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Gaining AC coaching qualifications

The Association for Coaching (AC) is one of the world’s leading coaching bodies. In late 2014 it introduced the following four coach training levels as part of its new accredited coach training programme:

  • Accredited Award in Coach Training (AACT)
  • Accredited Certificate in Coach Training (ACCT)
  • Accredited Diploma in Coach Training (ADCT)
  • Accredited Advanced Diploma in Coach Training (AADCT)

Little over one year later, The Lazarus Consultancy became the first company in the world to be certified to deliver all four levels of AC accredited coach training

Depending on which level of accredited coach training you require, there are various options to achieve it. The AC’s requirements are as follows:

AACT ACCT ADCT AADCT
Classroom hours 40 60 80 80
Self-study hours 10 40 70 120
Total hours of training course 50 100 150 200
Coaching practice 6 20 40 60

Here is an overview of how to achieve each of the levels.


AACTAACT (Award):

NLP Diploma plus:

  • A 2 day Core Coaching Skills module
  • Listen to selected NLP Practitioner CDs and answer about 20 questions (5 hours)
  • A brief essay (approx. 1,000 words): NLP presuppositions and AC coaching competencies. (5 hours).
  • Coaching practice: 12 hours, plus 1 hour of supervision, plus gathering information on the coaching practice to demonstrate that the coaching took place.


ACCTACCT (Certificate):

NLP Practitioner, plus:

  • A 2 day Core Coaching Skills module
  • A brief essay (approx. 1,000 words): NLP presuppositions and AC coaching competencies. (5 hours).
  • Coaching practice: 20 hours, plus 1 hour of supervision
  • A brief essay (approx. 1,000 words) describing how you have incorporated supervision into their coaching, including gathering information on the coaching practice (5 hours in all)


The Lazarus Consultancy AC Accredited DiplomaADCT (Diploma):

Either ACCT NLP Practitioner as above plus:

  • An additional 20 hours of coaching practice (making 40 hours in all), plus an additional 2 hours of supervision, making 3 hours in all.
  • Brief essay (approx. 1,500 words) describing how you have incorporated 3 hours of supervision into your coaching, including gathering information on the coaching practice (8 hours in all). This replaces the similar essay referred to in ACCT above)
  • A reflective essay about your coaching (approx. 1,500 words, 10 hours in all),

Or, NLP Master Practitioner, plus:

  • A 2 day Core Coaching Skills module
  • Coaching practice: 40 hours, plus 3 hours of supervision
  • A brief essay (approx. 1,000 words): NLP presuppositions and AC coaching competencies. (5 hours).
  • A brief essay (approx. 1,500 words) describing how they have incorporated 3 hours of supervision into their coaching, including gathering information on the coaching practice (8 hours in all).
  • A reflective essay about their coaching (approx. 1,500 words, 10 hours in all),
  • A reflective essay about how their coaching has progressed since they started coaching, and how they will enhance their coaching skills. (Approx 2,000 words, 20 hours in all).


The Lazarus Consultancy AC Advanced Diploma in Coach TrainingAADCT (Advanced Diploma):

Either ADCT NLP Master Practitioner as above plus:

  • An additional 20 hours of coaching practice (making 60 hours in all), plus an additional 2 hours of supervision, making 5 hours in all.
  • A brief essay (approx. 2,000 words) describing how they have incorporated 5 hours of supervision into their coaching, including gathering information on the coaching practice (10 hours in all). This replaces the similar essay referred to in ADCT above)
  • Essay at Masters’ degree level on a specific NLP topic. Approx 4,500 words. (50 hours).

Or NLP Trainers Training, plus:

  • A 2 day Core Coaching Skills module
  • Revision and preparation for the course. (50 hours)
  • Coaching practice: 60 hours, plus 5 hours of supervision
  • Written paper: NLP presuppositions and AC coaching competencies. Approx 1,000 words (5 hours).
  • Essay (approx. 3,000 words) describing how they have incorporated 5 hours of supervision into their coaching, including gathering information on the coaching practice (15 hours in all).
  • Essay (approx. 3,000 words) describing how they have used or could use various specified coaching models (20 hours)
  • Essay at Masters’ Degree level on a specific NLP topic. Approx 4,500 words. (50 hours). This is the same as the university requirement

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