Individual Credentialing

For over a decade, the International Coach Federation has been leading the development of professional coaching. More than 11,000 coaches have participated in one of ICF’s three credentialing programs, gaining coaching expertise and professional fulfillment. With an ICF Credential, coaches demonstrate not only knowledge and skill, but also a commitment to high professional standards and a strong code of ethics.

Anyone serious about building or maintaining a coaching business should pursue ICF Credentials and become part of this well-respected group that has chosen to regulate itself and provide accountability to clients and the coaching profession as a whole.

All ICF Credentialed Coaches complete rigorous education and practice requirements, providing testimony to their commitment to excellence in coaching.

The mission of the ICF Credentialing program is to:

  • Protect and serve consumers of coaching services
  • Measure and certify competence of individuals
  • Inspire pursuit of continuous development

Research Proves the Advantages of Having a Credential

ICF research has revealed several reasons coaches benefit from getting a credential. According to the 2012 ICF Global Coaching Study, credentialed coaches reported a higher-than-average income worldwide compared to non-credentialed-coaches, with the exception of the Middle East and Africa. According to the 2010 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study, clients who worked with an ICF Credentialed Coach were more likely to be satisfied with their coaching experience and recommend coaching to others. In the 2010 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study, 84 percent of adult consumers who had experienced a coaching relationship reported that it was important for coaches to hold a credential.

Become Credentialed

The ICF offers three credentials:

  • the Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • the Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • the Master Certified Coach (MCC)

When applying for the ACC or PCC, you must determine if you are qualified to apply via the ACTP or portfolio path. There is only one application path for the MCC.

Find out more about your credential and the credentialing process here.