ICF Credentials


ICF Credentials

What is ICF?

ICF or International Coaching Federation is the most recognized coaching organization in the world. The International Coaching Federation is a professional organization (not a regulatory agency) which supports coaches worldwide. The ICF is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards and building a network of credentialed coaches.

How can I obtain an ICF credential through Life Purpose Institute?

There are 2 main paths to obtain an ICF Credential. One path is to take the 60 hour Life or Spiritual Coach Certification and complete the ICF requirements on your own.  The second path is the to take the 125 hour Accredited Coach Training Program which helps you to complete most of the requirements you need to obtain your ICF Credential.

To complete the ACTP you first take a 60 Hour Program and then take another 65 hours of training which includes the Advanced Practicum, Advanced Life Coach Training and Mentoring.  These programs are designed for you to become a more masterful coach and help you more easily obtain an ICF credential.

What are the ICF Credentials?

After your 60 hour Program at Life Purpose Institute, you will be a Certified Life Coach (C.L.C.) or Spiritual Coach (C.S.C.). Obtaining an ICF credential requires a minimum of 60 hours of training, as well as meeting other requirements that have been established by the ICF. There are 3 credentials you can obtain through ICF.

    • Associate Certified Coach
    • Professional Certified Coach
    • Master Certified Coach

Why Obtain an ICF Credential?

    • You will gain greater mastery of your coaching skills. To gain an ICF credential, you will need to obtain additional coaching experience, work with a mentor one-on-one and become knowledgeable and proficient in the core competencies. Meeting these requirements will make you a more competent and confident coach.
    • At some point you may be legally required to obtain an ICF. At this time, there is no state or federal regulation of the coaching industry. It is however anticipated, by many in the coaching profession that the profession will be regulated at some point in the future. As ICF is the most powerful coaching organization in the world, it is anticipated that ICF will be the regulating body.

An ICF credential is now a requirement for many jobs in human resources, health care, government and non-profit agencies. There is already extensive media coverage of the Coaching profession and ICF credentials. These trends are anticipated to grow. As such we recommend that students prepare for and obtain an ICF credential.

    • It adds to your set of credentials
      . Is highly skilled and has certifications and credentials in the Coaching Field. You get to add more letters after your name!

Do all schools that are ICF accredited prepare you for an ICF credential?

No, they don’t necessarily prepare you for an ICF credential.  That is confusing for many people.  Being ICF accredited means the school has applied to ICF for either a continuing education program, a program less than 125 hours of training or a program that is 125 hours or more.

The ICF requirement to obtain an ICF credential is a minimum of 60 hours of training that has 80% core competencies and has at least half of it live.  Many schools offer less than 60 hours of training, less than 80% core competencies and not enough live hours to qualify you for an ICF credential.

What does Life Purpose Institute offer?

Life Purpose Institute has 60-125 hour training programs that cover 80% of the core competencies and are live and interactive with an instructor.

The Life Purpose Institute offers 2 paths to obtain an ICF credential:

    • Take our 60 hour program, pay for 10 hours of mentoring and complete the ICF requirements on your own.
    • Accumulate 125 hours of training and take the ICF exam.

Two Paths to obtain an ICF Credential that Life Purpose Institute offers

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What is a B.C.C. credential?

The Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), as an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, offers a Board-Certified Coach (BCC) Credential. The National Board for Certified Counselors is a well-established organization that has been in operation for over 100 years. The BCC credential is well received and nationally recognized in the coaching industry.

life coach certificationLife Purpose Institute is an approved training provider for the Center for Credentialing and Education for our Life Coach Training Program.

Click here for more information on the BCC 


To determine whether getting an ICF credential or B.C.C credential is important for you and which path to take, contact one of our Program Specialists by scheduling a Free Consultation.