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Renew Your Credential

ICF maintains high standards for professional coaches worldwide, and requires ICF Credentials to be renewed every three years.

Renewal Requirements

  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC)

    • Submission of the online credential renewal application with appropriate documentation. Upon purchase, a link to the credential renewal application will be emailed to you.
    • 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a minimum of three months, completed in the three years since the initial award of your credential or since your last credential renewal.*
    • Participation in at least** 40 hours of Continuing Coach Education (CCE) completed in the three years since the initial award of your credential or since your last credential renewal
      • At least 24 hours must be in Core Competencies.
      • At least three (3) hours must be in coaching ethics. (Coaches can obtain coaching ethics hours by completing ICF’s free online course.)
      • If your credential will expire December 31, 2018, or later, 10 Mentor Coaching hours can be counted toward CCEs in Core Competencies.***
      • Remaining hours can be in Resource Development.

    *For coaches whose credentials expire December 31, 2018, or later, if your Mentor Coach holds an ACC Credential, they are required to have completed at least one full, three-year cycle of their ACC Credential with renewal. Any Mentor Coaching for ACC renewal that takes place on or after August 1, 2018 must be delivered by a coach who holds an MCC, a PCC or an ACC that has completed at least one full cycle with renewal.

    **If your credential expired on December 31, 2017, refer to the CCE Requirements for Renewal table for the minimum number of CCE units you need to complete.

    ***If your credential expired on December 31, 2017, you may not count these hours toward your Continuing Coach Education requirements.

  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC)

    • Submission of the online renewal application with appropriate documentation. Upon purchase, a link to the credential renewal application will be emailed to you.
    • Participation in at least* 40 hours of Continuing Coach Education completed in the three years since the initial award of your credential or since your last credential renewal
      • At least 24 hours must be in Core Competencies.
      • At least three (3) hours must be in coaching ethics. (Coaches can obtain coaching ethics hours by completing ICF’s free online course.)
      • Remaining hours can be in Resource Development.

    *If your credential expired on December 31, 2017, refer to the CCE Requirements for Renewal table for the minimum number of CCE units you need to complete.

  • Master Certified Coach (MCC)

    • Submission of the online renewal application with appropriate documentation. Upon purchase, a link to the credential renewal application will be emailed to you.
    • Participation in at least* 40 hours of Continuing Coach Education completed in the three years since the initial award of your credential or since your last credential renewal
      • At least 21 hours must be in Core Competencies.
      • At least three (3) hours must be in coaching ethics. (Coaches can obtain coaching ethics hours by completing ICF’s free online course.)
      • Remaining hours can be in Resource Development.

    *If your credential expired on December 31, 2017, refer to the CCE Requirements for Renewal table for the minimum number of CCE units you need to complete.

Renew Your Credential – December 31, 2017 Expiration Date

If your ICF Credential expired on December 31, 2017, it has now lapsed. Until the end of 2018, you are still eligible to renew your ICF Credential by submitting the 2017 Credential Renewal Application. You will need to submit Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units as outlined in the table below.

Continuing Coach Education Requirements for Renewal (Credentials Expired December 31, 2017)

Application Submission Date
March 2018
April 2018
May 2018
June 2018
July 2018
August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
December 2018
Total CCEs
41.2
42.4
43.6
44.8
46
47.2
48.4
49.6
50.8
52
Core Competencies
24.72
25.44
26.16
26.88
27.6
28.32
29.04
29.76
30
31.2

Renewing Your Credential – December 31, 2018 Expiration Date

If your ICF Credential will expire on December 31, 2018, you can begin the renewal process now. Before you begin the renewal process, please review the above information regarding renewal requirements.

 

Upgrading Your Credential

It is not possible to upgrade to a higher credential via the credential renewal application. If you wish to pursue a higher credential, you must complete an initial application for that credential.

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