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.