"Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it." Julia Child
"Be so good they can't ignore you." Steve Martin
Our credentialing organization, the International Coach Federation (ICF), awards three levels of professional coaching certification:
Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and
Master Certified Coach (MCC)
At each level the requirements grow: Your hours with clients and coachees, your hours of coach-specific training and for your first few years, your hours of Mentor Coaching.
Mentor Coaching is a dynamic personal learning experience as you develop your understanding and use of the ICF Core Competencies. And it's a requirement for the level of credentialing you're initially aiming for: The ACC. In Mentor Coaching, we "connect the dots" between your skill development, your coaching presence and style, and the eleven ICF Core Competencies. We'll give you feedback to reflect on and to put into practice going forward.
Before you can apply for the ACC, you need to complete ten hours with a qualified Mentor Coach over at least a three-month period. Seven of those ten hours may be done in a group setting with ten or fewer members. Because of this, SeattleCoach schedules seven hours of group Mentor Coaching in Module II--after Cohorts have worked hard together to grasp the Core Competencies.
If you are a SeattleCoach and were present for all of Module II, you got those seven hours (check your Module II certificate—if you had to miss any of those Module II sessions, you will need additional hours). If you were present for all of Module II, you’ll only need three more individual hours before applying for your credential.
Since the ICF requirement is to do your ten hours over a minimum of three months there is no rush. We suggest that your schedule your individual hours of Mentor Coaching as you are logging your first 50-75 hours with clients. You will have been out of Module II for a few months and your grasp of the Core Competencies will be getting stronger as your learning continues.
There is a separate place on your ACC-ACSTH application to document group and individual mentor coaching hours and dates, so along with the rest of your documentation for this application, keep track. Your future self will thank you.
Click here to read Patty's best shot at demystifying the ICF credentialing and renewal requirements.
The ICF has revised the list of Core Competencies and SeattleCoach is evolving with them. Check out the revised CCs here. This list of Competencies--very congruent with the old ones--will go into effect for mentor coaching and evaluation purposes in early 2021. We'll keep you posted!
According to the ICF . . . Mentor Coaching means: “A credential applicant being coached on their coaching skills rather than coaching on practice building, life balance, or other topics unrelated to the development of an applicant’s coaching skill.”
In addition, a Mentor Coach needs to have earned and then held his or her ICF Credential for at least one renewal cycle (that's three years).