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Becoming a professional coach starts with training.

The International Coach Federation (ICF) requires 60 hours of training to become a member.  In addition to membership, the ICF offers credentialing - think about it this way: becoming a member of the ICF is much like getting a degree, and then earning a credential is much like getting a masters or doctorate level degree.

For other professionals coach training often supports existing careers:

At the Center for Coaching Certification three different levels of training programs (Professional, Master, Specialist) are offered to give you options with your time and budget, and also the level of training based on your plans for coaching.

The first training program is the ICF-approved Certified Professional Coach - a 30 hour program that serves to initiate people into the coaching competencies and develop coaching skills, plus provide a process.

The second level is the ICF-approved Certified Master Coach program totaling 35 hours (the Certified Professional Coach program is a prerequisite).  The Certified Master Coach combined with the Certified Professional Coach completes the 60 hours required for membership in the ICF, and also the hours required for the first level of credentialing.  The Certified Master Coach program is a deeper dive into the competencies and takes your coaching expertise to a more advanced level.

For those interested in additional training for more specific specialization and for advanced credentialing with the ICF, the Certified Coach Specialist programs provide the training focused specifically coaching areas and the Coaching Practicum class offers additional training hours.  The prerequisite is 60 hours of coach training or membership in the ICF.

 

Certified Professional Coach

The ICF-approved 30-hour Certified Professional Coach program is offered in either online with a face-to-face program or completely online.  The core content is based on the ICF's 11 Core Competencies of a coach. 

Process to enroll in the Certified Professional Coach program:

  1. Complete the application at https://www.coachcert.com/training/certified-professional-coach/apply-now.html
  2. Submit the registration fee of $1695 at https://www.coachcert.com/training/certified-professional-coach/purchase-page.html
  3. Add CenterforCoachingCertification.com and to your contact list and safe sender list so you can receive all emails.
  4. Watch your email! The “welcome” email will have a Learner’s Guide and the 11 Core Competencies handout attached.

 

Certified Master Coach

The ICF-approved 35-hour Certified Master Coach program is designed to further develop the 11 Core Competencies of a coach and prepare you for the Coach Knowledge Assessment required for credentialing with the ICF.  The complete program is online.

Process to enroll in the Certified Master Coach program:

  1. Satisfactorily complete the Certified Professional Coach program.
  2. Complete the application at https://www.coachcert.com/training/certified-master-coach/apply-master-coach.html
  3. Submit the registration fee of $1895 at https://www.coachcert.com/purchase-page.html
  4. Watch your email! The “welcome” email will have a Learner’s Guide and the 11 Core Competencies handout attached.

 

Process to become a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF):

  1. Review the Membership Requirements at http://www.coachfederation.org/join/landing.cfm?ItemNumber=984&navItemNumber=563  Specifically, you must either hold an ICF Credential, have completed 60 hours of training, or be enrolled in 60 hours of training (the Certified Professional Coach and Certified Master Coach programs combined provide the 60 hours of training required).
  2. Complete the application at https://apps.coachfederation.org/eweb/dynamicpage.aspx?webcode=ICFAdd_New_User_Start
  3. Submit the membership fee to the ICF as required by the ICF.

 

Mentor Coaching

The ICF requires 10 hours of Mentor Coaching following very specific parameters.  For those pursuing the ACC credential the Center for Coaching Certification offers an ACC Mentor Coaching package - click here for details.

 

Process to Earn the ACC, PCC, or MCC Credential with the ICF

Earning a credential with the ICF requires five steps:

  1. Complete the required training hours.
  2. Following the start of your coach training complete the required coaching hours including the appropriate number of paid hours and number of clients.
  3. Complete the required Mentor Coaching hours.
  4. Submit your application to the ICF including your list of coaching clients.
  5. Take the Coach Knowledge Assessment with the ICF.

The ICF explains the process for earning a credential at http://coachfederation.org/credential/?navItemNumber=502

For additional details on each credential click here: ACC, PCC, MCC

 

Certified Coach Specialist

The ICF-approved 35-hour Certified Coach Specialist programs are advanced training for coaches based on your area of interest. Serving to further advance skills and expertise, the purpose of these programs is to offer the additional training required for PCC or ACC credentialing and also as continuing education for members of the ICF.  The core content is the same with the examples and discussion designed to focus on the specific area of coaching.  Options include:

Process to enroll in the Certified Coach Specialist program:

  1. Satisfactorily complete the Certified Professional Coach and Certified Master Coach program OR Be a member of the International Coach Federation.
  2. Complete the application at http://www.coachcert.com/advanced-coach-training/apply-advanced-coach.html
  3. Submit the registration fee of $1995 at http://www.coachcert.com/purchase-page.html
  4. Watch your email! The “welcome” email will have a Learner’s Guide and more.

 

Coaching Practicum Class

The ICF-approved 30-hour Coaching Practicum class is advanced training for coaches seeking additional practice and/or additional training hours for a higher level credential. Serving to further advance skills and expertise, the purpose of the practicum class is to offer the additional practice time, the training hours required for PCC or ACC credentialing, and also as continuing education for members of the ICF.

Process to enroll in the Coaching Practicum class:

  1. Satisfactorily complete the Certified Professional Coach and Certified Master Coach program OR Be a member of the International Coach Federation.
  2. Complete the application at http://www.coachcert.com/advanced-coach-training/apply-advanced-coach.html
  3. Submit the registration fee of $1995 at http://www.coachcert.com/purchase-page.html
  4. Watch your email! The “welcome” email will have a Learner’s Guide and more.

 

To learn more, watch the videos on Coaching Certification and on ICF Membership and Credentialing on our YouTube channel.

 

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Offering quality coach training on the 11 Core Competencies of a Coach, the Center for Coaching Certification (CCC) is the only ICF-approved program accredited by IACET to offer CEUs. CCC provides professional support with a robust suite of tools, post-graduate opportunities and support, and free continuing education.

 

The Center for Coaching Certification is your best choice for ICF-approved coaching certification with CEU credits, resources, post-graduate opportunities, and free continuing education.

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