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
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
What does ICF Accredited mean?
If you are looking at becoming a Professional Coach you will probably come across the term ICF Accredited.
What is the ICF and what does ICF Accredited mean?
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) that establishes and maintains high standards in the Coaching Industry as well as provides a network of Credentialed Coaches.
An ICF Accredited School then has met the standards ICF has established.
Are all ICF Accredited Schools alike?
No, they’re not. Some will not prepare you to obtain an ICF Credential and some will not. To get a credential you must attend a program that is 60 hours long in which 80% of the hours are “core competencies”. Core Competencies are the skills ICF has determined to be the essential skills to become a proficient coach.
Programs that offer Continuing Education or CE hours, programs that are less than 60 hours, or do not focus on the Core Competencies do not qualify you for an ICF credential.
How do I obtain an ICF Credential?
The first credential you can receive in an A.C.C. Credential requires that you go to an ICF Accredited School, get 100 hours of experience, work with a mentor for 10 hours, take an exam and submit a recording.
The other two credentials-the P.C.C. and M.C.C. require more training and experience.
Why Obtain an ICF Credential?
By getting your 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!
Given these benefits, it is best to go to an ICF accredited school and one that will prepare you for an ICF credential. This will help you not only become more skilled but prepare for your professional career for the years to come.
Clearing up the Confusion- Getting a ICF certification, ICF coaching certification or ICF Life Coaching Certification.
There is no such thing as getting an ICF certification, ICF coaching certification or ICF Life Coaching certification. You will have to obtain an ICF credential. Getting an ICF credential. is the term ICF uses. Certifications are only awarded by schools providing Coach Training. No school leads you directly to an ICF credential. First you must complete at least a 60 hour program and obtain a certification and then you will have to meet other ICF requirements
Obtaining a Credential in 2022:
To get credentialed in 2022:
For the A.C.C. Associate Certified Coach Credential the following are required
- A minimum of 60 hours of training by an ICF accredited school
- Getting 100 hours of coaching experience 75 of which are paid
- 10 Mentor Sessions
- Submitting a recording and transcript to ICF
- Taking the Knowledge Assessment ICF provide
- Taking an ACSTH ( accredited coach specific training hours) or ACTP ( accredited Coach Training Program)
For the P.C.C. Professional Certified Coach Credential
- Minimum 125 hours of training by an ICF accredited school
- 500 experience hours (450 are paid)
- 10 hours of Mentoring
- Taking the Knowledge Assessment ICF provides
- Submitting a recording and transcript to your instructor
Obtaining a Credentialed in 2023.
For the A.C.C.
As of January 1, 2023 you will need to Complete a Level One or Level Two Accreditation. Check the schools to see what level is being offered. A program for Level One must include:
- A minimum of 60 hours of training 80% of which is ICF core competencies
- Getting 100 hours of experience, 75 hours are paid
- 10 Mentor Sessions
- Submitting a recording and transcript to your school (performance evaluation) using the updated performance criteria
- Taking the updated ICF exam ICF provides
- Submitting a Recording and Transcript to your instructor ( Performance Evaluation with new performance criteria
For the P.C.C.
Must take a Level Two Program. This must include:
- Minimum 125 hours of training 80% of which is core competencies
- 500 experience hours ( 450 are paid)
- 10 hours of Mentoring
- Take the updated ICF Knowledge Assessment( ICF provides this)
- Submit a recording and transcript to your instructor( Performance Evaluation with New Criteria)
International Coaching Federation is currently in transition for a New Accreditation Structure and criteria. If you have questions about this feel free to contact Life Purpose Institute.