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ICF Certification

ICF Certification

  • Getting a professional ICF accreditation is integral to your coaching career. We have made the process as simple as possible for you.

Your Commitment to Coaching

Obtaining your coach certification with the ICF (International Coach Federation) shows potential clients your commitment to the coaching profession and builds your industry-wide credibility. A few factors why coaching certification is important:

  • 84% of clients value certification as a professional standard of quality assurance
  • Certified coaches have higher income than non-certified coaches
  • Clients who work with certified coaches report better satisfaction and are more likely to recommend their coach to others

By regulating standards, skills and core competencies for coach training, the ICF ensures that life coaches, business coaches, and executive coaches are experienced, reliable professionals who abide by a strict code of ethics. There are three levels of coaching certification that ICF offers - ACC, PCC and MCC and you can read about each level below on this page.

As a globally-recognized and ICF-accredited coach training institution, Erickson's coach training programs are highly regarded as exceeding the rigorous standards of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and producing highly-qualified coaches. Since obtaining ICF certification is integral to your coaching career, we have made the path to certification as simple as possible. 

Learn how Erickson prepares you for successful ICF Certification as a life coach, business or executive coach by clicking the link below. 

Erickson Path to ICF Certification

Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)

As an Accredited Coach Training program, The Art & Science of Coaching fulfills all of the ICF’s educational and practicum requirements and supports you through the entire ICF application process.

Note: Completion of Modules I – IV of The Art & Science of Coaching fulfills ACSTH requirements only; Module V is required to complete the ACTP.

Erickson has gone through a rigorous process of accreditation with the ICF and is one of a select few to achieve the impressive designation of Accredited Coach Training Program. Accredited programs are continuously reviewed and evaluated for excellence in curricula, core competencies, faculty, structure, proficiency, and ethics to support the highest quality coach training.

Attend an Upcoming Online Webinar to Learn More About ICF Certification and How Our Program Can Get You There

ICF Recognized Credentials

ICF ACCICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC)

With the completion of all five Modules of The Art & Science of Coaching, you will have accomplished 4 out of 6 of the ICF requirements for your Associate Coach Certificate. All that remains for you to do is:

  • Log 100 coaching hours (at least 75 hours must be with paying clients) with a minimum of 8 clients
  • Purchase ICF membership

Beginning October 1, 2016, at 12 a.m. (New York), all ACC applicants will be required to complete 100 hours of client-coaching experience following the start of their coach-specific training. Furthermore, at least 25 of these hours must occur within the 18 months prior to submitting the application for the credential. ACC applicants will still be required to have a minimum of 8 clients and 75 paid client-coaching experience hours.

ICF PCCICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC)

With completion of all five Modules of The Art & Science of Coaching, and the Associate Coach Certification requirements, you are well on your way to your Professional Certified Coach designation. All that remains is for you to:

  • Log 750 coaching hours (at least 675 hours must be with paying clients) with a minimum of 25 clients
  • Purchase ICF membership

Effective October 1, 2016 at 12 a.m. (New York), all PCC applicants will be required to log 500 hours (450 paid) of coaching experience with at least 25 clients following the start of their coach-specific training. At least 50 of these hours must occur within the 18 months prior to submitting the application for the credential.

ICF MCCICF Master Certified Coach (MCC)

In order to obtain the ICF’s Master Certified Coach designation, coaches must meet additional criteria to become an expert coach:

  • Log 2,500 coaching hours (at least 2,250 must be with paying clients)
  • Complete 10 hours of Mentor Coaching
  • Performance evaluation (two audio recordings and written transcripts of coaching sessions)
  • Complete the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) – unless previously passed when applying for ACC or PCC designations
  • Purchase ICF Membership

Having an ICF recognized credential enhances your credibility and reassures potential clients that you are an experienced and professional coach. It demonstrates that you stand by a strong code of ethics, and have a high knowledge and applied skill level of coaching tools. Coaching certification also reinforces the integrity of the coaching profession both nationally and internationally.