ICF Clarifies Position on Coaching Supervision and Credential Renewals

October 1, 2014

At its July 2014 meeting, the ICF Global Board of Directors approved an update to ICF’s policy on Coaching Supervision and renewal of ICF Credentials.

Previously, renewal applicants were able to apply Coaching Supervision as self-study in the area of Resource Development.

With this update, ICF Credential-holders will be permitted to count work with a Coaching Supervisor toward Continuing Coach Education (CCE) requirements in the area of Core Competencies for renewal of their ICF Credential. These hours are accepted on an hour-for-hour basis, and there is no upper limit on the number of Coaching Supervision hours that can be applied toward an ICF Credential renewal applicant’s CCE requirement.

The first group of coaches to be impacted by this change will be those individuals whose ICF Credentials are set to expire on December 31, 2014.

It is important to note that Coaching Supervision is not required for renewal of an ICF Credential. Furthermore, coaches applying to renew their Associate Certified Coach (ACC) Credentials may not use Coaching Supervision as a substitute for work with a qualified Mentor Coach.

As interest in and use of Coaching Supervision grow around the world, ICF is engaged in an ongoing process of defining Coaching Supervision, articulating the differences between Coaching Supervision and Mentor Coaching, and educating coaches about the benefits of Coaching Supervision. (You can learn more about ICF’s current position on Coaching Supervision here.)

Also at the July 2014 Board meeting, officers and directors approved the formation of a task force that will develop and publish more specific guidelines, review and compare the standards of other coaching bodies, and make recommendations for future policies in the area of Coaching Supervision. This task force will help ensure ICF’s role as a global thought leadership and standards-setting organization where Coaching Supervision is concerned.

Coaches with questions about this or other ICF Credentialing policies may contact ICF at icfheadquarters@coachfederation.org.