ICF-Accredited ACTP Program

What is ACTP?

ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) is an all-inclusive coach training program, the completion of which allows the learner to apply for their coaching accreditation with the International Coach Federation (ICF).

ACTP requirements include the following:

  • A minimum of 125 hours of coaching training, including comprehensive instruction around the ICF Core Competencies, Code of Ethics and the ICF definition of coaching (Please scroll down to view entire curriculum or contact us for a PDF copy).
  • Mentor Coaching - at Coacharya our mentor coaching is provided by a Master-level coach (MCC), compared to PCC coach at other coach training institutes.
  • Observed coaching sessions and peer coaching sessions
  • Assignments, which demonstrate comprehension of topics covered
  • A comprehensive exam that evaluates a student's coaching competency

Basic (ACC), Advanced (PCC), mastery (MCC) and continuing education (CCE) programs, all icf-accredited

Coacharya's ICF accredited coach training program is delivered in multiple cities around the world as well as virtually, online. Coacharya is also accredited by CCE and EMCC and offers advanced training as well as free and program-based continuing coach education, which can be used for coaching credential renewal.

Coacharya offers Basic (Associate Coach Certification / ACC), Advanced (Professional Coach Certification / PCC) and Mastery (Master Coach Certification / MCC) coaching certification training, including mentorship and ongoing support. New cohorts start each quarter. 

Details of our courses are listed below. If you have any specific questions or would like to register for ACTP with Coacharya, please contact us.


    Currently, ACTP certification training is available in the following locations: 

    • North America: Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver
    • Virtual (online) classes start every quarter
    • India: Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, NCR, Pune
    • Asia: Bali, Jakarta,Kuala Lumpur, Singapore
    • Middle East: UAE (Dubai)
    • Europe: UK (London)

    ACTP Program overview

    ACTP coach training Program Vision and Goals

    • Transition from informal mentoring and counselling to structured coaching approach
    • Emotional  Intelligence through self -and- social awareness
    • Enhanced communication and relational competencies
    • Leadership development
    • Mastery in coaching competencies
    • Application of coaching in business and life
    • Work-life integration at a personal and transformative level


    Training Philosophy

    • Group coaching approach
    • Focus on leadership competencies through coaching methodologies
    • 'Mindless' philosophy derived from the 'Fourth State' of mindless awareness
    • GROW Model aligned with coaching competencies
    • Blended approach of Western philosophy and Eastern spirituality
    • Integration approach using Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Appreciative Inquiry (AI), Emotional Intelligence, Multiple Intelligences, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Positive Psychology, Jungian Archetypes, and Yogic meditation to build awareness and integration



    Our ICF accredited coach training program combines a blend of psychological, spiritual and leadership approaches to coaching and organizational development interventions.

    • Learning. Andragogy, as a combination of knowledge sharing, discussion, reflection, application and action learning both inside and outside the classroom. Interactions occur via dyads, triads and larger groups using role-play, games and discussions. Typically, a major concept would be addressed for at least 30-minutes to be internalized.
    • Assessment. Informal assessments for each module during practice sessions, and a formal written/ mailed assessments for every 30-hour module based on a competency checklist. Final assessment and evaluation is conducted by an independent MCC-certified coach. 
    • Eligibility. This program is open to all with an interest in the coaching process, with or without previous professional training inputs. The program focus is on  leadership development of institutional professionals and executives with at least 10-years of experience. Life coaching competencies are also taught at basic, advanced and mastery levels. 
    •  Content. All subjects, including coaching competencies, are addressed de novo, and observed mentored coaching starts with an aim to achieve mastery from the beginning.  The program goal is a mastery of coaching competencies along with self-discovery and application capabilities.
    • Delivery. Face-to-face, virtual or a hybrid as necessary. Classroom hours are interactive using embedded learning tools. Daily observed mentor coached sessions aid with practice and self-evaluation. Outside the classroom, additional learning occurs through self-study evidenced by assignments. A minimum 100-hours of peer coaching is required to fulfill ACTP requirements.
    • Trainers. All Coacharya's trainers have senior corporate leadership experience, a minimum ICF -PCC credential, and continued executive leadership coaching experience.


