OnlineThe Coach Practitioner

Beginning 29th June 2024

This programme is designed for people who want to benefit from a high quality, interactive, and experiential training in coaching skills, delivered through webinars.

Coaching Development has a worldwide presence as a training institution, and has been training professional coaches and managers since 2003.

THIS PROGRAM, delivering 80 learning hours + 10 hours of mentor coaching, will equip you to achieve the International Coaching Federation’s (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential. The programme consists of a thorough immersion in the ICF’s core competencies, the structures and processes of coaching conversations and an ethical approach to this type of developmental work. The learning is primarily experiential, and is supported by reading, reflecting and blogging. In between the taught days you will be engaging in coaching conversations which will enable you to consolidate and deepen your coaching ability.

The 80 learning hours consists of:

  • 46 hours of synchronous (real time) learning, comprising 7 days spread over 4-5 months. 
  • 24 hours of inter-modular coaching practice – 12 hours as coach and 12 hours as coachee.
  • 10 hours (minimum) of other learning: reading a coaching book, keeping a reflective journal of your learnings about coaching and yourself on your coaching journey, blogging, etc.

The 10 mentor hours consists of:

  • 7 hours of synchronous (real time) group mentor coaching on day 8.
  • 3 hours of individual mentor coaching spread across the learning programme.

Course approach to learning

The didactic part of The Coach Practitioner will provide you with a robust foundation in coaching theory and approaches. Coaching Development’s philosophy is that the best learning happens when we can apply what we are learning to ourselves as well as to others. Thus you will have many opportunities to reflect on yourself, how you be in the world and how you can use these theories when coaching others. Through a combination of theoretical input and experiential work, with extensive practice, observations of your coaching and regular formal feedback from your observer, as well as the 10 hours of mentor coaching, you will develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills required of a competent, ethical ACC credentialed coach.

Practice and Development

Observer Feedback

You will practise and receive feedback on your coaching each day. On days 3 and 7 you will receive formal verbal feedback from a qualified observer. During the inter-module gaps between days 4 and 5, 5 and 6, and 6 and 7, you will submit a 30 minute recording + transcript and self- assessment of your coaching to an observer.  You will receive written feedback on your use of the ACC level competencies, followed by a 30 minute call to discuss your use of them. This feedback focuses on current strengths and offers pathways for future development.

Mentor Coaching

Individual sessions:  between days 5 and 6, 6 and 7, and 7 and 8, you'll submit a 30 minute recording to an assigned mentor coach and arrange a time for one hour of mentor coaching for each of these three submissions. 

Group session: on day 8 each participant practices coaching and is given verbal feedback on their use of the ACC competencies. Day 8 comprises 7 hours. 

These sessions combined comprise the 10 mentor coaching hours required for the ACC credential.


  • Day 1: First steps - connecting, definitions and distinctions, co-designing goals, active listening, questioning, introduction to ICF core competencies.
  • Day 2: Further foundations - listening at depth, well-formed outcomes, giving feedback, structuring a coaching conversation, deepening ICF competency knowledge.
  • Day 3: States, action and assessment - communication styles, creating alternatives and action plans, observed coaching, self-assessment.
  • Day 4: Moving beyond the spoken - working with the inner critic, listening for assumptions and values, states of mind, using Clean Language.
  • Day 5: Coaching the person - coaching styles, listening for beliefs, Immunity to Change, Brief Solution-Focussed approach.
  • Day 6: Getting out of our own way - Cognitive-Behavioural approach to coaching, minimising ourselves and others, listening for positives, Karpman’s Drama Triangle.
  • Day 7: Identity and assessment - behaviours, identity and mission, ethics, coaching in context, observed coaching, personal development plan.
  • Day 8: Group Mentor Coaching - 7 hours of group mentor coaching.


Within 6 months of completing the programme participants are expected to:

  • submit a recording of a coaching session with a client (20-60 mins in duration) for assessment, or
  • arrange a real-time observation of them coaching a client (20-60 mins in duration) with an assessor

Successful assessment of either of the above will enable you to apply to the ICF for your ACC credential.  

Karen PrattThe Trainer

This programme will be led by Karen Pratt, PCC. Karen trained with Coaching Development and is now a valued member of its training staff. Karen is Africa’s only Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst in Education and is also a certified Coach Supervisor and Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator and Trainer. Karen works as a learning consultant in a variety of sectors, as well as training and examining in Transactional Analysis internationally.


Summer 2024
Day 1, 2, 3 29th, 30th, June, 1st July (Sat, Sun, Mon)
Day 4 22nd July (Mon)
Day 5 2nd September (Mon)
Day 6 30th September (Mon)
Day 7 28th October (Mon)
Day 8 A date for 1 single or 2 half days to be agreed and confirmed on the programme
Trainer Karen Pratt
Fees £3,975 + VAT
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Language UK English

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