ICF Accreditation

What is the

International Coaching Federation (ICF)?

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the leading global organization for coaches and coaching. The ICF is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The ICF has updated the credential pathways. Please note that all existing credentials of Erickson’s The Art & Science of Coaching ( Certification, Level 1 and Level 2) are still fully valid for ICF applications. Please visit the ICF website to learn more about these credential updates.



The ICF Core Competencies

The ICF Core Competencies were developed to provide an understanding of the skills and approaches that are used within the coaching profession today – and that are defined by the International Coaching Federation. The Core Competencies also provide a foundation for the development of the ICF Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA). Erickson has chosen to display these competencies in a wheel as these co re criteria are interlocking and are the key parts necessary to develop into a competent coach.

ICF_Competencies - Wheel

ICF Recognized Credentials

The ICF offers three credentials: Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and Master Certified Coach (MCC). To earn an ICF Credential, a coach must:

  • Complete coach-specific training that meets ICF’s standards.
  • Achieve a designated number of coaching experience hours.
  • Partner with a Mentor Coach.
  • Demonstrate appropriate understanding and mastery of the ICF definition of coaching, Code of Ethics and Core Competencies

Having an ICF recognized credential enhances your credibility and reassures potential clients that you are an experienced and professional coach. It demonstrates that you stand by a strong code of ethics, and have a high knowledge and applied skill level of coaching tools. Coaching certification also reinforces the integrity of the coaching profession both nationally and internationally. To learn more about becoming an ICF Certified Coach, please visit the ICF website.

Why Become ICF Certified?

Whether you are just exploring the idea of becoming a coach, or already on your way towards completing your coach training, you may be wondering whether you will need to get certified with the International Coach Federation (ICF) as a professional coach. Most applicants start off with the ACC credential as it takes some time to accumulate the number of coaching hours required for PCC and MCC levels. Our ICF-accredited core coach training program The Art & Science of Coaching fulfills all of the ICF’s educational and practicum requirements. Our powerful curriculum is designed to prepare and support you through the entire ICF application process.

Real Feedback From Our Students

“Erickson’s ICF coach training gave me a powerful new way to listen and engage with clients that gives incredible access to results. Combined with the Passion into Profit Course, coaching is now more than a passion for me; in about six months of hard work, I have now replaced my physiotherapy practice with a full-time Career and Transitional Coaching.” – Mark Marcynuk, Professional Career & Transitional Coach
“After years in international business consulting followed by a career as an MBA prof, it was nice to be able to get my ICF certification from a company that had a global appeal. When I started with Erickson, I never envisioned that I would end up having an international coaching network and clients from around the globe.” – Dr. Steven Purse, Ph.D, Professional & Career Coach If you would like to contact us directly, our enrollment advisors are all certified professional coaches, and will be happy to help you in your decision-making process.

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