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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.


Each 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.

Levels of ICF Accreditation

Associate Certified Coach
100+ hours of practice

Erickson Coach Accreditation 

(Solution-Focused Essentials + Essentials Mentor Bundle) 

Professional Certified Coach
500+hours of practice

Erickson Coach Diploma

(Solution-Focused Essentials + Solution-Focused Advanced Applications + Advanced Mentor Bundle) 

Master Certified Coach
2000+ hours of verifiable practice

New ICF training option (launching in 2023 by Erickson)

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. 


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Why it's important to be ICF-Certified

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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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. Since obtaining ICF certification is integral to your coaching career, we have made the path to certification as simple as possible.

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 accreditation with the ICF, and at a later point decide whether you wish to advance to a PCC level.

Erickson Coaching Certification Pathway June 2022
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