How do I find a training program for coaches with my background or in my specialty?
Why can’t I find a program in my area?
There are more than 1000 ICF-accredited programs
. Less than half are in the United States and Canada, and most of those are in big cities or near the coasts. If you can’t find a program near you, many are offered via distance learning.
Do I have to attend an ICF-accredited program?
Attending an ICF-accredited program
is recommended, but non-accredited programs that meet ICF’s definition of coach-specific training are also accepted toward the training requirements once ICF has reviewed the course curriculum for an ICF Credential.
Do I have to get an ICF Credential?
ICF recommends getting a credential, but coaching is not regulated by any country or state, so you are not required to get training or credentials.
How do I get my credentials through ICF?
You would need to submit an application to ICF for approval. The requirements for each level of credential can be found at the following links.
Can I be a Mentor Coach?
You can mentor coaches with the same level credential you hold or someone seeking a lower-level credential. For example: If you are a PCC, you may mentor ACC and PCC coaches.
When can I apply for my credentials through ICF?
You may submit your credential application once you have met all the requirements of the credential for which you are applying.
How long does it take for my credentialing application to be reviewed?
The estimated timeline for review of a credentialing application depends on which application you are submitting. The estimated timeline for each application type is as follows: ACC ACTP, ACC ACSTH or PCC ACTP - 4 weeks, ACC Portfolio or PCC ACSTH - 14 weeks, PCC Portfolio or MCC - 18 weeks.
If I coach as part of my job, can I count those hours as paid?
Yes, you can, as long as coaching is in your job description and you are not coaching direct reports. This is considered internal coaching. Learn more
Client Coaching Log: Can I calculate group coaching hours for my credential application?
Yes. If you are coaching a group you will document that session by giving ICF one name and email address from one person in the group and providing ICF with the number of people in the group (group coaching can be done with only 15 members or less). You cannot multiply hours times participants in the group. If you coach 15 people for 1 hour, you can only count that as one hour of coaching, not 15 hours.
Do I have to apply for the ACC before I apply for the PCC or MCC?
You can apply for any level credential as long as you meet all requirements for that level. Most applicants start off with the ACC because they do not have the number of coaching hours to go straight to the PCC level.
Where can I get my credential logo?
ICF Credential-holders have a specific logo they may use. For an ICF Credential logo, please contact Sherrie Harvey at email@example.com. ICF logos may only be used by those who obtain prior permission from ICF Headquarters. Without prior authorization, use of an ICF logo, or any other version or likeness of the logo, is in violation of the ICF’s logo usage guidelines and trademark law.
Why aren't ICF Credential-holders required to be ICF Members?
The ICF Credential stands independent from ICF Membership. This is an important provision of compliance with globally accepted standards for bodies operating individual certification programs. The value of an ICF Credential as an industry-wide marker of an individual’s commitment to ongoing professional development and outstanding professional practice is distinct from the benefits of ICF Membership (e.g., networking and leadership-development opportunities, discounted event attendance, access to archived virtual learning). Although ICF Credential-holders are not required to be ICF Members, they are bound by the ICF Code of Ethics and are required to meet stringent renewal criteria every three years.
Can I list my ICF Credential as "Pending" once I've submitted the application?
No. You may only reference an ICF Credential in your marketing information, website or materials after it has been officially granted by the ICF. Because submission of an application does not guarantee that you will be granted an ICF Credential, referencing an ICF Credential prior to official receipt is misleading and potentially unethical. Making a false claim is a breach of the ICF Code of Ethics.