The Gold Standard of Professional Coaching.

Anyone can call themselves a coach. But ICF-credentialed coaches are professionals who have met stringent education and experience requirements, and have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the coaching competencies that set the standard in the profession. Additionally, they adhere to strict ethical guidelines as part of ICF’s mission to protect and serve coaching consumers.

What Does it Take to Earn a Credential?

Earning an ICF Credential is a rigorous process that provides legitimacy and credibility to Credential-holders. Each of the credentials (ACC, PCC and MCC) requires the same five key components:


1. Education

Obtain coach-specific education aligned with the ICF definition of coaching, ICF Core Competencies and ICF Code of Ethics. | Find ICF-accredited EducationReview non-accredited Education Requirements


2. Experience

Coaching experience hours must begin after you’ve started a coaching education program.  | Review Experience Requirements


3. Mentor Coaching

Receive mentor coaching to strengthen your skills within the ICF Core Competencies. | Review Mentor Coaching Information


4. Performance Evaluation

Pass a performance evaluation(s) that assess your coaching skills against ICF standards. | Review Performance Evaluation Details


5. Exam

Pass a written exam designed to test your understanding of and ability to apply the ICF definition of coaching, ICF Core Competencies and ICF Code of Ethics.  | Review Exam Information

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