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Coach Accreditation  Coach Accreditation

The Association for Coaching is committed to championing standards of excellence in the coaching profession. We offer accreditation to our coach members, indicating to potential users of coaching that a coach is working effectively to the comprehensive AC Coaching Competency Framework.

Two accreditation options are available, the Executive Coach Scheme for coaches working primarily in an organizational context, and the Coach Scheme for all other coaches. Both schemes offer a progression through four levels of accreditation and are equal in standard. You apply for the level that best matches your current level of experience and capability, with a developmental path through higher levels of accreditation.

Find out more about the levels of AC Coach Accreditation (pdf).

AC Coach Accreditation is inclusive – you may apply whatever your background, training and experience. You get the opportunity to benchmark yourself against high professional standards in a rigorous process, where the focus is on accrediting fitness to practise rather than theory and academics.

For Coach Accreditation renewals and upgrades, please contact for the relevant application documents.

Support is available to help you apply for Coach Accreditation, including comprehensive information in Applicant Guides and FAQs, regular webinars where you can find out what AC Accreditation entails and for those applicants who have started the process there are regular Coach Accreditation Support calls held so that you can ask questions specific to your own application.

Supporting Documentation

Please contact the Accreditation Office on to request your two ethical dilemma questions (if applicable) before completing your application.

This is what one of our members had to say "....when I looked at various accreditations and memberships, yours was by far the most straightforward and pragmatic, and finding increasingly in the coaching marketplace, that having formal accreditation creates more of a USP, as there are a lot of Coaches out there, qualified and unqualified." - David Crowe, Crowe Associates

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Supporting Documents:

1.       AC Coach Accreditation Overview

2.       AC Coach Accreditation Applicant Guide

3.       AC Coach Accreditation Applicant Guide – Worked Examples

4.       Coaching Supervision Guide

5.       Coach Accreditation FAQ

6.       AC Coaching Competency Framework

7.       Global Code of Ethics for Coaches & Mentors

8.       Example of Client Case Study Permission Form

9.       Example of Client Audio Permission Form

 Application Documents:

1.       Contact to request your two ethical dilemma questions to answer

2.        AC Coach Accreditation Application Form

3.        AC Coach Accreditation Client Reference Form

4.        AC Coaching Supervision Report

5.       Coaching Experience Log

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