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ICF Update: Support for Credential Applicants

written byErickson Coaching Internationalon 07/05/2020

With the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, our world will need coaches and coaching more than ever before. If you planned to apply for an International Coach Federation (ICF) Credential in 2020, the global pandemic has the potential to be enormously disruptive and derail you from achieving your goal. The ICF has put some temporary changes in place to help keep applicants on track to achieving their credentialing goals.

To support coaches on their professional journey while continuing to ensure the highest standards for the credentialing process, the ICF Credentials and Standards Global Board has approved three temporary measures to support coaches in 2020. These changes go into effect immediately.

1. Extending Client Coaching Experience Recency Requirements for ACC and PCC Applicants

  • If you apply for your ACC or PCC by December 31, 2020, your recency requirement for experience hours will be extended from 18 to 24 months.
  • For ACC applicants, this means that at least 25 hours of coaching experience must have taken place within 24 months of submitting your application.
  • For PCC applicants, this means that at least 50 hours of coaching experience must have taken place within 24 months of submitting your application.

2. Increasing the Proportion of Eligible Pro Bono Coaching Hours by 20%

If you apply for an ICF Credential by December 31, 2020, you will also be eligible to count a higher proportion of pro bono coaching hours toward your experience requirements. This means:

  • ACC applicants can count 30 hours of pro bono coaching toward their experience requirement (up from 25 hours).
  • PCC applicants can count 60 hours of pro bono coaching toward their experience requirement (up from 50 hours).
  • MCC applicants can count 300 hours of pro bono coaching toward their experience requirement (up from 250 hours).

3. Capping Continuing Coach Education requirements for coaches whose ICF Credentials expired on December 31, 2019.

  • For coaches whose ICF Credentials expired December 31, 2019, the ICF is capping the Continuing Coach Education requirement at 41.2 CCE units (at least 24.72 units in Core Competencies). This is the number of CCE units required to renew a credential after a one-month lapse. Coaches will still be required to complete at least three of their Core Competencies units in coaching ethics. They can obtain these hours by completing ICF’s free online course.
  • Upon renewal, December 31, 2022 will be the new expiration date for these coaches’ credentials. They will still be required to submit at least 40 Continuing Coach Education units (24 in Core Competencies), completed between December 1, 2020, and December 31, 2022, during their next renewal cycle.

To learn more about these temporary changes and how to pursue an ICF Credential, visit the ICF website