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Continuing Coach Education (CCE) is intended for third-party training providers who are interested in having their training program accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). CCE is considered supplemental and advanced education for those wishing to acquire new learning and/or those who are renewing their ICF Credential.

Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units are earned upon completing Continuing Coach Education. CCE units are awarded in two categories:

  • Core Competencies: Advanced coach training that directly relates to or expands upon the ICF Core Competencies
  • Resource Development: Training in skills that contribute to a coach’s professional development (e.g., personal development, coaching tools or assessments, business building, or other material that falls outside the ICF Core Competencies)

If you are delivering training that only qualifies as Resource Development CCE (training in personal development, coaching assessments or tools, business building, or other material that falls outside of the ICF Core Competencies), you are not eligible for the CCE Program Accreditation Process.

You will not be granted the same privileges as an officially accredited CCE provider (i.e. permission to use CCE logo and a listing on ICF Training Program Search Service.)

You may award RD CCE units via your own certificate, letter or email on letterhead with student name, name of the event/class, date, and amount of hours completed.

Application Requirements

  • Application Fees

    • 1–12 Program Hours: $200 USD
    • 13–24 Program Hours: $400 USD
    • 25–36 Program Hours: $600 USD
    • 37–48 Program Hours: $800 USD
    • 49–60 Program Hours: $1,000 USD
    • 61-plus Program Hours: $1,500 USD

    CCE program application fees are non-refundable and do not guarantee program accreditation. CCE program accreditation is valid for one calendar year.

  • Organization Information

    • Organization Details: Name of organization, mailing address, website, and telephone number.
    • Organization Description: Brief description of the organization that is delivering the training program. Keep in mind this information will be used for ICF review, and will also be posted to the Training Program Search Service (TPSS) for prospective students.
    • Contact Information: Contact information for the ICF application contact. This person, and only this person, will be contacted by ICF regarding the application process. This person agrees to ensure that the training organization adheres to all CCE Accredited Program criteria, ICF Program Accreditation Code of Conduct, and the ICF Code of Ethics.
  • Program Description

    Please provide a brief description of the program being offered.

  • Program Delivery Method

    You may choose one of the following options:

    • Synchronous Learning (SL) refers to a learning environment allowing synchronous (real-time) interactions between faculty and students. This may include time spent in direct instruction, real-time discussions, observation and feedback or practice coaching sessions, and mentoring students. SL CCE may be delivered live via lecture, telephone conference, or webinar.
    • Asynchronous Learning (AL) refers to a learning environment outside of real-time interaction between faculty and students. These may include outside reading, writing, research, journaling, and various other activities that may occur outside of the synchronous setting. Any training programs that offer 100% of their program in AL, will not be qualified to submit a CCE application at this time.
    • Blended Learning (BL) refers to a learning environment in which training is delivered through a combination of both Synchronous Learning and Asynchronous Learning. For more information please refer to the ICF Blended Learning Requirements.
  • Program Details

    Please provide the following details:

    • Language(s) in which your program is delivered
    • Target audience for your program
    • Learning objectives (i.e., what students will learn from your program)
    • Requirements students must meet to receive a certificate of completion
    • How student attendance is monitored
    • Location(s) and date(s) the training will be delivered
  • Detailed Program Schedule

    CCE applicants are required to provide a detailed schedule with instructional time for the program submitted for accreditation. Please ensure the program schedule contains the following:

    • Number of hours spent in training (e.g., 2.5 hours). Do not include breaks.
    • Instructional time; i.e., actual clock time spent in training (e.g., 8–10:30 a.m.). Do not include breaks.
    • Name of instructor delivering that portion of the training
    • Description of the content being covered and the method of delivery
    • CCE category (i.e., Core Competency or Resource Development)

    Download a sample detailed program schedule below. Using this form will make the program review process easier and more efficient.

  • Instructors

    Please upload a document with the following information for each instructor delivering the program:

    • Coaching credentials and experience
    • Educational background
    • Training experience

    ICF does not require that CCE instructors hold an ICF Credential.

  • Program Materials

    Program materials must be uploaded with the CCE Program Application. Please submit at least one of the following:

    • Course materials (student or instructor’s manual, handouts, powerpoints, or any other materials for your program)
    • Promotional materials (fliers, brochures, or any other marketing pieces for your program)

    Program materials may be submitted in the following file formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .xls, .csv, .txt, .rtf, .html, .zip, .mp3, .wma, .mpg, .flv, .avi, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .xlsx.

  • Required Consent

    Detailed statements of agreement, compliance and limitation, duty to notify and payment agreements are included in the sample application and online CCE program application. Applicants must consent to these agreements as part of the application process.

Submission Information

All applications must be submitted using the application available via the link above. Applications submitted via email will not be accepted. ICF CCE Program Application review normally takes four weeks. In order to properly publicize your event, we suggest that you submit the application at least 90 days in advance.

ICF Chapters

ICF Chapter Leaders can submit chapter programming for CCE accreditation using a dedicated application. Chapter Leaders can direct questions regarding CCE approval to Maria Lester.

If you have questions or need support about Continuing Coach Education, please visit the ICF Support page.

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