Becoming an ICF Memeber

As part of the ICF community in Nigeria, you are now a part of a passionate network of coaching professionals in your region. Our purpose is to ensure the global vision is actualized in Nigeria.

The 2016 vision states:

  • Coaching will be an integral part of society
  • ICF coaches will represent the highest quality in Professional Coaching
  • All members will derive value from joining and participating in the ICF
  • ICF standards will be the benchmark for professional coaches in theory and practice
  • Buyers will view ICF credentialled coaches as the coaches of choice in the market
  • The ICF will advance the art, science and practice of professional coaching
  • The ICF will be the source of the most credible and trusted industry information


This is what we see for this Chapter…

  • We see a network of world class professional coaches in our region;
  • We see coaching in our region as a visible and relevant profession;
  • We see coaches taking pride in what and who they are as professional coaches;
  • We see constant opportunities for professional development through regional and international seminars and conferences;
  • We see coaches with access to latest research and journals on topics that impact the development of the profession;
  • We see credible and internationally accredited coach training programmes in our region;
  • We see professional coaches upholding the ethics and standards of the profession as the industry blossoms.

Membership Benefits

Being a part of the largest worldwide organization for coaching professionals comes with numerous benefits, including:

  • 1. High standards (offered through the organization’s Code of Ethics and Core Competencies);Credentials (the gold standard in the coaching profession since 1998);
  • 2. Community (an unmatched, unparalleled community of professionals       in more than 100 countries and over 140 chapters  across the world);
  • 3. Research (world class coaching research that underscores the global awareness of coaching as a bona fide profession).

Membership Requirement

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

  1. Hold a current ICF Credential (ACC, PCC, or MCC);
  2. Have completed at least 60 hours of coach-specific training that meets ICF standards.*See what qualifies as coach-specific training     below; or
  3. 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 students.
  • 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.

Training 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) designation
  • Training from a Continuing Coach Education (CCE) Provider, subject to these limitations:

o   All hours approved in Core Competencies will be accepted.

o   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.

Training 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

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.

Join ICF  Nigeria.

Join the International Coach Federation (ICF) and gain instant credibility by identifying yourself with the largest global community of professionally trained coaches. We want to help you transform lives and become the best coach you can be by putting our research, resources and marketing tools in your hands. Succeed in your coaching career by connecting with our cutting-edge research, the local and global ICF coaching communities, and outstanding business development and professional growth opportunities.

Membership Fees: Annual membership is $245 USD.

ICF Membership is billed annually and all memberships expire on March 31 of the following year. New ICF Memberships will be prorated based on the month the member joined. For example, membership fees for January, February and March include the prorated amount for the current membership year plus the following year’s membership fee.

ICF members are bound by the ICF Code of Ethics (which prohibits misrepresentation of coaching qualifications). ICF retains the right to verify a member’s coach training hours or proof of accreditation from a coach-training program at any time.

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