Why get ICF accredited?
Professional coaching is flourishing all over the globe, and in turn, so is the field of coach training. To ensure quality training, the International Coach Federation accredits coach-training programs that meet its high standards. This accreditation provides coach training programs and those who complete them, with a competitive edge both in their content and stature. Coaches worldwide recognize ICF as an industry leader and turn to the Association for training and continuing education. Getting your Accredited coach training program by ICF will give you credibility and expose your program to a wider network of coaches through its listings and searches.
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ICF offers three credentials:
Start by choosing the ICF Credential that best fits your coach-specific training and your coaching experience:
|For the practiced coach||For the proven coach||
For the expert coach
|Training Hours Completed||60+||125+||
750+ hours (until October 2016)
Download a PDF comparison chart to discover which ICF Credential and application path is right for you!
Beginning October 1, 2016, at 12 a.m. (New York), all ACC applicants will be required to complete 100 hours of client coaching experience following the start of their coach-specific training. Furthermore, at least 25 of these hours must occur within the 18 months prior to submitting the application for the credential. ACC applicants will still be required to have a minimum of eight (8) clients and 75 paid client coaching experience hours.
Currently, PCC applicants can demonstrate their coaching experience in one of two ways:
a) A coaching log demonstrating 750 hours (675 paid) of coaching experience with at least 25 clients.
b) A coaching log demonstrating 500 hours (450 paid) of coaching experience with at least 25 clients following the start of their coach-specific training. At least 50 of these hours must occur within the 18 months prior to submitting the application for the credential.
Effective October 1, 2016 at 12 a.m. (New York), all PCC applicants will be required to demonstrate their coaching experience according to option b (500 hours following the start of coach-specific training).
Program Accreditation and Certification
ICF offers three different types of program approvals:
Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)
These types of training programs are considered all-inclusive programs. The ACTP programs are required to provide coaches with a basic to advanced level of coach training, the opportunity to practice coaching, mentoring by an ICF professional coach (PCC at minimum) and will also be required to evaluate students’ coaching skills at a PCC credential level by a qualified reviewer. Once a student/coach completes a full Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP), they will have enough training and skills to apply for the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential that ICF offers. Please note that training is only a portion of the requirements to submit an application for the PCC. Student/Coaches will also have enough training hours to apply for ICF Global Membership.To see the full list of application requirements for this program type, please CLICK HERE.
Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH)
These types of programs are considered a la carte in relation to the all-inclusive ACTP programs, while still providing a basic to intermediate level of coach training. These programs are required to provide at least 30 hours of coach-specific training and the opportunity to practice coaching. Once students/coaches complete an ACSTH Program, they can use those hours toward ICF Global Membership and one of the three ICF Credentials.To see the full list of application requirements for this program type, please CLICK HERE.
Continuing Coach Education (CCE)
These programs are meant to provide training for coaches who already have ICF credentials or who have already received basic coach training. The Continuing Coach Education programs are intended to help coaches to renew their credentials.To see the full list of application requirements for this program type, please CLICK HERE.