The International Coaching Federation (ICF) provides the gold standard in coach certification. Coach Training EDU is an ICF-accredited organization, which makes getting your ICF credential a breeze.
The ICF is a non-profit organization dedicated to “advancing the coaching profession by establishing standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals.” Founded in 1995, the ICF is the oldest and most established credentialing program for life coaching. It has over 20,000 members.
While the ICF is an association dedicated to advancing the coaching profession, they don’t offer any life coaching services or independent coach-training programs. The primary function of the ICF is to establish standards for coaching and provide credentials for individuals seeking coach certification. The ICF also accredits coach-training programs, like CTEDU, which can then offer ICF coach certification.
The ICF offers three levels of life coach certification, which are laid out below. Because it can be a little overwhelming to look at the ICF’s various requirements and paths for certification, we have laid out the breakdown of each certification and how the ICF's requirements map onto the various CTEDU requirements.
2. Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
3. Master Certified Coach (MCC)
Each of these levels requires the same five elements but differ in the number of training hours, coaching hours, and the credentialed level of your mentor coach.
The ICF has various paths that coaches can take to earn an ICF credential. To learn more about ICF paths to credentials, visit the ICF’s website.
Once you have completed your coach training and mentor coaching hours, the next step is to log your remaining coach/client hours.
If you have completed all of the requirements for one of Coach Training EDU’s Level Two programs (meaning you completed a 1.0 course, the 2.0 Coach Training Program, and additional mentor coaching), you can easily apply for certification using the Level Two path.
If you have completed a single training program with Coach Training EDU (meaning you only completed a 1.0 level program or the 2.0 Coach Training Program), you can use the Level One path to apply for certification.
The timeline from clicking the apply button with the ICF to getting your credential has been about two weeks for our graduates who have taken the Level Two path and approximately one month for those going the Level One route. This tends to vary depending on how busy the ICF is with other applications.
While your training will prepare you to pass the ICF's credentialing exam, here are a few additional resources you can use to ensure you are ready:
If after reviewing these resources, you find you’d like additional help, here are some additional tips:
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