ICF Global

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Apply for an ICF Credential

Achieving credentials through ICF  Global, the only globally recognized, independent credentialing program, not only makes a coach more marketable in a competitive market, but also signifies a coach’s commitment to integrity, an understanding of coaching skills and a dedication to clients. ICF Credentials are awarded to professional coaches who meet stringent education and experience requirements and demonstrate a thorough understanding of the coaching competencies. All ICF Members are provided complete information about the ICF Credentialing Program, including ICF’s individual credentialing and Coach Training Programs. ICF Members also receive a discount when applying for a credential. Learn more about the benefits of becoming an ICF Credentialed coach

New Requirement Beginning in 2016

ICF Credential-holders will be required to demonstrate completion of at least three (3) Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units in the area of coaching ethics to be eligible for renewal of their ICF Credentials.

This requirement will apply to all coaches whose ICF Credentials are slated to expire on or after December 31, 2016. It will not apply to coaches whose ICF Credentials expire on December 31, 2015.

This update to ICF Credential renewal requirements reflects the ongoing need for professional coach practitioners to maintain ethical competence and awareness. Ethical awareness is critical when navigating the coaching profession and ethical competence is imperative to appropriate and effective coaching practice.

ICF recognizes that there are a variety of avenues to obtain ethics-specific training, including CCE programs and ICF Chapter events. As a special service, ICF Global has developed a free ethics training course that, upon completion, will guarantee three (3) ethics CCE units. In addition to meeting the ethics requirement, this course will provide three (3) of the required 24 Core Competency CCE units for ICF Credential renewal. The course consists of an OnDemand video presentation from the ICF Ethics Community of Practice, a case study component and a summative final exam. Upon successful completion of all three components, individuals will receive a certificate of completion from ICF Global; their name will also be stored in ICF Global’s database to confirm completion at the time of renewal.

Income Possibilities/Business Development

Participate in the Coach Referral Service (CRS)

ICF Credentialed Members may host a member profile on the ICF-Global directory as part of their membership. This increases a coach's visibility because individuals and companies seeking coaching services use the directory to find the right coach for their needs.

Business Development Series

Have you taken advantage of the Business Development Series? If you haven't, it's a great free service offered to ICF Global Members to aid in professional development, and to help grow your business. You'll also earn CCE units in Resource Development!  All session recordings are available. 

Member Toolkit

Looking for tools to grow business? Look no further than the ICF Member Toolkit. The content on this page will not only assist in marketing planning, but it will also allow better understanding of how ICF works for members on a level that benefits them as individual business owners.  It is imperative for the health of the ICF brand that all members abide by the branding guidelines stated in the ICF Code of Ethics. Chapter Leaders should also refer to the Chapter Leader Ethical Guidelines to protect the ICF brand. 

Continuing Education/Professional Development


Members can attend ICF Conferences, and other events or access recordings of past sessions.    Conferences provide all-inclusive training and educational programs, as well as high-impact networking opportunities. Membership includes a discount on conference registration fees. Find more information here. 

Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice (formerly ICF Special Interest Groups, or SIGs) offer an additional venue for coaches in similar fields to communicate best practices and new ideas. CPs generally meet by teleconference once a month. A comprehensive list of these groups is listed below. You can join by contacting a CP leader directly. 

Virtual Education

Periodically, ICF Global may schedule teleforums or webinars, which can be found on the ICF Event Calendar. ICF members can attend the live events or access recordings of past sessions below. Sessions are organized in two main categories: Coaching Skills and Business Development. Each main catergory has several sub-categories that will appear when a main category is selected. Search for sessions covering a specific category by clicking on the search filters below.

Build Leadership Skills

ICF Members may volunteer for a variety of leadership roles within the organization, including local and international positions. Connect with your local Chapter to discuss local needs. Look for communications for international needs in the news section of Coachfederation.org, as well as in other member communications. Learn more about leadership roles here.

Reciprocal Peer Coaching

The ICF Reciprocal Peer Coaching program creates opportunities for professional growth and is accessible to all members. By coaching an ICF coach, you can receive coaching from another ICF coach. In addition to investing your time in offering coaching and being coached, you will only need to pay a nominal coordination fee for the program to match you with a coach and client and to monitor each reciprocal peer-coaching relationship. The aim of the ICF Reciprocal Peer Coaching program is to make coaching more accessible for coaches, thereby strengthening the ICF coaching community by supporting ICF coaches in their ongoing professional and personal development with the best means we know how undefined coaching!

Research and Information

Coaching Research

ICF seeks to facilitate the exchange of information among researchers and practitioners studying coaching theory, methodologies and outcomes. ICF Members have access to all materials available in the ICF Research Portal and receive discounts when purchasing research reports sold by the ICF. Additionally, members will have the opportunity to assist with ICF research efforts when future studies are conducted. Information on future studies will be provided on Coachfederation.org, as well as in other member communications. Visit the ICF Research Portal. Visit the ICF Shopping Cart to see available reports for sale here.

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