    Unique Features of coacharya's coach training program

    • Focus on executive leadership coaching 
    • Global reach
    •  Nearly 500-hours of content, sufficient for a college program credit to cover multiple specialities
    • One of the few program addressing Organizational Development (OD) interventions such as Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Positive Psychology, Appreciative Inquiry (AI), Transactional Analysis in addition to coaching competencies
    • A blend of psychology, management science and spirituality to create awareness for leadership
    • Incorporating neurological, ontological, somatic and energy based techniques as experiential classroom inputs
    • Highest level of ICF accreditation
    • Multiple accreditation routes with ICF and CCE and international credentials
    • Trained PCC-certified coaches with seasoned corporate backgrounds
    • Focus on mastery level competencies from the start
    • MCC-certified coaches to provide  ACTP mentoring
    • Multiple face-to-face centers in North America and Asia
    • Internet-based conference training capabilities
    • Access to coaching engagements globally


    Learning Modules

    Learning Modules are designed for optimal educational impact based on adult learning principles. Content and delivery are designed for interactive learning, enhancing presentation material with dyad and triad discussions, demonstrations, and audio/video support material. At every stage of learning, awareness and ability to act on awareness are measured. Content updates occur on an annual basis.

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    ACTP MODULES (447-hours)

    Each module in Coacharya's ICF accredited coach training program covers a day’s worth of content over 10-hours. Additionally, trainees spend two-hours of self-study for each module evidenced by assignments. Trainees are required to engage in dyads and triad format peer coaching for a minimum of 100-hours as prescribed by the ACTP route.

    Basic Modules

    1. Models and theories
    2. GROW model
    3. Coaching competencies and structures
    4. Life Applications
    5. Psychology, neurology and spirituality
    6. Ontology and emotions

    Advanced Modules

    1. Inner game of coaching
    2. Coaching for leadership
    3. Neuro-linguistic programming in coaching
    4. Appreciative Inquiry | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy | Emotional Intelligence | Positive Psychology | Transactional Analysis
    5. Business applications
    6. Assessment and evaluation

    Basic and Advanced modules comprise 139-hours, which includes mentoring and evaluation for the ACTP qualification. Additionally, 100-hours of peer coaching and a minimum of 3 assignments to evidence self-study are required.

    Mastery Modules

    1. Mastery in Competencies
    2. Agreement and relationship
    3. Communication
    4. Action
    5. Inner game of leadership
    6. Coaching applications 

    Mastery modules comprise 75-hours, which include mentoring by an MCC-certified coach (a pre-qualification for MCC upon completion of PCC credentialing). Additionally, 100-hours of peer coaching and a minimum of 3 assignments to evidence self-study are required.

    Awareness Modules

    1. Self-discovery
    2. Fourth state of awareness
    3. Transformation 1
    4. Transformation 2
    5. Life applications
    6. Work applications
    7. Emotional Intelligence - self
    8. Emotional Intelligence - social

    Leadership Modules

    1. Coach-to-Lead
    2. Coaching for Performance
    3. Coaching for Change
    4. Coaching for Decision-making
    5. Coaching for Wellness
    6. Coaching for Diversity
    7. Coaching for Creativity
    8. Coaching for Emotions

    Communication Modules

    1. Coaching for Engagement
    2. Coaching for Awareness
    3. Coaching for Performance 

    Awareness, Leadership and Communication modules offer advanced in-depth experiential learning and are customised to training groups.


    MODULE 1: Theories and Models

    • Intake Agreement
    • Sharing: purpose and desired outcome
    • What coaching is and what it is not
    • Barriers to coaching
    • Coaching process
    • Coaching structure
    • Adult learning models
    • Coaching models
    • Competencies of agreement, rapport, listening, questioning, and communication
    • Coaching practice & mentoring
    • Day review and homework

    MODULE 2: Grow Model

    • Review: learning, homework, sharing
    • GROW Model
    • Goal Clarification
    • Questions for goal, reality, options and way forward
    • Awareness in coaching
    • Coaching journey
    • Coaching practice & mentoring
    • Day review and homework

    MODULE 3: Coaching Competencies & Structure

    • Review: learning, homework, sharing
    • Coaching credentials and credentialing bodies
    • Overview of Coaching Competencies
    • Differences in credentialing body specifications
    • Details of ICF and other major competencies
    • Coaching structure start to finish
    • Coaching practice and mentoring
    • Day review, homework and session assignment

