Leadership Coach Certification

Existing Coaches

ACSA Certified Coaches

As an ACSA Leadership Coach, you and your fellow coaches are the backbone of the Clear Administrative Credential Program! You are guiding new Administrators through the labyrinth of their first two years of Administrative work and improving their students’ experience in education.

Every year, we would like to gather your contact information as well as your emergency contact information. We will request that each coach fill out this questionnaire each October.

We will send the link to this questionnaire by email as a reminder.

Please be prompt in filling it out. When it’s time to send a contract, this information will be used! And when we need to reach you, we will have your most current information. And (hopefully never) if something happens to you, we will be able to reach out to your emergency contact person.

Leadership Coach Code of Ethics

  • My goal as I provide coaching to a school leader will be to consistently maintain a focus on students.
  • I will commit to develop in-school leaders in the leadership skills aligned to the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders.
  • I will be sincere in my communication and reliable in meeting my commitments with the school leaders I coach.
  • I will maintain complete confidentiality of information while coaching, except as otherwise requested by the school leader, or as required by law.
  • I will support the goals for school leaders shared with me by their supervisors guarding confidentiality and fostering collaboration.
  • I will ensure school leaders I coach understand all aspects of the Coaching Agreement.
  • I will be sensitive to noting when a coaching relationship is not productive and will recommend another coach be considered by the candidate.

Important Links


New Coaches

The ACSA Clear Administrative Credential Program (CACP) is focused on developing leadership skills of current site and district administrators and is grounded in the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSEL). Leadership coaches guide candidates in the two-year program toward competency in the CPSEL. The job-embedded induction program involves face-to-face meetings with credential candidates in their work settings. A leadership coach is the most pivotal piece in a credential candidate’s program, providing support in meeting program requirements, self-assessment, goal setting, reflection and evidence of growth in the CPSEL. For more detailed information, download and read the Coach Guide.

Leadership Coach Job Description and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Local Program Coordinator, the Leadership Coach will provide coach service and support to Clear Administrative Services Credential Candidates participating in the ACSA Clear Administrative Credential Program. Leadership Coaches regularly collaborate with the credential candidate to set school or site and leadership goals, then determine action steps grounded in the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSEL). Leadership Coaches use research-based strategies and skills to assist credential candidates to master reflective practices and develop complex skills necessary for effective educational leaders.


  • Under the direction of the Local Program Coordinators: review general administrator requirements and proficiencies for CPSEL with candidate, collaborate on initial, benchmark, formative and summative assessments, plan, develop, monitor, and revise, as needed, the Individual Induction Plan.
  • Maintain the integrity and confidentiality of his or her work with the candidate.
  • Provide 40 hours per year of individualized, one-on-one support to candidate through coaching sessions, email ad phone contact.
  • Schedule and attend regular coaching activities and meetings.
  • Prepare and maintain records of coaching sessions.
  • Attend, participate and conduct a variety of meetings as assigned: orientation, coaching sessions, observations, exit interview, etc.
  • Serve as the principle contact and liaison between the candidate and the program.
  • Stay current on educational research and demonstrate knowledge of California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSEL)), school and district office administrative procedures and operations, federal and state accountability systems, instructional practices, research and trends in education.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Work independently and varied hours at multiple work locations.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and develop effective lines of communication with all members of the team, program, personnel, school and district staff, and outside agencies. This includes working directly and first with the candidate to resolve issues that may occur in the coaching relationship.
  • Participate in the California Network of Leadership Coaches (CNET) training.
  • Participate in annual program evaluation and improvement processes.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

The following are the steps to Coach Certification for ACSA.

  1. Prerequisites:
    • Four years of experience as a successful school administrator.
    • Valid Clear Administrative Services Credential.
    • Commitment to ongoing professional learning.
  2. Process:
    • Attend ACSA Leadership Coach Training – ALC
    • Attendance an ACSA Leadership Coaching or Program Orientation is required prior to coaching an ACSA candidate and can be taken in any order.
    • Contact a Local Program Coordinator: ACSA Local Program Coordinators are responsible for hiring and supporting ACSA Leadership Coaches. Local Program Coordinators may select a coach to begin coaching a candidate prior to coach certification. The complete ACSA Coach Certification process must be completed prior to a candidate completing the ACSA Clear Administrative Credential Program. Affiliate programs may have different criteria for coaches.
  • You will be asked to upload a resume and a screenshot or copy of your credential, while filling out your application.

  1. Register and attend California Network of Leadership Coach Training (CNET).
  2. Review the Coach Guide
  3. Complete the ACSA Coach Certification Portfolio prior to a candidate’s completion of ACSA’s Clear Administrative Credential Program. Once ACSA has received your application (linked above), you will be sent instructions and other links.

For any questions, contact Christina Cruz at ccruz(at)acsa.org or 916.970.7045.

Leadership Coach Certification