The Associate Coaching Course (ACC) – Coaching for Development is a six-month intensive programme in the application of the principles of an Integral Approach to coaching. Under the auspices of our learning partner, New Ventures West, the Associate Coaching Course is recognised by the International Coach Federation (ICF), the largest coach trainer accreditation body in the world, delivering 90 hours of ICF Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH).

The Associate Coaching Course is an intensive coach training and apprenticeship programme designed for participants to emerge as coach practitioners, able to see the world through someone else’s eyes, and at the same time able to skilfully coach them to improved performance in any aspect of their lives. This course is ideal for those who are interested in evoking excellence in others while also being open to receiving coaching themselves so they too can bring forward excellence in their own endeavours.

Many of the participants, on average 60% in this particular programme, are not necessarily aiming to become coaches themselves – entrepreneurs, consultants, project managers, therapists, health practitioners – who have seen the value in adding this methodology to their skill set, allowing them to become even more effective at what they do by building the capacity of the people with whom they interact.

  • Participants meet as a group for three modules. Learning takes place in many different ways:

    Group sessions – flow and philosophy of coaching; exploration of coaching models.
    Individually – reflections, assignments, your own development as a coach.
    In small groups called Learning Pods – supported by your Mentor coach,
    Professional Coaching Course (PCC) graduate.
    In pairs with a self-chosen Buddy Coach from the class.

  • The balance of work between modules is self-paced, including readings, written assignments, and three detailed case-study applications of this coaching method with clients.
  • Each delegate receives written feedback on each of their assignments – a rich source of learning and reflection
  • There is on-going support provided by the Centre for Coaching faculty over the six months.
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Venue: Château de Bossey, Bogis-Bossey (near Geneva)
Cost: CHF4’900
Early-bird rate on a limited number of seats: CHF 4’400
Dates: Session 1: Wednesday 6 - Friday 8 September 2017
Session 2: Wednesday 6 - Friday 8 December 2017
Session 3: Thursday 19 - Friday 20 April 2018
The Associate Coaching Course for me was everything a coaching course could possibly provide, and so much more. Beside the models, tools and techniques to equip me as a coach, I’ve discovered such a solid base for pretty much any interaction in my professional and personal life now. I am simply amazed by the depth and wealth of conversations I am able to hold now. The course is hard work, for sure, but the outcome is so rich that it’s been totally worth it!
Tatiana Matveeva, Leadership Development Director, Corporate HR Center, JT International, Geneva
Participation in the 6 month Associate Coaching Course opened my eyes to the role a coach can play in helping individuals develop their natural strengths and see possibilities not seen before. The facilitator stressed the importance of a collaborative alliance formed within a bounded framework so as to aid clients in setting goals, taking actions and making better informed decisions. Meaningful assignments, experiential role plays, group exercises, and case studies were used to reinforce and affirm our skill development. During the course we applied the integrative coaching model directly within a safe framework under the skilled guidance of a practiced facilitator. I recommend this program as meaningful training for those who seek to contribute positively, creatively, and in a future-oriented manner in support of others.
Dr Ros Thomas, Head, Psychology, Sociology and Counseling, Webster University Geneva
A video testimonial from our 2016/2017 ACC delegate – Irina Ermolaeva
Irina Ermolaeva, Business HR, CEMA GTM, HP Inc., Meyrin

Community building & learning

  • In the class itself, the group forms a safe and nurturing ‘container’ in which to learn & grow
  • In small pre-assigned groups called Learning Pods – each supported by a dedicated Mentor coach, (all Mentors are Professional Coaching Course graduates)
  • In pairs with a self-chosen Buddy Coach from the class
  • There is on-going support provided by all the Centre for Coaching faculty as & when required for successful completion of the Coaching for Development course
  The International Coach Federation is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals.Under the auspices of our learning partner, New Ventures West, completion of the Associate Coaching Course will earn you 90 Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH). Click here to see the listing on the ICF website.
The Associate Coaching Course is a prerequisite for the one-year Professional Coaching Course, which is an Accredited Coach Training Programme through the ICF. The Professional Coaching Course is also run uner the auspices of our learning partner, New Ventures West. For more information on how to become or find an ICF-credentialed coach, please visit

The Centre for Coaching is based at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) – one of Africa’s leading business schools. Its courses form part of the GSB Executive Education suite of offerings and are informed by both academic rigour and coaching practice.
New Ventures West The Centre for Coaching is present in South Africa, Australia and now in Switzerland, and is affiliated to New Ventures West. New Ventures West, one of the leading coaching schools in the USA, founded in 1987, is a San Francisco based organisation dedicated to having people be both effective and fulfilled in their work as integral coaches.

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For more information  please click here to contact our Programme Manager, Zayaan Buffkins.