AC Coach Accreditation 

The Association for Coaching is committed to championing standards of excellence in the coaching profession. We offer accreditation to our coach members, indicating to potential users of coaching that a coach is working effectively to the comprehensive AC Coaching Competency Framework.   

Two accreditation options are available, the Executive Coach Scheme for coaches working primarily in an organizational context, and the Coach Scheme for all other coaches.  Both schemes offer a progression through four levels of accreditation and are equal in standard.  You apply for the level that best matches your current level of experience and capability, with a developmental path through higher levels of accreditation.

Find out more about the levels of AC Coach Accreditation (pdf).  

AC Coach Accreditation is inclusive – you may apply whatever your background, training and experience. You get the opportunity to benchmark yourself against high professional standards in a rigorous process, where the focus is on accrediting fitness to practise rather than theory and academics.

Learn more about the development path to becoming a professional coach here 

Applying for AC Coach Accreditation

Find out more about applying for accreditation through either the Executive Coach or Coach Schemes.  You'll get access to all the information you need, including application forms and detailed Guides to completion by e-mailing

For Coach Accreditation renewals and upgrades, please contact for the relevant application documents.

Support is available to help you apply for Coach Accreditation, including comprehensive information in Applicant Guides and FAQs, and regular Coach Accreditation Briefing calls.