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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.

    *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 taking 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.

  • 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 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.

Renewing Your Credential – December 31, 2018 Expiration Date

If your ICF Credential expired 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.

 

Reinstating Your Credential – December 31, 2017 Expiration Date

If your ICF Credential expired on December 31, 2017, it is now fully expired. In order to hold an ICF Credential, you will be required to submit a new credential application rather than completing a credential renewal application.

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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