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There is only one application type for the Master Certified Coach. Review the requirements below for additional information.
*Given the continued impact of the COVID-19, the ICF Credentials and Standards Board has temporarily approved an increase in the proportion of eligible pro bono coaching hours for MCC applicants who apply by December 31, 2021. This is an extension of the previously announced temporary measure, which was set to end December 31, 2020. The proportion is increasing by 20%, meaning that MCC applicants can count 300 hours of pro bono coaching toward their experience requirement (up from 250 hours).
Estimated Timeline for Review: 18 weeks
Candidates on the MCC Portfolio Path must complete at least 200 hours of coach-specific training.
MCC candidates must document at least 10 hours of Mentor Coaching on their online application.
Applicants for ICF Credentials are required to demonstrate a set number of hours of coaching experience. Coaches must complete an attestation of this experience as part of the application.
The Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) is a tool that can be used to measure coaches’ understanding of the knowledge and skills important in the practice of coaching. The CKA tests coaches on their understanding of the body of knowledge that includes the ICF definition of coaching, Core Competencies and Code of Ethics.
The MCC process includes a performance evaluation where ICF Assessors will review two recorded coaching sessions with transcripts. You are required to pass this performance evaluation at the MCC level in order to be awarded the MCC credential.
Do not send documentation to ICF Headquarters by mail or email. Only documentation that has been included with your online application will be accepted.
If you have questions or need support regarding the Master Certified Coach Credential, please visit the ICF Support page.