The American Council on Education is a U.S. higher education organization that conducts public policy advocacy and research, and plays a significant role in higher education leadership development. For over 30 years, ACE has evaluated educational courses, such as the ones taught by CTI®, according to established college-level criteria, recommending college credit for those that measure up to these standards.
ACE credit recommendations for CTI courses may help you in receiving credit at a college or university for the Co-Active Coaching® courses or Co-Active Leader® Program. In addition, many employers reference courses that have received ACE recommendations when determining whether or not to reimburse employees for course fees and educational expenses.
ACE awarded the Co-Active Coach® Training Program a credit recommendation of 1 semester unit of upper division college credit for each coaching course (Fundamentals, Fulfillment, Balance, Process, and Synergy), for a total of 5 semester units for our entire core course curriculum. The Certification Program received 3 semester units of upper division college credit.
Our Co-Active Leader Program is also ACE-recommended for college credit. Visit Leadership College Equivalence for more information.
An ACE CREDIT Review is a thorough process. CTI’s courses, materials and examinations were reviewed at our headquarters during an intensive, daylong process by a carefully selected team of faculty evaluators from relevant academic disciplines. The faculty evaluators validated CTI’s course materials to determine content, scope and rigor to align with curricula currently being taught at accredited institutions.
ACE CREDIT reviewers are faculty members of colleges and universities, and are chosen for their training and experience as well as their knowledge of curricula and instructional methods. They consider only those competencies and learning objectives that can be equated with post-secondary curricula.
ACE team members considered a number of relevant factors, including:
- Course content
- Learning outcomes
- Level of difficulty
- Depth and breadth of material
- Evaluation methods (tests, papers, presentations, etc.)
- Applicability to post-secondary programs
All of CTI’s ACE-recommended courses were evaluated at the upper division level. This category describes courses taken during the last two years of a baccalaureate program.
Step 1: Call CTI at (415) 451-6000, Option 1 to speak to a Customer Service representative. An additional ACE fee is required.
Step 2: Register online with ACE to create your transcript record. The ACE Registry and Transcript System will be the permanent record keeper of your transcript.
Step 3: After you complete and pass the ACE recommended course for which you registered, which includes an ACE Test, you will need to build and request a transcript from ACE. Refer to “How do students receive course transcripts?” below for this process.
For the Co-Active Coach Training courses (Fundamentals, Fulfillment, Balance, Process and Synergy), students must register and pay the separate ACE fee before the course begins.
For the Certification Program, students must register and pay the separate ACE fee prior to the completion of the final Pod Call.
For each course of the Co-Active Coach Training Program (Fundamentals, Fulfillment, Balance, Process, Synergy), as well as the Certification Program, there is an additional fee of $60 per course, payable at the time of registration to take the course for the ACE CREDIT recommendation. To register for the entire core course curriculum and Certification Program package, the ACE registration fee applies to each of the six courses for a total of $360.
Does the ACE recommendation apply to courses taken outside the United States? Are Non-U.S. residents eligible?
At present, the ACE recommendation is offered on a course-by-course basis for U. S. residents and only CTI courses and locations managed by CTI headquarters in San Rafael, California are eligible (see below). If you have a valid U.S. social security number and are living abroad, please contact our office to discuss your situation.
Eligible courses and locations for U. S. residents:
The American Council on Education (ACE) evaluates educational courses according to established college-level criteria in order to award college level credit recommendations. CTI’s Co-Active Coach Training Program, Certification Program, and Co-Active Leader Program have all been awarded an ACE recommendation for college credit.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the governing and accrediting body for coach training worldwide. CTI was the very first coach training organization to be accredited by the ICF. Our Co-Active Coach Training Program and Certification Program are ICF-accredited.
Learn more about our Accreditations & Affiliations.
Students in pursuit of a degree
ACE does not grant or award college credit for courses. Based on their evaluation of our programs, they recommend credit hours to your educational institution.
Fundamentals - 1 semester unit of upper division college credit
Fulfillment - 1 semester unit of upper division college credit
Balance - 1 semester unit of upper division college credit
Process - 1 semester unit of upper division college credit
Synergy - 1 semester unit of upper division college credit
Certification Program - 3 semester units of upper division college credit
No. Successful completion of an ACE-recommended course results in actual course credit only when the course is accepted toward a degree or certificate at a post-secondary institution. If you plan to take an ACE-recommended course, you should contact the admissions office at the college you plan to attend to determine their policy on accepting credit based on ACE recommendations.
