Continuing Professional Development credits may be earned through a variety of learning modalities, all designed to expose the coach to new content in order to benefit their overall knowledge base and coaching clients. It focuses on the development of the coach’s competence with a wide range of opportunities for the support and growth of a coach’s skill set. ICF is dedicated to providing opportunities for coaches to consistently develop and grow professionally through learning and skills enhancement.
As part of a self-regulating industry, ICF requires its credentialed coaches to continuously improve their professional skills and knowledge in order to provide the best value to their clients. All ICF Credentials are valid for three (3) years. In order to renew a credential, an individual must participate in continuing professional development activities. At all levels, 40 Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units must be earned during each renewal cycle. Visit the Credential Renewal page for full requirement details.
Core Competencies CCEs can be gained through learning opportunities that offer real-time interactive settings, such as education programs, learning courses and other activities that correlate to the ICF Core Competencies and have been approved by ICF for Core Competencies CCEs.
Resource Development is any learning that falls outside of the ICF Core Competencies, but still contributes to a coach’s professional development (e.g., personal development, coaching tools or personality and productivity assessments, business building, etc.)
Many learning activities are eligible for Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units that coaches may apply towards the renewal of their ICF Credential.
NOTE: Activities listed in the sections below may mention providing a count of either CCEs received or hours spent in the activity. In your renewal application, you will be asked to enter in CCE units. For renewal purposes 1 hour = 1 CCE.
NOTE: The certificate, letter of completion, or ICF Learning Portal Transcript will include the number of hours that may be claimed.
1. Complimentary ICF Ethics Course | View Course
2. CCE Hours Delivered by an ICF Chapter | View Chapter Events
3. CCE Hours Delivered during an ICF Regional or Global Conference or Event | View ICF Events
4. CCE Hours Delivered by an ICF-accredited Education Provider | Find Education
5. Education Hours from an ICF-accredited Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, ACSTH or ACTP Program | Find Education
Mentor Coaching and Coaching Supervision both count as Core Competency activities. Up to 10 hours in Mentor Coaching may be used toward the required CCEs for renewal. Additionally, up to 10 hours of Coaching Supervision may be used toward the required Core Competencies CCEs.
The Mentor Coach must hold a Credential at or above the level of the mentee. ACC credentialed coaches must have been through at least one credential renewal cycle before they are eligible to provide mentoring.
1. Receiving Mentor Coaching by an ICF-credentialed coach on the ICF Core Competencies
2. Receiving Coaching Supervision to engage in reflective dialogue and collaborative learning for the development and benefit of your coaching skills
3. Serving as a Mentor Coach
4. Serving as a Coach Supervisor
Self-paced courses and other self-study activities fall in the category of Resource Development. Renewal candidates are limited to 16 CCEs of self-paced courses and other self-study.
1. Non coach-specific training (training outside of ICF Core Competencies that contributes to your personal or professional development as a coach)
2. Publishing peer-reviewed research
3. Activities unrelated to the ICF Core Competencies that contribute to your personal or professional development as a coach
4. Archived Learning
5. Education within an ICF-accredited ACTP or ACSTH program completed as self-study
1. Non ICF Accredited programs involving live, voice-to-voice interaction between instructors and students
2. Serving as an instructor of ICF-accredited education program
3. Developing education curriculum that has been submitted to ICF and approved as a CCE, ACSTH or ACTP program
ICF recognizes that there are a variety of avenues to obtain the required three (3) ethics CCE units, including ICF Accredited education programs, CCE programs and ICF Chapter events.
As a special service, ICF and the ICF Ethics Community of Practice have developed a complimentary ethics course that, upon completion, will provide the three (3) ethics CCE units required for ICF Credential renewal.
Events hosted by ICF Chapters, ICF Accredited program providers, and ICF Global are held throughout the year striving to inspire, educate and connect. Explore global and local events, conferences, webinars and more through the ICF Events Calendar.
ICF strives to provide continuing coach education that is relevant across various aspects of a coach’s practice from coach skills to business development. Access to live webinars hosted by ICF Communities of Practice are available. In addition, archived learning is offered on the ICF Learning Portal in various contexts including OnDemand sessions and recorded in-person event sessions.
Mentor Coaching for an ICF Credential consists of coaching and feedback in a collaborative, appreciative and dialogued process based on an observed or recorded coaching session to increase the coach’s capability in coaching, in alignment with the ICF Core Competencies.
Coaching Supervision focuses on the development of the coach’s capacity through offering a richer and broader opportunity for support and development. Coaching Supervision creates a safe environment for the coach to share their successes and failures in becoming masterful in the way they work with their clients.
ICF-accredited education programs have gone through a rigorous review process and demonstrated that its curriculum aligns with the ICF definition of coaching, Core Competencies and Code of Ethics. ACTP, ACSTH, Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 offerings deliver foundational coach-specific education and training. Continuing Coach Education (CCE) offerings provide advanced and supplemental learning opportunities for trained and credentialed coach practitioners.
Research (including evaluation) is defined as any activity that involves the collection, collation, review or evaluation of data or information for the purpose of describing, maintaining or modifying activities, practices, interventions or treatments. Research may involve the manipulation of variables or environmental factors whereas evaluation more typically involves the review of information for the purpose of providing feedback about the function, productivity or efficacy of an activity. Evaluation includes but is not limited to needs assessment, process assessment, outcome studies, impact analysis, cost-benefit analysis and meta-analysis.
Teaching (being an instructor) is engagement in the production and delivery of content ensuring a holistic growth path that promotes the cross-fertilization of ideas and concepts where capacity truly exists.
Special projects and activities approved in advance by ICF may be used towards Continuing Coach Education units. How many CCES and what documentation is required for renewal will part of the agreement made with ICF staff when the project or activity is approved.
Do not send documentation to ICF Credentials and Standards by mail or email. Only documentation that has been included with your online renewal application will be accepted. Non ICF accredited education will not be pre-approved.
Your renewal application is created following the awarding of your credential or it’s last renewal. You may find it at the very bottom of your profile page. You may enter CCEs as you earn them. You may submit your renewal application up to 10 months early.
Following full payment and submission of your renewal application, your application will be placed in the review process. Please allow 6-8 weeks for the review of your renewal application. If the ICF Staff has a question or needs further information, you will be sent an email and the section of the application in question will be marked with a red explanation mark.
If you have questions about the renewal requirements or process, please visit the Renew Credential page.
For general renewal and professional development questions, please visit the Credentialing FAQ page.
If you need support regarding Continuing Professional Development or if you do not find the answer to your question on the FAQ page, please visit the ICF Support page.