International Coach Federation Switzerland

Coach Knowledge Assessment ICF (CKA)

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All credential applicants must complete a Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) consisting of multiple-choice questions. The CKA is only required to be completed one time.


The ICF conducted an extensive study to gain an understanding of the knowledge and skills important in the practice of coaching. The results of the study showed that coaches rely heavily on the ICF definition of coaching, Core Competencies and Code of Ethics in their professional practice. With this in mind, we concluded that holders of the ICF Credential should be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of this body of knowledge. A broad team of ICF coaches serving as subject-matter experts contributed to the creation of the ICF Coach Knowledge Assessment, a tool that can be used to measure this understanding. We believe that requiring passage of this exam will help ensure that ICF Credential-holders understand the foundational knowledge that we believe is so important for the development of high-quality professional coaches.


Once an applicant’s credential application is approved, ICF staff will contact the applicant via email with an invitation to take the Coach Knowledge Assessment. The invitation will contain log in and password information with instructions on how to access the online test portal. The invitation remains in effect for 60 days, and an applicant can take the test at any time during this 60-day period.

Languages Offered

The CKA is offered in the following languages: Chinese, Czech, Danish, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

Estimated Timeline

You will receive an invitation to complete the CKA within 2 weeks of your application being reviewed. The invitation will come via email with further instructions on completing the CKA.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the ICF Coach Knowledge Assessment


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