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 us, who can then offer ICF coach certification.
The ICF offers three levels of life coach certification.
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 also has various paths that coaches can take to earn an ICF credential. Depending on one’s previous experience and current interests, one can pursue an ICF credential via the portfolio, ACSTH, or ACTP path. The way you choose will depend on your desired level of certification or previous coaching experience. To learn more about ICF paths to credentials, visit the ICF’s website.
It can be a little overwhelming to look at the ICF’s various requirements and paths for certification. Below is a breakdown of the route and requirements for certification that you would take, based on which training program(s) you have completed with Coach Training EDU.
If you complete any of Coach Training EDU’s 1.0 training programs, you are on your way toward your Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential through the ACSTH path.
If you complete the 2.0 Coach Training Program, you are on the path toward your ACC (or PCC, depending on your previous training) credential through the ACSTH path.
Any of Coach Training EDU’s 1.0 training programs plus the 2.0 Coach Training Program and group mentor coaching constitute a full Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP). By completing all three of these components, you will have enough training hours to achieve either your ACC or PCC through the ACTP path.
Once you have completed your coach training and additional mentor coaching hours, the next steps are logging your remaining coach/client hours.
If you have completed all of the requirements for one of Coach Training EDU’s ACTPs (meaning you completed a 1.0 level program, the 2.0 Coach Training Program, and additional mentor coaching), you can easily apply for certification using the ACTP 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 ACSTH 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 ACTP path and approximately one month for those going the ACSTH route. This tends to vary depending on how busy the ICF is with other applications.
8.2.2022 - Read more on the ICF Credentialing Exam Requirements Change
1 “ICF, the Gold Standard in Coaching | Read About ICF.” Accessed October 5, 2021. https://coachfederation.org/about.
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