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MCC Path

There is only one application path for the Master Certified Coach (MCC) Credential. Review the requirements below for additional information.

  • MCC Path


    • 200 hours of coach-specific education or training.
    • 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a minimum of three months. Your Mentor Coach must hold an MCC Credential in good standing. 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.
    • A minimum of 2,500 hours (2,250 paid) of coaching experience with at least 35 clients, following the start of your coach-specific education or training.
    • Performance evaluation (two audio recordings and written transcripts of coaching sessions to be uploaded with your application).
    • Currently holds (or previously held) a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) Credential.
    • Complete the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA*) unless previously passed when applying for ACC or PCC.

    *The Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) will be replaced by the ICF Credentialing Exam in the second quarter of 2022. once the new ICF Credentialing Exam has been released, all applicants for an ICF ACC, PCC, or MCC Credential will be required to take and pass the new exam, even if an applicant has previously passed the CKA. 


    • ICF Members: $575 USD
    • Non-members: $775 USD

    Estimated Timeline for Review: 18 weeks

  • Education / Training Requirements

    Candidates on the MCC Portfolio Path must complete at least 200 hours of coach-specific education or training.

  • Mentor Coaching

    MCC candidates 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 / ICF Credentialing Exam

    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.

    NOTE: The CKA will be replaced with the ICF Credentialing Exam in the second quarter of 2022. The ICF Credentialing Exam is a computer-based written exam designed to assess an applicant’s understanding of and ability to apply the ICF definition of coaching, the updated ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics in realistic coaching scenarios. The ICF Credentialing exam will be delivered in partnership with Pearson VUE through their global network of testing centers and through the Pearson OnVUE system, which allows applicants to complete the exam online at their home or office while being monitored by a remote proctor.  

  • Performance Evaluation and Transcripts

    The MCC application process includes a performance evaluation through which ICF Assessors review two recorded coaching sessions with transcripts submitted by the applicant. Applicants are required to pass this performance evaluation at the MCC level in order to be awarded the MCC credential.

  • Submission

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

    To create your application, please complete the ICF Credentialing Survey.

  • Support

    If you have questions about the credentialing process, please visit the FAQ page.

    If you need support regarding the Associate Certified Coach Credential or if you do not find the answer to your question on the FAQ page, please visit the ICF Support page.

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