You can find here some answers to your questions about what coaching is and what it takes to become a certified professional coach.

About Coaching

What is Coaching?

Coaching is a partnership between a professional who developed specific  coaching skills in a long term program and an individual or team.

The partnership follows a clear professional or personal objective contracted at the beginning of the process and it is aimed to support the achievement of specific results.

The relationship between coach and coachee is based on trust, respect, collaboration and full acknowledgement of coachee’s decisions and choice of action.

In this manner the coachee is accompanied to increase performance and well-being, while unlocking and using their full potential.

Is coaching for me?

If you are interested in looking at yourself with openness and curiosity, understand what drives you, getting ready to take responsibility of actions and results of the process, being successful and fulfilled, yes coaching is for you.

Which are the most frequent reasons people call on a professional coach?

Usually coaches work with individuals or teams on themes and goals connected with: transitions (from executive to management positions or moving from one city to another, taking new responsibilities etc), decisions to be made, need for clarity of direction or actions, achieving specific goals like starting a business or a new project, satisfaction at work, better quality of life.

How long a coaching process lasts from the first session?

It mostly depends on the topic the individual or team is bringing in the coaching process. Also depends on the specific goal they have and a possible dead-line. Can last from 2, 3 months with weekly or once every two weeks sessions to 6 months or more for more complex themes.

What a coach is expecting from a coachee?

To come with the intention of being available to the process and allow this to create through exploration awareness of self and commitment to actions and results.

Understand that the process that starts needs respecting the agreement the coach and coachee make in the beginning and any change should be seen through.

To be open to challenge the way he/she/team sees the reality in order to change perspectives.

Become comfortable with setbacks and unexpected changes in the circumstances in the flow, in order to start building resilience and coherence.

Allowing the perspective of being a whole individual to set in and take actions from this space of potential.

How does a coaching session unfold?

The session can start with a brief conversation meant to (re)establish connection and trust. If it is not the first session, usually some time will be used for managing progress on the past commitments.

Then the coach accompanies the coachee in defining, clarifying and reinforcing the goals for the process or/and the session. After that, the coach through welcoming presence, active listening, powerful questioning and direct communication is facilitating learning, problem-solving and action planning towards the desired results.

The end of the session is focused on learning and accountability of the work done during the session.

Becoming a Certified Coach

What background knowledge or experience is necessary?

There is no background knowledge needed or experience for attending the course. During the process you will receive all the information you need, and you will be in the supervised space you need to practice and build your core competences.

If you are interested in becoming an ICF certified coach (ACC is the first level of accreditation) you have below the answer to this question.

What will i be able to do upon completing the “Being Coach(ed) – Essential Coaching Skills” program?

First of all you will be able to use your new competences in all areas of your life (professional and personal).

You will also be able to start practicing coaching with individuals and teams upon receiving the ACSTH certificate.

You can also start the process of individual credentialing application in ICF (International Coach Federation), which is described in a question below. This international certification will bring you another confirmation of your abilities as professional coach and support your practice.

Does the program cover all requirements for an ACC in ICF individual credentialing application?


The Requirements for an ACC credential (on ACSTH Path) application are:

  1. At least 60 hours of coach-specific training through an ACTP or ACSTH program. – Covered by our program: 156 hours of coach-specific training (ACSTH)
  2. 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a minimum of three months to be documented on your online application. Your Mentor Coach must be an ACC, PCC or MCC in good standing.– Covered by our program: 3h x 6 group Mentor Coaching sessions covered and 3 individual sessions of 1h
  3. Coaching log demonstrating 100 hours (75 paid) of coaching experience with at least eight clients following the start of your coach-specific training. At least 25 of these hours must occur within the 18 months prior to submitting the application for the credential. – It takes more or less 1 year for the participants in our program usually to have the hours of coaching experience
  4. Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA). – the participants receive support in taking the Assessment as part of our program evaluation system.

Can i start working as a coach upon program completion?

Yes, once you are evaluated and receive the ACSTH certificate you are ready to start your coaching practice.

Are there any complementary resources i can consult before getting started?

Check our Alumni Stories of their learning journey.

How much time investment should I prepare for?

You should prepare for a minimum 360 hours time investment during a length of 9 months, which include:

In class meetings: 8 modules of 1,5 days each (Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 9am to 1.30pm) at one months distance, 20 weekly supervised group sessions between the modules (Monday evenings for 3h) and 6 Mentor Coach group sessions  (the Mondays when there will be no supervised practice sessions)+ 3 individual mentor coach sessions.

Individual practice: 60 coaching hours with 5 different clients

120 Individual study hours

Monthly learning community meetings