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Coach certifications

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The ICF certification process includes 3 levels, organized at global level. For each level, the future coach must follow a number of hours and demonstrate a minimum experience. Here are the details:

  • ACC or Associate Certified Coach: 60 hours of training for coaching and 100 hours of practice
  • PCC or Professional Certified Coach: 125 hours of training and 500 hours practice
  • MCC or Master Certified Coach: 200 hours of training and 2500 hours of practice

According to the chosen level (ACC, PCC or MCC), the coach will have to introduce a file (portfolio) and pass a test (a recorded coaching session and a written exam) with the ICF.

These exams are available in English, French and German. Unlike the academic qualifications which validate a training level, ICF certification validates updated levels for training and experience. To maintain its validity, the certification process must be renewed every 3 years.

Future coaches who have already followed a partial route with an ICF accredited school (without certification in this context) or have been trained in coaching at a non-accredited school, must prove that the training was focused on coaching in accordance with the 11 skills of the coach defined by ICF.


Title Training hours Supervison hours Hours Practical
Overview per level
ACC 60 10 100
PCC 125 10 750
MCC 200 10 2500


The ICF certification is a recognition validating:

  • the training received (certification),
  • the experience gained: a high level of knowledge and abilities.
  • the competence (oral and written exams) showing mastery of the 11 essential coaching skills

Moreover, with the ICF certification you will ensure your prospective customers that you are a professional and experienced coach who respects a well-defined code of ethics.