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ACC PATHS

There are three application paths to choose from for the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) Credential. For each path, the applicant is required to have completed at least 60 hours of coach-specific training, a minimum of 100 hours of client coaching experience, 10 hours of mentor coaching over a minimum of three months, and must pass a performance assessment of their coaching and the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA).

Your application path is determined by the training(s) used to meet the 60-hour coach specific training requirement. Review the requirements below to determine which path fits the training you have received or are considering.

Use the tabbed content below to review each pathway’s requirements, pricing and review time, which vary with each path. You can find these details under the appropriate path’s tab.

  • ACC ACTP Path

    Requirements:

    • Completion of an entire ICF-accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)*. Check for your program’s approval below.
    • A minimum of 100 hours (70 paid**) of coaching experience with at least eight clients following the start of your coach-specific training. At least 25 of these hours must occur within the 24 months*** prior to submitting the application for the credential.
    • Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA).

    *An ACTP program, when completed in full, includes at least 125 student contact hours, 10 hours of mentor coaching and a performance evaluation process.

    **Given the continued impact of the COVID-19, the ICF Credentials and Standards Board has temporarily approved an increase in the proportion of eligible pro bono coaching hours for ACC applicants who apply by December 31, 2021. This is an extension of the previously announced temporary measure, which was set to end December 31, 2020. The proportion is increasing by 20%, meaning that ACC applicants can count 30 hours of pro bono coaching toward their experience requirement (up from 25 hours). 

    ***Given the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our communities, countries and world, the ICF Credentials and Standards Board has temporarily approved an extension to client coaching experience recency requirements. If a coach applies for their ACC by December 31, 2021, their recency requirement for experience hours will be extended from 18 to 24 months. This is an extension from the previously announced temporary measure, which was set to end December 31, 2020. This means that at least 25 hours of coaching experience must have taken place within 24 months of submitting your application.

    Pricing:

    • ICF Members, ACC-ACTP application: $100 USD
    • Non-members, ACC – ACTP application: $300 USD

    Estimated Timeline for Review: 4 weeks

  • ACC ACSTH Path

    Requirements:

    • At least 60 hours of coach-specific training through an ACTP or ACSTH program. Check for your program’s approval below.
    • 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a minimum of three months to be documented on your online application. Your Mentor Coach must be an ACC who has completed a full cycle of the credential through renewal, PCC or MCC in good standing.
    • A minimum of 100 hours (70 paid*) of coaching experience with at least eight clients following the start of your coach-specific training. At least 25 of these hours must occur within the 24 months** prior to submitting the application for the credential.
    • Performance evaluation (audio recording and written transcript of a coach session to be uploaded with your application).
    • Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA).

    *Given the continued impact of the COVID-19, the ICF Credentials and Standards Board has temporarily approved an increase in the proportion of eligible pro bono coaching hours for ACC applicants who apply by December 31, 2021. This is an extension of the previously announced temporary measure, which was set to end December 31, 2020. The proportion is increasing by 20%, meaning that ACC applicants can count 30 hours of pro bono coaching toward their experience requirement (up from 25 hours). 

    **Given the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our communities, countries and world, the ICF Credentials and Standards Board has temporarily approved an extension to client coaching experience recency requirements. If a coach applies for their ACC by December 31, 2021, their recency requirement for experience hours will be extended from 18 to 24 months. This is an extension from the previously announced temporary measure, which was set to end December 31, 2020. This means that at least 25 hours of coaching experience must have taken place within 24 months of submitting your application.

    Pricing:

    • ICF Members, ACC-ACSTH application: $300 USD
    • Non-members, ACC-ACSTH application: $500 USD

    Estimated Timeline for Review: 14 Weeks

  • ACC Portfolio Path

    If you are counting Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units and/or non-approved training toward your training requirements, you are required to follow the ACC Portfolio path.

    Requirements:

    • At least 60 hours of coach-specific training with robust documentation. You will be required to demonstrate that you have completed a comprehensive training program that includes the ICF definition of Coaching, Code of Ethics and Core Competencies, and is organized in a scope and sequence that encourages your growth as a coach.
    • 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a minimum of three months to be documented on your online application. Your Mentor Coach must be an ACC who has completed a full cycle of their credential (through renewal), PCC or MCC in good standing.
    • A minimum of 100 hours (70 paid*) of coaching experience with at least eight clients following the start of your coach-specific training. At least 25 of these hours must occur within the 24 months** prior to submitting the application for the credential.
    • Performance evaluation (audio recording and written transcript of a coaching session to be uploaded with your application).
    • Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA).

    *Given the continued impact of the COVID-19, the ICF Credentials and Standards Board has temporarily approved an increase in the proportion of eligible pro bono coaching hours for ACC applicants who apply by December 31, 2021. This is an extension of the previously announced temporary measure, which was set to end December 31, 2020. The proportion is increasing by 20%, meaning that ACC applicants can count 30 hours of pro bono coaching toward their experience requirement (up from 25 hours). 

    **Given the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our communities, countries and world, the ICF Credentials and Standards Board has temporarily approved an extension to client coaching experience recency requirements. If a coach applies for their ACC by December 31, 2021, their recency requirement for experience hours will be extended from 18 to 24 months. This is an extension from the previously announced temporary measure, which was set to end December 31, 2020. This means that at least 25 hours of coaching experience must have taken place within 24 months of submitting your application.

    Pricing:

    • ICF Members, ACC – Portfolio application: $400 USD
    • Non-members, ACC – Portfolio application: $600 USD

    Estimated Timeline for Review: 14 weeks

  • Training (Portfolio Path Only)

    Candidates on the ACC Portfolio Path must complete at least 60 hours of coach-specific training with robust documentation.

  • Mentor Coaching (ACSTH and Portfolio Only)

    Candidates on the ACC ACSTH and Portfolio paths must document at least 10 hours of Mentor Coaching on their online application.

  • Experience Requirements

    Applicants for ICF Credentials are required to demonstrate a set number of hours of coaching experience. Coaches must complete an attestation of this experience as part of the application.

  • Coach Knowledge Assessment

    The Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) is a tool that can be used to measure coaches’ understanding of the knowledge and skills important in the practice of coaching. The CKA tests coaches on their understanding of the body of knowledge that includes the ICF definition of coaching, Core Competencies and Code of Ethics.

  • Performance Evaluation and Transcript ( ACSTH and Portfolio Paths Only)

    The ACC ACSTH and Portfolio processes include a performance evaluation where ICF Assessors will review one recorded coaching session with transcript. You are required to pass this performance evaluation at the ACC level in order to be awarded the ACC credential.

  • Submission

    Do not send documentation to ICF Headquarters by mail or email. Only documentation that has been included with your online application will be accepted.

  • Support

    If you have questions or need support regarding the Associate Certified Coach Credential, please visit the ICF Support page.

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