Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA)
All credential applicants must complete a Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) consisting of multiple-choice questions. The CKA is only required to be completed one time.
ICF conducted an extensive study to gain an understanding of the knowledge and skills important in the practice of coaching. The results of the study showed that coaches rely heavily on the ICF definition of coaching, Core Competencies and Code of Ethics in their professional practice. With this in mind, we concluded that holders of the ICF Credential should be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of this body of knowledge. A broad team of ICF coaches serving as subject-matter experts contributed to the creation of the ICF Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA), a tool that can be used to measure this understanding. We believe that requiring passage of this exam will help ensure that ICF Credential-holders understand the foundational knowledge that we believe is so important for the development of high-quality professional coaches.
Once an applicant’s credential application is reviewed, ICF staff will contact the applicant via email with a status update containing the next step in the review process. The steps for a credential application review vary depending on the path in which the applicant applies for the credential.
The CKA is offered in the following languages: Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
You will receive an invitation to complete the CKA once your application review is complete. The invitation will come via email with further instructions on completing the CKA.