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Step 2: Find Coaching Education

Building upon your skillset is an integral part of your coaching journey.

We understand – it’s important for you to become the best coach you can be. By choosing educational opportunities from ICF-accredited coaching organizations, you can be confident that you are getting high-quality coaching education. Though ICF does not directly offer education for becoming a coach, we accredit organizations that deliver coaching education and offer professional development for practiced coaches.

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What level of accredited coaching education is best for you?

Please Note: ICF’s accreditation structure is currently evolving, creating a more comprehensive model to continue moving coaching education into the future. Please review the information below in accordance with your education needs. On January 7, 2022, the Legacy Accreditations will retire, with the Updated Accreditations effective January 10, 2022.

Legacy Accreditations
Retire January 7, 2022

Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)

From Mentor Coaching, observed coaching sessions and a comprehensive final exam that will evaluate your coaching competency, ICF ACTP is considered an all-inclusive coach training program!

 

It includes a minimum of 125 hours of coach-specific training, including comprehensive instruction around the ICF Core Competencies, Code of Ethics and the ICF definition of coaching. 

 

Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH)

Often considered an a la carte coach training program, an ICF ACSTH program includes a minimum of 30 hours of coach-specific training, including instruction around the ICF Core Competencies and observed coaching sessions. 

 

Continuing Coach Education (CCE)

Intended for coaches who already have ICF Credentials or who have completed basic coach training, a CCE program may include advanced coach training that directly relates to or expands upon the ICF Core Competencies!

 

A CCE program may also include training in skills that contribute to your professional development, such as personal development, coaching assessments, tools, business building, or other materials falling outside of the ICF Core Competencies.

Updated Accreditations
Effective January 10, 2022

Level 1 (formerly ACSTH)

This accreditation requires between 60 and 124 contact learning hours and is designated as ACC-accredited Education. Graduates from a Level 1 education and training program may apply for the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) Credential using the Level 1 application path if they meet the credentialing application requirements.

 

Level 2 (formerly ACTP)

This accreditation requires between 125-175 contact learning hours and is designated as PCC-accredited Education. Graduates from a Level 2 education and training program may apply for the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) Credential using the Level 2 application path if they meet the credentialing application requirements.

Level 3
This accreditation is brand new. It requires 75 contact learning hours and is designated as MCC-accredited Education. Graduates from a Level 3 education and training program may apply for the Master Certified Coach (MCC) Credential using the Level 3 application path if they meet the credentialing application requirements.

Updated Continuing Coach Education (CCE)

CCE accreditations are designed for supplemental and continuing education for those wishing to acquire new learning and professional development. No singular program may exceed 40 clock hours. CCE-accredited education should not be used for initial learning or original credential applications.

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