Coaching Accreditation Program

Coaching Accreditation Program
Phases 1-3
2 x 2 Day Workshops

Coaching skills are increasingly recognised as important skills for educational leaders at all levels.

The three-phase Coaching Accreditation Program is a highly practical and evidence-based coach training program for teachers and educational leaders looking to make a positive contribution to professional practice and impact whole-school improvement.

Around 5000 school staff have already completed this program and have seen the positive effects of coaching impact staff and student well-being and success. The transformational effect of coaching has become a key factor in the way schools engage with their communities.

An optional Phase 4 is offered to those who would like to proceed to full Growth Coaching International Coach Accreditation.

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Who Is This Program Suitable For?

The Coaching Accreditation Program is suitable for any educational leader who wishes to significantly build coaching skills and develop a solid platform of practical skills, knowledge, models and tools for effective coaching of staff, students and the wider community.

This program can be run within a school (minimum 12 participants) or within a community of schools. Individuals may wish to attend a public program - these are available in all regions. Refer to Current Workshops for dates.

Program Objectives

The Coaching Accreditation Program (Phases 1-3) is designed to:
  • Build confidence and skill to use the GROWTH Coaching System in a range of coaching contexts
  • Offer access to GROWTH coaching system resources, tools and techniques
  • Share access to the GCI reflective practice supervision process
  • Offer an opportunity to proceed smoothly to full accreditation status in Phase 4
  • Provide recognised prior learning at certain post-graduate university courses

Program Structure

The Coaching Accreditation Program involves participation in three phases. An optional Phase 4 is required for full Growth Coaching International Coach Accreditation.

Phase 1

Two day workshop.

Phase 2

Flexible external learning phase including phone coaching, readings and workplace coaching practices.

Phase 3

Two day workshop.

Phase 4

Six individual
coaching sessions and completion of coaching project.

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Phase 1:

This phase will provide a balance of theory and practical application, including significant modelling of coaching practice. Participants will have opportunities to practise coaching in a highly supportive environment.

Introduction and intensive training in the following concepts and coaching applications will be provided:

  • Introduction and overview: coaching and leadership
  • Definitions: What coaching is and isn’t
  • The GCI Elements of Good Coaching Practice
  • The 8 step GROWTH coaching model: An in-depth exploration of each step in the GROWTH model
  • 8 key coaching skills
  • The coaching ‘Way of Being’, including Emotional Intelligence, values and coaching practice
  • Goal setting
  • These 2 days will include practical modelling and practising of coaching skills, methods and techniques.
Phase 2:

Flexible external learning phase, including phone coaching practice sessions with other participants, readings, viewing videos, and workplace coaching practice sessions.

A thorough outline of expectations of Phase 2 will be provided at the Phase 1 workshop. Phase 2 serves to build upon and reinforce concepts introducted during Phase 1.

This phase will include:
  • Modelling by GCI facilitators through video on the GROWTH coaching model and a recommended structure of individual practice sessions focusing on:
    • Managing the contract, building the relationship and goal setting
    • Establishing insight and learning, outcomes and action orientation
    • Coaching on relationships in the workplace
    • Focus on coaching 'way of being'
  • Participants coaching each other based on the materials covered to date
  • Phone coaching skill development
  • Participants will explore typical coaching scenarios and be provided with a range of tools and techniques to address those in the coaching process. This will include goals associated with leadership development, time management, performance management.
  • Participants will also complete workplace coaching practice sessions

Note: Participants will cover their own costs for phone connections associated with Phase 2 coaching practice.

Phase 3:

A significant focus of Phase 3 includes input and modelling giving feedback in coaching. This Phase will again have modelling of coaching and considerable time given to practice.

Specifically, the 2 days will address:
  • Review of coaching experiences to date
  • Giving feedback in coaching: Positive, Learning-based and Concern-based feedback
  • Overview of the positive strength-based theoretical perspectives underpinning the GCI approach
  • Facilitating change in coaching
  • Establishing the right environment for successful coaching
  • Identification of individual coaching goals for skill/knowledge development
  • Leadership coaching: Practical and ethical issues, establishing a coaching agreement, accountability and record tracking
  • Action planning through a group coaching process

Phase 4 (optional: required for GCI Coach Accreditation)

GCI Coach Accreditation involves completion of 6x1 hour phone coaching sessions with a GCI Coach that focus on providing additional individual coaching together with complete exposure to the GCI coaching system.

