What is ICF and Do I Really Need It?

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ICF (International Coach Federation) is a professional organization for life coaches. Many life coaches think of ICF as the “gold standard” in coach training. If ICF has accredited a training, it says the training covers the needed core-competencies a life coach should have.

For a life coach to become an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC), they must earn 60 ICF-approved training hours, log 100 practice hours, pass a performance review demonstration, take an intensive online test, and get 10 hours of coaching from an ICF-accredited mentor. It is quite a bit to earn all of these things. However, ICF wants to make sure that if they accredit a life coach, that coach will have the right skills and training necessary to help others.

ICF also has 3 levels of accreditation – ACC, PCC, MCC. ACC is the one you earn first. Our Life Coach Training is designed around preparing you for the ACC level accreditation. You can earn the required 60 hours during this training. To earn the full 60 hours, you will need to attend at least 48 live sessions (included with your enrollment) and successfully complete the training.

You have two options for enrollment:

1. Our NLP-Integrated Life Coach Training includes the 60 ICF-approved training hours, your performance reviews, and the opportunity to start logging many hours. However, you will still need to get your 10 hours of ICF Mentor coaching and study for your ICF Assessment online test.

2. Our ACC Full Package gives you everything you’ll need to apply for your ACC. It includes everything in our NLP -Integrated Life Coach Training, plus your required ICF Mentor coaching, guaranteed 100 practice hours, ICF Assessment Prep, and coaching supervision during and after your training. You will still need to apply to ICF after completing our program, but we can help you prepare for that.

The big questions is…Do I really need ICF accreditation?

Technically, Life Coaching is an unregulated field. This means that anyone can call themselves, and practice, as a life coach. Because of this, no accreditation is required to practice as a life coach.

However… when Life Coaching does become regulated, ICF will most likely be the organization that will be in charge of that. Many other life coach accrediting organization already recognize trainings if they are ICF accredited (such as BCC). As well, many companies require their coaches to be ICF accredited or have taken an ICF-accredited training.

So, the answer is, it is better to be safe than sorry. You don’t know where your path will lead and so it is best to be prepared with the training and accreditation that will give you the most coaching opportunities.

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