The ACC level is to train the customer's What. Coaching at this level focuses primarily on the problem, question, or objective presented by the client, with a minimum of discovery questions. The PCC level consists of training the What with a certain focus on the customer's Who. This is a higher level than the Associate Certified Trainer program.
To become PCC certified, you must complete at least 125 hours of coach-specific training through an ACTP or ACSTH program, 10 hours of coaching with mentors, more than 500 hours of coaching experience, and a Coaching Knowledge Assessment (CKA). In addition, you must send 2 (two) audio recordings between the coach and the client along with their transcripts. ACC training tends to be very superficial, while PCC training, which is much more skilled, helps people think outside the box. Instead of people just giving you the first answer they can think of, you can help them analyze more deeply.
The ACC (Associate Certified Coach) credential is the first-level training certification offered by the International Federation of Coaches (ICF). Considering the total amount of training and the hours of experience needed to obtain accreditation from the ACC, PCC, and MCC, you have plenty of time to decide if becoming a master certified coach is ultimately the best option for your coaching career. Once you obtain your certification at an ICF-accredited coach training institute (such as Coach Transformation Academy), you can obtain an ICF credential (ACC, PCC, or MCC), depending on the hours of training and the experience you have completed. To obtain the ACC credential, coaches must normally complete at least 60 hours of coach-specific training, have more than 100 hours of coaching experience, and pass an ICF-approved exam.
The CTA Certified Senior Professional Coach (SCPC) certification program is a 125-hour training for coaches accredited by the ICF by the ACTP.