ICF Credentials General Informations
Coach specific training and obtaining an ICF credential are key elements to being recognized as a professional coach within ICF. ICF Switzerland provides many opportunities for the on-going development of coaches through chapter meetings that are specifically aimed at enhancing ICF core competencies, peer coaching circles, and other programs.
The professional development of a coach is an on-going journey that includes:
- Attending a coach specific training program
- Developing your coaching skills around ICF core competencies
- Adhering to the ICF code of ethics
- Building your coaching practice to demonstrate coaching experience
- Obtaining one of the 3 ICF credentials (ACC, PCC or MCC)
In order to ensure and maintain a high standard for the coaching profession ICF puts special emphasis on training and accreditation of professional coaches. ICF introduced the ICF Credentialing Program which also includes ICF accreditated coach training programmes.
Complete information about the ICF Credentialing Program including individual credentials and Coach Training Program credentials is listed in the section of ICF Credentials.
Upcoming Changes to ACC and PCC
Following a May 21, 2015, vote by the ICF Global Board of Directors, ICF has adopted new requirements for the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentials that will restrict eligible coaching experience hours to those completed after the start of coach-specific training.
Credentialing ICF the changes in 2016
ACC & PCC Credential Requirements Update
These new requirements will go into effect on October 1st, 2016.
|Changes (in orange)||ACC credential||PCC credential|
|Client-coaching experience following the start of their coach-specific training|
75 hours paid
At least 25 of these hours must occur within 18 months of the application
Renewal of credentials : New requirement for ACC, PCC, MCC
Will apply to all coaches whose ICF Credentials are slated to expire on or after December 31, 2016.
Should demonstrate completion of at least three (3) Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units in the area of coaching ethics to be eligible for renewal of their ICF Credentials.
Here is a link for an online training on Ethics.
"The ICF certification has enabled me to gain trust and credibility as a Coach and my current employer and thus our clients. Ultimately the choice comes down to personal chemistry but it sets a professional standard to have a certification just like you would never undergo an operation with a non licensed doctor....Hence a valuable educational basis for every professional Coach who wants to make a difference"
"The ICF credentialing is supporting my integrity with professionalism and quality as Executive Coach. It is a reference for reliability on high standards in my work that clients can expect. Professional Development is an exciting on-going journey. The credentialing offers a great pathway for this."
"The ICF Credential indicates my commitment to coaching as a profession. In addition, there have been numerous client opportunities that have differentiated me from other coaches who did not have this." WJH