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April 2022 – Changes to the ICF Credentialing Process

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You may have heard the buzz that is happening at the ICF (International Coaching Federation) right now… all these changes but what is in a change? Let us enlighten you as we assure you, that the ICF has just made it easier for Coaching Out Of the Box® to remain your single place to obtain the coach training, mentoring, and professional assessment you need to comfortably apply for your ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential.

This change is happening, and it is happening fast! Within the next 18 months, ICF accredited organizations and institutions, and those interested in pursuing ICF organizational accreditation will partake in a series of both structural and standards updates. Through the collaboration of stakeholders and staff, the ICF will strengthen the coaching profession through the use of validated coaching competencies, a common code of ethics, and fair, reasonable assessments.

We remain your place to receive coach-specific training, mentoring, and professional assessment you need to comfortably apply for your ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential.

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Coach Credentialing and How to Get Your ACC with the ICF

Almost ten years ago, I decided that I wanted to become a professional coach. Working in leadership and human resource roles for some of Canada’s largest employers in the financial services sector gave me many opportunities to coach people. I learned that I loved being a coach — aka a strategic thinking partner and an impartial, confidential, accountability advocate. 

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While still working full-time for my employer and with their consent, I attended coach training (on my own time and dime). Back then, the International Coaching Federation (ICF) was not as well known as the global leader and gold standard for professional coaches. I received my first coaching certification from an organization whose training was not recognized by the ICF. 

So I started again and took more coach training. This time, I found a training program that would check all the important boxes in order to meet my coaching goals. 

As of the date of this post, I am awaiting a decision from the ICF regarding my application to be recognized as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC)

If you are looking to become a professional coach certified with the ICF, I invite you to continue reading. 

Over the years, I have learned a great deal about coach training, mentor coaching, and the ICF.

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