ICF Coach Certification Level 1 Programme

ICF ACC Pathway

Become a competent and confident individual and leadership coach with strong foundations, mentor coaching and practical application

Level 1 July cohort now open for applications

Level 1 ICF Coach Certification Programme Overview

We take you from novice coach to confident coach in 6 short months.

Each subsequent part of the programme is designed to build upon the knowledge acquired in the prior modules.

As you gain confidence at each stage, you become ready to stretch your learning to the next level. Our Level 1 programme provides you with all the training education you need to become an ACC Level Coach with the ICF.

Who?

This programme is designed for you if you want to become an effective leader, if you are starting your journey as a coach, or work in HR 

Total Training Hours

77 ICF Training Hours

Estimated Time

Min. 6 months to complete your ICF coach certification journey

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Flexible and engaging – online learning lets you take part no matter where you are, and participate in experiential discussions and practice.

Level 1 ICF coach certification programme runs for 6 months and includes 3 main components:

ICF Accredited Coach Training

With 30 hours of self-directed learning and 2 hours a week of live, experiential training (12 sessions overall) – we value your time and ensure that each hour is well invested.

Live sessions, run by our experienced coaching faculty, are where you come together with your cohort to gain depth of understanding on the key concepts, coaching skills and coaching theory. 

ICF Mentor Coaching Groups

23 hours of individual and group mentor coaching – peer and observed virtual coaching in small groups.

This includes the 10 hours of Mentor Coaching required for the ICF credential.

The coaching sessions are observed by our experienced faculty, who will provide verbal and written feedback.

ICF Performance Evaluation

At the end of the Level 1 coach certification programme, you will need to submit 2 recordings which we listen to and evaluate whether or not you have passed the standard of coaching at an ACC level.

If you do not pass the first time, you can submit another recording for a fee.

Curious about something? Have a look at our FAQ here.

Entry Requirements

Our programmes are open to newcomers to coaching and to those with prior coaching experience, who are willing to deepen their knowledge.

We welcome applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds and professional experience. A good level of English is required.

Before admission, you will need to fill in the application form and have a short virtual conversation with a lead facilitator

Graduation Requirements

Once you complete your assessments, you will graduate and become a Bailey Balfour certified coach. 

To become an ICF-accredited coach, you will have to apply for their accreditation membership and take the credentialing examination.

  • Workshop Participation
  • Group Coaching Participation
  • 2 Individual Recorded Coaching Sessions
  • 1-to-1 Mentor Coaching Session
  • 1 Short Essay
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Schedule July Intake 2024

Workshops run on Mondays starting 15th July 2024 over zoom.

Singapore and Hong Kong: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM SGT (UTC+08:00)

Dubai: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (UTC+04:00)

United Kingdom: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (UTC+00:00)

Introduction to Coaching Conversations
Workshop 1.1 – 15th Jul 2024
Workshop 1.2 – 22nd Jul 2024
Workshop 1.3 – 29th Jul 2024
Workshop 1.4 – 12th Aug 2024

Coaching Tools and Techniques
Workshop 2.1 – 19th Aug 2024
Workshop 2.2 – 2nd Sep 2024
Workshop 2.3 – 9th Sep 2024
Workshop 2.4 – 16th Sep 2024

Career Coaching
Workshop 3.1 – 30th Sep 2024
Workshop 3.2 – 7th Oct 2024

Coaching at work and in Organisations
Workshop 4.1 – 14th Oct 2024
Workshop 4.2 – 21st Oct 2024

Schedule September Intake 2024

Workshops run on Wednesdays starting 11th September 2024 over zoom.

