Anyone can call themselves a coach. But ICF-credentialed coaches are professionals who have met stringent education and experience requirements, and have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the coaching competencies that set the standard in the profession. Additionally, they adhere to strict ethical guidelines as part of ICF’s mission to protect and serve coaching consumers.
An ICF Credential is a professional certification indicating that you have completed rigorous education, training and experience requirements designed to develop and refine your coaching skills. Holding a credential – especially an ICF Credential – is extremely important to today’s coaching clients. The 2022 Global Consumer Awareness Study found that 85% of coaching clients say it’s important or very important that their coach holds a certification or credential. Earning an ICF Credential provides you with instant credibility and increased visibility to prospective clients.
ICF offers three credentials, corresponding with the quality and quantity of education and experience required to earn it. These credentials are Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Master Certified Coach (MCC).
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