There really isn't a typical ICE course, it really varies from discipline to discipline.  On the other hand, this is where the trainer carefully evaluates whether the candidates will become solid instructors.  In general, instructor candidates must complete an IDW in the discipline before taking the instructor certification exam.  Trainers will use a variety of methods to assess candidates which may include any of the following:

  • Skills assessments
  • Demonstrate extended and prepared presentations
  • Demonstrate quick impromtu presentations - the 30 second pitch
  • Written exam
  • Evaluation of interpersonal skills - be on time and presentable
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ACA paperwork, policies, and procedures
  • Homework assignments

Where possible, trainers should have a gap between an IDW and an ICE to allow candidates time to digest their new skills.  Once a candidate has passed both an IDW and ICE, they will get a written instructor evaluation and be awarded a pass or continuation for a certain level.  Assuming the candidate has passed the ICE, they will be awarded a 60-day temporary certification card.  If the candidate is continued, a continuation form is provided with a remediation plan that can be evaluated by any trainer in that discipline.  Candidates often are passed at a lower level than the highest level taught in an ICE. 

Once you have passed your IDW/ICE (ICW), pay your SEIC dues and make certain you have completed your First Aid and CPR certifications.  Once all of this is completed, you are an official ACA certified instructor.