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International Coaching Federation is Leading the Evolution of Accreditation in Coaching Education


Lexington, Kentucky, USA (November 15, 2021) – After one of the biggest quality improvement initiatives in its history, the International Coaching Federation (ICF) has announced its first-ever large-scale updates to its accreditation structure. The changes are being spearheaded by ICF Coaching Education, an ICF family organization formerly known as ICF Coach Training.

“We are innovating our current global accreditation model to set the highest standards for coach-specific education in the world,” said Luke Davis, M.Ed., CAE, vice president of ICF Coaching Education. “Our new structure will enable coaches to find a clearer path to quality education that prepares them for the nuance, complexity and sophistication of today’s coaching consumer.”

Over the next 18 months, ICF Coaching Education will work with ICF accredited organizations and institutions, and those interested in pursuing ICF accreditation, to make a series of both structural and standards updates. Enacting these changes allows ICF and coaching education providers to strengthen the coaching field through the use of validated coaching competencies, a common code of ethics, and fair, reliable assessments.

Notable changes include:

  • The introduction of three accreditation levels that are tied to ICF Credentialing pathways. These accreditation levels seek to clearly communicate the path for progressive development over time as a coach.
  • An accreditation status that applies to an entire organization, rather than to specific coach training programs or curricula. This change allows ICF to recognize the impact and responsibility that a provider’s operations, organization and administration has upon any participant’s experience of quality and equity with the accredited organization.

The future of coaching begins today with the evolution of accreditation in coaching education, and it brings us a step closer to a future where coaching is a trusted and integral part of a thriving society.
– Micki McMillan, MCC, chair of the ICF Coaching Education Board of Directors

These updates are the result of research and work produced by a global task force on program accreditation.


About the International Coaching Federation

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the world’s largest organization leading the global advancement of the coaching profession and fostering coaching’s role as an integral part of a thriving society. Founded in 1995, its 41,000-plus members located in more than 150 countries and territories work toward common goals of enhancing awareness of coaching and upholding the integrity of the profession through lifelong learning and upholding the highest ethical standards. Through the work of its six unique family organizations, ICF empowers professional coaches, coaching clients, organizations, communities and the world through coaching.

Comments (5)

  1. says:

    I saw on ICF website earlier this week that the new leveling was planned to be effective Jan 7 2022. This update appears to imply the effective date will be mid-2023.
    I was looking to pursue my MCC-qualified uplevel education in 2022. If I do that in 2022 (with a mastery course led by MCC instructors) and don’t apply for my MCC until 2023 will the training I complete (assuming 75 hrs) qualify or should I be putting this off until mid-2023 when I’d have the hours to apply for MCC? The mastery course I’ve selected is currently ICF approved.


    • Laura Shrake says:

      Hi there,

      For more help with your specific question, I would recommend reaching out to the Accreditation and Credentialing support team by visiting the Support page to submit a ticket. This team should be able to answer you questions!


      Laura Shrake
      Digital Marketing Manager

  2. Olufemi Odelusi says:


    I found some valuable details at the link below.

    There are details of Key Dates for Accreditation’s Evolution:

    December 2, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. EST (New York) and 6:00 p.m. EST (New York) – Live Q&A Webinars. More details and registration links forthcoming.

    January 7, 2022 at 12:00 Noon EST (New York) – Final deadline to submit accreditation applications under the current model (ACSTH, ACTP, CCE*)

    January 10, 2022 at 12 Noon EST (New York) – The updated accreditation structure will take effect and replace the current model. At this point, programs and organizations will no longer be able to apply for the ACSTH, ACTP or legacy CCE* accreditation.

    January 19, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. EST (New York) and 6:00 p.m. EST (New York) – Live Q&A Webinars. More details and registration links forthcoming.

    February – December, 2022 – Collaboration with the ICF Coaching Education Team to create individualized transition plans to ensure your accreditation aligns with new standards and requirements.

    December 31, 2022 – Deadline to meet new accreditation standards and requirements.

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