You want to become an ICF credentialed coach. Congratulations!
The ICF values excellence in the coaching world and has been the leading standard setter since the inception of professional coaching.
Holding an ICF credential is an enriching journey. It means that you have met the highest coaching standards and have been trained by a quality program.
The ICF has two credentialing paths for newer and seasoned coaches. They also outline three levels of coaching ability: foundational, proficiency, and mastery.
This overview gives you a summary of what to consider and how to determine which path is a better fit for you.
LEVEL ONE: ACC
The ICF has the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) level. In the coaching world, this is comparable to having a bachelor’s degree in coaching.
ACC programs provide the foundation of coaching and give you enough basics to add coaching to another profession skillfully.
For example, if you are an HR Director and want to embed coaching into conversations with employees or a team process, then the ACC-level training is perfect for your situation.
Another example of adding coaching skills to an already existing career is when consultants realize a client’s mindset is impeding progress. In this scenario, adding basic coaching skills helps the consultant up-level their client’s capacity for success.
LEVEL TWO: PCC
The next level up is the Professional Certified Coach (PCC). This level would be equivalent to a master’s degree in the coaching world. PCC is the most sought-after level of training.
The ICF considers PCC-level training to be the complete coach training program. This level teaches more advanced coaching skills and prepares you to contract with private clients.
Your skills are evaluated at this training level, and you are given feedback, so you know if you are meeting quality coaching standards.
This level of training is the perfect path if you wish to establish yourself as a professional coach, launch a coaching business, and contract with private clients or companies.
LEVEL THREE: MCC
The highest level is the Master Certified Coach (MCC). In the coaching world, holding an MCC credential would be akin to having a doctorate in coaching.
MCC is an option once you have been a professional coach for years, completed 2500 hours of professional coaching, and attended a level three training.
Which path is best for me? To determine which path is the best fit for you, consider which of these scenarios apply to you.
A Professional Growing a Private Clientele:
Managers, Directors & HR Professionals:
Leaders Fostering a Coaching Culture:
Psychologists, Physicians & Therapists:
You can review our ACC program here and PCC level program here.