Please contact your college or university before registering for the ACE recommended course to see if credit is accepted at the institution.
For the Co-Active Coach Training courses (Fundamentals, Fulfillment, Balance, Process, and Synergy), participants must register with CTI (see “How do students register for ACE?” above) to take the course for the ACE CREDIT recommendation, complete and pass an ACE Exam after each course, and satisfy all in-course participation requirements.
For the Certification Program, participants must register with CTI to take the course for the ACE CREDIT recommendation, complete and pass the Certification written and oral exams, and satisfy all Certification Program requirements.
Please note that to be eligible for a transcript from ACE, students must pass the course and the associated exams.
Colleges and universities usually require an official ACE transcript to consider courses for college credit. The certificate of completion provided by CTI is not adequate.
To request a transcript:
Register for the ACE Transcript Service
An ACE transcript is a secure, universally accepted document with easy-to-read descriptions, ACE college credit recommendations, and suggested transfer areas. It can be sent at any time to the college or university of your choice.
Submit your completed courses for verification
After you register with ACE and complete the courses for which you’ve registered, you can search the ACE Course Catalog for the courses that you have passed. Add the courses that you have passed to your ACE course list. You must enter the date that you completed each course. When you finish adding courses to your course list, select Send Your Record for Review. Your information will be sent to CTI for verification. After your courses have been verified, you will receive confirmation from ACE by email. You can then access your updated ACE transcript.
Send the ACE transcript to your school
Visit the ACE website to submit a transcript request. Sign in by using the account you created when you registered. ACE will send your official ACE transcript to the college or university of your choice. You must pay a one-time fee ($40 USD) to activate your ACE transcript account. The fee covers the cost of your first transcript and additional transcripts can be requested for a nominal fee.
There is a one-time set-up fee of $40 to register with ACE, which includes the first transcript. Subsequent transcripts are $15 each. These fees are subject to change. Please contact the ACE Transcript Service or visit the ACE website for the most recent information on transcript fees.
Please contact your college or university before applying for ACE to determine credit recommendations are accepted at the institution.
ACE maintains a network of institutions called the ACE College and University Network that accept ACE college credit recommendations. Each cooperating college or university considers ACE credit recommendations but independently decides whether to award credit. While ACE cooperating colleges give considerable weight to ACE credit recommendations, each institution sets its own policies for granting credit. Learn which institutions participate in the ACE CREDIT College and University Network.
If your college or university is not a member of the ACE College and University Network, it is possible to receive credit based on ACE credit recommendations. Contact your college or university and inquire about their policy regarding ACE college credit recommendations for the course you intend to take. Institutions independently determine how much credit is appropriate to award.
ACE has a successful advocacy service and encourages students to contact them for assistance in gaining the maximum amount of college credit possible. If the rejection is the result of a departmental or institutional policy not to accept any non-collegiate credit, consider writing a carefully thought-out letter of appeal to the academic dean or provost at the college.
In addition, contact ACE so that they can provide the recipient of your letter with additional information on the course and ACE’s examination review process. You may contact the ACE CREDIT office through e-mail at email@example.com, by calling (202) 939-9434, or by writing to the College Credit Recommendation Service, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Employees in pursuit of professional development or training
Based on decades of experience, ACE has assessed numerous high-quality training programs. As a result, hundreds of Fortune 500 companies have relied on ACE recommendations to ensure the excellence of the professional development of their employees. ACE CREDIT-approved courses, including CTI’s, are ensured to offer consistent, high-quality educational opportunities to all adult learners.
ACE CREDIT-approved courses, including CTI’s, are ensured to offer consistent, high-quality educational opportunities at the collegiate level. ACE faculty evaluators validated CTI course materials to determine content, scope and rigor to align with curricula currently being taught at accredited colleges and universities.
In addition, ACE has a successful advocacy service and encourages students to contact them for assistance in making a case for tuition reimbursement or time off. You may contact the ACE CREDIT office through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling (202) 939-9434, or by writing to the College Credit Recommendation Service, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Payment is always the student's responsibility. Reimbursement policies vary from company to company, so students should talk to their employer in advance about their company's policy on reimbursement for CTI courses.
Ask your employer ahead of time about requirements for company reimbursement. Some companies require successful completion of the course, have an annual dollar limit on educational reimbursement, and/or limit reimbursement eligibility to courses that are directly job related.