The ICF Credentialing Program wants to ensure high standards and ethical practice within the coaching profession and to promote qualified and experienced professional coaches. Thus, the core of the program is a minimum number of logged coaching hours and coach-specific training, including references from colleagues and clients and, in certain cases, mentor coaching sessions.
The ICF credential is awarded to professional coaches who can demonstrate that they meet or exceed these minimum standards.
Individual and program applications are accepted throughout the year.
Check the ICF Global website for further details.
- ICF CREDENTIALING FOR COACHES
Everyone interested in obtaining ICF Credentials should read this material.
- CREDENTIALING REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUAL COACHES (ACC / PCC / MCC)
- Associate Certified Coach (ACC) Application and Requirements
- Professional Certified Coach (PCC) Application and Requirements
- Master Certified Coach (MCC) Application and Requirements
- Renewal of Credentials
Please see the Individual Credentialing page about NEW REQUIREMENTS as of 1st October 2015.
- CERTIFICATION FOR COACH TRAINING
If you would like more information about applying for ICF approval or accreditation for coach specific training programs, please check the Training Program Accreditation page on ICF Global website.
Purpose of ICF Credentials
Establish and administer minimum standards for credentialing professional coaches and coach training organizations.
Assure the public that participating coaches and coach training organizations meet or exceed these minimum standards.
Reinforce professional coaching as a distinct and self-regulating profession.
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