Singapore and Hong Kong: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM SGT (UTC+08:00)

Dubai: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (UTC+04:00)

United Kingdom: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (UTC+00:00)

Introduction to Coaching Conversations
Workshop 1.1 – 11th Sep 2024
Workshop 1.2 – 18th Sep 2024
Workshop 1.3 – 25th Sep 2024
Workshop 1.4 – 9th Oct 2024

Coaching Tools and Techniques
Workshop 2.1 – 16th Oct 2024
Workshop 2.2 – 23rd Oct 2024
Workshop 2.3 – 6th Nov 2024
Workshop 2.4 – 13th Nov 2024

Career Coaching
Workshop 3.1 – 20th Nov 2024
Workshop 3.2 – 4th Dec 2024

Coaching at work and in Organisations
Workshop 4.1 – 11th Dec 2024
Workshop 4.2 – 18th Dec 2024

Schedule November Intake 2024

Workshops run on Tuesdays starting 19th November 2024 over zoom.

Singapore and Hong Kong: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM SGT (UTC+08:00)

Dubai: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (UTC+04:00)

United Kingdom: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (UTC+00:00)

Introduction to Coaching Conversations
Workshop 1.1 – 19th Nov 2024
Workshop 1.2 – 26th Nov 2024
Workshop 1.3 – 3rd Dec 2024
Workshop 1.4 – 10th Dec 2024

Coaching Tools and Techniques
Workshop 2.1 – 7th Jan 2024
Workshop 2.2 – 14th Jan 2024
Workshop 2.3 – 21st Jan 2024
Workshop 2.4 – 4th Feb 2024

Career Coaching
Workshop 3.1 – 11th Feb 2024
Workshop 3.2 – 18th Feb 2024

Coaching at work and in Organisations
Workshop 4.1 – 4th Mar 2024
Workshop 4.2 – 11th Mar 2024

Our ICF Coach Certification Curriculum is Tailored for Executive, Leadership and Career Coaching

“We really got to know each other, and we created that very special bond…now we’ve officially finished our classroom training but we’re still doing peer coaching”

– Chen-en Tsaur, Bailey Balfour Alumni

Modules

Each module is a series of online workshops, and supported by pre-work in our easy-to-use learning management system. Attending the workshops alongside your cohort gives you an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the theory and models by putting them into practice in breakout rooms.

Each module builds upon the knowledge acquired in the prior modules, so that you gain confidence as a coach as you move through the programme.

Module 1 - Introduction to Coaching Conversations

4 live workshops (2 hours per run) | 4 hours self-directed learning – Total length – 12 hours

By the end of module one, you will learn and apply the core coaching skills and frameworks needed to start coaching.

Module 2 - Coaching Tools and Techniques

4 live workshops (2 hours per run) | 4 hours self-directed learning – Total length – 12 hours

Building upon the core skills, you both acquire the knowledge and learn the application of frameworks and tools which will support your work with your clients.

Module 3 - Career Coaching

2 live workshops (2 hours per run) | 4 hours self-directed learning – Total length – 8 hours

Everyone needs help in their career journey at some point in their working life – we equip you with the tools necessary to work with clients to identify the next steps to building a successful career.

Module 4 - Coaching at Work and in Organisations

4 live workshops (2 hours per run) | 4 hours self-directed learning – Total length – 12 hours

We develop your skills to coach as a leader, internal coach or external coach – from the practical aspects of a coaching assignment, to preparation for the topics clients might bring to coaching.

You will be a more confident coach after Level 1

  • Be fluent and confident in using core coaching skills and follow a coaching model in a coaching conversation

  • Be familiar with the ICF framework of core competencies and able to apply an ethical coaching practice

  • Develop experience in setting a coaching agreement, providing feedback and, as part of the coaching process, holding clients accountable.

  • Gain tools and techniques to help both coach and client to increase awareness and inspire change

  • Be skilled and empowered to take on coaching assignments with real clients in organisations

  • Cultivate trust and safety in coaching conversations through honing listening skills and observing body language

Free Preview to our Coach Certification Programme

 

One of the most effective ways to decide whether our programme is the best for you is to experience a short taster – to see what you could expect and get a feel for the different elements of our courses including mentor coaching, our self-directed resources and our learning system. You can enjoy this 1 hour taster at your own pace at any time so register now.

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Who are we?

