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Online Coach Training and Certification

Coaching for Performance: Coach Certification Pathway (Distance Learning)

Our online coach training programme (Distance Learning) is the industry gold standard executive coach training and ICF coach certification pathway for leaders, managers and coaches of organizations.

This page describes the online “phased” format (weekly 3-hour sessions) and syllabus of our Performance Coach Certification – Silver Plan. The Silver Plan is also available in-person and as “intensive” format (full-day workshops). For the latest information and price of the Silver Plan, see here.

ICF ACSTH approved coach training

The 1-year part-time online coach certification pathway is an ICF ACSTH approved coach training programme:

  • developed by the pioneers of coaching
  • delivered live by world-class facilitators
  • enhanced online learning
ICF ACSTH coach certification

The Virtual Workshops are specifically designed for individuals looking to apply coaching skills within a business context or become an executive coach. With voice-to-voice training modules, group and one-to-one mentor coaching, the coach training is approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF) for Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential applications via the ACSTH Path.

The benefits of online training, materials and support

Performance Consultants pioneered performance coaching at work over 30 years ago and still leads the field globally in business coaching and leadership development. Our distance learning coach training is based on the work of our International Chairman Sir John Whitmore, co-creator of the GROW Model and author of Coaching for Performance.

The distance learning coach training offers flexibility to plan your learning around other commitments, with no need for long distance travel or extensive time away. The programme includes:

  • Access to our cutting-edge, easy-to-use online e-Learning platform.
  • Learning based on the pioneers of workplace coaching:
    – eg the GROW Model – the most widely used coaching model globally.
  • Synchronous learning (facilitator-led):
    – live group call coach training modules designed and delivered by world-class coach facilitators;
    – observed coaching practice;
  • Asynchronous learning (self-paced):
    – online coaching demos, exercises and other study aids;
    – printed and online materials including 140-page coaching skills Manual;
    – Sir John Whitmore’s Coaching for Performance book;
    – coaching practice assignments to ensure quick, practical application of your learning;
    – online support and discussion groups;
  • Mentor coaching:
    – 7.5 hours of group (max 10 participants) mentor coaching with an ICF certified coach;
    – 3 one-to-one mentor coaching sessions with an ICF certified coach;
  • Certification Toolkit:
    – simplified individual electronic progress tracking for the ICF ACC ACSTH Path

Programme content and structure

Coach-specific training:
Synchronous (live) elements: 51 student contact hours
Asynchronous (self-paced) study assignments: minimum 12 self-study hours
Coaching practice assignments
Group mentor coaching: 7.5 hours (5 x 90-minute sessions)
One-to-one mentor coaching: 3 hours (3 x 60-minute sessions)
Notice: We reserve the right to make changes to the content, structure and dates

Coach training

Coaching for Performance | Foundation

Module 1 of Coaching for Performance will introduce you to the principles and practice of performance coaching and allow you to discover the true power of coaching within organizations. The training is highly experiential with a focus on live coaching practice and feedback from experienced coach trainers. You will develop valuable new skills, tools and behaviours that can create success in any profession. Visit Coaching for Performance | Foundation for full details on course content.

Structure of Module 1
Delivered weekly over 6 weeks
Class 1 will be 2 hours, Classes 2–6 will be 3 hours
Plan for a further 2 hours of homework / coaching practice per week
Start time typically 08:30 or 16:30 UK time depending on the time zone of the group

Coaching for Performance | Intermediate and Advanced

Modules 2 & 3 builds on the existing coaching foundations by developing and enhancing core coaching competencies and exploring the change process from a deeper level, working with mindsets and beliefs to create more transformational change. Coaching practice supports the development of advanced coaching skills. Visit Coaching for Performance | Advanced for full details on course content.

Structure of Modules 2 & 3
Delivered weekly over 12 weeks in two modules
Module 2: Class 1 will be 2 hours, Classes 2–6 will be 3 hours
Module 3: Class 7 will be 2 hours, Classes 8–12 will be 3 hours
Plan for a further 2 hours of homework / coaching practice per week
Start time typically 08:30 or 16:30 UK time depending on the time zone of the group

Mentor coaching

ACC ACSTH applicants are required to be coached on their coaching skills for a minimum of 10 hours (3 hours must be 1:1 sessions) over a minimum of 3 months by an ICF qualified Mentor Coach. Our distance learning pathway includes 7.5 hours of group mentor coaching and 3 hours of one-to-one mentor coaching. The group mentor calls are organized so one or two of the ICF Core Competencies are focused upon in each session. There will be opportunities to discuss each competency, consider what it means and its importance as a coach and share how or when you’ve put it into play. The second half of each call will involve coaching so that all participants have an opportunity to be coach and coachee across the full series of calls and receive feedback from peers and the Mentor Coach.

International peer group

Whether in person or online, our coach training programmes are attended by participants from around the globe. Your participant group will be a community of senior-level peers with a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, languages and interests – adding richness to your learning. Coaching for Performance courses are especially suitable for:

  • leaders and managers who want to develop a coaching style of leadership;
  • leaders implementing organizational change;
  • HR and L&D professionals looking to retain and develop talent or build the coaching capability within their organization;
  • individuals who want to develop a career as an independent executive coach or consultant working with organizations.

“The Distance Learning course structure was great. There was so much value doing it online over a period of time and I loved connecting with like-minded people from all around the world. I wanted to thank the team at Performance Consultants for making it possible. For equipping me with such great training, knowledge and experience through the course and beyond. I have really appreciated what has felt like a partnership on the journey.”

Elly Simmons ACC (Associate Certified Coach), Founder, Leading People, Australia


Our Coaching for Performance: Coach Certification Pathway programme offers a unique opportunity for you to develop authentic and powerful coaching skills that integrate performance and purpose, and gain an internationally recognized business coaching credential that will give you credibility around the world. On successfully completing all the course requirements you will receive a Certificate of Professional Development (CPD) noting the hours you have completed.

Applications for certification with the International Coach Federation (ICF): ACC via the ACSTH Path

ICF ACSTH coach certification

Our curriculum is aligned with the ICF professional coaching certification process. The 63 Approved Coach Specific Training Hours fulfil the coach-specific training hours required for an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) application (participants need to apply to the ICF via the ACSTH path) and contribute towards the hours required for Professional Certified Coach (PCC) or Master Certified Coach (MCC) (applications via the Portfolio path).

ICF credential applications are purchased directly from and reviewed by the ICF. In addition to the core training, mentoring and coaching experience requirements, all ICF credential applicants complete a Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) in the form of an online multiple-choice test. Please see Coaching Qualifications and Coach Certification for full details of the complete certification requirements and application pathways.

How can we help?

For course enquiries or to discuss how we can support the specific coach certification needs of your managers, leaders and organization, please email or call +44 (0)20 3903 0011.