Get ICF Credentialed

A professional qualification recognized by
the International Coaching Federation

Taking path to obtain a credential means strengthening the credibility of the Coaching profession at international level

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What is an ICF Credential?

Pursuit of rigorous practice, recognised by global coaching organization

ICF Credential-holders are group of elite coaches who provide accountability
to clients and to the larger coaching profession.

The ICF Credential is the only globally recognized professional coaching certification. According to the 2020 Global Coaching Study, 62% of study respondents not only
are credentialed, but credentialed by ICF.

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Why is being a credentialed coach important?

Increase the credibility in the industry and build professional network

Being an ICF Credential-holder increases your credibility in the industry and helps build your professional network. You’ll join a global network of approximately 71,000 professional coaches – all with the same passion to change lives and make a difference.

According to the 2020 Global Coaching Study, the number one obstacle to the advancement
of coaching is untrained individuals. Although this industry is not regulated by any
governing body, ICF believes in the importance of training and credentialing for a few key reasons:

+ Coach practitioners are increasingly likely to agree that their clients expect coach practitioners to be certified/credentialed.

+ Almost three in four coach practitioners (74%) said they currently hold a credential or certification from a professional coaching organization, up from 70% in the 2016 study.

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ICF offers three credentials:

Associate (ACC), Professional (PCC) , and Master Certified Coach (MCC)


To earn one of these credentials, here are the basic steps:

+ Complete coach-specific training that meets ICF’s standards.

+ Achieve a designated number of coaching experience and training hours – this number varies depending on which credential you choose to pursue.

+ Partner with a Mentor Coach.

+ Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) Demonstrate appropriate understanding and mastery of ICF’s definition of coaching, Code of Ethics and Core Competencies.

Complete coach-specific training and
training hours that meets ICF’s standards


Associate Certified Coach

ACC Portfolio Path*


Professional Certified Coach

PCC Portfolio Path


Master Certified Coach

MCC Path


Training to apply

60+ Hours

125+ Hours

200+ Hours

Achieve a designated number of coaching experience

100+ Hours

Coaching experience

500+ Hours

Coaching experience

2,500+ Hours

Coaching experience

Partner with a Mentor Coach

Check out ICF Credentialing video.

ICF Credentials & Standards_PMS 716 & PM

Earn an ICF Credential.

They pursue and complete rigorous education and practice requirements that provide unquestioned legitimacy to their commitment to excellence in coaching.