Getting ICF Credential

If you want to get your ICF credential you need to have:

 Training hours on ICF accredited coach training program (ACSTH and ACTP):

Completion of modules 1 to 4 of Erickson College training “The Art & Science of Coaching” fulfills ACSTH requirements only;

Completion of module 5 of the same training is required to complete the ICF ACTP standard.
Coaching hours

Coaching hour with the clients outside of your coach training program.

75% hours needs to be paid.

Coaching hours that you get as part of your job are considered as paid.

You can document your coaching hours in a table that contains following data (please double check on ICF website if this is the form that fully fits their criteria)
Name & Last name Email Paid / Not paid Number of coaching hours Time frame Comment
 Mentoring hours

In the table below you find different ways how you can get your mentoring hours.
Performance evaluation (only for PCC and MCC)

This is test of your coaching skills. It requires two audio recordings and written transcripts of
coaching sessions.
Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA)

All credential applicants must complete a Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) consisting of multiple-choice questions. The CKA is only required to be completed one time.

Holders of the ICF Credential should be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of
▪ ICF definition of coaching,
▪ Core Competencies and
▪ Code of Ethics
Credential Level  Training (h)  Coaching (h)  ICF path Mentoring sessions Performance evaluation  CKA
 ACC  60   100   Path 1: ACSTH  10   No  Yes
Path 2: ACTP   TASC m5 No Yes 
 125  750 or 500  Path 1: ACSTH  10    Yes   Yes
Path 2: ACTP   TASC m5 No Yes
MCC 200   2500 Only one option  10  Yes Yes 


ACSTH – Approved Coaching Specific Training Hours – Erickson Training “The Art & Science of Coaching” modules 1 to 4 fulfills ACSTH requirements.

ACTP – Accredited Coach Training Program – Erickson Training “The Art & Science of Coaching” module 5 fulfills ACTP requirements.

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Maintaining ICF Credential

ICF maintains high standards for professional coaches worldwide, and requires ICF Credentials to be renewed every 3 years. In order to get your credential renewed you need:

Participation in at least 40 hours of Continuing Coach Education (CCE) completed in the three years since the initial award of your credential or since your last credential renewal, with at least 24 hours in ICF Core Competencies.

For ACC renewals only, an additional 10 hours of Mentor Coaching above those hours required for initial credential, completed in the three years since the initial award of your credential or since your last credential renewal.

Continuing Coach Education (CCE)

If coach training program is CCE ICF accredited that means that the hours on that training program can be used for ICF credential renewal. “PCM Coach” is that type of coach training program. CCE accredited training programs usually contain hours for Core Competencies and Resource Development.

Core Competencies: Advanced coach training, writing, or research directly related to ICF Core Competencies.

Resource Development: Training, writing, research, or self-study outside of the ICF Core Competencies that contributes to the professional development of a coach.