To apply to an ICF ACC accreditation, you need to meet these requirements:
If you have any additional questions about the ICF credentialing process, please visit the ICF website.
The programme is highly interactive. Even during the theoretical parts when we introduce a new coaching model, your questions and comments will add to the learning experience of everyone. You will participate to discussions and activities, and most importantly you will coach. You can expect to coach and be coached twice a day most days.
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You can start coaching clients after the first day of the training if you feel confident about it.
The ICF reviews every application and will assess your coaching skills with the recording you sent them. If they do not meet the requirements of the level you are applying for, your application will be rejected.
To maximise your chances to get certified, here’s what you can do:
You can practice paid coaching in different ways. The ICF defines “paid coaching” as follows:
Yes the course is enough to practice as a coach. The ICF accreditation is not mandatory. However we strongly encourage coaches to aim for an ICF certification, which validates your training and experience, and is highly recognised and sought-after.
According to the ICF, Mentor Coaching “provides professional assistance in achieving and demonstrating the levels of coaching competency and capability demanded by the desired credential level” (source).
It is a mentoring process focused on the ICF Core Competencies and on your coaching practice to prepare you for credentialing.
Mentor Coaching is mandatory for the following paths:
It is also compulsory for ACC coaches who wish to renew their ACC credential.
We receive a lot of requests from people who completed a coach training with another provider and don’t know if they can apply for an ICF credential. Before going ahead with Mentor Coaching, you should contact your training provider directly if you are unsure about the type of training you completed.
To apply for an ACC or PCC accreditation with the ICF, candidates on the ACSTH or Portfolio paths are required to complete 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a minimum of 3 months.
If you already hold an ACC accreditation and are applying to PCC, you are required to complete an additional 10 hours of Mentor Coaching for the PCC level. You also required to do an additional 10 hours of Mentor Coaching if you wish to renew your ACC credential.
The ICF requires that a minimum of 3 of the 10 mentoring hours must be one-on-one coaching with the mentor.
The Mentor Coach must hold a valid ICF credential at the same level or higher as the one you apply for. ACC and PCC candidates can partner with a PCC accredited coach.
Check the ICF website for more information.
As a PCC-credentialed coach, I can mentor ACC and PCC applicants.
Our ICF Mentor Coaching programme offers a mix of coaching practice, feedback, peer learning and skill building. As you listen to others coach, you will pay attention the core competencies and will take away a lot for your own practice. During our individual sessions, the focus will be on you. We will listen to and debrief recorded sessions, as well as practice together.
Whether it is in a group or individual setting, we always make sure to create a space where you feel comfortable learning and practicing together.