Member eligibility requirements

To be a member of the International Coach Federation you must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • 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 a program that has either the ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) or Approved Coach-Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) distinction. (For new members only.)

What qualifies as coach-specific training?

Training that is accepted as coach-specific training includes:

  • Training from an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) or a program that has received the ICF Approved Coach
  • Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) designation
  • Training from a Continuing Coach Education (CCE) provider, subject to these limitations:
    • All hours approved in Core Competencies will be accepted
    • A maximum of 12 hours outside of the Core Competencies will be accepted
  • Training that has not been previously approved by ICF and 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 (e.g., university-based training, training from a non-ICF-accredited organization)

Training that is not accepted as coach-specific training includes:

  • 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., unless it was actually taught as coach training and from the perspective of the ICF Core Competencies

Teaching 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.