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International Coach Federation Celebrates 1,000th Master Certified Coach

Lyne Desormeaux becomes the 1,000th coach currently in possession of ICF’s top professional designation.

Lexington, Kentucky, USA—One thousand coaches worldwide now hold the International Coach Federation’s (ICF’s) Master Certified Coach (MCC) credential.

Lyne Desormeaux, Psy.D., of New York, New York, USA, became ICF’s 1,000th MCC on November 15, 2018. Lyne is a longtime ICF Member and credential-holder. She joined the Association in September 2004 and earned her ICF Professional Certified Coach credential the following March.

The MCC designation is the highest credential that ICF awards to professional coach practitioners. To apply for an MCC, a coach must complete 200 hours of coach-specific training that meets ICF’s standards and deliver at least 2,500 hours of coaching. They must also complete a rigorous written assessment and performance evaluation where they demonstrate their understanding and mastery of ICF’s definition of coaching, Code of Ethics and Core Competencies.

“The MCC is a major achievement, demonstrating not only a coach’s mastery of the ICF Core Competencies, but the artistry with which the competencies can be used in partnership with a client. It is a mark of distinction in the professional life of a coach, yet it is more than that. It is also a personal milestone, reflecting the ability of a coach to put their whole self into what they do,” ICF Director of Credentialing and Accreditation Carrie Abner said.

ICF’s 1,000-MCC milestone came less than one month after the passing of an ICF leader who played an integral role in advancing ICF’s credentialing program globally. ICF Global Past President Kay Cannon, MCC (USA), passed away on October 29, 2018, following a seven-month battle with glioblastoma. Cannon developed ICF’s Continuing Coaching Education standards and co-led ICF’s first coach credentialing initiative in non-English-speaking countries. In 2006, she participated in the historic 2006 Future of Coaching Summit, a gathering of global thought leaders. During Kay’s 2007 term as ICF President, the Association achieved key milestones for credentialing (exceeding 3,200 ICF Credential-holders in October of that year) and membership (exceeding 13,000 ICF Members in November).

To celebrate Cannon’s legacy and honor her commitment to coach credentialing, ICF awarded Desormeaux with a one-time $575 USD scholarship to apply toward her continuing professional development.

Cannon “had a great passion for learning and growing and reaching. … She was passionate about excellence in coaching, so this is an amazing honor and … a beautiful tribute to Kay’s work in the world while she was with us,” Cannon’s longtime colleague and friend, ICF Global Past President Pamela Richarde, MCC, said in a video announcing the scholarship.

This marked the second milestone for ICF’s credentialing program in 2018. In August, Germany’s Alexandra Claes became ICF’s 25,000th credential-holder when she earned the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation.

The International Coach Federation (ICF) is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches across a variety of coaching disciplines. ICF is active in representing all facets of the coaching industry, including Executive, Life Vision and Enhancement, Leadership, Relationship, and Career Coaching. Its 31,000-plus members located in 140 countries work toward the common goal of enhancing awareness of coaching, upholding the integrity of the profession, and continually educating themselves with the newest research and practices.


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