    MODULE 4: Psychology, Neuro-science & Spirituality

    • Review: learning, homework, sharing
    • Western psychological models: Freud, Jung, Rogers, Seligman
    • Discovering Oneself and Values: Johari, Maslow, Hero’s Journey
    • Neuro-science view of the mind
    • Eastern spiritual view of awareness
    • Mindlessness: Zen and Upanishads
    • Creating your future: Visualization
    • Coaching practice and mentoring
    •  Day review and homework

    MODULE 5: Life Applications

    • Review: learning, homework, sharing
    • GROWTH Wheel and its application to life issues
    • Joyful Index to establish values
    • Dilt’s Neurological Levels Model
    • Coacharya Sweet Spot Analysis  
    • Coacharya 65 Back™: aligning future with now
    • Coaching practice & mentoring
    • Day review and homework

    MODULE 6: Ontology & Emotions

    • Review: learning, homework, sharing
    • Ontological coaching
    • Exploring emotions
    • Case studies
    • ICF credentialing process
    • Preliminary performance evaluation
    • Day review, homework and assignment



    MODULE 7: Inner Game of Coaching

    • Review: learning, homework, sharing
    • Timothy Gallwey and Inner Game
    • Redefining work and incorporating learning and passion
    • Inner Game exercises
    • Coaching practice & mentoring
    • Day review and homework 

    MODULE 8: Coach for Leadership

    • Review: learning, homework, sharing
    • Leadership and Team Models: Jim Collins, Situational Leadership, Blake & Moulton
    • 2020 leadership imperatives
    • Coping with a VUCA world through coaching
    • Feedback coaching
    • Coaching for change
    • Coach-to-Lead
    • Coaching practice and mentoring
    • Day review and homework

    MODULE 9: NLP in Coaching

        •    Review: learning, homework, sharing
        •    NLP fundamentals
        •    Representation systems and sub-modalities
        •    Changing states
        •    Perceptual Position
        •    Reframing techniques
        •    Introduction to Gestalt
        •    Coaching practice & mentoring
        •    Day review, homework & session assignment

    MODULE 10: EI, AI, CBT, PP, and TA in Coaching

    • Review: learning, homework, sharing
    • Appreciative Inquiry and coaching
    • Emotional Intelligence and coaching
    • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
    • Positive Psychology
    • Transactional Analysis
    • Coaching practice and mentoring
    • Day review and homework

    MODULE 11: Business Applications in Executive Coaching

    • Review: learning, homework, sharing
    • Coach-to-Lead™
    • SPEED™ and Group Coaching
    • Project management by GROWTH Wheel
    • Sweet Spot Analysis™
    • Special coaching applications for aggression, conflict, cultural differences, and emotional dysfunction at work
    • Performance evaluation
    • Day review and homework

    MODULE 12: Assessment and Evaluation

    • Review: learning, homework, sharing
    • Coaching through assessment and development centers
    • Evidence based coaching
    • Jungian analysis and MBTI
    • Strength Finder
    • 360 Feedback
    • Psychometrics: PDA, Firo B, Hogan and Belbin
    • Performance evaluation
    • Performance evaluation
    • Learner feedback



    Mastery Modules are experiential learning-based with focus on group interaction, practice and action learning to enhance understanding and practice of coaching competencies.

    Module 13: Mastery in Competencies

    • Coaching competencies in detail
    • Andragogy in relation to Coaching Mastery
    • Peter Senge Model
    • Observed Mentored Coaching

    Module 14: Agreement and Relationship

    • Goal Levels
    • Goal setting for the session
    • Goal clarification for meaning and success measures
    • Coaching Journey through multiple sessions
    • Acknowledgement
    • Coaching partnership
    • Techniques to enhance rapport
    • Observed Mentored Coaching

    Module 15: Communication

    • Graded Listening Exercises
    • Levels of Listening
    • Powerful Questioning
    • Mastery in Questioning
    • Explore the Being
    • Crucial Conversations
    • Stories and Metaphors
    • Mastery in Communication
    • Observed mentored coaching 

    Module 16: Action

    • Awareness
    • Underlying Beliefs
    • Awareness to Action
    •  Beyond Session Goals
    • Accountability
    • Sweet Spot Analysis™: Exercise
    • Growth Wheel for Action: Exercise
    • Observed Mentored Coaching 

    Module 17: Inner Game of Leadership

    • Defining rules of the game you play
    • Reframing your game
    • Inner and Outer game
    • Performance and Potential
    • PEL Triangle
    • Circle of Influence
    • SERA
    • Investing in yourself: Exercise
    • Observed mentored coaching 

    Module 18: Coaching Applications

    • Coaching for Transition
    • Coaching for Abrasion
    • Coaching for Performance
    • Coaching for Integration
    • Coaching for Relationship
    • Coaching for Emotion
    •  Observed Mentored Coaching


    These modules on Awareness, Leadership and Communications go deeper into these competencies and are customized to meet client group requirements.


