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What is ICF Credential? How to Get ICF Certified?

Do you want to be a successful coach? Do you know ICF is the gold standard in the coaching industry? In other words, aspiring coaches who want to gain global credibility, often pursue ICF Credential. The availability of ample coach training institutes worldwide has turned millions of dreams like yours come true. But before getting there, it helps a lot if you know the basics about the organizations that offer coach credentialing and the formalities related to the same.

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In this blog, we have answered all your questions concerning ICF credential (ICF certificate). We have also shared other essential facts on ICF ACC and PCC Certification.

What is ICF?

International Coach Federation (ICF) is one of the most acclaimed global organizations that set the coaching standards and compliance within the industry. They are a global network of trained and highly skilled coaches. ICF offers independent credentials and accreditations to individuals and programs. Additionally, ICF is also known to connect the coaches within its network with all the essential resources and tools, helping them to succeed in their respective careers.

What are the Different Levels of ICF Credentials for Coaches?

The ICF provides three levels or standards of coaching accreditations which are:

  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • Master Certified Coach (MCC)

Each level/standard has further bifurcations in the form of:

  1. Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)
  2. Approved Coaching Specific Training Hours (ACSTH)
  3. Portfolio Path for Continuing Coach Education (CCE).

These are essential when applying  for credentials.

What are the Common Steps of ICF Credential?

Getting an ICF credential solidifies one’s position and credibility as a coach. Hence, your coaching training should be followed by pursuing ICF certification. It attests to a coach’s skill, knowledge, professional and ethical standards. However, earning an ICF credential will also require you as a coach to:

  1. Complete specific coach training as per ICF standards.
  2. Undergo a minimum of 10 hours of mentor coaching.
  3. Complete of the required number of coaching experience hours.
  4. Complete Performance evaluation (audio recording and written transcript of a coach session).
  5. Complete/Pass the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA).

Once you fulfill the above criteria, you can apply for ICF credential and join a global network of skilled coaches.

For more of such insightful write-ups and informative posts, feel free to visit the blogs of Coach Transformation Academy. CTA is one of the most renowned coach training institutes headquartered in Dubai, offering certified coach training programs aligned with ICF ACC, ICF PCC, and ICF MCC Credentialing. CTA is accredited by SHRM, ICF, EMCC, and CCE.

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