This option requires:
  • Completion of 6 individual coaching sessions with two real clients
  • Written reflective practice learning project, including familiarity with current coaching research literature and appropriate referencing
  • Coachee to 'Coach the Coach' and receive written feedback
  • A high level of commitment to building coaching capability and to the practise of coaching in current or future roles
NB: Progression to full accreditation with GCI is not automatic. Participants will need to achieve high skill levels in coaching practice and demonstrate the ability to reflect insightfully about their coaching, developing strategies to move from 'good to great' as a coach.

Once GCI Accreditation is achieved, a formal agreement is entered into providing GCI Accredited Coach status for a 3 year period. Further continuing professional development is required to extend Accreditation status beyond the initial 3 year period. This will involve 40 hours of professional development over 3 years. The only required professional development activity during that period is participation in the GCI Advanced Coaching Solutions Focus Master Class. Other forms of professional development including coaching supervision, reading, conferences and other workshops and webinars can count towards those 40 hours.

Important points to consider before registering:
  • The cohort learning experience is an important aspect of this program. It is essential that intending participants are able to attend Phase 1 and Phase 3 workshops with the same cohort. Please ensure that you are able to do this prior to completing your application.
  • In exceptional circumstances when participants have completed Phase 1 and need to change cohort groups for Phase 3, it will be necessary for them to redo Phase 1 with another cohort. A transfer fee of $400 plus GST will be applicable.
  • To be eligible to register for Phase 4 you need to have completed Phase 3 of the Coaching Accreditation Program after July 2018.

Contribution to Registered PD hours

Completing the four-day Phase 1 to 3 Coaching Accreditation Program addresses the following domains and standards for Lead teacher from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers as published by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL): 3.1.4, 3.5.4, 6.1.4, 6.2.4, 6.3.4 and 7.3.4
The duration of the program is 30 hours.

The European Quality Award has been conferred by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council to Growth Coaching International’s Coaching Accreditation Program.

The European Quality Award conferred by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council to Coaching Accreditation Program
Phases 1- 3 – EQA Foundation Level Awarded EQA20170162 valid to 2022. (Optional) Phase 4 – Additional EQA Practitioner Level Modular Awarded EQA20170164


Upon completion you will receive a GCI certificate of participation. You may also wish to add the program to your LinkedIn qualifications.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at University level

Upon completion of Phase 4 of the Coaching Accreditation Program, Recognition of Prior Learning is offered on the following:

Under Macquarie’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy you may apply for up to four units of credit based on previous postgraduate studies, professional development and training, and work experience. This could mean a reduction of up to one third in the cost of, and time taken to complete, your degree.

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Master of School Leadership, The University of Western Australia - 1 unit (6 Points)

Master of Education, Edith Cowan University - 2 units (15 Credit Points)

Master of Education, University of Notre Dame WA - 1 unit (25 Credit Points)

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology and MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, University of East London UK, which is offered via distance learning. Phase 4 Graduates may be eligible for credit points (30 Credit points, non-UK residents only).


Phases 1-3 $2250* + GST
*Discounts are available for organisations who wish to run this program in-house
(Max 24 Participants)
Optional Full Coaching Accreditation, Phase 4: $2150 + GST

Your fee includes:
  • 2 x 2-Day Workshops
  • Comprehensive Participant Workbook
  • Complimentary book: The Leader's Guide to Coaching in Schools: Creating Conditions for Effective Learning

This fee excludes:
  • GST

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Presently in a role leading others e.g. Principal, Head of Department, Stage Leader
  • Presently in a role in an educational organisation (including school, university, TAFE, related Head Office role or other private or government education institutions) or a not-for-profit organisation.
  • Experience in Teaching
  • Aspiring Leaders
  • Previous experience with small or large teams and/or projects

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I be a fully accredited coach once I have completed this program? Full GCI Coach Accreditation status is gained after competition of the optional Phase 4 of this program. Find out more
  • What will be required in the non-workshop Phase 2 of this program? During Phase 2 participants will have the opportunity to pair up and practice some of the coaching methods taught in the Phase 1 workshop. You will also be given on-topic reading and video-watching assignments to further strengthen your learning. Participants will receive the support and practical guidance of their facilitator during this period.
  • I am not sure I can commit to both workshop dates (four days in total)? Participants are required to commit to the entire program – including attendance at all workshop days during Phases 1 and 3 on the nominated dates and location. If you think that your participation may clash with other commitments, it is strongly recommended to re-enrol into another program, to ensure minimum disruption to other participants. For more details, consult our ‘Terms and Conditions’ below.

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