    Module 19: Self Discovery

    • Where are you in Maslow pyramid?
    • Johari exercise
    • Metaphor
    • Hero’s Journey
    • My Hero’s Journey
    • Story of Life: Dilt Process
    • Visualization Applications
    • Guided Visualization Exercise
    • Creating your Future
    • Observed mentored Coaching

    Module 20: Fourth State Awareness

    • Western psychological approaches
    • How the mind works
    • Brain waves
    • Eastern spiritual approaches
    • Four mind concept
    • Mindfulness to Mindlessness
    • Yoga principles
    • Four States of Awareness
    • Yoga Nidra Exercise
    • Observed mentored coaching 

    Module 21:Transformation 1

    • Who Am I?
    • Energy Centers
    • Positive and negative states
    • Life issues
    • Work issues
    • Breath Awareness
    • Energy center Awareness
    • Dealing with desires
    • Dealing with fears
    • Observed mentored coaching

    Module 22: Transformation 2

    • Review of Transformation 1
    • Dealing with anxiety & stress
    • Exercise on labels
    • Dealing with attention need
    • Dealing with envy
    • Dealing with arrogance
    • Dealing with discontent
    • Gratitude
    • Dealing with other related emotions
    • Observed mentored coaching

    Module 23: Life Applications

    • Coaching approaches for life
    • Redefining life and work
    • Life Issues in Coaching
    • Awareness Creation
    • Joyful Index of values
    • Sweet Spot Analysis
    • Coacharya Wheel for Life
    • 65 Back™
    • Creating your life plan
    • Observed mentored coaching 

    Module 24: Work Application

    • Coaching approaches in business
    • Organizational Development interventions
    • Group decision making
    • SPEED™ Process
    • Engagement
    • Awareness
    • Executive Mantras
    • Coach-to-Lead™
    • Coacharya Wheel for business project
    • Observed mentored coaching

    Module 25: Emotional Intelligence Self

    •  Multiple Intelligences
    • Ability model
    • Trait model
    • Mixed Model
    • Big 5
    • Role of Amygdala
    • Daniel Goleman’s EI Model
    • Intra personal competencies
    • Self-management
    • Observed mentored coaching

    Module 26: Emotional Intelligence Social

    • Interpersonal Competencies
    • Empathy
    • Service Orientation
    • Organizational Awareness
    • Relationship management
    • Diversity
    • Influencing Others
    • Managing Conflict
    • Motivating People
    • Observed mentored coaching
    • Leadership Modules 27 to 34

    Module 27: Coach To Lead™

    • Leadership Models
    • Jungian Personality typing to leadership
    • Level 6 Leadership
    • Situational Leadership
    • Other leadership models
    • SPEED™ Process
    • 2020 Leadership paradigm
    • Pathway to 2020 leadership
    • Coach-to-Lead™ value proposition
    • Observed mentored coaching 

    Module 28: Coaching for Performance

    • Performance vs. potential
    • Corporate Leadership Needs
    • Barriers to Performance
    • Clarity in Vision
    • Determination in Action
    • Need for Collaboration
    • Building a Network
    • Continuous Learning
    • Life Beyond Work
    • Observed mentored coaching

    Module 29: Coaching for Change

    • Change factors
    • Coaching for Change
    • VUCA
    • LEWIN Change model
    • Kotter Model
    • ADKAR Model
    • Comparison of models
    • Influencing Change
    • Reframing for Change
    • Observed mentored Coaching

    Module 30: Coaching for Decision-Making

    • Effective Decision-Making
    • Bias in Decision-Making
    • Steps to Decision-Making
    • Establishing the climate
    • Studying Situation
    • Generating Options
    • Evaluation Options
    • Developing Actions
    • Communicating Decision
    • Observed mentored Coaching

