The ICF Master Certified Coach Credential

Have you been thinking of becoming an ICF Master Certified Coach and you haven’t been sure how to begin typically? This article will highlight the steps to take to get this highly recognized credential.

The ICF Master Certified Coach Credential
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ICF: The Coaching Credentialing Organization

The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the leading global organization for coaches, with over 20,000 members worldwide in more than 100 countries. It is committed to advancing the coaching profession by establishing exceptional standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals.

What is the Master Certified Coach (MCC)?

The International Coach Federation (ICF) offers three credentials: Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and the Master Certified Coach. The ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC) credential represents the highest level of achievement in coaching and identifies you as an expert or highly skilled coach. Studies invariably show that of the close to 10,000 credential holders in 89 countries, only 6% are Master Certified Coaches. There is only one application type for the MCC.

MCC Requirements

For the Master Coach candidates, they much have completed the following:

  • Two hundred hours of ICF approved coach-specific training.
  • 2500 hours of client coaching experience
  • Extensive work with a mentor coach for throughout three months (minimum time frame).
  • A performance evaluation where ICF Assessors will review two recorded coaching sessions with transcripts. You are inevitably required to pass this performance evaluation at the MCC level to be awarded the MCC credential.
  • On February 28, 2019, ICF implemented the last of several credentialing policy changes announced in February 2018. Coaches are currently required to hold or have formerly held a Professional Certified Coach credential before they can apply for the Master Certified Coach credential.
  • The Coach knowledge Assessment (CKA) if you have not already passed it. The CKA tests coach on their understanding of the body of knowledge that includes the ICF definition of coaching, Core Competencies, and Code of Ethics.

MCC Credential Costs:

According to the International Coach Federation (ICF), the fees for the MCC credentials is $575 for ICF members and $775 for non-members. The estimated Timeline for ICF review is 18 Weeks.

If you, at present hold the PCC credential and you would like to take your coaching skills to the next level, I will encourage you and every coach to contemplate obtaining the Master Certified Coach credential. And when you do so, you will be investing in a certification that will inevitably make you more respected and marketable in the coaching industry.

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Peggy Adegoke
Life Coach
Writer, Coaches Training Blog community

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