Coach Credentialing

Associate Certified Coach (ACC)

The International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach (ACC) Credential is for the practiced coach.

The ACC requires at least 100 hours of client coaching experience and the cost ranges from $100 to $500 USD, depending on membership status and the type of application.

There are two ways to apply for the ACC: an ACTP application and a Portfolio application. Before you proceed, you must determine which application you’ll need.

If you have completed an entire ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP), then you may apply for an ACC using the ACTP application. See the requirements for the ACC ACTP path.

If your coach-specific training was not through an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP), then you must apply using the Portfolio application. See the requirements for the ACC Portfolio path.

Professional Certified Coach (PCC)

The International Coach Federation Professional Certified Coach Credential (PCC) is for the proven coach.

The PCC requires at least 750 hours of client coaching experience and the cost ranges from $300 to $775 USD, depending on your membership status and the type of application.

There are two ways to apply for the PCC: an ACTP application and a Portfolio application. Before you proceed, you must determine which application you’ll need.

If you have completed an entire ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) then you may apply for a PCC using the ACTP application. See the requirements for the PCC ACTP path.

If your coach specific training was not through an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP), then you must apply using the portfolio application. See the requirements for the PCC Portfolio path.

Master Certified Coach (MCC)

The Master Certified Coach (MCC) Credential is for the expert coach.

There is a single application type for the MCC.

  • MCC Application Requirements
  • 200 hours of coach-specific training
  • 2500 hours of client coaching experience
  • 10 hours of work with a qualified Mentor Coach
  • Exam
  • Minimum skill requirements for MCC
  • Application, review, and exam fee: $575 for members, $775 for non-members

Please note that reference letters are no longer required for credential applicants.

Estimated Timeline

Receiving a MCC Credential typically takes a total of about 20 weeks. All applications are reviewed within six weeks of being received at ICF Headquarters. Applicants are scheduled for the exam within 12 weeks from the time the application is approved. Certificates are sent to applicants within two weeks of approval. This timeline is reflective of ICF Headquarters completing a robust and thorough review of applications.