ICF Coach

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Type: Certification

Time: Years

Cost: Paid

Associate Certified Coach (ACC)

Issued by International Coaching Federation

Associate Certified Coach (ACC) Credential-holders are trained (60+ hours) and experienced (100+ hours) coaches. They have demonstrated knowledge and emerging proficiency in the application of the ICF Core Competencies, Code of Ethics, and definition of coaching. Earners show a commitment to high ethical standards and have demonstrated, through rigorous assessment, professional competence in their work with clients. The ACC must be renewed every three years.


Active Listening | Building Trust | Communicating Effectively | Creating Awareness | Establishing Agreements | Maintaining Presence | Meeting Ethical Guidelines | Partnering With Clients | Powerful Questioning | Setting Goals

Earning Criteria

Completion of at least 60 hours of coach-specific training that meets ICF guidelines for credentialing.

Completion of at least 100 hours of client-coaching experience since the start of their coach training.

Completion of 10 hours of mentor coaching with an eligible mentor coach.

Submission of a completed application for the Associate Certified Coach Credential.

Pass both knowledge and performance assessments at the Associate Certified Coach level.


ICF Core Competencies

The ICF core coaching competencies were developed to support a greater understanding of the skills and approaches used within today’s coaching profession as defined by the International Coach Federation.

ICF Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics is designed to provide appropriate guidelines, accountability and enforceable standards of conduct for all ICF Members and ICF Credential-holders, who commit to abiding by the ICF Code of Ethics.