The Atom Wave ICF accredited ACSTH program is specifically designed for internal coaches, based on the Solution Focus approach equips participants with professional coaching skills tailored for organisational needs.


We want to ensure you get everything needed to feel confident in your internal coaching skills. Therefore, this is a rigorous program of 90 hrs spread over a period of six months and requires commitment.

During the workshops, you will practice coaching through structured coaching practice sessions and feedback from the course instructors.

You will have Peer Group Practice sessions, submitting reflections to course instructors for review and support.

You will coach real clients and you will again be supported through Mentor Coaching.

You will receive 6 hours of Mentoring focusing on practicing specific coaching competencies, thus covering 6 out of the 10 required mentor coaching hours for ACC accreditation by ICF.

Upon successful completion of the above mentioned requirements, you will earn your Internal Coach Certification by Atom Wave and you will have received 70 ACSTH thus covering more than the 60 training hours required hours  for ACC accreditation to the ICF.

MODULE 1: Fundamentals of Internal Coaching Conversations

Module 1 is a 30 hour module with 25 student contact hours, 2.5 hours of Group mentoring and 12 hours of Instructor reviewed practice. It focuses on the basics of Solution Focused coaching conversation and practice of coaching skills required for a successful internal coaching relationship.

Pre-Work Assignement

Module 1 Topics

  • Establishing an Environment of Trust within an internal coaching relationship
  • When to coach and when not to
  • The Formula of Change for solid Contracting
  • The Solution Focused coaching Methodology: Desired Future - Scaling- Exceptions and Resources - Next Step
  • Practicing and observing the ICF Core Competencies

In-Between Module 1 & 2:

  • Peer Group Practice
  • Real Client Practice
  • Practify Assignment
  • Mentor Group Coaching #1: 2 hours


Module 2 is a 29 hour module with 15 student contact hours, 2.5 hours of Group mentoring and 10 hours of Instructor reviewed practice.  It is designed to equip participants with an internal coaching framework and a set of coaching tools to deal with different types of client issues within a coaching assignment. 

 Module 2 Workshop Topics

  • How to run an A-Z internal coaching assignment: Process & Flow
  • Coaching Tools using the space and visualisation to assist coachees:
  1. Clarify Decisions
  2. Get Re-Ignited
  3. Detox work relationships
  4. Open up Possibilities
  • Setting up an Internal Coaching Framework
  • Practicing and observing the ICF Core Competencies

        In-Between Module 2 & 3:

        • Peer Group Practice
        • Real Client Practice
        • Practify Assignment
        • Mentor Group Coaching #2: 3 hours


        Module 3 is a 24 hour module with 15 student contact hours, and 7 hours of Instructor reviewed practice. This is a highly practical module focused on deepening coaching skills, on navigating through Ethical Dilemmas and on practicing through the Live coaching sessions with real clients.

        Module 3 Workshop: 3 days

        • Coaching Ethics and client cases
        • "Bracketing" the Manager role and transition into Internal Coach role: Tools and techniques
        • Live Coaching Day-A series of five coaching sessions with real live clients. EacAnalysis of live coaching conversations with trainer and partici­pants' feedback
        • Practicing and observing the ICF Core Competencies

        Until program completion:

        • Real Client Practice
        • Practify Assignment
        • Submit Recorded Session with client
        • Certification upon all program requirements

        Why is Internal Coaching now more important than ever?

        Read latest research about the important contribution of coaching on change management schemes and how High-Performance organisations have relied on internal coaching to increase profitability.

        How can you tell whether coaching has been an investment worthwhile?

        This is a very good question that is relevant not only for coaching but for most Leadership Development programs as well. Business Impact and measuring ROI is a core area of our own research about coaching and and as such we have incorporated in our ACSTH "Internal Coach Certification" program a simple yet effective methodology to calculate ROI of your internal coaching assignments.

        Does ACSTH accredited training means I am an ICF credentialed coach?

        ACSTH training stands for Accredited Coach Specific Training Hours and it is a term used by ICF to signify that a specific program has been assessed to meet all operational and quality standards to cover training requirements for credentialing via the ACSTH option. Minimum ACSTH for ACC credentialing are 60 hours and the Atom Wave "Internal Coach Certification" program is a 90 hour program with 70 ACSTH hours, so the 60 hours are more than covered. Additionally, in order to get credentialed as a coach at ACC level by the ICF, you would also need to:

        • 4 Hours of Mentor Coaching (within the program you get 6 mentoring hours and therefore only need 4 instead of 10)
        • Submit a Recorded Session & Transcript which will be assessed 
        • 100 client coaching hrs (not with Direct reports)
        • Pass the Coach Knowledge Assessment
        • Pay the respective application fee

        For more information please visit the ICF relevant page:

        How much time would I need to invest to meet requirements of this program?

        The program spans within a 6 month period and it has a 90 hour duration. Therefore, you could estimate an average of 15 -20 hours per month. Of course this varies according to each individual.

        How do you define Internal Coaching?

        An Internal Coach is an employee within an organisation who has been trained and qualified as a professional coach practitioner and has specific coaching responsibilities with colleagues outside own line of management responsibilities.

        Internal Coaching DO's and DON'Ts

        What are the Internal Coaching DO's and DON'Ts? How is it different to external coaching. Download here a practical guide for your internal coaching scheme.

        How is coaching different from mentoring?

        A mentor is an expert who provides wisdom, advice and guidance based on his or her own experience. The coaching relationship is a relationship of partnering and equality independent of hierarchical or professional differences. It does not include any advising or guidance from the coach.