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.

    Qualify for your ACC

    The ICF ACC credential requires at least 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:


    Certified Career Management Coach Course

    Academies Certified Strengths Coach Course


    Certified Career Management Coach Course

    Certified Executive & Leadership Development Coach Course


    Certified Executive & Leadership Development Coach Course

    Certified Leadership Engagement & Impact Coach Course

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

    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

    ICF Level 1 Accreditation

    The Academies’ Career & Leadership Coach Program with Neuroscience Foundation Program is approved by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as an Accredited Level 1 Coaching Education Program, for a total of 68 coach training hours.

    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 hours of mentor coaching
    • Performance Evaluation

    Additional Requirements
    (on your part)

    • Log 100 hours of client coaching
    • Submit your application to the ICF
    • Pass ICF Credentialing Exam

    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 and Performance Evaluation 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 review a recording of your coaching and take care of your performance evaluation.

    A certified Academies’ evaluator will listen to your audio recording, give feedback, and then listen to an updated audio to determine that you meet the ACC evaluation criteria.

    Want to add more training to your portfolio?



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

    Virtual Student Portal

    The student portal, currently housed on MightyNetworks, 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 us 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 online classroom tasks with a 90% completion rate or more.  If 90% completion 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 or coaching recordings each odd week for a total of approximately one hour of tasks per week.

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

    • You will complete 4 1.25 hour group mentor coaching sessions (5 hours total) with your first course, and 2 1-hour group mentor coaching sessions with your second course.
    • Group sessions are locked into a schedule at the beginning of each course and typically take place the 4 (or 2) weeks following live sessions at the same day and starting time as your course.
    • Missed sessions require an individual make up session for $350-$385 each.

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


    All courses and programs are offered in English.

    Policies and Procedures


    Participants must enroll in both courses within one year of the purchase date.  Extensions will only be granted under extreme circumstances.  If both courses are not completed within 15 months of the purchase date, participants will be required to purchase a new package at current pricing.

    If you do not complete all of the certification requirements, you will not be eligible to receive the full certification. Instead, you will be issued a Certificate of Completion for the hours you completed in lieu of certification.


    In order to receive your certificate at the conclusion of the program, your course payment must be paid in full.


    If you need to transfer to another cohort for scheduling purposes prior to the start of your originally scheduled course, a $350 administrative fee applies along with an additional charge equal to the difference in price if the program has increased in investment. If you need to transfer after the cohort has already begun, please see our withdrawal policy.


    If withdrawing at least 48 hours before class 1 of your first course:

    • You will receive a full refund of the regular program price less a $350 administrative fee and any applicable discounts.

        If withdrawing after your first 10-week course and before your second 10-week course: 

        • The full retail price of the first course will be owed along with any additional services rendered and a $350 administrative fee.  The remaining balance will be refunded.

        Upon notifying us of withdrawal, we ask you to delete any course materials you may have downloaded.


        To maintain an open and safe learning environment, The Academies reserves the right to not accept and/or dis-enroll a student from courses for any reason.  In this case, no refunds will be issued.