ICF ACC Credential
Begin your coaching journey—or extend it!
The ICF ACC Credential package is a great start for people with little or no coaching experience, who want to build skills and work toward an ICF credential. It is also ideal for certified coaches who want to reconnect with foundational skills and add a positive psychology focus to their services as well as those who already coach but have never received formal training.
This ICF-accredited program provides coursework in the foundations of coaching, including opportunities for practice and the study of ethics. It includes a deep dive into applied positive psychology and fulfills the coach training requirements for ICF’s ACC credential.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, you will receive Positive Acorn’s Certified Positive Psychology Coach endorsement.
What you will learn
Enrollment in this package insures space in all three courses. Please see the individual course descriptions for additional information.
Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener
Dr. Laura Lewis Mantell
Successful completion of all requirements confers Positive Acorn’s Certified Positive Psychology Coach endorsement.
Students in this program have the opportunity to add to their 100 coaching hours required for ACC certification. Credentialed coaches can receive CCE credits.
October 1, 2021 – February 26, 2022.
Friday 5-8 pm Pacific time or Saturday 9 am-12 pm Pacific time.
Please see the individual course descriptions for details.
Frequently Asked Questions
To ensure high-quality practice, the ICF has established several credentialing requirements (Associated Certified Coach—ACC).
- 60 hours of training from an approved provider
- 100 hours of client contact
- Receiving 10 hours of mentor coaching from an ICF credentialled coach
- Pass a comprehensive Coach Knowledge Assessment
- Submit a recording of a coaching session for review
- Endorsement of the ICF ethics code
- Membership in the ICF
You can learn more at the ICF website.
This process can vary depending on several factors. It often takes anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, depending on the time you can devote to training and practice.
Yes. Our program is an ACSTH approved program accredited through the ICF. We focus especially on responsible practice and specific training in the ICF ethics code.
The 100 hours of client contact are actual hours of coaching conducted within an established coaching relationship. This includes hours of peer-to-peer coaching that you set up with your classmates. There are several requirements regarding the coaching relationship, fees, confidentiality, and other factors. You can learn more at the ICF website.
Yes! Positive Acorn’s live courses confer CCE credits for credentialled coaches. Please see individual course descriptions for credit details.
No. You only need to attend one session. We offer two sections of each course to make them convenient for people in all time zones. The content of both sections is identical and you are free to attend whichever section you prefer.
Yes. The content is identical between both sections, and you are free to attend whichever is most convenient for you in any given week.
We host sessions that are intended specifically for coaching practice. These practicum sessions are not mandatory but are strongly encouraged as a way to practice coaching skills in a safe and supportive environment.
Practicum is not required and we understand that not everyone will be able to attend. Even so, we strongly encourage people to attend practicum every week they are able. In our experience, people who attend practicum, who have an opportunity to practice and to get feedback, and who engage in deeper discussions of coaching often accelerate their learning and professional development.
The practicum for each course is held twice on Wednesdays to cater to people who live in diverse time zones. These hour and a half sessions are held at 9 am US Pacific Time and 3 pm US Pacific Time. Students can attend any practicum session they want (or both!).
Yes! You save $158 when enrolling in this package.
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We care that each and every student has a peerless learning experience. As a result, we listen to your specific needs and support your learning in a highly personalized way.
What our alumni say
From the very first class taught by Robert, I was hooked. The insight and knowledge that Robert brings to each class and course is unique and professional. The live virtual classroom that’s used throughout the programs enables an orderly and interactive experience second to none. Any administrative questions or technical support issues are handled with a quick and friendly encounter. As a recent graduate of the full Positive Psychology Coach program, I highly recommend the programs to all coaches at every level.
David W. McQuarrie
DWM Life Coaching Inc.
Positive Acorn offers world-class coach training coupled with the latest research and applications. Robert is a masterful teacher and coach who challenges the status quo and always has a fresh professional perspective and interesting or provocative view to add. He not only provides excellent training in Positive Psychology Coaching but also ensures that students are exposed to the very latest, non-mainstream findings in Positive Psychology – something unique to Positive Acorn. Classes are enjoyable and conducted with the utmost professionalism. I would highly recommend Positive Acorn to anybody seeking ICF credentialed coach training.
I took the ICF ACC Credential Package. Not only is this package filled with practical coaching tips but Robert challenges you to think and learn; investigate on your own, and practice. You are not just taking a class but you are enjoying an experience and going on a journey. Robert meets you where you are in your learning stage and the whole team is generous with their time so that students gain the utmost from the courses. This was one of the best experiences in my professional career.