Why should I certify as a coach?
The ICF certification process includes 3 levels, organized at global level. For each level, the future coach must follow a number of hours and demonstrate a minimum experience.
- ACC or Associate Certified Coach: 60 hours of training for coaching and 100 hours of practice
- PCC or Professional Certified Coach: 125 hours of training and 500 hours practice
- MCC or Master Certified Coach: 200 hours of training and 2500 hours of practice
According to the chosen level (ACC, PCC or MCC), the coach will have to introduce a file (portfolio) and pass a test (a recorded coaching session and a written exam) with the ICF.
These exams are available in English, French and German. Unlike the academic qualifications which validate a training level, ICF certification validates updated levels for training and experience. To maintain its validity, the certification process must be renewed every 3 years.
Future coaches who have already followed a partial route with an ICF accredited school (without certification in this context) or have been trained in coaching at a non-accredited school, must prove that the training was focused on coaching in accordance with the 11 skills of the coach defined by ICF.
Overview per level
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Moreover, with the ICF certification you will ensure your prospective customers that you are a professional and experienced coach who respects a well-defined code of ethics.