International Coach Federation Switzerland

Credentialing

The Purpose of the ICF Credentialing Program is to:

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. 

Certification (re-certification) Q & A

Yes, it is possible as long as you have achieved a minimum of 125 Coach Specific Training Hours. 

It does not matter if those schools are different as long as - Both schools are ACTP – you can chose the ACTP Path  - One is ACTP and one is ACSTH then – You have to chose the ACSTH Path   - If one training is uncertified you have to go for the Portfolio Path. The trainings have to be ‘organized in a scope and sequence for the growth of the coach’. If you make the judgment call that that is the case and you can prove it, then start the application. 

You need to check if your training is ICF accredited and if so at what level (ACTP or ACSTH). You do that by asking your school and/or by going to the ICF Global website to the ‘Training Program Search Service – TPSS’: https://coachfederation.org/icf-credential/find-atraining-program

 

All certifications are done via the ICF Global website. ICF Switzerland cannot tell you if your training meets the requirements for certification. The only way to find out is via the TPSS tool or via the online application itself.  

 

Please consult the slides on ‘Special Information Portfolio Path’ to find out more about how to access if your training meets the ICF requirements should your training not be ACTP or ACSTH accredited. 

You can consult the Training school registry on the ICF Switzerland webpage (training institutes who offer training in Switzerland): https://www.coachfederation.ch/credentialing/find-coach-training.html.  

 

Or you can consult the Training Program Search Service on the ICF Global website: https://coachfederation.org/icf-credential/find-a-training-program 

 

As an independent Assosoation, ICF Switzerland can not give recommendations about coach training providers. The best way to find advise on what school is right for you is to attend one of our local Chapter events and talk to other coaches.  

You prove that by keeping a Coaching Log (client needs to have given permition for you to store personal information on your coaching log) where you separate paid vs. pro-bono hours.  

In the online application you have to make a declaration that you have enough, relevant coaching hours and that you keep a log. You have to tick boxes and sign. You give consent to that ICF may request an audit to check that the information you provided is correct.  

A coaching session is considered paid if an exchange of services took place (e.g. peer coaching). Exchange of money does not have to take place. 

There is currently no specific training required to become an ICF mentor although it is recommended.  

 

You can chose any mentor who is ICF certified (for ACC with one renewal). They do not need to be on a list.    Please go to the following link and to the slides to find out more: https://coachfederation.org/mentor-coaching 

 

 

You can become only an ICF Global member or you can become an ICF Global member and member of a national Chapter. They both have their separate fees. You can become ICF certified without being an ICF member but the cost for certification is higher.  

 

Current fees (May 2020):

ICF Global: $245 

ICF Switzerland:$158 for ICF

All coaching hours that you have completed counted from the START of your Coach specific training (but which where not part of your training) can be counted as long as they are recorded in a Coaching Log. You need to have at least 25 coaching hours in the last 18 months before sending in your application. (Special Covid – 19: 24 months until end of 2020).  

Sample session:   We have not found any information on that but our general feeling is yes.  Chemistry session: No

 The CCEUs are very important for re-certification once you have become certified.  

 

A limited number of CCEUs can be used as ‘Verification of Training’ if you chose the Portfolio Path. However all training must be ‘organized in a scope and sequence for the growth of the coach’. This is difficult to achieve with CCEUs.  

 

For re-certification you have to have 3 hours of Ethics (Not 100% if this statement is correct for every re-certification or if we only have to do it once. If someone knows – please let me know!). 

Yes. It is good to start this process early. Ideally you continuesly collect and document your CCEUs over the three years. You can collect and upload them on the portal on the ICF Global website. You will also get email reminders from ICF Global. 

Credential Paths

ACC
Associate Certified Coach
PCC 
Professional Certified Coach
MCC
Master Certified Coach
60h training
100h coaching experiance
125h training
500h coaching experiance
200h
2500h coaching experiance
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Get Credentialed now

To apply go to the ICF international website : https://coachfederation.org/icf-credential

Renewal of credentials 

  • Must be done every 3 years.

  • Must 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. 

All information to be found on https://coachfederation.org/icf-credential/renew-credential

Here is a link for the ICF online training on Ethics.


ICF Digital Badging  coachfederation.org/icf-credential/digital-badging

ACC

Hotel MethaphorThe All inclusiveHalf-boardJust a bed booked
RequirementsACC ACTP PathACC ACSTH PathACC Portfolio Path
Training

Completion of entire ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)

- Only proof needed: Certificate

At least
60 hours of coach-specific training through an ACTP or ACSTH program

- Only proof needed: Certificate(s)

At least 60 hours of coach-specific training - comprehensive training program: ICF definition, Code of ethics, Core Competencies, organized in a scope and sequence for the growth of the coach

- Need to document and prove everything yourself

Coaching experience
# total hours 
# paid hours
# clients
Specification of experience hours
# hours in the last 18 months

100+
75+
8+
Following start of training.
25+
100+
75+
8+
Following start of training.
25+
100+
75+
8+
Following start of training.
25+
Mentor Coaching
to be documented on your online application.
Included in the training10 hours10 hours
Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) yes yes yes
Performance EvaluationIncluded in the training1 audio recording and written transcript of coaching session to be uploaded with your application 1 audio recording and written transcript of coaching session to be uploaded with your application 
PriceICF Members: $100 USD
Non-members: $300 USD
ICF Members: $300 USD
Non-members: $500 USD
ICF Members: $400 USD
Non-members: $600 USD
Timeline for Review4 weeks4 weeks14 weeks

PCC

Hotel MethaphorThe All inclusiveHalf-boardJust a bed booked
PCC ACTP PathPCC ACSTH PathPCC Portfolio Path
Training  # hours

Completion of entire ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)

- Only proof needed: Certificate

125 hours of couch-specific training throught an ACTP or ASTH program

- Only proof needed: Certificate(s)

125 hours of couch-specific training comprehensive training program: ICF definition, Code of ethics, Core Competencies, organized in a scope and sequence for the growth of the coach

- Need to document and prove everything yourself

Experience
# total hours 
# paid hours
# clients
Specification of experience hours
# hours in the last 18 months

500+
450+
25+
Following start of training.
25+
500+
450+
25+
Following start of training.
25+
500+
450+
25+
Following start of training.
25+
Mentor Coaching
to be documented on your online application.
Included in the training10 hours10 hours
Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) yes yes yes
Performance EvaluationIncluded in the training2 audio recording and written transcript of coaching session to be uploaded with your application 2 audio recording and written transcript of coaching session to be uploaded with your application 
PriceICF Members: $300 USD
Non-members: $500 USD
ICF Members: $575 USD
Non-members: $755 USD
ICF Members: $675 USD
Non-members: $875 USD
Timeline for Review4 weeks14 weeks18 weeks

MCC

Coaches are required to hold a PCC credential before they can apply for the MCC credentialMCC ACTP Path
Training     # hours200+
Experience 
# total hours
# paid hours
# clients

2500+

2250+

35+

Following start of training.

Mentor Coaching
to be documented on your online application.
10
Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) yes
Performance EvaluationTwo audio recordings and written transcripts of coaching sessions
Price

ICF Members: $575 USD

Non-members: $775 USD

Timeline for Review18 weeks

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