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Comparing Legacy and Updated Accreditations

Below you will find at-a-glance charts that compare the Legacy ACSTH, ACTP and CCE Accreditations with the updated Level 1, 2 and CCE Accreditations that took effect on January 10, 2022.

Please note that these charts are not inclusive of all requirements for that accreditation. To review the comprehensive requirements for Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Updated CCE accreditations, please visit their respective pages.

If your organization is currently accredited at the ACSTH or ACTP level, transition applications are now available! Visit the Accreditation Transition page for more details.

ACSTH & Level 1 Comparison

ACSTH REQUIREMENTS LEVEL 1 REQUIREMENTS
Retires January 7, 2022 Effective January 10, 2022
30+ student contact hours 60+ student contact hours
5 observed coaching sessions with written feedback for 3 of the sessions 5 observed coaching sessions with written feedback for 3 of the sessions
All instructors who are teaching content based on the ICF definition of coaching, ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics must hold one of the three ICF Credentials (ACC, PCC or MCC). All instructors who are teaching content based on the ICF definition of coaching, ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics must hold one of the three ICF Credentials (ACC, PCC or MCC).
80% Core Competency / 20% Resource Development student contact hours 80% Core Competency / 20% Resource Development student contact hours
50% synchronous / 50% asynchronous student contact hours 50% synchronous / 50% asynchronous student contact hours
Publicly accessible website Publicly accessible website
One graduating class of at least five students that have completed the curriculum as presented in accreditation application   One graduating class of at least five students that have completed the curriculum as presented in accreditation application  
All education/training programs must have been in operation for a minimum of six (6) months as established by the first time the offering was delivered to participants with content as submitted in the application All education/training programs must have been in operation for a minimum of three (3) months as established by the first time the offering was delivered to participants with content as submitted in the application

*Denotes a new requirement under the updated accreditation model.


ACTP & Level 2 Comparison

ACTP REQUIREMENTS LEVEL 2 REQUIREMENTS
Retires January 7, 2022 Effective January 10, 2022
125+ student contact hours 125+ student contact hours
6 observed coaching sessions with written feedback for 4 of the sessions 6 Observed Coaching Sessions with written feedback for 4 of the sessions
10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a period of three (3) months by an ICF PCC or MCC credentialed coach 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a period of three (3) months by an ICF PCC or MCC credentialed coach
All instructors who are teaching content based on the ICF definition of coaching, ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics must hold one of the three ICF Credentials (ACC, PCC or MCC) All instructors who are teaching content based on the ICF definition of coaching, ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics must hold one of the three ICF Credentials (ACC, PCC or MCC)
80% Core Competency / 20% Resource Development student contact hours 80% Core Competency / 20% Resource Development student contact hours
50% synchronous / 50% asynchronous student contact hours 50% synchronous / 50% asynchronous student contact hours
Publicly accessible website Publicly accessible website
One graduating class of at least five students that have completed the curriculum as presented in accreditation application   One graduating class of at least five students that have completed the curriculum as presented in accreditation application  
All education/training programs must have been in operation for a minimum of six (6) months as established by the first time the offering was delivered to participants with content as submitted in the application All education/training programs must have been in operation for a minimum of six (6) months as established by the first time the offering was delivered to participants with content as submitted in the application
Level 2 accredited providers must administer a final performance evaluation in a formal testing environment. The performance evaluation must be graded at or above the ICF Credential PCC level Level 2 accredited providers must administer a final performance evaluation in a formal testing environment. The performance evaluation must be graded at or above the ICF Credential PCC level
PCC/MCC required to conduct Mentor Coaching and Performance Evaluation PCC/MCC required to conduct Mentor Coaching and Performance Evaluation
All Level 2 Directors of Education must hold a valid PCC or MCC credential in good standing All Level 2 Directors of Education must hold a valid PCC or MCC credential in good standing

Legacy & Updated CCE Comparison

LEGACY CCE REQUIREMENTS UPDATED CCE REQUIREMENTS
Retires January 7, 2022 Effective January 10, 2022
1+ hours of curriculum with a minimum of 1 hour in Core Competency 1+ hours of curriculum with a minimum of 1 hour in Core Competency
Two to one (2:1) synchronous / asynchronous No synchronous hour requirement
No faculty credential requirements No faculty credential requirements
No cap (limit) on hours Hours capped at 40*
Publicly accessible website Publicly accessible website

*Multiple segments of 40 hours can be submitted by the same accredited provider as long as a continual education/development path is evidenced. 

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