How to Become a Credentialed Coach

Outlined below is a simple step-by-step process to become a credentialed coach. Provided is information on attaining:

  1. The Associate Certified Coach credential (ACC)
  2. The Professional Certified Coach credential (PCC)
  3. The Master Certified Coach credential (MCC)

Please feel free to contact Val Hastings, MCC directly with any questions or for additional assistance.  Val can be reached at:  val@coaching4todaysleaders.com  or +1.484.945.2767

Achieving your first coaching credential:  The Associate Certified Coach (ACC)

Step One: Complete either Part 1 or Part 2 of our Professional Coach Training Program.  Most of our students begin with Part 1.

  • Completing one part of the program provides you with 64 hours of accredited coach training and satisfies the class training hours for your ACC.
  • Our classes are offered throughout the year LIVE online.

Step Two: Complete the Mentor-Coaching requirement.

  • The International Coach Federation (ICF) requires a minimum of 10 hours of mentor-coaching to become a credentialed coach.
  • Working with our Approved Mentor-Coaches, you can complete this requirement in one of two ways:
    • Group Mentor-Coaching includes 8 hours of group mentor-coaching and 3 hours of individual mentor-coaching.
    • Individual Mentor-Coaching for 10 hours
  • An updated list of our upcoming mentor-coaching groups is located at http://coaching4todaysleaders.com/mentor-coaching/. On this webpage you will also find a list of our Approved Mentor-Coaches

Step Three: Submit a recording of your coaching at the ACC level to Coaching4Today’sLeaders and apply for graduation.

  • Your mentor-coach will provide guidance on your coaching recording.
  • When applying for graduation there are a few additional requirements. Students will be asked to:
    • Read and agree to uphold the ICF Code of Ethics.
    • Pay in full all tuition fees prior to applying for graduation.
    • Complete the application for graduation and pay the $350 graduation application fee. (To receive the graduation packet, please contact the Office Manager at wendy@coaching4todaysleaders.com.)
    • Submit the Coaching4Today’sLeaders Coaching Performance Evaluation Report from your mentor-coach, which provides written feedback and specific evidence of your coaching ability. The evaluation must reflect coaching at the ACC level or higher. (A letter of recommendation from your mentor-coach does not meet this requirement.)
    • Submit a recording, along with a written transcript, of your coaching for review by Coaching4Today’sLeaders. (The coachee may not be another coach or coaching student.) The recording must demonstrate coaching at the ACC level.
  • Once you have successfully completed the above requirements, we will provide you with a graduation certificate. You will use this certificate to apply for your ACC credential from the ICF.

Step Four: Apply to the ICF for your ACC credential.

  • When applying for your ACC, the ICF will require:
    • A separate, additional application fee.
    • A copy of your graduation certificate from Coaching4Today’sLeaders.
    • A coaching log detailing 100 hours of coaching beginning after the start of your coach-specific training. (Refer to the ICF website for details and a SAMPLE log)
    • A one-time written exam, the Coach Knowledge Assessment. (Refer to the ICF website for details.)
      • We offer an ICF Test-Prep Class to prepare you for this written exam.

Achieving your 2nd coaching credential:  The Professional Certified Coach (PCC) 

Step One: Complete Parts 1 & 2 of our Professional Coach Training Program.  This provides you with 128 hours of accredited coach training and satisfies the class training hours for your PCC.

  • Our classes are offered throughout the year LIVE online.
  • Please Note:
    • Many of our students decide to bypass the ACC credential and go directly for the PCC. You do not need to receive your ACC credential before advancing toward your PCC.
    • You can also take both parts of the training at once, or spread the training out. The decision is up to you.

Step Two: Complete the Mentor-Coaching requirement.

  • The International Coach Federation (ICF) requires a minimum of 10 hours of mentor-coaching to become a credentialed coach.
  • Working with our Approved Mentor-Coaches, you can complete this requirement in one of two ways:
    • Group Mentor-Coaching includes 8 hours of group mentor-coaching and 3 hours of individual mentor-coaching.
    • Individual Mentor-Coaching for 10 hours
  • An updated list of our upcoming mentor-coaching groups is located at http://coaching4todaysleaders.com/mentor-coaching/. On this webpage you will also find a list of our Approved Mentor-Coaches
  • Please note:
    • If you completed 10 hours of mentor-coaching for your ACC, you are not required to take 10 additional hours of mentor-coaching for your PCC.

Step Three: Submit a recording of your coaching at the PCC level to Coaching4Today’sLeaders and apply for graduation.

  • Your mentor-coach will provide guidance on your coaching recording.
  • When applying for graduation there are a few additional requirements. Students will be asked to:
    • Read and agree to uphold the ICF Code of Ethics.
    • Pay in full all tuition fees prior to applying for graduation.
    • Complete the application for graduation and pay the $350 graduation application fee. (To receive the graduation packet, please contact the Office Manager at wendy@coaching4todaysleaders.com.)
    • Submit the Coaching4Today’sLeaders Coaching Performance Evaluation Report from your mentor-coach, which provides written feedback and specific evidence of your coaching ability. The evaluation must reflect coaching at the PCC level or higher. (A letter of recommendation from your mentor-coach does not meet this requirement.)
    • Submit a recording, along with a written transcript, of your coaching for review by Coaching4Today’sLeaders. (The coachee may not be another coach or coaching student.) The recording must demonstrate coaching at the PCC level.
  • Once you have successfully completed the above requirements, we will provide you with a graduation certificate. You will use this certificate to apply for your PCC credential from the ICF.

Step Four: Apply to the ICF for your PCC credential.

  • When applying for your PCC, the ICF will require:
    • A separate, additional application fee.
    • A copy of your graduation certificate from Coaching4Today’sLeaders.
    • A coaching log detailing 500 hours of coaching beginning after the start of your coach-specific training. (Refer to the ICF website for details and a SAMPLE log)
    • A one-time written exam, the Coach Knowledge Assessment. If you complete the one-time written exam for your ACC, you do not need to take the written exam again. (Refer to the ICF website for details.)
      • We offer an ICF Test-Prep Class to prepare you for this written exam.

Achieving your 3rd coaching credential:  The Master Certified Coach (MCC)

Graduates of our Professional Coach Training Program have received all three coaching credentials:  ACC, PCC and MCC.  Those interested in pursuing the MCC credential are asked to contact Val Hastings, MCC, directly at: val@coaching4todaysleaders.com or +1. 484.945.2767.  We offer a customized training plan for this coveted credential.