To become a member of the
International Coach Federation you must meet at least one of the
A. Hold a current ICF Credential (ACC, PCC, or MCC);
Have completed at least 60 hours of coach-specific training that meets ICF standards.*See what
qualifies as coach-specific training below; or
Be enrolled in 60 hours of coach-specific training in an ICF-approved program
that has either the Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) or Approved
Coach-Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) distinction. *For new members only.
Of the 60
hours required, at least 48 of the hours must be:
Student contact hours – clock hours spent in synchronous (real-time)
interactions between faculty and students. This may include time spent in
direct instruction (voice-to-voice or in-person training), real-time
discussions, observation and feedback of practice coaching sessions, and mentoring
Coach-specific training developed and delivered based on the ICF Core Competencies (all 11 ICF Core Competencies
must be covered). See the core competencies below;
Of the 60
hours required, no more than 12 of the hours may be:
Homework/Independent Study – clock hours spent outside of real-time interaction
between faculty and students (asynchronous). These may include outside reading,
writing, research, journaling, and various other activities that may occur
outside of the synchronous setting. All asynchronous hours must be part of the
training program and require some method of validating that the activity was
completed by the student.
that is accepted as coach-specific training:
Training from an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) or a program that has
received the ICF Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH)
Training from a Continuing Coach Education (CCE) Provider, subject to these
All hours approved in Core Competencies will be accepted.
A maximum of 12 hours outside of the Core Competencies will be accepted.
Training that is specifically marketed as teaching coaching skills
or teaches how to apply technical skills in a coach-like manner and
teaches coaching skills in accordance with the ICF Core Competencies.
that is not accepted as coach-specific training:
Training that is marketed as teaching other skills, even though the skills can
be used by a coach in some manner.
Personal development courses
Education in other areas such as psychology, counseling, NLP, etc., does not
count as coach-specific training unless it was actually taught as coach training
and from an ICF Core Competencies’ perspective
coaching classes does not count as coach-specific training unless:
The applicant created the class
The applicant also taught the class
The training otherwise meets the definition of coach-specific training
If all three of the
above apply, the class may be counted only one time, not each time that the
same class was delivered.
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