    Module 31: Coaching for Wellness

    • Stress vs. Performance
    • Effect of mind on stress
    • Root Causes
    • Work and Life stresses
    • Coaching for Wellness
    • Reframing perspectives
    • Positive Psychology
    • Change of State Visualization
    • Emotional Delayering
    • Observed mentored Coaching 

    Module 32: Coaching for Diversity

    • Factors of Diversity
    • Hofstede Model
    • Schein Model
    • Lewis Model
    • Trompenaars Model
    • Rosinski Model
    • GLOBE Model
    • Cultural Meta Programs
    • Coaching for Diversity
    • Observed mentored Coaching

    Module 33: Coaching for Creativity

    • Programmed vs. Provocative Thinking
    • Lateral Thinking
    • Provocation: PO
    • DO IT
    • Reframing
    • Brainstorming
    • Using the Unconscious
    • Encouraging Team Creativity
    • Creating a creative You!
    • Observed mentored coaching

    Module 34: Coaching for Emotions

    • How the Mind works
    • Primary & secondary emotions
    • Greed to Service
    • Fear to Courage
    • Worry to Energization
    • Attention Need to loving
    • Envy to Self-Esteem
    • Arrogance to Acceptance
    • Discontent to Fulfillment
    • Observed mentored coaching 



    Module 35: Communication for Engagement

    • Competencies in Communication
    • Response is the purpose
    • Audience
    • Yes But to Yes And
    • Exercises
    • Coaching Practice

    Module 36: Communication for Awareness

    • Observing
    • Listening
    • Questioning
    • Influencing
    • Exercises
    • Coaching Practice

    Module 37: Communication for Performance

    • GROW Model in Communications
    • Inner game Model in Communication
    • Life Applications
    • Business Application
    • Exercises
    • Coaching Practice 


    The Coach-to-Lead™ program is in the process of co-creating additional modules with subject matter experts in these areas:

    • NLP
    • Appreciative Inquiry
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Transactional Analysis
    • Positive Psychology




    • Inner Game of Work: Timothy Gallwey
    • Coaching for Performance: John Whitmore
    • Portable Coach: Thomas Leonard
    • Quiet Leader: David Rock
    • Coactive Coaching: Laura Whitworth
    • Appreciative Coaching: Sara Orem
    • Structure Of Magic 1 &2: Grinder & Bandler
    • On Becoming a Person: Carl Rogers
    • Coaching Across Cultures: Nicholas Brearley
    • What got you here won’t get you there: Marshall Goldsmith
    • I am Ok You’re Ok: Thomas Harris
    • Awaken the Giant Within: Anthony Robbins
    • Unlimited Power: Anthony Robbins
    • Master Key System: Charles Haanel
    • NLP for Dummies
    • Creative Visualization: Shakti Gawain
    • Energy leadership: Schneider
    • Influence: Robert Cialdini
    • Emotional Intelligence: Daniel Goleman
    • Multiple Intelligences: Howard Gardner


    • Marshall Goldsmith
    • Timothy Gallwey
    • John Whitmore
    • Anthony Robbins
    • Martin Seligman
    • Carl Rogers
    • Milton Erikson
    • Fritz Perls
    • Albert Ellis
    •  Richard Bandler
    • John Grinder



    Coach Training Director: Ms. Cindy Muthukarapan, MCC
    Mentor Coach: Mr. Ram S. Ramanathan, PCC


    • Mr. Subash CV, PCC
    • Ms. Priya Ramesh, PCC 
    • Dr Paras MCC 
    • Akhil Chaturvedi PCC 
    • Anant Krishnan PCC 
    • Anita Gupta PCC 
    • Vishy Vishwanathan PCC


    Training Logistics


    • India: Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, NCR, Pune
    • Asia: Bali, Jakarta,Kuala Lumpur, Singapore
    • Middle East: UAE (Dubai)
    • North America: Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver
    • Europe: UK (London)
    • Virtual (online) classes available on-demand


    • English


    • Face-to-Face
    • Virtual via enhanced webinar
    • Blended


    • Executives
    • Professionals
    • Academics
    • Entrepreneurs


    • Program fees must be paid (subject to change based on program and venue) at least one week before program commencement
    • An individual delivery partner (Associate) may agree on payment of up to three (3) installments
    • Program dates and venues are subject to change at the discretion of  delivery partner (Associate)
    • Refunds will not be honored due to withdrawal or partial attendance as the participant count is kept intentionally small and short notice replacement may not be feasible

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