Renew Your ICF Credential



Everything you need to know to renew your ICF coach credential.

We hear from people all the time who waited too long and didn't understand that the renewal requirements take time to complete. You've put a lot of time, money, and energy into getting your ICF coach credential. The ICF requires every credential holder to renew every 3 years. Don't lose it!

Here's the biggest tip: start early!

This page will show you everything you need to know to renew your ICF coach credential.

  • The best kind of Core Competency training hours to choose.
  • How to meet the ethics requirement for free.
  • Mentor coaching hours for ACC renewals.
  • How to earn Resource Hours for free.
  • How to renew your credential late, up to 12 months after expiration.

Let's get started!

This is only a guide. Use the ICF's renewal page for definitive information

We make every effort to keep this information up-to-date, but the ICF sometimes adjusts their definitions and requirements with little notice. Here's the ICF's Renewal page.

Step 1: Get started early!

Completing the renewal requirements will take longer than you think. For ACC renewals only, 10 hours of qualified Mentor Coaching with an eligible Mentor Coach over a minimum of three months is required. Completing the required CCEs will take time too.

Don't wait to get started.

Step 2: Find out when your coach credential expires

Go here and look up your name to find the date of your credential expiration. If your name is listed and you're within the expiration date, move to the next step. If your name isn't listed, it could mean one of a few things:

  • Your credential expired more than 2 months ago, but you can still renew it late. See Step 3 below. 
  • Your credential expired more than 12 months ago, in which case you'd need to apply anew. See end of Step 3.
  • There's a mistake in the ICF's listing. Look for your original approval email for the expiration date, or write the ICF Credentials & Standards folks and ask them.

Step 3: ACC, PCC, and MCC renewal requirements

For credentials that have not yet expired:
40 hours of Continuing Coach Education (CCE) in the three years since the initial award of your credential or since your last credential renewal. Of the 40 hours of CCEs required:

  1. At least 24 CCEs must be in Core Competencies. At least 3 of these hours must be in coaching ethics. 
  2. For ACC renewal only, 10 hours of Mentor Coaching with an eligible Mentor Coach over a minimum of three months in the three years since the initial award of your credential or since your last credential renewal.
  3. The remaining 16 hours can be in Resource Development or Core Competencies.

For credentials that have expired: (skip to Step 4 if your credential hasn't expired)
If you were unable to submit your credential renewal application by its expiration date, ICF provides a two-month grace period during which time your credential will remain active.

However, if you are unable to submit your credential renewal application by the end of the 60-day grace period your credential will lapse, and you will not hold an active credential. You will still have an additional 10 months to renew your credential, but you will need to provide additional CCEs for each lapsed month.

Below is the list of CCE’s required by month when submitted following expiration date:

  • Application submitted in the first month following expiration date: grace period – 40 CCE units (Minimum of 24 must be Core Competencies)
  • Application submitted in the second month following expiration date: grace period – 40 CCE units (Minimum of 24 must be Core Competencies)
  • Application submitted in the third month following expiration date: 41.2 CCE units (Minimum of 24.72 must be Core Competencies)
  • Application submitted in the fourth month following expiration date: 42.4 CCE unit (Minimum of 25.44 must be Core Competencies)
  • Application submitted in the fifth month following expiration date: 43.6 CCE units (Minimum of 26.16 must be Core Competencies)
  • Application submitted in the sixth month following expiration date: 44.8 CCE units (Minimum of 26.88 must be Core Competencies)
  • Application submitted in the seventh month following expiration date: 46 CCE units (Minimum of 27.6 must be Core Competencies)
  • Application submitted in the eighth month following expiration date: 47.2 CCE units (Minimum of 28.32 must be Core Competencies)
  • Application submitted in the ninth month following expiration date: 48.4 CCE units (Minimum of 29.04 must be Core Competencies)
  • Application submitted in the tenth month following expiration date: 49.6 CCE units (Minimum of 29.76 must be Core Competencies)
  • Application submitted in the eleventh month following expiration date: 50.8 CCE units (Minimum of 30 must be Core Competencies)
  • Application submitted in the twelfth month following expiration date: 52 CCE units (Minimum of 31.2 must be Core Competencies)

Once a full year has passed from the expiration date of the credential it is now fully expired. In order to reinstate your ICF Credential, you will be required to submit a new credential application rather than completing a credential renewal application.

Step 4: Take the most efficient Core Competency CCEs

Here's a renewal power tip: gather CCEs for your renewal that will also help you reach your next coach credential.

If you have an ACC up for renewal, you could collect various workshop and seminar CCEs. Or you could take classes that are directly part of completing your PCC requirements with the new Level 2 Certificate. The advantage here is, Level 2 training hours count as both Core Competency CCEs (for your renewal) and Level 2 training hours (for your PCC). Once you complete a Level 2 Certificate program, you can use the fastest, easiest, and least expensive ICF PCC application pathway. 

Here's what this would look like for those with an ACC:

In our Level 2 Certificate Program, there are 4 courses and an assessment, on top of an ACC. Each course is 15 training hours. Most people renew their ACC once or twice before they've coached 500 total client hours to apply for a PCC. If on your first ACC renewal you take two of our Level 2 classes, one of which is Coaching Excellence for PCC (Mentor Coaching), you'll have 30 Core Competency CCEs and you'll be nearly halfway done with your additional PCC requirements. Not only that, you'll have advanced your coaching skills towards a PCC. 

Take a look at the Level 2 Professional Coach Certificate Program and its courses. All count as Core Competencies.

What qualifies as mentor coaching?

Coaches applying to renew their ACC Credential are required to complete an additional 10 hours of Mentor Coaching above those hours required for their initial credential. These hours must be completed in the three years since the initial award of the credential or since the last credential renewal, and must take place over the course of at least three months.

Get mentor coaching that will move you to a PCC skill level. There's a large gap between ACC and PCC. It takes expert help and feedback to get to that level. If you're investing time, money, and energy into your mentor coaching, get the best. Our Coaching Excellence for PCC (Mentor Coaching) course earns 15 training hours, while doing 10 mentor coaching hours.

Step 5: Take 3 ICF Ethics hours

All ICF Credential-holders are required to demonstrate completion of at least three CCEs in the area of coaching ethics to be eligible for renewal of their ICF Credentials. 

Step 6: Take remaining CCEs in Resource Development or Core Competencies

For your remaining CCEs, you can take additional courses from our Level 2 program, or you can take what the ICF calls Resource Development. Resource Development is any learning that falls outside of the ICF Core Competencies, but still contributes to a coach’s professional development (e.g., personal development, coaching tools or personality and productivity assessments, business building, etc.).

The ICF lists many options and how to document them on this page. Scroll down to "Accepted CCE Sources" and click on the Self-Paced Study and Other tabs.

Step 7: Submit your renewal

Head back to the ICF's Renewal page and click on the Sample Renewal PDF to see how to submit your documentation. 

Step 8: Let us know when you renew or get a new credential

We want to celebrate with you! Email us or click on the green "Got a question?" button to let us know. We'll mark your credential and new expiration date in our records so we can assist you in the future.

Have Questions? Join the next ICF credential call


FROM KEITH WEBB

Keith WebbIf you're a Christian leader and want to multiply your impact, we can help. I developed The COACH Model® and our ICF-approved Christian coaching training to help you achieve organizational results while simultaneously developing people.

Since 2005, we led leadership development and coaching processes in more than 30 countries from over 350 organizations. In the past 3 years, we trained more than 10,000 leaders in coaching skills.

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