To apply for the MCC Credential, you must currently hold or have previously held a PCC Credential, in addition to meeting further requirements specific to the MCC Credential. ICF offers one application path to obtain the MCC. Explore each application requirement for the MCC Credential below.
*Beginning August 1, 2022, all Credential applicants will be required to successfully complete the new ICF Credentialing Exam. Additionally, candidates who are required to submit a performance evaluation will be assessed using the updated Performance Evaluation criteria. Learn more about the upcoming changes.
July 27, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EDT (New York) is the final deadline to submit a Credential application under the current application paths and assessments (Coach Knowledge Assessment and Performance Evaluation Criteria for ACC, MCC and MCC).
NOTE: Due to an unusually high volume of applications in our queue, we are experiencing longer than normal wait times for processing Credential applications. Please allow an estimated 20-22 weeks for review.
At the MCC level, 200 hours of coach-specific education are required. This education may be earned through one or more ICF-accredited or non-accredited.
For non ICF-accredited education, the program curriculum will need to be submitted with robust documentation to ensure the education received meets ICF standards. The other requirements – mentor coaching and recorded coaching sessions for the performance evaluation – will need to be verified separately and must be included in the application, along with the training certificate(s) and coaching experience hours. Then, the CKA Exam must be taken if it has not already been passed.
For those who did not complete an ACTP or ACSTH program to reach the required education hours in full, the Portfolio application path must be used to apply for a credential. View Sample Portfolio Application.
Estimated Time for Review: 18 weeks
Candidates for the MCC Credential must have at least 2,500 hours of coaching experience as of the time they begin their coach-specific education.* Coaches must complete an attestation of this experience as part of the application.
The experience hours must have been with at least 35 clients. Of the 2,500 or more coaching experience hours, at least 2,250 of the hours must be paid.
*For this purpose, ICF defines the start of coach-specific education as any course with at least 30 hours of which at least 24 hours are in ICF Core Competencies instruction. Eligible courses can be ICF-accredited or non –ICF-accredited. Please note that all non-accredited programs and CCE-accredited courses are subject to review by ICF as part of the portfolio application path.
Visit the Coaching Experience page for more details on experience requirements, including all acceptable coaching experiences and how to document them. You will also find the ICF Coaching Log Template at the bottom of this page, which you may use if you wish.
Candidates for the MCC must document at least 10 hours of Mentor Coaching on their application. Mentor Coaching hours submitted with an MCC Credential application cannot be the same Mentor Coaching hours applied toward a previous application for the ACC or PCC Credential.
The Mentor Coaching hours must occur over a three-month period or longer. Of the 10 hours of mentoring, three hours must be one-on-one. The remaining seven hours may be one-on-one or in a group.
For the MCC Credential, the Mentor Coach must be a current ICF Credential-holder in good standing at the MCC level.
Visit the Mentor Coaching page for more information about mentoring and, if needed, to find a mentor coach.
Candidates for the MCC are required to pass a performance evaluation. This evaluation consists of an ICF Assessor’s review of two recorded coaching sessions with transcripts submitted by the applicant.
The coaching session must be with a regular client who has hired you as a coach and not in any other capacity and must last between 20-60 minutes.
Please visit the Performance Evaluation page for more information, including the requirements for the audio and transcript files and access to the Minimum Skills Requirement.
All candidates for the MCC credential are required to pass a computer-based written exam administered by ICF Credentials and Standards, unless previously passed with an ACC or PCC Credential.
The Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) is a tool that can be used to measure a coach’s 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, ICF Core Competencies and ICF Code of Ethics.
Please visit the exam information page to learn more about the exam process, access links to the ICF Core Competencies and Ethics pages, view sample questions and review other resources and information.
NOTE: The Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) will be replaced by the ICF Credentialing Exam in August 2022. Once the new ICF Credentialing Exam has been released, all applicants for the ACC, PCC and MCC Credential will be required to take and pass the new exam, even if an applicant has previously passed the CKA.
For a visual representation of application paths and the required documentation to be included in each, please visit the Application Path Comparison page.
ICF Credentials and Standards will only accept documentation that has been included with your online application. Do not send documentation by mail or email.
To create your application, please complete the ICF Credential Path Survey.