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There is only one application type for the Master Certified Coach. Review the requirements below for additional information.

  • MCC Path


    • 200 hours of coach-specific training.
    • 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a minimum of three months. Your Mentor Coach must be an MCC in good standing. This cannot be the same Mentor Coaching that was applied toward a previous ICF Credential application.
    • A minimum of 2,500 hours (2,200 paid*) of coaching experience with at least 35 clients, following the start of your coach-specific training.
    • Performance evaluation (two audio recordings and written transcripts of coaching sessions).
    • 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.

    *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 MCC 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 MCC applicants can count 300 hours of pro bono coaching toward their experience requirement (up from 250 hours). 


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

    Estimated Timeline for Review: 18 weeks


  • Training Requirements

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

    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 Transcripts

    The MCC process includes a performance evaluation where ICF Assessors will review two recorded coaching sessions with transcripts. You 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 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 Master Certified Coach Credential, please visit the ICF Support page.

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