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What is the 

International Coaching Federation (ICF)?

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is a global accreditation provider for coaches and coaching providers. The ICF works with educators like Erickson Coaching International to advance the coaching profession by setting high standards and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals. Since 1980, Erickson has been an ICF-Accredited coach training provider, offering Level 1, 2, and 3 accredited trainings. Erickson is also one of the few providers of the ICF's newest accreditation, the Advanced Accreditation in Team Coaching. 

Got a question about which of our ICF-accredited courses is right for you?

Levels of ICF Accreditation

100+ hours of practice

Erickson Coach Level 1

(The Essentials Course + The Level 1 Mentor Bundle) 

500+hours of practice

Erickson Coach Level 2

(The Essentials Course + The Advanced Course + The Level 2 Mentor Bundle)

2000+ hours of verifiable practice

Erickson Coach Level 3

New ICF training option


Your Coaching Journey

Erickson’s coach training programs are highly regarded as exceeding the rigorous standards of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and producing highly-qualified coaches. After completing your training, you can dec

You can choose upfront to train towards your PCC qualification with the ICF. If your intention is to have a professional coach certification, then this route is advisable as it saves you time and money. 

If you are unsure of whether you want to go all the way to PCC, you can work towards your ACC with the ICF, and at a later point decide whether you wish to advance to a PCC.

The Erickson Coaching International Path to becoming an ICF accredited Coach

Each accreditation level requires training by an ICF-accredited coaching school AND a minimum number of practice hours. Each level also has a progressive set of competencies that coaches need to demonstrate they have mastered.

The Art & Science of Coaching™
Erickson Program Paths Level 1 Level 2
ICF Program Accreditation Level ACSTH  transitioning to Level 1. Officially approved by ICF.  ACTP transitioning to Level 2. Officially approved by the ICF. 
ICF Coach Credential (Designation) *  ACC (Associate Certified Coach) ACC (Associate Certified Coach) and / or PCC (Professional Certified Coach)
Erickson Credential (Designation) Erickson Accredited Coach (EAC) Erickson Certified Professional Coach (ECPC)
Number of Contact (Instructional Hours)

64 Hours of Instruction plus an additional 10 Hours of Mentor Coaching

140 Hours of Instruction Including 10 Hours of Mentoring
* The ICF Credential application includes requirements in addition to the completion of an accredited coach training in order to successfully be awarded one of their credentials.  

Erickson Coaching International is a global coaching education company that delivers both onsite and online courses around the world.  Erickson Coaching International proudly offers our programs in the following languages and more:  English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, German, Czech, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Serbian, Turkish, Ukrainian

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 core criteria are interlocking and are the key parts necessary to develop into a competent coach. 



What's the value in ICF-Certification

competencies are defined, tested and accredited to set professional standards
clients who work with certified coaches report better satisfaction and recommend their coach to others
on average ICF-accredited coaches earn more than non-accredited coaches
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