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You're probably wondering 'Where do I Start?'

We are all different and all learn in different ways and at different speeds.  Our advice is to allow yourself the time you need to get to know your ICA learnsite and community.  This could be an hour, or it could be a week. This initial preparation is so important.  It’s an investment of time that will pay back to you as you progress through your studies.

This is the most common question we get asked.  The great thing about ICA’s coach training is that our programs are flexible, meaning you can start pretty much anywhere and then plan out a study timetable that suits you.  You decide how many classes you take a week and how many hours you set aside for self study.  The flip side of this being that without knowing the bigger picture of your journey, it’s hard to plan ahead and know exactly what the best starting point is for you. To help you get up and running, we've created some tips for navigating your studies.

 

Exercise

  • Locate and Download your graduation checklist
  • MEET YOUR COMMUNITY

The forum is the hub of our ICA community. This is where you will post reflections, share wins and challenges, and connect socially with other ICA students and graduates. Many coaches continue their friendships and networks long after they graduate.

You will also participate in ICA's peer coaching program.  In many ways this is one of the most powerful parts of the program. It is the place where theory meets practice, where you can implement and apply the many skills and tools you will learn.

As a coach you will have the opportunity to practice the many coaching skills you learn in the program. Then, with the feedback you receive from your client together with our own reflection you have the ability to enter a cycle of continuous improvement.

Exercise

  • Locate the forum
  • Create your first post and introduce yourself to your ICA Community in the forum
  • PICK A STARTING POINT

One of the great things about our programs is that they are flexible.  You design a schedule that works for you.  Foundation classes are a great place to start, and in particular, the module ‘What is Coaching’.  But, you don’t have to start there. If that class isn't scheduled when you are ready to start, then you could just read that module now, and then attend the class later.   You are also not expected to actively participate in your first class (unless you want to) and might choose to dial in as an observer – in which case a Lab would be ideal.

EXAMPLE PROGRESSION

Core Competency Curriculum - begin with Coach Foundation, Coach Skills, Coaching Presence or Power tools

Coach Discovery - begin with some Coaching labs

Coach Development - complete Mentor Coaching and all other classes, before registering for Observed Coaching

 

Exercise

  • Look at the schedule and map out your first month. What classes will you take first, and how many a week?

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