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ICF Certification

ICF Certification

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. 

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.

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.


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ICF Recognized Credentials

The ICF offers three credentials: Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and Master Certified Coach (MCC). To earn an ICF Credential, a coach must:

  • Complete coach-specific training that meets ICF’s standards.
  • Achieve a designated number of coaching experience hours.
  • Partner with a Mentor Coach.
  • Demonstrate appropriate understanding and mastery of the ICF definition of coaching, Code of Ethics and Core Competencies

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.

To learn more about becoming an ICF Certified Coach, please visit the ICF website

Why Become ICF Certified?

Whether you are just exploring the idea of becoming a coach, or already on your way towards completing your coach training, you may be wondering whether you will need to get certified with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as a professional coach. Most applicants start off with the ACC credential as it takes some time to accumulate the number of coaching hours required for PCC and MCC levels.

Did you know that:

“84% of adult consumers who had experienced a coaching relationship reported that it was important for coaches to hold a credential” – 2010 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study

Our ICF-accredited core coach training program The Art & Science of Coaching fulfills all of the ICF’s educational and practicum requirements. Our powerful curriculum is designed to prepare and support you through the entire ICF application process.

Real Feedback From Our Students

“Erickson’s ICF coach training gave me a powerful new way to listen and engage with clients that gives incredible access to results. Combined with the Passion into Profit Course, coaching is now more than a passion for me; in about six months of hard work, I have now replaced my physiotherapy practice with a full-time Career and Transitional Coaching.” – Mark Marcynuk, Professional Career & Transitional Coach

“After years in international business consulting followed by a career as an MBA prof, it was nice to be able to get my ICF certification from a company that had a global appeal. When I started with Erickson, I never envisioned that I would end up having an international coaching network and clients from around the globe.” – Dr. Steven Purse, Ph.D, Professional & Career Coach

If you would like to contact us directly, our enrollment advisors are all certified professional coaches, and will be happy to help you in your decision-making process.