Learn more about Bailey Balfour, who we are, our values, and how 22 years of executive coaching experience inspired our acclaimed IFC accredited training programmes. Meet our faculty and discover why you might like to learn with us.

Book a call

Having a call with Jean Balfour, our programme director, can help answer questions about our pathways in a way that is relevant to you. How will you fit it in around your schedule? How will it speak to your existing role? How could it enhance your skillset for the future in your career? Why is accreditation important? Schedule a call with Jean and answer these questions and take the next step in enrolling.

Upcoming Events and Webinars

Join us in engaging (and free) webinars – from networking to coaching skills, and purposeful questions – there is bound to be an upcoming topic that speaks to you. Register now – and don’t worry – if you can’t make the live session we will send you  a recording so that you can enjoy it in your own time.

Making Sense of Work Podcast

How’s Work at the Moment? We all work – and yet we often struggle with work. Even very ambitious people find parts of work difficult. This podcast is for you if you’d like to build a new and better relationships with your working life. Join Jean Balfour and guests as they explore everything to do with our working lives, starting with how do we find our purpose, how do make sense of our organisations and what major movements are we seeing in the workplace today?

 

 

Accelerate your coaching journey with the world’s leading coaching accreditation body.

We want you to focus your energy on coaching skills – not on processes – so we have made the steps to prepare for your ICF accreditation as simple as possible

Bailey Balfour is an ICF-accredited coach training academy that offers the highest standards of coach certification programme.

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the largest internationally-recognised accreditation body that sets the standard for both coaching educators (us) and coaches (you) through the ICF competencies, ICF definition of coaching, ICF code of ethics and a rigorous assessment process for both education providers and coaches.

Hear from our alumni about what they loved, how coaching enhanced their leadership and how they managed to fit it in around busy schedules

Alumni Testimonials (Full version)

“The Bailey Balfour team were professional, willing to share their experiences and I received valuable, nurturing and insightful feedback all the way through the program. I have also developed some really strong friendships with my classmates and the opportunities to practice in regular weekly mentoring sessions was an invaluable opportunity to practice my skills.”

– Andrew Parker

Founder and Principal Consultant, Wasabi Consulting

‘I really appreciated the programmes’ focus on the development of skills such as self-awareness (during and outside of coaching sessions), presence, active listening, and attentiveness to one’s intuitions.

This is in addition to the basic frameworks, tools, techniques, coaching communication styles and approaches, and ethical considerations that are important to know as a new coach.’

– Samantha Whetstone

Professional Coach, Citrinitas Coaching

“Coaching has been hugely beneficial over my career. The insights, knowledge and skills I have gained as a client and a coach have ignited my courage to change focus and direction twice.

As a client, coaching provided a safe space and a structure to review my career, understand my values, strengths and interests, recognise the size of the gap, and make significant changes to move into more rewarding career and work. 

― Mary O’Driscoll

Director, Mary O’Driscoll Strategic Consulting and Lecturer, Griffith College Dublin

‘I really appreciated the programmes’ focus on the development of skills such as self-awareness (during and outside of coaching sessions), presence, active listening, and attentiveness to one’s intuitions.

This is in addition to the basic frameworks, tools, techniques, coaching communication styles and approaches, and ethical considerations that are important to know as a new coach.’

– Samantha Whetstone

Professional Coach, Citrinitas Coaching

‘All the staff are very respectful and show great communication skills. In the Bailey Balfour Training you not only learn and improve essential skills, but you furthermore connect with other like-minded people. Bailey Balfour offers ethical, respectful quality coaching training!

A factor that especially stood out to me is the amount of experience and wisdom all the Mentor Coaches share with the attending coaches.’

― Linda M Milun

International Life & Leadership Coach, Founder of Refraction Coaching and Intercultural Consultant

Sign up for our ICF coach training info session to learn more

Join our programme director for a 30min online info session.

Upcoming session: June 4, June 11, June 25
SG/HK: 6Dubai: 2:00 PM (UTC+04:00)

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