Earn Your ACC: Our Level 1 Program

We’re on a mission.

And so are you.

We’re all here to grow, to evolve, to expand, to be who we were meant to be.

Coaching, in our humble opinion, is the BEST way to make that happen.

So whether you want to start, continue, or finish your coach training – we invite you to become an effective, well-trained coach. 

Qualify to earn your International Coaching Federation (ICF) ACC credential through our Level 1 program.

    Why should you get an ICF coaching credential?

    • Add credibility to your coaching practice
    • Develop and advance your ability to support change
    • Deepen your confidence in navigating challenging client scenarios
    • Take advantage of the growing trend in professional coaching that is now a $3B industry
    • Meet the ICF credential prerequisites that many organizations seek for professional coaching positions

    Qualify for your ACC

    The ICF ACC credential requires 60 hours of training and 10 hours of mentor coaching to qualify (plus your client coaching hours and the ICF Credentialing Exam). You must enroll in both programs within one year from the purchasing date for the ACC packages. With our ACC packages, you can choose any of the three tracks below:

    Contact coaching@theacademies.com to see how you can mix and match our courses to fit your coaching goals!

    Coaching with a Neuroscience Focus

    At The Academies, we love using a brain-friendly approach to coaching. We curate in-depth neuroscience research and translate it into simple techniques that can be applied to coaching. The result is meaningful and lasting change in you, as well as the people you coach, lead, work with, or do life with!

    Roadmap to Your ACC

    What the Academies Provides

    • Two 33.5-hour courses for a total of 67 training hours
    • 10 mentor coaching sessions
    • Performance Evaluation

    Additional Requirements
    (on your part)

    • Log 100 hours of client coaching
    • Pass ICF Credentialing Exam
    • No audio submission required

    Still have ACSTH level training and need a Performance Evaluation?

    We’ve been there.  Let us take some of the stress off with our Audio Review Add-On:

    You’ve completed at least 60 hours of training at the ACSTH level with The Academies (after January 1st, 2020) and want to apply via the Level 1 Pathway.  Contact coaching@theacademies.com to register and we’ll take care of your performance evaluation.

    A certified Academies’ evaluator will listen to your audio recording to determine that you meet the ACC evaluation criteria.

    Want to add more training to your portfolio?

    Check out our Level 2 Program.



    All classes are offered in a distance learning format using the platform Zoom.

    Virtual Student Portal

    The student portal, currently housed on Vimify.com, provides access to modules, forums, class recordings, coaching demo recordings, featured resources, and class announcements.

    Pricing and Registration

    One Payment  $7,497
    Four Payments  4 payments of $1949.25 = $7,797 total
    Six Payments  6 Payments of $1,324.50 = $7,947 total

    If you are ready to register, please visit our registration page.

    For more information and pricing/registration details, please contact Brittany Macdonald at coaching@theacademies.com

    Certification Requirements

    Attendance: Attend 9 of the 10 live class sessions in each course

    Virtual Classroom: At the conclusion of each course, participants will be required to finish Vimify (online classroom) tasks with an 80% completion rate or more.  If the 80% is not met, the coach will be issued a Certificate of Completion for the course in place of the credential.

    Buddy Coaching and Homework: Your classroom tasks will include one hour of buddy coaching on the even weeks of class along with short daily tasks each odd week for a total of approximately one hour of tasks per week. 

    Mentor Coaching: 7 group and 3 individual mentor coaching sessions with an Academies PCC-Certified coach are included in the price of the program. 

    • You will complete 5 group mentor coaching sessions with your first course, and the remaining sessions with your second course.
    • Sessions are locked into a schedule at the beginning of each course and typically take place the 5 weeks following live sessions at the same day and starting time as your course.
    • Missed sessions require an individual make up session for $300 each.

    Upon completion of the above requirements, coaches will receive a display certificate suitable for framing and rights to use the course logo.