They both wanted professional coaching credentials but were blindsided by learning that the training they took did not lead to ICF coaching credentials. About two years ago I wrote a post titled “Don’t Let This Happen To You!” I hear these sad stories periodically. After last week, I again feel the need to share cautionary words about choosing coach training that will meet your goals.
In both cases, the coaches I spoke with last week felt their training program promoted the training as leading to ICF credentials. They put money, time and heart into this training. For these coaches, this isn’t a question of do they “need” credentials. They want ICF professional credentials.
If you want ICF professional credentials:
- Look to the ICF website to verify the status of the training you are considering. Programs that have been ICF approved or accredited will be listed at the site. Don’t just take the word of the school; confirm with ICF.
- If your training has not been approved or accredited, you may still be able to get your credential through the ICF portfolio application process. You will have to provide robust documentation that demonstrates your training meets specific qualifications and the results are not guaranteed, but a portfolio application is definitely an option to consider.
- Begin keeping records and documentation of your coach training as soon as you start.
- Establish and maintain your client log as soon as you start coaching.
- Work with a mentor coach who holds an ICF credential at or above the level for which you are applying.
Use the ICF website:
- To verify that coach training programs are approved or accredited
- To learn what is required and how to apply for a credential (the ACC for example, here)
- To understand how coaching skills are evaluated at each credential level
- To see a sample client log (template at bottom of this page)
- And of course much more – it is a very informative and reasonably easy-to-navigate site.
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