ICF Credential Requirements
Since 1995, the International Coach Federation (ICF) has become a globally recognized organization focused on advancing the coaching profession by establishing and administering a set of standards for credentialing professional coaches. There are three ICF Credentials and three processes for obtaining an ICF credential, as shown below.
ICF Credential - Types and Processes
Note: Each credential requires a specific set of required hours of coach-specific training, mentor coaching, and coaching experience.
|Three ICF Credentials
||Three ICF Credential Processes
|Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
||ACTP: individuals have completed an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP).
|Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
||Portfolio: individuals have not completed an ACTP or have completed coach training through programs not on the ACTP list
|Master Certified Coach (MCC)
||MCC application: specific to MCC credential
The documents/information/links provided on this page are offered to our membership to assist in their credentialing journey. Application for credentialing must be accomplished through the ICF credentialing page
- The Road To Credentialing provides information about the ICF credentialing process.
- The Core Competencies delineates competency requirements for certification.
- Ethics delineates ICF professional ethics requirements. ICF members must review these annually and designate agreement to be ruled by them.
- Becoming Credentialed delineates requirements to obtain each of the three credentials.