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Certification

The path to certification can be confusing and complex. Our training process has simplified the steps for you and CCE guides you step-by-step in your training and International Coach Federation (ICF) certification.

Here is how we approach certification:

Our inclusive and comprehensive courses meet the necessary number of coach-specific training hours for each of the International Coach Federation (ICF) certifications: 

  1. Associate Certified Coach
  2. Professional Certified Coach
  3. Master Certified Coach

 

Here is how it works:

CCE coach training courses build upon one another, which makes it easy for you to navigate and advance your certification and include:

  1. Essential Training
  2. Associate Training
  3. Professional Training
  4. Master Training

 

Receiving your certification:

When you have completed the requirements for your particular level of certification, you will apply for certification with the International Coach Federation using the ACSTH path (Approved Coach Specific Training Hours). 

 

    Associate Level

    Essential Training and Associate Training

     

    If pursuing the International Coach Federation (ICF) designation as an Associate Certified Coach
    (ACC) is on your horizon, we offer two courses that help you meet the certification requirements:

    Essential Training

    This is your first building block to the International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach (ACC) certification. 

    44 ICF approved Coach-Specific Training Hours [ACSTH] include:

    • Foundational Coaching Skills
    • Coaching practicums
    • Peer and client coaching
    • Observation Coaching
    • 6 hours of mentor coaching
    • 8 virtual classes
    • 2 in-person workshops 

    Associate Training

    This second building block completes the ICF required coach-specific training and mentor coaching hours to attain the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) certification. Depending on your future goals, there are two potential training paths.

    Option 1

    65 ICF approved Coach-Specific Training Hours [ACSTH] include:

    • Advanced Coaching Skills
    • Ethics and Risk Management 
    • Organizational Coaching
    • Advanced Coaching Practicum
    • Coaching with StrengthsFinder® and the Personality Inventories
    • Peer and client coaching
    • 4 hours of mentor coaching
    • 14 virtual classes
    • 1 in-person workshop
    • 3 months post training support

    Option 2

    19.5 ICF approved Coach-Specific Training Hours [ACSTH] include:

    • Essential Training
    • Associate Traininglive virtual classes only
      • Advanced Coaching Skills
      • Coaching practicums
      • Ethics and Risk Management for Coaches
      • 4 hours of mentor coaching

    You can apply for ACC certification following 60 hours' coach-specific training, 100 hours' (75 paid) coaching experience, a minimum of 25 clients, and ten hours' mentor coaching. 

    *When paired with Essential Training, both Associate Training Options (1 & 2) meet the ICF requirements for ACC certification; Option 1 contains 49 additional hours that can be applied toward the next level of certification.

     

    Professional Level Courses

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

    Option 1* for those who plan to pursue certification beyond the PCC. 

    55 ICF approved Coach-Specific Training Hours [ACSTH] include:

    • ƒ Apply “Mindset Is Causative” concepts
    • ƒ Identify assessments and assertions in a coaching conversation
    • ƒ Observe learned pessimism and optimism ƒ
    • Apply the developmental change process ƒ
    • Facilitate a coaching conversation with a comprehensive and integrated perspective ƒ Advanced Coaching Practicum
    • ƒ Peer and client coaching
    • ƒ 1 in-person workshop (3-day)
    • ƒ 15 live virtual classes (16 weeks total)

    Option 2 may interest those whose immediate goal is PCC certification. 

    18 ICF approved Coach-Specific Training Hours [ACSTH] include:

    • ƒ Apply “Mindset Is Causative” concepts
    • ƒ Identify assessments and assertions in a coaching conversation
    • ƒ Observe learned pessimism and optimism ƒ
    • Apply the developmental change process ƒ
    • Facilitate a coaching conversation with a comprehensive and integrated perspective ƒ Advanced Coaching Practicum (abbreviated) ƒ
    • Peer and client coaching
    • ƒ12 live virtual classes

    You can apply for PCC certification following 125 hours' coach-specific training, 500 hours' (75 paid) coaching experience, a minimum of 25 clients, and ten hours of mentor coaching. 

    * Together with Essential Training and Associate Training, both of the Professional Training paths (Options 1 and 2) complete the 125 ICF approved coach-specific training hours required for PCC certification. The 39 additional hours in Option 1 can either be applied toward a higher level of certification, or used as continuing education credits for ICF certification renewal.

     

    Master Level Courses

    Following the completion of Essential, Associate, and Professional Training, Master Training prepares you for the third level of certification, the Master Certified Coach (MCC) certification. You will have accumulated 164 coach-specific training hours from the previous courses.

    Our priority is customizing a plan that leverages your coaching skills and coaching focus. We are invested in supporting you to contribute at your professional and personal best, resulting in transformational results in the lives of those you lead and coach.

    To begin Master Training, a CCE consultant will help you plan out your remaining 36 training hours—which will fulfill the 200 coach-specific training hours required by the ICF for the Master Certified Coach (MCC) certification. 

    Your 36 ICF Approved Coach-Specific Training Hours [ACSTH] include:

    • ƒ Phase 1: Consulting with CCE coach to customize your coach-specific training plan 
    • ƒ Phase 2: Options of virtual webinar classes or courses with content that is tailored to your area of coaching focus
    • Phase 3: Access to CCE staff for mentor coaching opportunities*

    In addition to completing your training plan, you will need 10 hours of mentor coaching in order to apply for ICF certification following 2,500 hours (2,250 paid) of coaching experience with at least 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.