The ICF (International Coach Federation) believes in maintaining high standards for professional coaches worldwide. The coaching landscape is evolving dynamically, and to upgrade their skills and adapt to the high-octane coaching ecosystem, ICF requires that its coaches renew their ICF credentials every three years. ICF-accredited coaches receive a multitude of perks ranging from access to educational research and networking opportunities to globally recognized credentialing and accreditation services. The ICF credential renewal is intended to form a community of informed and skilled coaches who honor their commitment to professional coaching.
Are you an ICF-accredited coach? Here’s some handy information to help you know more about ICF Credential renewal.
Renewing your ICF credential – Where to Find the Expiration Date
Your ICF Credential has both issue and validity date. As of 2022, the ICF Credential needs to be renewed every 3 years. It may change in the future. You can find your credential expiration date by signing into your ICF profile . The credential information is at the bottom of your profile page under “My credentials”. Another way is to review your Credly Badge assigned by ICF. In the top right corner of your Credly Badge page, you should be able to view Issue and Expiration Date.
ICF accepts renewal applications 10 months before the expiration date as well. ICF takes at least 6-8 weeks to review the applications and may take longer depending on the volume of applications received.
What is required to renew your ICF Credential?
To renew any ICF Credential, irrespective of the level, you require a minimum of 40 hours of Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units. These 40 CCEs must be completed within 3 years from the initial award of your credential or last credential renewal. ICF requires you to complete at least 24 CCEs of these in ICF Core Competencies. The process for each ICF Credential is different and as listed below:
ACC, PCC or MCC Credential Renewal
- Submit your online credential renewal application with relevant documentation. These can be found under your “My Credentials” upon logging into ICF Profile.
- Complete at least 40 hours of CCE or Continuing Coach Education in the three years since the initial award of your credential since the last credential renewal.
- Of the 40 hours of CCEs, at least 24 CCEs must be in core competencies, and three of these hours must be in coaching ethics (keep reading to know on this).
- 10 hours of mentor coaching with an eligible mentor coach is required.
- The remaining 16 hours can be in Core competencies or Resource Development.
Note: If your mentor coach has an ACC credential, they are supposed to renew their ACC at least once.
Where to get ICF CCEs for Credential Renewal?
Up to 10 Mentor Coaching hours can be counted towards ICF-ACC Credential renewal. For ICF-PCC Credential renewal, 10 hours of Mentor Coaching (giving and receiving) can be counted towards 40 CCEs. 10 hours of coaching supervision (giving and receiving) can also be used for ICF-PCC credential renewal. These Mentor Coaching hours must be an additional 10 hours of Mentor Coaching apart from the hours completed during your initial or last credential.
Out of 40 CCEs, you have to earn at least 24 CCEs in Core Competencies. Out of these 24, 3 CCEs must be in ICF Coaching Ethics. You can earn these easily by completing ICF Ethics CCE Course online for free.
The remaining 16 CCEs can be in Resource Development or Core Competencies. Many coach training institutes offers webinars and programs that awards CCEs. Coach Transformation offers various ICF-Accredited programs and webinars, helping coaches earn more CCEs.
You can also visit ICF’s Continuing Professional Development page to know more about the kinds of training accepted for CCEs.
ICF Credential Renewals can be easy and quick with Coach Transformation. You can contact us to know more about our ICF-Accredited programs offering CCEs for Credential renewal.