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Every 3 years, ICF-accredited coaches are invited to renew their credential. One of the requirements for all 3 accreditation levels (ACC, PCC and MCC) is the completion of 40 hours of continuing professional development. The International Coaching Federation calls this Continuing Coach Education (CCE) to encourage coaches to engage in professional development targeted at their coaching skills and practice.
Not every coach knows about what the ICF considers CCE training. Yet it is important to anticipate this as 40 hours can be quite a lot of to commit to if coaches keep them until the very last moment.
In this article we are going to cover the training and developmental activities coaches can do to prepare for their ICF accreditation renewal:
ATTENDING AN ICF-APPROVED TRAINING OR EVENT
- Attending an event, webinar or training delivered by an ICF Chapter which has been approved for CCE.
- Completing a CCE-accredited training from an approved training provider.
- Attending an ICF Global event or conference which mentions CCE hours.
- Attending some classes of an ICF ACSTH or ACTP program.
For all these live events or training, you need to provide a certificate of completion or attendance which indicates the date and the amount of CCE hours.
ATTENDING A NON-APPROVED COACH TRAINING
You can also attend a coaching training or coaching workshop which haven’t been approved by the ICF. You do however need to submit more information about the format and content of the course when applying for your credential renewal. For example, you will be asked to not only provide the proof of completion and the hours you completed, but also documentation about the curriculum, summary of the classes, course handouts and materials, etc.
DOING MENTOR COACHING AND/OR SUPERVISION
If you are being mentored by an ICF-accredited coach on the ICF Core Competencies you can claim these hours as CCE.
Coaching supervision can also count towards your CCE hours.
You will also need to keep a log of all your hours as well as the name and contact details of your mentor coach and/or supervisor.
SERVING AS A COACH TRAINER OR MENTOR COACH
Great news for coaches who are trainers of an ICF-accredited training: their work as an instructor can count towards their CCE. You will just need to submit a detail of the course and the amount of hours you taught.
If you work as a Mentor Coaching or supervisor, keep a log of the hours you have mentor or supervised coaches because they do count as well.
WRITING & CONDUCTING COACHING RESEARCH
You can claim CCE hours when you have published content on coaching or peer-reviewed research. The hours should be the time you spent writing it. Content posted on social media do not count.
The ICF recognises that a lot of the learning can happen with self-paced courses and other self-study activities. You can however only count 16 hours of self-study out of the 40 hours of CCE to submit for renewal.
These self-study and self-paced activities are not about the ICF Core Competencies but still contribute to your personal or professional development as a coach, for example:
- Completing a non-coach-specific training (e.g. a course on neuroscience or psychology).
- Reading, writing and research (in a less formal way than the previous section), for which you will need to provide a summary and share how they contributed to your development as a coach.
- Completing a section of an ACTP or ACSTH approved training as self-study (e.g. watching a recording and not participating to the class).
For these activities, you will need to provide a certificate of completion and details about the name, date and hours of the event.