Renew Your Credential

ICF maintains high standards for professional coaches worldwide, and requires ICF Credentials to be renewed every three years

Renewal Requirements

  • Submission of the online credential renewal application with appropriate documentation. Upon purchase, a link to the credential renewal application will be emailed to you.
  • For coaches whose ACC Credential will expire December 31, 2018:
    • 10 hours of Mentor Coaching completed in the three years since the initial award of your credential or since your last credential renewal.*
    • Participation in at least 30 hours of Continuing Coach Education (CCE) completed in the three years since the initial award of your credential or since your last credential renewal
      • At least 11 hours must be in Core Competencies.**
      • At least three (3) hours must be in coaching ethics. (Coaches can obtain coaching ethics hours by completing ICF’s free online course.)
      • Remaining hours can be in Resource Development.
  • For coaches whose ACC Credential expired December 31, 2017:
    • 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.
      • At least 21 hours must be in Core Competencies.
      • At least three (3) hours must be in coaching ethics. (Coaches can obtain coaching ethics hours by completing ICF’s free online course.)
      • Remaining hours can be in Resource Development.
    • An additional 10 hours of Mentor Coaching above those hours required for your initial credential, completed in the three years wince the initial award of your credential or since your last credential renewal.

*For coaches whose credentials expire December 31, 2018, or later: Beginning August 1, 2018, if your Mentor Coach holds an ACC Credential, they will be required to have completed at least one full, three-year cycle of their ACC Credential with renewal. Any Mentor Coaching for ACC renewal taking place on or after August 1 must be delivered by a coach who holds an MCC, a PCC or an ACC that has completed at least one full cycle with renewal.

**For coaches whose credentials expire December 31, 2018, or later: The 10 hours of Mentor Coaching you receive for renewal of your ACC will offset your Continuing Coach Education requirements. (This is why coaches whose ACC Credentials expire December 31, 2018, have a lower CCE requirement than coaches whose ACC expired in 2017.) However, this means that you may not count any additional Mentor Coaching (either delivering or receiving) toward your Continuing Coach Education requirements.

  • Submission of the online renewal application with appropriate documentation. Upon purchase, a link to the credential renewal application will be emailed to you.
  • Participation in at least 40 hours of Continuing Coach Education completed in the three years since the initial award of your credential or since your last credential renewal
    • At least 21 hours must be in Core Competencies.
    • At least three (3) hours must be in coaching ethics. (Coaches can obtain coaching ethics hours by completing ICF’s free online course.)
    • Remaining hours can be in Resource Development.