on how effectively the ICF Core Competencies are being demonstrated during their coaching. For an ACTP that will mean a minimum of six observed coaching sessions per participant with written feedback for at least four of those six sessions.

Final Performance Evaluation

ACTP programmes must administer a final performance evaluation in a formal testing environment. The final performance evaluation must, at a minimum, contain an actual observation of coaching at least one half-hour (30 minutes) in length which is graded as a final performance evaluation… coachingfederation.org

 The participants are invited to a final evaluation after having actively exhibited growth and consistent coaching.  This final evaluation would need to demonstrate coaching at beginner PCC level to pass to the standards set by the ICF.

Dates for Programme

Virtual training will be delivered on Zoom. There will be an opportunity to get familiar with the virtual online video conferencing app and programme platform before coach training begins. We will discuss options for short this 30-minute slot once you have registered.

Module 1:

  • Friday, March 11th 2022, 9:00-17:15 CET (with break 12:15 – 14:00)
  • Saturday, March 12th 2022, 9:00-17:15 CET (with break 12:15 – 14:00)
  • Wednesday, March 16th 2022; 17:00 – 20:15 CET
  • Friday, March 18th 2022; 17:00 – 20:15 CET

Module 2:

  • Friday, April 1st 2022; 9:00-17:15 CET (with break 12:15 – 14:00)
  • Saturday, April 2nd 2022; 9:00-17:15 CET (with break 12:15 – 14:00)
  • Wednesday, April 6th 2022; 17:00 – 20:15 CET
  • Friday, April 8th 2022; 17:00 – 20:15 CET

Module 3:

  • Friday, May 6th 2022; 9:00-17:15 CET (with break 12:15 – 14:00)
  • Saturday, May 7th 2022; 9:00-17:15 CET (with break 12:15 – 14:00)
  • Wednesday, May 11th 2022; 17:00 – 20:15 CET
  • Friday, May 13th 2022; 17:00 – 20:15 CET

Feeding forward session:

  • Friday, September 2nd 2022; 17:00 – 20:15 CET

Please check that you are available for all aspects of the training. Your certification may be impacted if you do not attend the hours required. Please let us know in advance if there are any personal reasons which preclude you from attending. Participants are advised to ‘catch up’ by speaking with their co-learners.


This programme will be delivered in English.

Your Trainer:

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Saima Butt, (she/her) BSc (Hons), MBA. Change Advantage Ltd, Programme Director & Coach Trainer, Master Certified Coach (MCC) & Certified Mentor Coach (CMC).

For Saima coaching and societal progress are inextricably linked. 20+ years of purposeful practice to connect leaders within private, public and not for profit organisations with the abundance of possibility for all their people and the planet to thrive. Drawn by “commitment & ruthless compassion” in “applying strategic thinking” and “intuitive awareness” Saima delivers her work with lightness and loyalty towards your success. She lives in Oxford, England with her family.

Within ONE ICF she is a past UKICF Board Director, ICF Foundation Inaugural Council Ambassador. Current ICF Foundation Board Treasurer/Trustee and ICF Coaching Education Advisory Committee on Social Justice.

Host and co-trainer in some aspects or the programme:

Dragana Prijanovič (she/her) Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Certified Mentor Coach (CMC). NLP Trainer, certified trainer of the L.1 Programmes of Points of You® Academy and facilitator. President of the Supervisory Board of Slovenian Association of Facilitators and member of the Supervisory Board of the Slovenian Association for Coaching Development.

Dragana is passionate about coaching, the differences and progress it can make and believes that experts as coaches, trainers, facilitators and other professionals working with people, can support social progress for the world becoming a place for all of us to enjoy living in.

Training fee and special offers:

Your investment in your professional development is 3.690,00 EUR

Fee includes:

  • participation in the programme,
  • supporting on-line learning platform with training materials,
  • ACTP certificate according to your attendance and contribution to the learning provided,
  • drinks and snacks during coffee breaks and light lunch for the in-person Module 4

Special offers:

  • Early bird discount of 10% is available for payments of the full amount before February 20th
  • 5 % discount for 2 or 3 participants from one organisation.
  • 10 % discount for more than 3 participants from one organisation.
  • Up to 6 equal monthly instalments available for self-funding individuals (first instalments due on or before March 4th 2022).

Please click the button above and complete registration form to register & pay for the programme starting in March 2022.  Your place on the workshop will be confirmed upon payment. Please transfer your fee to the Change Advantage account before March 4th 2022, early bird payments until February 20th 2022. You will get payment details after registration.

Cancellation & refund policy

If you have questions relating to this programme please contact us and to know more of the ICF ACTP check the ICF Coaching Education website

We look forward to seeing you online soon.