ICF Membership indicates your commitment to the profession and to your clients. But equally important—it is simply an investment in yourself.
ICF Members are billed annually. All memberships expire on March 31 of the following year.
If your membership expired in 2016 or in a prior year, please reinstate your membership by using the new member application.
As you prepare to renew your membership, please take a moment to review the below information to see how ICF’s membership eligibility requirements (MER) may affect you.
- ICF Members who currently hold an ICF Credential (ACC, PCC or MCC) automatically fulfill membership eligibility requirements and will retain their ICF-Credentialed Coach Member status.
- If you have already completed 60 hours of coach-specific training (view more information on ICF definition of 60 hours of coach training), you have fulfilled membership eligibility requirements and will retain ICF Coach Member status.
- If you have fewer than 60 hours of coach-specific training but are enrolled in at least a 60-hour ICF-accredited ACTP or ACSTH training program from 2014 and are due to complete at least 60 coach-training hours in 2015.
- If you have fewer than 60 hours of coach-specific training and are not currently enrolled in an ICF-accredited ACTP or ACSTH training program, your coach training experience does not qualify you for ICF Membership. View more information on the ICF’s membership eligibility requirements.
- If completing a paper renewal form, please complete and return to ICF staff via fax.
Here is a useful video on renewing:
Renewing Your Credential:
Frequently Asked Questions regarding ICF Credential Renewal
Q: How can I find out when my credential is due for renewal?
A: Your credential expiration date may be found on your ICF Credential certificate provided when your credential was awarded or renewed. ICF Members may access their credential information by logging into the Members section of our website, and clicking on “Manage My Account,” then “Edit Contact Information.”
Q: What are the credential renewal requirements?
A: Participation in at least 40 hours of Continuing Coach Education (CCE), or 40 Continuing Coach Education units (CCE units), completed in the three years since the initial award of your credential or since your last credential renewal, with at least 24 hours/units in Core Competencies. Beginning in 2016, ICF Credential-holders will be required to demonstrate completion of at least three (3) Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units in the area of coaching ethics to be eligible for renewal of their ICF Credentials. This requirement will apply to all coaches whose ICF Credentials are slated to expire on or after December 31, 2016. View the ICF Ethics CCE Course. For ACC renewals, an additional 10 hours of Mentor Coaching is also required.
Q: Do I have to complete an additional 10 hours of Mentor Coaching each time I renew my ACC credential?
A: Yes, all ACC credentialed coaches are required to complete an additional 10 hours of Mentor Coaching in the three years since the initial award of your credential or since your last credential renewal. This requirement is intended to promote your continued growth as a coach and help move you to the next credential level.
Q: Can two ACCs mentor each other for credential renewal?
A: Yes, you can serve as another ACC’s mentor for 10 hours, and they in turn can mentor you for another 10 hours.
Q: What is CCE/What are CCE units?
A: Continuing Coach Education (CCE) is defined as an activity that promotes your continued growth as a coach. CCE is divided into two categories: Core Competencies and Resource Development. Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units are earned upon completing Continuing Coach Education.
Q: What is Core Competencies CCE?
A: Advanced coach training, published writing, or research directly related to ICF Core Competencies.
Q: What is Resource Development CCE?
A: Training, writing, research, or self-study outside of the ICF Core Competencies that contributes to the professional development of a coach.
Q: How many self-study CCEUs are eligible?
A: You may submit up to 16 hours/units of self-study Resource Development CCE.
Q: What is an example of self-study CCE?
Q: Can I earn Core Competencies CCE with self-study?
A: Any course taken as self-study is considered Resource Development CCE.
Q: What is the most cost effective way to get CCEUs?
A: Membership with ICF Global provides a wealth of cost effective ways to get CCE. ICF Members receive discounts on a variety of offerings, including conferences and events (both local and global), ICF Credentialing applications, research findings, and other special offers. Members have access to member-only content on Coachfederation.org, including free ICF Virtual Education and Archived Learning that can be completed for CCE units.
Q: If I complete more than the required CCE units for credential renewal, can I use the excess hours for a future credential renewal?
A: You may only submit CCE units completed within the three years since the initial award of your credential or since your last credential renewal.
Q: How can I renew a lapsed credential?
A: If your credential was due for renewal less than 1 year ago, you may still be eligible to renew by submitting additional 1.2 CCE units for each month your credential is lapsed.
Q: My credential was due for renewal more than 1 year ago; can I still renew?
A: If your credential was due for renewal more than 1 year ago, you are no longer eligible to renew. You will need to begin the credential process again by submitting a new individual credential application.
Q: Where can I find training?
- CCE Approved Providers, ICF Chapter and Community of Practice events. Go to ICF Event Calendar.
- Individual courses within an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) or Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH). Go to ICF Training Program Search Service.
- ICF Conferences and Events. Go to ICF Conferences and Events.
- Virtual Education Sessions. Go to ICF Archived Learning.
Q: How can I find out if the training I completed is ICF pre-approved?
A: The organization where you completed your training can provide that information. You may also use our Training Program Search Service (TPSS), and search by the training organization’s name. If the training organization has an approved program, it will be listed in our TPSS.
Q: Can I submit training that is not ICF pre-approved as CCE?
A: You may submit training that has not been approved in advance by the ICF involving live, voice-to-voice interaction between instructors and students as CCE, but there is no guarantee that it will be accepted as CCE.
Q: What if I submit training that has not been ICF pre-approved and it is not accepted?
A: Your credential renewal application will remain “in process” to allow you time to complete CCE that meets our credential renewal requirements.
Q: Do I have to take the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) to renew my credential?
A: No, the CKA is only required for new individual credential applications.
Q: I renewed my membership. Do I still have to renew my credential?
A: ICF Membership renewal and ICF Credential renewal are completely separate processes and fees. Membership is renewed annually and is due for renewal March 31 of each year. ICF Credentials are renewed every three years and are due December 31 of the year the credential expires.
Q: My credential is due for renewal but I want to apply for a higher credential. Which application should I purchase?
A: It is not possible to upgrade to a higher credential via the credential renewal application. If you wish to pursue a higher credential, you will need to submit that individual credential application.
Q: My credential is due for renewal but I want to apply for a higher credential. Do I still need to renew my current credential?
A: In order to prevent a lapse in credentials, we recommend that you apply for the higher credential before your current credential is due for renewal. Please see the suggested timelines below.
|Current Credential||Current Credential
Renewal Due Date
|ACC||December 31, 2017||PCC ACTP||4 weeks||November 30, 2017|
|ACC||December 31, 2017||PCC ACSTH||14 weeks||July 16, 2017|
|ACC||December 31, 2017||PCC Portfolio||18 weeks||July 30, 2017|
|PCC||December 31, 2017||MCC Portfolio||18 weeks||July 30, 2017|
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