Coaching has turned into a $2 billion a year industry. The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the largest coaching association in the world with more than 27,000 members in 120 countries. The ICF began in 1995 and has created rigorous coaching and ethical standards. It certifies individual coaches and coach training programs.
My name is Keith Webb, and I have worked with the ICF for years as a chapter board member in Singapore and Seattle, and more recently as the ICF Washington State Chapter President. The ICF's coaching standards are strict.
All of our coaching training is approved by the ICF as Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH). As an approved program, all 165 hours of our training meets the ICF's strict professional coach training standards.
More than 180 ministry leaders we have trained have gone on to receive their ICF coach credential. You can too.
The ICF awards a series of individual credentials: Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Master Certified Coach (MCC). Each level has training and client coaching requirements.
I'll focus on the first level, the Associate Certified Coach (ACC). After completing 60 hours of our coaching training, 10 hours of mentor-coaching, and coaching 100 client hours you may apply for the ACC credential via the ACC ACSTH Path.
The very easiest, and most robust way to an ICF ACC is through our All-In-One ICF ACC™ program in the Coaching Mastery Certificate Program. Or you build with The Coaching Workshop and 3 or 4 telephone Electives topped off with Coaching Excellence (Mentor-Coaching). What's the difference between the tracks? Coach Mastery is for those who will coach regularly and want the most in-depth training. The Coaching Workshop track is for those who want to integrate coaching skills into their leadership roles, or can't get to one of the Coaching Mastery programs. I compare them further here.
If you previously took the Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program, here is your pathway forward:
Here are all the ICF's requirements. For all the details, the definitions, exceptions, who if's, etc, read the latest requirements for the ACC application on the ICF website: www.coachfederation.org
|ACC ACSTH Application*|
|Coach Specific Training||60 hours. If you began our training after September 2011, then it is Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH). Use the ACC ASCTH Application.|
|Work with a mentor-coach||Completion of 10 hours with a qualified mentor-coach. Click here for Coaching Excellence (Mentor-Coaching). Coaching Mastery All-in-One includes the necessary mentor-coaching.
Client Coaching Log documenting:
|Performance Evaluation & Transcript||Not required if all the training hours you submit to the ICF are ACSTH. From July 31, 2018 ACSTH ACC applicants are required to submit a recording and transcript of a live coaching session.|
|Coach Knowledge Assessment||A multiple-choice, Web-based exam on the ICF Core Competencies and Ethics.|
|ICF Fees||$300 for ICF Members, $500 for ICF non-members.|
* If you started CORE before September 2011, use ACC Portfolio Application. Check your profile to download a training log that will meet the ICF's requirements for verifying the content of the training. If you started training with Creative Results Management after September 2011, and you'll turn in just our training hours. All your training hours are ICF-approved as ACSTH in Core Competencies. Use the ACSTH Pathway application.