Adler’s ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)



Adler’s Professional Adler Coaching Ceritifcation Empowers ParticipantsCoaching Program is proud to have been honored by the International Coach Federation as an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) – the gold standard of the profession. It consists of three courses and a practicum that lead to certification. Each course is a prerequisite for the subsequent course, i.e. you must take the courses in the order listed below.

To amplify the course content, Adler offers recurring opportunities to participate in an extensive Supplementary Teleclasses Learning Program (included at no additional charge) and several assignments to enhance learning and implementation beyond the classroom. Certification students must complete all assignments and attend a minimum of 10 teleclasses.


Foundations of Professional Coaching offers a rigorous grounding in the Adler coaching model in an interactive, stimulating environment of learning and hands-on coaching. This course covers:

  • The mindset of coaching
  • Adler’s Model and Guiding Principles
  • The Core Coaching Competencies
  • Structure of the coaching conversation
  • Change and coaching across time
  • Coaching for vision, values and purpose
  • What it takes to be a coach (and more)

“Foundations” is both a powerful stand-alone introduction to coaching and is the first course in our ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP).

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The Coaching Conversation in the Context of Work looks at the individual in the context of systems, and how the coach supports people in their work and their lives. This class substantially expands coaching skills while providing additional tools and context for helping clients with work-related issues. This course offers:

  • A deeper understanding of the place of work in people’s lives and of the impact of coaching in the workplace
  • An introduction to the concept of organizations as systems and an awareness of the impact these systems can have on both coach and client
  • Enhanced proficiency in use of the core coaching competencies applied in the work environment
  • A framework for offering feedback
  • The role of assessments in coaching
  • How to manage the complexity of roles and responsibilities in organizational coaching
  • Many more tools and techniques for your coaching toolkit

Explore the power of professional coaching and discover the opportunities for professional coaching in the workplace. Class participants never look at work in the same way again; they come away with a purposeful perspective about work and the workplace that serves both them and their clients in powerful ways.

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Moving Towards Artful Coaching provides exposure to and experience with a range of tools and processes to deepen coaching effectiveness. This rich, experiential course focuses on integrating your learning and seeks to enhance and deepen the ability to coach artfully and creatively. It includes units on:

  • Leadership and its role in coaching, including a powerful leadership model well-suited for coaching, and what it means to be a leader of one’s life
  • Creativity and its many expressions for both coach and client
  • Metaphor as a tool for exploration and transformation
  • Intuition and its use in coaching
  • Integration of what you’ve learned, and a discovery process to help you define your unique voice and vision as a coach

This class invites you to experience what it is like to coach through the lens of an artist. Expect a transforming experience.

All of our courses also include opportunities to explore the practical and operational aspects of being a coach.

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Practicum is a 6-month virtual classroom experience that transitions the student into the world of an active coaching practitioner, and serves as a powerful incubator for skill development. Students acquire clients, obtain feedback on their coaching through supervision and mentor coaching, and share their learning through case studies. Practicum groups are capped at 12 students for highly individualized instruction and mentoring.

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The Certification Exam process consists of both a written exam and oral performance evaluation components. Candidates for the exam must have successfully completed Practicum and must log a minimum of 100 hours of coaching experience before sitting for the exam.

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  • Adler Credentials:
    • Upon successful completion of Practicum, students are distinguished as an ATC – Adler Trained Coach.
    • Upon graduation (after successful completion of the exam process) students are awarded the credential ACPC – Adler Certified Professional Coach.
  • ICF Credentials:
    • Graduation as an ACPC satisfies requirements for ICF’s entry level credential (ACC – Associate Certified Coach), which may be obtained by providing your proof of graduation, your log of 100 hours (no more than 25 pro bono), along with ICF’s application and fee. The only additional requirement for ICF certification is ICF’s written exam (multiple choice from your computer, covering ICF’s Coaching Definition, Core Competencies, and Code of Ethics – which you will have studied in our program). *
    • After you have done more coaching, you may apply for ICF’s PCC (Professional Certified Coach) credential when you have reached 750 hours of experience. Just provide your proof of graduation from Adler again and your log of additional hours. (Graduation from our program meets all requirements for PCC, except the 750 hours of experience that you need to log. If you already completed ICF’s written exam to obtain your ACC credential, you do not need to repeat it.) *
    • ICF’s MCC (Master Certified Coach) credential requires 2500 hours of experience, additional training hours, another exam, service to the profession, and typically takes many years to achieve. *
    • *NOTE: ICF credentialing information stated here is current as of the date of this writing, but is subject to change without notice. Go to for the most up-to-date ICF credential requirements.
  • BCC Credential:
    • Behavioral Health Professionals may be interested in certification from the Center for Credentialing and Education, which offers a Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential.  Adler is an Approved Provider of coach training for the BCC credential. Requirements for the BCC credential vary depending on your licensure and background. For more information go to



Adler’s Certificate Program takes approximately 12-18 months to complete, and may take longer depending on a student’s choice of course dates, zealous pursuit of coaching experience, personal readiness, etc. Students are encouraged to begin coaching right out of “Foundations” as the best way to get experience and build expertise.

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