"Thank you all so much for everything, and for the thorough preparation for Certification. It’s hard to imagine any other training being more valuable (or with better folks, seriously). I’m very proud to be part of the SeattleCoach team."
A SeattleCoach ACC
OK Coach. Are you ready? You've worked hard at "doing the craft and being the coach." And now the goal of international credentialing--of being awarded the Associated Certified Coach (ACC) credential is in sight. Here's what you need to have in order to apply . . .
1. You'll need the signed certificate or PDF we sent to you at the end of Module II. Coaching for Leaders (CFL) coaches, this includes both your CFL documentation along with other approved (like our advanced Module III) courses you've taken. If you've served as a triad coach, that documentation counts too. In total, all of your documentation from SeattleCoach should reflect a minimum of 60 hours of "coach specific training."
2. 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. If you haven't already, see the spreadsheet below, "Logging Hours for Your ICF Certification."
3. You’ll need signed documentation for 10 hours of mentor coaching over a minimum of three months. Seven of those hours can be in a group setting which we provide in Module ll. IF you are a CFL triad coach, we’ll document accordingly for the sessions you attended. Then, as you begin to complete your 100 coaching hours, you will need to schedule three more hours of individual mentor coaching with a member of the SeattleCoach Faculty. When the time comes for this, these sessions will be at your expense as well as the other costs associated with credentialing. Please note: If you missed any of the group mentor coaching sessions (typically meetings 10-13 of Module ll) you will also need to make those hours up with a mentor coach at your expense.
4. You'll need to complete an audio recording and a verbatim transcript of a coaching session. Your transcript must indicate who is speaking--the coach or the client--on separate lines. And your transcript must include time stamps at every change in the speaker. Your transcript cannot be a PDF. Make it a Word doc or another more editable format. (See below: "Preparing Your Recording for the ICF Performance Evaluation"). Your mentor coach will help you review and select a good one. Once you've got a good example of your work, SeattleCoach will do an official assessment using the fine points of the ICF's Core Competencies as a measuring stick.
5. When you've got all of that assembled, click here and select the "ACC ACSTH Path." Then go to "verify training," then to "Education Search Service," then "view ESS," then scroll down to "accredited organization," then enter "SeattleCoach," then "Search." (I'm not sure why they've made this such a Rubik's Cube).
6. Then, you fill out the form and push "send." It may take several weeks, but the ICF will review your documentation.
7. And once the ICF has your application, they will send you a link to take The Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA). Once you have completed this multiple-choice test with a passing grade of 70% (no problem), you'll have completed your ACC.
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 and LinkedIn groups, and Patty smiles quietly to herself as she adds "ACC" to your name on the SeattleCoach Network Page.
We're already proud of you. And, once you've completed Modules I and II or Coaching for Leaders, we want you to use the SeattleCoach Certified Badge. This page it links to tells the world how hard you've worked and what you've accomplished as a professional coach or coaching leader--even before you get the ICF's official designation.
That's it! Scores of SeattleCoaches with ACC or PCC or MCC behind their names are cheering for you.
If you're you're renewing or "up-leveling" you'll be asked to take the new ICF Credentialing Exam (which replaces the old Coach Knowledge Assessment). The updated exam will include 200 scenario-based, multiple choice questions. .Click here to read more about new ICF stuff.