Membership Eligibility Requirements

To become a member of the International Coach Federation you must meet at least ONE of the following requirements:

  1. Hold a current ICF Credential (ACC, PCC, or MCC);
  2. Have completed at least 60 hours of coach specific training that meets ICF’s standards.* See what qualifies as coach-specific training below; or
  3. Be enrolled in 60 hours of coach specific training in an ICF-approved program that has either the Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) or Approved Coach-Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) distinction.

*Training that is accepted as coach-specific training is defined as:

  • Training from an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) or a program that has received the ICF Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) designation
  • Training from a Continuing Coach Education (CCE) Provider, subject to these limitations:
    • All hours approved in Core Competencies will be accepted
    • A maximum of 12 hours outside of the Core Competencies will be accepted
  • Training that is specifically marketed as teaching coaching skills, that teaches coaching skills or teaches how to apply technical skills in a coach-like manner and teaches coaching skills in accordance with the ICF Core Competencies

Training that is not accepted as coach specific training:

  • Training that is marketed as teaching other skills, even though the skills can be used by a coach in some manner
  • Personal development courses (such as Forum, Landmark, Lifespring, Life Training, Science of the Mind, etc.)
  • Education in other areas such as psychology, counseling, NLP, etc., does not count as coach specific training unless it was actually taught as coach training and from an ICF CoreCompetencies’ perspective

Teaching coaching classes does not count as coach specific training unless:

  • The applicant created the class
  • The applicant also taught the class
  • The training otherwise meets the definition of coach specific training


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