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What Does it Take to Earn a Credential?
Earning an ICF Credential is a rigorous process that provides legitimacy and credibility to credential holders. Each of the credentials (ACC, PCC, and MCC) requires the same five key components:
Obtain coach-specific education aligned with the ICF definition of coaching, ICF Core Competencies, and ICF Code of Ethics.
Coaching experience hours must begin after you’ve started a coaching education program.
3. Mentor Coaching
Receive mentor coaching to strengthen your skills within the ICF Core Competencies.
4. Performance Evaluation
Pass a performance evaluation(s) that assesses your coaching skills against ICF standards.
Pass a written exam designed to test your understanding of and ability to apply the ICF definition of coaching, ICF Core Competencies, and ICF Code of Ethics.
Coaching Experience Hours
ACC candidates are required to document at least 100 hours (75 paid) of coaching experience with at least eight clients following the start of their coach-specific education or training.* At least 25 of these hours (paid or unpaid) must occur within the 18 months prior to applying for the credential.
PCC candidates are required to document at least 500 hours (450 paid) of coaching experience with at least 25 clients following the start of their coach-specific education or training*. At least 50 of these hours (paid or unpaid) must occur within the 18 months prior to applying for the credential.
*For this purpose, ICF defines the start of coach-specific training as any ICF-approved program with at least 30 hours, any CCE program with at least 30 hours (at least 80 percent of which are in Core Competencies), or a non-approved program with at least 30 hours (at least 80 percent of which are in Core Competencies). Please note that all non-approved programs are subject to review by ICF as part of the credential application process on the ACC Portfolio path.
The Fast Track to ICF Credential comes with 10 hours of Mentor Coaching (7 Hours of Group Mentor Coaching and 3 hours of 1:1 Mentor Coaching.)
Need Mentoring hours? Consider the Mentor Coaching Bundle or individual mentor coaching sessions.
Mentoring provides professional assistance in achieving and demonstrating the levels of coaching competency and capability demanded by the desired credential level.
Mentor Coaching should take place over an extended time (three-month minimum) in a cycle that allows for listening and feedback from the Mentor Coach while also allowing reflection and practice on the part of the individual being mentored.
Credentialing candidates on the following paths are required to participate in Mentor Coaching prior to submitting their application:
PCC Level 1 / ACSTH
Coaches applying to renew their ACC Credential are required to complete an additional 10 hours of Mentor Coaching above those hours required for their initial credential.
As part of the Credentialing process, applicants must pass a Performance Evaluation. The purpose of the Performance Evaluation is to ensure the applicant’s coaching is aligned with the ICF Core Competencies and demonstrates the coaching skills required at each level of credentialing.
This key component is covered in the Credentialing Success Course, where we will guide you through the process of preparing and submitting your recording to be evaluated by one of our assessors.
The ideal timing for this component is once you are close to completing your experience hours, the educational component is complete, and the indvidual mentor coaching sessions have wrapped up.
The lead-time for return of the evaluation is 2-3 weeks* from submission.
*this timeline is subject to change