Accreditation partners

Consistent with our vision to establish a benchmark for professional coaching practice and our views on accreditation, i-coach has established partnerships with a number of leading academic institutions and professional bodies who accredit our programmes and provide our students pathways to academic qualifications and individual accreditations.

Middlesex University

Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University

The Institute for Work Based Learning at Middlesex University is the primary accreditation partner to i-coach academy’s professional programmes. We share the same beliefs about approaches to life-long learning and the socio-economic value of work based learning qualifications. The Institute is a pan-university centre and has had over 2400 students graduate from the its Work Based Learning Studies and Professional Doctorate programmes. The high quality and innovative nature of the Work Based Learning programmes offered by Middlesex University was singled out for commendation as an example of “best practice” by the 2003 UK Quality Assurance Agency institutional review. In 2005 the Higher Education Funding Council for England recognized the current excellence and future potential of work based learning at Middlesex by awarding the University £2.84 million for the development of a “Centre for Excellence in Work Based Learning” as part of a national initiative to recognize excellence and enhance the quality of learning and teaching in higher education.

Also, In 1996 the Centre received a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for Work Based Learning for its role in integrating formal education and employment. The centre’s achievements were acknowledged in a citation:

‘This is pioneering work bearing directly upon a vital area of need in all modern economies. It is carried out with vigour and clarity. Its strategy brings obvious benefit to organisations in times of change and reliable qualifications for individuals. It is filling a unique educational function in an imaginative way and attracting international attention.’

Middlesex University

Middlesex University is a modern, dynamic, international institution, with over 24,000 students located on three campuses in North London and at various partner-institutions around the world. With over 250 global partnerships, and more than 5000 students from outside the European Union, Middlesex is one of the most diverse universities in the world.

We believe passionately in the Middlesex mix – where every nationality, culture, age and background is respected and celebrated. Our academic curriculum is constantly revised and updated to reflect our international mission.

Middlesex University’s academic programmes are offered in a fully flexible modular framework which allows students the maximum possible choice. In addition, many of our programmes are recognized and accredited by professional bodies, namely Law, Education, Psychology, Marketing and Human Resource Management.

The UK Quality Assurance Agency (the UK government higher education authority) undertook an institutional audit of Middlesex University in 2003 with a highly successful outcome. Middlesex received ratings of “Excellent” in all the subject areas inspected between 2000 and 2003 and the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise confirmed Middlesex as among the top modern UK universities in Research, with many areas of international excellence.

Middlesex is justly proud of the recognition it has gained. It is one of the very few UK universities to have won three successive Queen’s Anniversary Awards for Higher and Further Education, and in 2003 we won the Queen’s Enterprise Award for International Trade. Thus Middlesex University was judged “by a thorough and demanding process to be, quite simply, among the best of UK companies”. In 2005 Middlesex was one of only 15 Universities to be awarded two Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (Mental Health & Social Work and Work Based Learning) by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

European Mentoring and Coaching Council

i-coach academy and Middlesex University’s Masters in Professional Coaching Programme is professionally accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), holding the European Quality Award (EQA) at Master Practitioner Level.  Our Foundation Programme holds Practitioner Level accreditation and our Certificate Programme Senior Practitioner Level.

The EQA is an independent award given to providers of coaching and mentoring training whose programme meets recognised professional European Standards.

There are four levels of awards – Foundation, Practitioner, Senior Practitioner and Master Practitioner.

The EQA at Master Practitioner Level demonstrates competence to practice based training and experience equivalent to a Master Degree in coaching or mentoring. The emphasis is on practice and its evaluation and the critical development of the profession through work based research.

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Association for Coaching

Launched in July, 2002, the Association for Coaching’s Vision is “to be the leading membership association for Professional Coaches and Organisations involved in Coaching or related Training to enable individuals and businesses to develop, expand and achieve their goals”.

Course recognition is currently only available for Foundation Skill Courses and the AC Course Recognition scheme ensures the programme adheres to specific criteria.

International Coach Federation

The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the largest worldwide resource for professional coaches and the source for those who are seeking a coach. It is a nonprofit organisation formed by individual members – professionals who practice coaching, including Executive Coaches, Leadership Coaches, Life Coaches and many more, from around the world.

Formed in 1995, today the ICF is the leading global organisation, with over 17,000 members, dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high professional standards, providing independent certification, and building a network of credentialed coaches. The organisation seeks to support and advance the coaching profession through programmes and standards supported by their members and to be an authoritative source on coaching information and research for the public.

The ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

ICF Accreditation

Professional coaching is flourishing all over the globe, and in turn, so is the field of coach training. To ensure quality training, the International Coach Federation accredits coach-training programmes that meet its high standards. This accreditation provides coach-training programmes, and those who complete them, with a competitive edge both in their content and stature. Coaches worldwide recognise ICF as an industry leader and turn to the Association for training and continuing education.

The ICF offers two types of recognition for programmes—the Accredited Coach Training Programme (ACTP) and Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH).

