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Certification

The path to certification can be confusing and complex. Our training process has simplified the steps for you; CCE customizes and guides you step-by-step in your training and certification.

 

Here is how we approach certification:

Our three inclusive and comprehensive programs meet the necessary number of coach-specific training hours and mentor coaching requirements for each level of the International Coach Federation (ICF) certifications.

  1. Associate Program
  2. Professional Program
  3. Master Program

Here is how it works:

The three programs are made up of modules that build upon one another, which makes it easy for you to navigate and advance your certification by simply taking another module.

 

Receiving your certification:

When it's time to apply for certification with the International Coach Federation, you apply using the ACSTH path (Approved Coach Specific Training Hours). All of our modules and electives are ICF approved or in the process of being approved in 2017. 

 

Associate Program

Essential Training and Associate Training Modules

 

Option 1

Prepares you for the Associate Certified Coach (ACC), the first level of International Coach Federation (ICF) certification and includes:

  • Essential Training module
    • Foundational Coaching Skills
    • Coaching practicums
    • Peer and client coaching
    • Observation Coaching
    • 6 hours' mentor coaching
    • 8 virtual classes
    • 2 in-person workshops 
  • Associate Training module
    • Advanced Coaching Skills
    • Ethics and Risk Management 
    • Organizational Coaching
    • Advanced Coaching Practicum
    • LifeMap for Focused Living Coaching Process©
    • Coaching with StrengthsFinder® and the CCE Personality Inventory
    • Peer and client coaching
    • 4 hours' mentor coaching
    • 14 virtual classes
    • 1 in-person workshop
    • 3 months post LifeMap Training coaching support

Option 1 Essential Training and Associate Training modules complete 84 hours' coach-specific training. These modules fulfill the required ICF 10 hours' mentor coaching and 60 hours' coach-specific training. The additional 24 training hours can be applied toward the second level of ICF certification.

Final step. Apply for ACC certification following 100 hours' (75 paid) coaching experience and a minimum of 8 clients. 

Note: Twice a year CCE offers a "No Travel" Essential Coach Training; however, does not include mentor coaching in the tuition. If you chose this option, you will need an additional 6-hours' mentor coaching for the first level of ICF certification, Associate Certified Coach (ACC).

Option 2

  • Essential Training module
    • Foundational Coaching Skills
    • Coaching practicums
    • Peer and client coaching
    • Observation Coaching
    • 6 hours' mentor coaching
    • 8 virtual classes
    • 2 in-person workshops 
  • Associate Training modulelive virtual classes only
    • Advanced Coaching Skills
    • Coaching practicums
    • Ethics and Risk Management for Coaches
    • 4 hours' mentor coaching

Option 2 Essential Training and Associate Training modules complete 63.5 hours' coach-specific training. These modules fulfill the required ICF 10 hours' mentor coaching and 60 hours' coach-specific training for your first level of ICF certification, the Associate Certified Coach (ACC).

Next, apply for ACC certification following 100 hours' (75 paid) coaching experience and a minimum of 8 clients. 

 

 

Professional Program

Following the completion of the Associate Program, the Professional Training module prepares you for the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certification, the second level of International Coach Federation certification and includes:

  • Mindset Is Causative
  • Advanced Coaching Practicum
  • Peer and client coaching
  • 10-hours' mentor coaching
  • 15 live virtual classes
  • 1 in-person Workshop

The Essential Training, Associate Training, and Professional Training modules complete 126 hours' coach-specific training. These modules fulfill the ICF required 125 hours' coach specific training and 10 hours' mentor coaching for the second level of ICF certification, the Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

Next, apply for PCC certification following 500 hours' (450 paid) coaching experience and a minimum of 25 clients. 

If you chose Associate Training Option 2, an additional 19.5 hours of electives is required beyond the Professional Program to apply for the second level of ICF certification, Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

 

Master Program

Following the completion of the Associate and Professional Program, Master Training prepares you for the third level of certification, the Master Certified Coach (MCC) certification, and includes: 

  • 74 hours' coach-specific training electives or courses
    • CCE will consult with you on the specific electives and courses that will leverage your coaching focus and needs.
  • 10 hours' mentor coaching

You can apply for MCC certification following 2,500 hours' (2,250 paid) coaching experience with a minimum of 35 clients. 


Questions & Answers

 

What makes certification worth the time and perseverance? 

A credentialed coach demonstrates not only knowledge and skill, but also a commitment to high professional standards and strong code of ethics. A credential adds credibility to you as a coaching professional. 

 

 

 

How can certification benefit you?

Your professional coach certification is an important step in personal and professional development. Being a certified coach means that you have invested significant time and effort into ensuring that you adhere to commonly accepted standards for the coaching profession. You are not simply “hanging out a shingle” and calling yourself a coach. You are a professional and have undergone rigorous training and practice in the art and science of coaching. 

Your certification is additional assurance for your clients that you are a trained coach, and you have met the requirements to earn an endorsement from a credible training organization. Certification says that you are serious about your profession and that your clients can expect an excellent experience with you.

Your certification strongly supports the coaching profession and you are contributing to its standardization and stability. Certification shows that you value connection and accountability and that you are willing to submit yourself to the scrutiny of a self-regulating profession. For onlookers (those who are either interested or critical), the more coaches who become certified, the more the profession is taken seriously.

 

Why the International Coach Federation?

From the beginning, CCE’s vision has been to provide the finest coach training possible and to offer coach certification. A key step for accomplishing both of these goals was aligning our training standards with ICF requirements. Founded in 1995, the International Coach Federation (ICF) is one of the leading global organizations dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. With more than 20,000 members, ICF’s goal is to maintain a solid direction, presence and professional voice for coaches.

Aligning our training standards with ICF gives you confidence that we uphold the highest standards in training and certification and offers you the opportunity to apply for ICF certification and CCE certification.

 

What kind of support can you expect to receive?

From day one, the CCE team provides you with personal certification guidance. Throughout your training and even following completion of your training, we are there every step of the way! 

Call the CCE office at 612.246.4787 or request a free personal consultation to find out more about coach certification.