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Comparing the Credential Application Paths

For each ICF Credential (ACC, PCC and MCC), there are several application paths to earning a Credential. Within each Credential, all paths contain the same requirements and lead to the same Credential. However, your specific application path depends on the type of coaching education you have received.

Below you will find tables that compare the various paths to applying for each Credential – ACC, PCC and MCC. Each Credential application path has the same basic requirements, but the specifics of each will vary depending on the type of education or training you have received.

NOTE: Updates to the Credential application process became effective August 2 at Noon EDT (New York). Learn more about these changes.

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Associate Certified Coach (ACC) Application Paths

Requirements Level 1 / Level 2 / ACTP Path ACSTH Path Portfolio Path
Coaching Education Completion of a Level 1, Level 2 or a full ACTP program, including final assessment 60+ hours of coach-specific education through either part of an ACTP program or completion of ACSTH program(s) 60+ hours of coach-specific education that include use of CCE program(s) or non-ICF accredited program(s)
Coaching Experience 100+ hours with 8 or more clients, of which 75 hours are paid. At least 25 of these hours (paid or unpaid) must occur within 18 months of submitting your credential application 100+ hours with 8 or more clients, of which 75 hours are paid. At least 25 of these hours (paid or unpaid) must occur within 18 months of submitting your credential application 100+ hours with 8 or more clients, of which 75 hours are paid. At least 25 of these hours (paid or unpaid) must occur within 18 months of submitting your credential application
Mentor Coaching Completed in Level 1, Level 2, ACTP program 10 hours with a PCC, MCC credentialed coach or an ACC who has renewed, over 3 months or longer, 3 hours must be one-on-one 10 hours with a PCC, MCC credentialed coach or an ACC who has renewed, over 3 months or longer, 3 hours must be one-on-one
Performance Evaluation Completed in Level 1, Level 2, ACTP program Submit 1 recorded coaching session with transcript Submit 1 recorded coaching session with transcript
Credential Exam Required Required Required
Application Fees $175 USD – ICF Member | $325 USD – Non Member $375 USD – ICF Member | $525 USD – Non Member $475 USD – ICF Member | $625 USD – Non Member
Estimated Review Time 4 weeks 14 weeks 14 weeks

Professional Certified Coach (PCC) Application Paths

Requirements Level 2 / ACTP Path Level 1 / ACSTH Path Portfolio Path
Coaching Education Completion of a Level 2 or full ACTP program, including final assessment 125+ hours of coach-specific education through Level 1 program and/or part of an ACTP program and/or completion of ACSTH program(s) 125+ hours of coach-specific education that include use of CCE program(s) or non-ICF accredited program(s)
Coaching Experience 500+ hours with 25 or more clients, of which 450 hours are paid . At least 50 of these hours (paid or unpaid) must occur within 18 months of submitting your credential application 500+ hours with 25 or more clients, of which 450 hours are paid. At least 50 of these hours (paid or unpaid) must occur within 18 months of submitting your credential application 500+ hours with 25 or more clients, of which 450 hours are paid. At least 50 of these hours (paid or unpaid) must occur within 18 months of submitting your credential application
Mentor Coaching Completed in Level 2 or ACTP program 10 hours with a PCC or MCC credentialed coach, over 3 months or longer, 3 hours must be one-on-one 10 hours with a PCC or MCC credentialed coach, over 3 months or longer, 3 hours must be one-on-one
Performance Evaluation Completed in Level 2 or ACTP program Submit 2 recorded coaching sessions with transcripts Submit 2 recorded coaching sessions with transcripts
Credential Exam Required Required Required
Application Fees $375 USD – ICF Member | $525 USD – Non Member $650 USD – ICF Member | $800 USD – Non Member $750 USD – ICF Member | $900 USD – Non Member
Estimated Review Time 4 weeks 14 weeks 18 weeks

Master Certified Coach (MCC) Application Paths

Requirements Level 3 Path Portfolio Path
Credential Prerequisite Must hold or have held a PCC Credential Must hold or have held a PCC Credential
Coaching Education Completion of Level 3 Program 200+ hours of coach-specific education
Coaching Experience 2,500+ hours with 35 or more clients, of which 2,250 hours are paid 2,500+ hours with 35 or more clients, of which 2,250 hours are paid
Mentor Coaching Completed in Level 3 program 10 hours with an MCC credentialed coach, over 3 months or longer, of which 3 hours must be one-on-one. These hours may not have been applied towards any other previous credential
Performance Evaluation Submit 2 recorded coaching sessions with transcripts Submit 2 recorded coaching sessions with transcripts
ICF Credentialing Exam Required Required
Application Fees $675 USD – ICF Member | $825 USD – Non Member $675 USD – ICF Member | $825 USD – Non Member
Estimated Review Time 18 weeks 18 weeks

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