Accredited Coach Training Programme (ACTP)

A start-to-finish coach-training programme, the ACTP includes comprehensive instruction around the ICF Core Competencies, Code of Ethics and the ICF definition of coaching. The ACTP also includes Mentor Coaching, observed coaching sessions and a comprehensive final exam that evaluates a student’s coaching competency. Graduates of an ACTP may apply for an individual ICF
Credential using the ACTP path.

Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH)

ACSTH programmes are approved on an hour-by-hour basis and may or may not be a full coach-training programme depending on the number of student contact hours. If an applicant is applying for the ACC credential and has completed all 60 hours of required training through an ACSTH program, they must applying using the ACC ACSTH path. If an applicant is applying for the PCC credential and has completed all 125 hours of required training through an ACSTH programme, they may apply using the PCC ACSTH path.

I found Caroline to be an astute empathetic coach, who was highly skilled in holding the conversation and helping me to move forward on my issues.

Senior Leader,
Defence Academy of the UK

I’m confident, assertive, whilst more relaxed in my own style of leadership, and comfortable around senior people. In being more confident, I am already making a greater impact at work.

Ministry of Defence Civil Servant,
Coaching Client

Incredibly enlightening...... Caroline taught me how to understand I operated, what I valued, how people were different ...once you have such an understanding it then becomes far easier to succeed in managing relationships.

Senior Leader,
Coaching client

I expected that the coaching sessions would give me some professional guidance and advice around my personal development and particularly on my leadership skills. The coaching sessions certainly helped me to enhance my listening skills as a way of ensuring effective communication between colleagues. Now, I feel better equipped to coach junior colleagues as well as connecting more effectively with more senior colleagues when I am running my production performance meetings. For me, it was all about improving my interaction with other team members to help achieve the best team decision. my coach helped me to achieve that.

ALDP Participant,
BP Angola

Early 2007 I was transitioning to a new role, which was in a completely different area of the business, with very different challenges compared to my previous role. The ALDP coaching programme really helped me to quickly go through the steep learning curve of the new role, and improve my personal effectiveness and self confidence. I was assigned a coach to work with, who had a lot of experience and was passionate at coaching. His simple, but structured approach to coaching was enjoyable and really helped me to find the right direction, make the right decisions, and become confident to challenge and communicate effectively.

ALDP Participant,
BP Angola

Using different styles and tackling a range of work and personal issues [Caroline] pushed me and challenged me to take me out of my comfort zone. She really made me think about me, my role, my style and my development potential. I am now putting a lot of what we discussed into practice and I recognise that today it is having a positive effect on my approach to both my work and my professional development.

Senior Leader,
BBC Operations Group

Eunice Aquilina is a jewel in the coaching crown. Endlessly patient, she enables you to arrive at the right solution for you in a way that makes you realise that you have owned it from the beginning. Her impactful coaching style builds confidence and facilitates personal development which leads to a much more effective approach to solving difficult business issues. She is clear, confident and extremely challenging, but in a way that leaves you wanting more. I found her coaching to be invaluable to my business needs, and fun too.

Senior Leader,
BBC South

What was excellent was i-coach academy’s flexibility with how people were responding, as well as their attention to how RCN wished to see coaching sit within the organisation’s culture.

Julie Carrington,
Royal College of Nursing

Caroline’s skills in learning design are … evident in her contribution to the design of the programme and her continuous feedback on ways in which we may still improve for the benefit of the learners. Her module on coaching I regard as best practice for both its theory and the facilitation of the learning process.

Birgitte Davy,

Professor Mike van Oudtshoorn is a passionate speaker, a clear systematic thinker and the most powerful advocate for the profession of coaching. We were all impressed by the speed with which he got to grips with our business issues and identified where our needs lay. Mike made everyone feel at ease, from the most senior executives down and we were soon sharing the challenges and engaging with the issues in a very constructive atmosphere. He didn’t spoon feed us with solutions but enabled us to develop our own ideas which was far more valuable. In the true spirit of coaching, he was facilitative rather than telling, addressing our business needs and communicate the big picture. In particular, Mike managed to make performance management seem easy with his clear and logical way of explaining how to get the best out of people. He truly is a leader in his field.

Sarah Bater,
Kingfisher PLC

The depth of expertise in i-coach academy combined with their professionalism and skill in learning design and delivery has seen them deliver a series of successful programmes, which have really made a difference to the participants’ ability to perform in our organisaton.

Paul Ellis,
Defence Academy of the UK

Throughout … Caroline has demonstrated the right balance between empathy and challenging me to focus on the end result. … I feel that I have developed a relationship of trust with her. I felt that she had a lot to offer not only as a professional coach but also because of her international experience and background which enables her to understand different contexts with the right level of sensitivity and interest

Tana Holness,
BP Angola

Both Caroline and Eunice handled the group with exceptional professionalism and with authority which stemmed from their vast knowledge of coaching.

Steve Eades,

Working with i-coach was inspirational. The programme was a huge success for BP.

Joanna Yates,
Programme co-ordinator, BP