International Coach Academy is committed to providing a safe, caring and inclusive learning environment by promoting respect, acceptance and trust.  All members of the school community, including students, trainers, staff and volunteers are responsible for supporting and modeling the standards established in this Code when engaging in any ICA related activity. 



Standards of Behaviour


All members of the school community are expected to:

  • Respect the rights of others and treat one another with dignity and respect 
  • Respect the diversity of perspectives and opinions , regardless of economic status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, language group, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or ability
  • Respect the confidentiality of others 
  • Actively engage in productive discussions by staying on topic, asking thought provoking questions and asking for clarification when needed
  • Reach out to our support team if you have any questions, concerns or are feeling a bit “stuck”. 


All members of the school community are expected to refrain from:

  • Any behaviour that discriminates based on economic status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, language group, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or ability
  • Any behaviour that is disrespectful to the rights of others
  • Any behaviour that is aggressive, intimidating, demeaning, or patronising
  • Any behaviour that is disruptive to the class. This includes, but is not limited to interrupting on a repeated basis, monopolizing the conversation, taking the discussion off topic, using an inappropriate tone, etc.
  • Recording classes, discussing conversations that take place in classes, or republishing content from the forum

Students who breach the standards of behaviour will be notified of the issue and provided with an opportunity to shift their behaviour. A written record of the incident will be placed on their file.   If the behaviour continues or repeats, the student will be certified for the hours they have completed, and then asked to leave the program (without refund). 

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Grow Your Business but Respect Ours

There's many ways you can get support with setting up your own business or coaching practice. The opportunity to tap into a large global coaching community is one of them. Your success is our success. But, good boundaries are essential.

We encourage you to

  • Use your learning from the theory classes to help build frameworks for your coaching business (eg. learn how to create a coaching agreement)
  • Use your portfolio development labs to explore and develop who you will be as a coach, how you will coach, and who you will coach.
  • Connect with ICA faculty within the ICA environment to share ideas and ask questions. This includes any online environment that is hosted by ICA and includes the ICA brand (eg. learnsite, facebook)
  • Connect with ICA students and graduates inside the classroom, or via the forum, to develop concepts and share ideas or experiences. This includes any online environment that is hosted by ICA and includes the ICA brand (eg. learnsite, facebook)
  • Develop friendships or networks with ICA students or gradutes and continue them privately outside the ICA learnsite
  • Request sponsorship from ICA to help develop or promote your business product / service.


However, you must not...

  • Take the contact details of faculty, students or graduates from within the learnsite or forum, without authority, and then using this data to create your own contact or mailing list (this is called 'scraping)
  • Solicit the contact details of faculty, students or graduates for the purpose of creating your own database or contact list (this is fishing from ICA's pond)
  • Use your ICA learning and networks to set up an ACSTH or ACTP coaching school (this would be setting up in competition with ICA and unethically using IP)
  • Spruke or spam your products / services within the ICA environment for the purpose of financial gain
  • Associating or attaching the ICA brand (logo, faculty, IP etc) to virtual or face to face groups you have created or are hosting

    In the case of inappropriate student or graduate behaviour the student or graduate will be asked to cease the activity.  If inappropriate behaviour continues, the student or graduate will be removed from the online environment (eg. learnsite, facebook, wechat) and asked to leave the program. Their learning status with ICA will be revoked. In the case of unethical behaviour, legal action will be considered.