Your training with Coach Training EDU will prepare you for certification with the International Coach Federation (because all of their training programs are accredited with the ICF). The level of ICF certification and the route to certification that you can take will vary based on which training program(s) you complete.
ICF is shorthand for the International Coach Federation. The ICF is currently the leading governing body of life coaching, and they set the standards of certification in the life coaching field. The ICF does NOT actually offer any of its own training programs, but it approves other life coach training programs and certifies graduates of those training programs. It is a nonprofit. It has chapters globally. And it holds conferences. (Our founder John Andrew Williams was a speaker at the first annual ICF Middle East conference held in Dubai.)
The ICF has three different levels of certification, which vary based on the number of hours of training you have received, number of hours you have coached, and your skill level reached. These levels of certification are:
No matter which level of certification you are interested in pursuing, the ICF requires the same 5 requirements (shown below).
|Training Hours Needed||60||135||220|
|Mentor Hours Needed||10 with ACC or higher||10 with PCC or MCC||10 with an MCC|
|Logged Life Coaching Hours||100||500||2500|
|Coach Knowledge Assessment||Yes||Yes||Yes|
The ICF also has various paths that coaches can take towards certification; the portfolio path, the ACSTH path, or the ACTP path. The path that you use to gain certification varies based on the type of training program you complete.
It can be a little overwhelming to look at the ICF’s various requirements and paths for certification. We want to make it simple for you. Below is a breakdown of the route and requirements for certification that you would take, based on which training program(s) you have completed with Coach Training EDU.
If you complete the 1.0 Academic Life Coach Training Program, you are on the path towards your Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential through the ACSTH path.
If you complete the 2.0 Coach Training Program, you are on the path towards your ACC (or PCC, depending on previous training) credential through the ACSTH path.
The 1.0 ALC Training Program, 2.0 Coach Training Program, and group mentor coaching, constitutes Coach Training EDU’s full Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP). By completing all three of these components, you will have enough training hours to achieve either your ACC or PCC through the ACTP path.