Mentor Coaching for an ICF Credential consists of coaching and feedback in a collaborative, appreciative and dialogued process based on an observed or recorded coaching session to increase the coach’s capability in coaching, in alignment with the ICF Core Competencies.
Mentoring provides professional assistance in achieving and demonstrating the levels of coaching competency and capability demanded by the desired credential level. Mentor Coaching should take place over an extended time (three-month minimum) in a cycle that allows for listening and feedback from the Mentor Coach while also allowing reflection and practice on the part of the individual being mentored.
Credentialing candidates on the following paths are required to participate in Mentor Coaching prior to submitting their application:
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Credentialing candidates on the ACC ACSTH and Portfolio paths must complete 10 hours of Mentor Coaching prior to submitting their application.
They are required to partner with a Mentor Coach who holds a valid ACC*, PCC or MCC Credential.
*Associate Certified Coaches must complete at least one full cycle of their credential (with renewal) before they’re eligible to serve as a Mentor Coach for ACC credentialing or credential renewal.
Credentialing candidates on the PCC ACSTH and Portfolio paths must complete 10 hours of Mentor Coaching prior to submitting their application.
They are required to partner with a Mentor Coach who holds a valid PCC or MCC Credential.
Credentialing candidates on the MCC path must complete 10 hours of Mentor Coaching prior to submitting their application. These must be new hours of Mentor Coaching, and cannot have been used for a prior credential.
They are required to partner with a Mentor Coach who holds a valid MCC Credential.
A minimum of three of the 10 mentoring hours must be one-on-one coaching with the mentor. Group coaching may count for a maximum of seven hours toward the mentoring requirement. The group being mentored may not consist of more than 10 participants.
On the online credential application, you will list the name of each Mentor Coach, the Mentor Coach email address, the credential level of the Mentor Coach, the start and end date of each mentoring relationship, and the number of hours of coaching from each mentor. You are not required to provide documentation from your Mentor Coach, but your Mentor Coach should be able to confirm that the mentoring took place.
The Mentor Coaching requirement must be fulfilled prior to submitting your application. For example, you must have completed a minimum of three months and 10 hours of Mentor Coaching prior to today’s date if you were to submit your application today.
Do not send documentation to ICF Headquarters by mail or email. Only the mentoring log on the online application will be accepted.
Coaches applying to renew their ACC Credential are required to complete an additional 10 hours of Mentor Coaching above those hours required for their initial credential. These hours must be completed in the three years since the initial award of the credential or since the last credential renewal, and must take place over the course of at least three months..
ICF partnered with the Association of Coach Training Organizations (ACTO) to develop a document outlining the duties, personal traits and competencies of Mentor Coaches.