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ICF Professional Certified Coach

Lisa Plain (Petkovsek)Blog

I’m happy to share that I’ve obtained a new certification: Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from International Coaching Federation!

If you’re not a coach and are wondering what it’s all about, here’s a quick overview.

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is a governing body for international professional coaches. In order to be accredited through the organization you must have:
– completed a specific number of coach training hours through an accredited program,
– completed a minimum number of hours coaching individuals,
– worked with a mentor coach to continue getting feedback on your skills, and
– passed a 3 hour exam testing your knowledge.

There are 3 levels of ICF accreditation:
ACC – Associate Certified Coach
PCC – Professional Certified Coach
MCC – Master Certified Coach

Similar to any professional governing body, you must also do a number of professional development hours (including courses) before each renewal.

There are so many things that I like about being part of the ICF. For one, it ensures I continue learning, growing, and refreshing my skills on a regular basis. I took the exam this week and spent lots of time reviewing ethics, core competencies, and values of the ICF model.

I also love the client focus of the ICF and the reminder that everything we do is in service of a client’s growth.

If you work with an ICF credentialed coach, you have the confidence that they are held to a high standard. You are also protected by the code of ethics that each ICF coach must abide by.

It was a nerve wracking week preparing for my exam but I feel so excited to move into this next phase of coaching mastery.


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