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PCC Paths

There are three application paths to choose from for Professional Certified Coach. Review the requirements below to determine which path best fits your training and lifestyle.

  • PCC ACTP Path

    Requirements:

    • Completion of an entire ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP). Check for your program’s approval below.
    • Coaching log demonstrating 500 hours (450 paid) of coaching experience with at least 25 clients following the start of your coach-specific training. At least 50 of these hours must occur within the 18 months prior to submitting the application for the credential.
    • Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA).

    Pricing:

    • ICF Members: $300 USD
    • Non-members: $500 USD

    Estimated Timeline for Review: 4 weeks

  • PCC ACSTH Path

    Requirements:

    • At least 125 hours of coach-specific training through an ACTP or ACSTH program. Check for your program’s approval below.
    • 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a minimum of three months to be documented on your online application. Your Mentor Coach must be a PCC or MCC in good standing.
    • Coaching log demonstrating 500 hours (450 paid) of coaching experience with at least 25 clients following the start of your coach-specific training. At least 50 of these hours must occur within the 18 months prior to submitting the application for the credential.
    • Performance evaluation (two audio recordings and written transcripts of coaching sessions to be uploaded with your application).
    • Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA).

    Pricing:

    • ICF Members: $575 USD
    • Non-members: $775 USD

    Estimated Timeline for Review: 14 Weeks

  • PCC Portfolio Path

    If you are counting Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units and/or non-approved training toward your training requirements, you are required to follow the PCC Portfolio path.

    Requirements:

    • At least 125 hours of coach-specific training with robust documentation.
    • 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a minimum of three months to be documented on your online application. Your Mentor Coach must be a PCC or MCC in good standing.
    • Coaching log demonstrating 500 hours (450 paid) of coaching experience with at least 25 clients following the start of your coach-specific training. At least 50 of these hours must occur within the 18 months prior to submitting the application for the credential.
    • Performance evaluation (two audio recordings and written transcripts of coaching sessions to be uploaded with your application).
    • Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA).

    Pricing:

    • ICF Members: $675 USD
    • Non-members: $875 USD

    Estimated Timeline for Review: 18 weeks

  • Training (Portfolio Path Only)

    Candidates on the PCC Portfolio Path must complete at least 125 hours of coach-specific training with robust documentation.

  • Mentor Coaching (ACSTH and Portfolio Paths Only)

    Candidates on the PCC ACSTH and Portfolio paths must document at least 10 hours of Mentor Coaching on their online application.

  • Experience Requirements

    Applicants for ICF Credentials are required to demonstrate a set number of hours of coaching experience. Coaches must submit a log documenting this experience.

  • Coach Knowledge Assessment

    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.

  • Performance Evaluation and Transcripts (ACSTH and Portfolio Paths Only)

    The PCC ACSTH and Portfolio processes include a performance evaluation where ICF Assessors will review two recorded coaching sessions with transcripts. You are required to pass this performance evaluation at the PCC level in order to be awarded the PCC credential.

  • Submission

    Do not send documentation to ICF Headquarters by mail or email. Only documentation that has been included with your online application will be accepted.

  • Support

    If you have questions or need support regarding the Professional Certified Coach Credential, please email support@coachfederation.org.

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