Why get ICF Accredited?

Professional coaching is flourishing all over the globe, and in turn, so is the field of coach training. To ensure quality training, the International Coach Federation accredits coach-training programs that meet its high standards. This accreditation provides coach training programs and those who complete them, with a competitive edge both in their content and stature. Coaches worldwide recognize ICF as an industry leader and turn to the Association for training and continuing education. Getting your Accredited coach training program by ICF will give you credibility and expose your program to a wider network of coaches through its listings and searches.

Individual credentialing

If you are individual wanting to become a coach or looking for coach training, please visit our MMS ICF Coach Training page.

ICF offers three credentials:

Start by choosing the ICF Credential that best fits your coach-specific training and your coaching experience:



Associate Certified Coach (ACC)

Professional Certified Coach (PCC)

Master Certified Coach (MCC)

 For the practiced coachFor the proven coach

For the expert coach

Training Hours Completed60+125+


Experience Required100+

500+ hours following the start of training


Requirement changes

ACC Requirements

All ACC applicants will be required to complete 100 hours of client coaching experience following the start of their coach-specific training. Furthermore, at least 25 of these hours must occur within the 18 months prior to submitting the application for the credential. ACC applicants will still be required to have a minimum of eight (8) clients and 75 paid client coaching experience hours.

PCC Requirements

A coaching log demonstrating 500 hours (450 paid) of coaching experience with at least 25 clients following the start of their coach-specific training. At least 50 of these hours must occur within the 18 months prior to submitting the application for the credential.

All PCC applicants will be required to demonstrate their coaching experience according to the above (500 hours following the start of coach-specific training).

Program accreditation and certification

ICF offers three different types of program approvals:

Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)

These types of training programs are considered all-inclusive programs. The ACTP programs are required to provide coaches with a basic to advanced level of coach training, the opportunity to practice coaching, mentoring by an ICF professional coach (PCC at minimum) and will also be required to evaluate students’ coaching skills at a PCC credential level by a qualified reviewer. Once a student/coach completes a full Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP), they will have enough training and skills to apply for the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential that ICF offers. Please note that training is only a portion of the requirements to submit an application for the PCC. Student/Coaches will also have enough training hours to apply for ICF Global Membership.

Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH)

These types of programs are considered a la carte in relation to the all-inclusive ACTP programs, while still providing a basic to intermediate level of coach training. These programs are required to provide at least 30 hours of coach-specific training and the opportunity to practice coaching. Once students/coaches complete an ACSTH Program, they can use those hours toward ICF Global Membership and one of the three ICF Credentials.

Continuing Coach Education (CCE)

These programs are meant to provide training for coaches who already have ICF credentials or who have already received basic coach training. The Continuing Coach Education programs are intended to help coaches to renew their credentials.

Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott, MCC offers several options for this which you can find on her website. We offer 4 hours of CCE’s through the MMS Virtual Training.


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