ICF Credentials

Obtaining Your ICF Credentials

The ICF has three designations at the present time: ACC (Associate Certified Coach), PCC (Professional Certified Coach), and MCC (Master Certified Coach). We encourage you to visit the ICF’s website at www.coachfederation.org to thoroughly review their requirements & process for credentialing. Check the ICF website for the latest credentialing requirements as they may change over time.

Why Get Credentialed With ICF?

One of the best ways to grow your business and attract clients is to become credentialed with the International Coach Federation. This not only makes you more credible to prospects and current clients; it SETS YOU APART from the myriad of people out there calling themselves a coach. An ICF credential is your differentiator in the market place.

Mentor Coaching Requirement

Obtaining your ICF credentials requires you to undergo a minimum of 10 hours of mentor coaching spread over a period of 3 months.

What Is Mentor Coaching?

ICF Definition of Mentor Coaching: For the purpose of credentialing, mentor coaching means an applicant being coached on their coaching skills rather than coaching on practice building, life balance, or other topics unrelated to the development of an applicant’s coaching skills. This requirement is intended to help applicants prepare for participation in the ICF assessment of your coaching conversation.

Mentor Coaching Process

As your Mentor Coach, we will review your coaching conversation with a real client focusing on the process and flow with the goal to hone your skill to coach for awareness. We will analyze your client's response base on your question and then get behind the conversation to help you uncover what you are thinking and then calibrate your intention so that you can fully demonstrate the competencies at the level of credential you are seeking. Through this process, We deepen your learning helping you to become a better observer of yourself on how you served your client i.e. what is happening within you and what actually happened, why it matters and then offer you valuable suggestions on where your growth opportunities are in manner that is supportive and affirmative.

The Mentor Coaching process includes review of your coaching conversation recordings, preparing the feedback for question by question of the coach's conversation and debriefing to identify growth opportunities. The Feedback is the most valuable component in this mentor coaching. It is labor intensive because the recording has to be heard several times and analyzed segment by segment, line by line, question by question according to the flow of the conversation. Importantly, you will receive practical suggestions with sample questions on how best to improve the coaching process.

The ICF Core Coaching Competencies can seem abstract or vague but through the mentor coaching you will be amazed at how these competencies give coaching the leverage it has to bring about positive change. You can expect breakthroughs such as:
- Clarity about how each ICF Core Coaching Competency contributes to a powerful coaching engagement.
- Increased confidence in your ability to co-create significant shifts for your clients.
- Greater ease of self-reflection and comfort receiving coaching feedback.
- Keen appreciation for your unique coaching style.

As your mentor coach, We will help you see precisely how each of the Core Coaching Competencies contributes to coaching excellence. You will experience a new appreciation for your current strengths while uncovering hidden potential for greater effectiveness and artistry. You’ll enjoy a new level of confidence, and your clients will get even better results.

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