ICF Accreditation: Forton's commitment to global standards

We're working for a world of more abundant leadership, through mutual prosperity - for people and planet.

Excellence in leadership coaching

In 2000 Forton created the first leadership coaching education programme accredited by the International Coaching Federation in 2002.  Founded by Helen Caton Hughes PCC, Forton is a female led, inclusive organisation (70% female owned).

We saw the need for a coaching style of leadership taking into account the complex nature of organisations and the pressures placed on leaders and managers in today's volatile and challenging world. 


Elements of our approach include:

  • The International Coaching Federation Competency frameworks for individual and team coaching
  • The global VUCA framework impacting on organisations (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity)
  • The Schroder High-performance behaviour framework for better leadership and management
  • Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in the workplace for individuals, teams and culture
  • The need for positive employee engagement, diversity and inclusion
  • Whole systems thinking

Our programmes are evidence-based, focused on what works and makes a difference in leadership development and coaching.

Our learning philosophy: abundant leadership

We develop leadership and executive coaches to a professional standard, and support leaders and managers themselves to adopt a more coach-like approach to leadership.

Coaching has proven itself in terms of effectiveness and today is one of the growth areas in personal, professional and organisational development.  We are proud to be a part of that growth.


Today we deliver coaching programmes around the world, both in person and virtually, in the following languages:

  • English
  • French
  • Georgian
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish

Our online learning centre means that we combine self-paced learning with highly-engaging, interactive live sessions.

Our goal is to create a world of abundant leadership, where peoples' talents and potential are recognised and truly valued.

Our programmes

We offer three levels of training, all part of the 'Professional Leadership Coach' programme: foundational, levels 1 and 2

For Continuing Professional Development we additionally offer 'CCEs' - Continuing Coach Education units

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 Title  Level Contact Hours  Description Trains to:   
Ignite    Foundational Workshop   17  Leadership Coaching Model, Principles, Skills and Steps for all students.  Foundational Coaching Skills* ACTP WEBSITE FIND OUT MORE 2022
Manager as Coach  Level 1 Programme    Equipping managers to be more coach like, giving constructive feedback and developing teams  ICF 'Associate Certified Coach' (ACC) credential level
Certified Leadership Coach  Level 1 Programme    Suitable for in-house coaches and those looking to develop a coaching practise  ICF 'Associate Certified Coach' (ACC) credential level 
Professional Leadership Coach  Level 2    Suitable for those seeking a professional qualification with optional advanced modules  ICF 'Professional Certified Coach' (PCC) credential level 
 Students can choose from one of the follow modules to complete their PCC level training:  
 Advanced Modules  Level 2 Contact Hours Description  Trains to:   
Hero's Journey  Requires prior training to ACC level    Coaching skills for change & transformation and coaching to PCC levels  ICF 'Professional Certified Coach' (PCC) credential level  
Team Coaching   Discover and deepen your team coaching skills through this engaging and highly interactive programme.
Coach Mentor/Supervisor   Skills for offering coach mentoring and supervision services to individuals and groups
Mastery in Leadership Coaching   Advanced skills for leadership coaches exploring leadership behaviours and how to coach for them
   CCEs Hours      
 Coach Mentor/Supervisor  Requires ACC credential (renewed at least once) as minimum. 
Or PCC credential
  Skills for offering coach mentoring and supervision services to individuals and groups   CCE WEBSITE FIND OUT MORE
 Career Coaching      Skills for supporting people with their career development  



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*NB foundational and level 1 programmes can be upgraded if further modules are started within 3 years.

Student Policies

Enrollment Agreement

The Forton Mission/Vision for being a coach education provider