According to the ICF, "Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential"
OK Coach. Are you ready? You've worked hard at "doing the craft and being the coach." And now the goal of international credentialing is in sight. Here's what you need to have in order to apply . . .
1. You'll need the signed certificates we've given you that total at least 60 hours of coach-specific training. (Please keep track of these so Coach Grumpy doesn't have to go find copies for you 😉.)
2. You'll need signed documentation of ten hours of mentor coaching over a minimum of three months. In Module II and with work as a CFL Triad Coach, your certificate documents seven hours of group mentor coaching (assuming you were present). You need three more hours of individual mentor coaching. (See below for a link to some outstanding mentor coaches.)
3. You'll need at least 100 hours (or 200 half-hours . . . ) of coaching experience with at least eight clients. You can start counting these hours from the first day of Coach Training. Seventy of these hours must be paid or done as a part of your employment. (See below: "Logging Hours for Your ICF Certification")
4. You'll need to complete an audio recording and transcript of a coaching session. (See below: "Preparing Your Recording for the ICF Performance Evaluation")
5. When you've got all of that assembled, click here to purchase the application.
6. Then, you fill out the application, push "send" and wait a month or two (it varies). The ICF will review your documentation. And they will have an assessor listen to your recording. This is a tedious wait.
7. And once the ICF has reviewed all of that and given you a thumbs-up, they will send you a link to take The Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA). This is a multiple-choice exam (155 questions). You will have sixty days to open the exam. Once you do, you'll have a three-hour window to take it on-line. Once you have completed the test with a passing grade of 70% (no problem), you'll have completed your ACC. (Once you've passed it, you never have to re-take the CKA.)
THEN . . .
You receive a congratulatory message and your certificate from the ICF,
You let us know so we can make a big deal of it on our private Facebook group, and Patty smiles quietly to herself as she adds "ACC" to your name on the SeattleCoach Network Page.
We're already proud of you. So feel free to use the SeattleCoach Certified Badge (and the page it links to) as soon as you complete Modules I and II or Coaching for Leaders .
That's it! And scores of SeattleCoaches with ACC or PCC or MCC behind their names are cheering for you.