For over a decade, the International Coach Federation has been leading the development of professional coaching. More than 11,000 coaches have participated in one of ICF's three credentialing programs, gaining coaching expertise and professional fulfillment. With an ICF Credential, coaches demonstrate not only knowledge and skill, but also a commitment to high professional standards and a strong code of ethics.

Anyone serious about building or maintaining a coaching business should pursue ICF Credentials and become part of this well-respected group that has chosen to regulate itself and provide accountability to clients and the coaching profession as a whole.

All ICF Credentialed Coaches complete rigorous education and practice requirements, providing testimony to their commitment to excellence in coaching.

The mission of the ICF Credentialing program is to:

◊  Protect and serve consumers of coaching services
◊  Measure and certify competence of individuals
◊  Inspire pursuit of continuous development

Research Proves the Advantages of Having a Credential

ICF research has revealed several reasons coaches benefit from getting a credential. According to the 2012 ICF Global Coaching Study, credentialed coaches reported a higher-than-average income worldwide compared to non-credentialed-coaches, with the exception of the Middle East and Africa. According to the 2010 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study, clients who worked with an ICF Credentialed Coach were more likely to be satisfied with their coaching experience and recommend coaching to others. In the 2010 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study, 84 percent of adult consumers who had experienced a coaching relationship reported that it was important for coaches to hold a credential.

The ICF offers three credentials:

the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) Credential is for the practiced coach. The ACC requires a minimum of 100 hours of client coaching experience.
the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) is for the proven coach. The PCC requires a minimum of 750 hours of client coaching experience
the Master Certified Coach (MCC) Credential is for the expert coach. the MCC requires, among other requirements, a minimum of 2500 hours of client coaching experience

Find more detailed information about ICF Credentialing on the ICF Global site.

Core Coaching Competencies

The Eleven Core Coaching Competencies were developed to support greater understanding about the skills and approaches used within today's coaching profession as defined by the International Coach Federation. These competencies and the ICF definition were also used as the foundation for the ICF Credentialing process examination.

Find more detailed information about the Eleven ICF Core Coaching Competencies on the ICF Global site.