Credentialing Path

Earn Your Coach Credentials

Credentials in the coaching profession are awarded by outside agencies after you have completed certain requirements, including coach training and coaching experience hours, as well as an examination. The two most widely recognized credentialing bodies are the International Coach Federation [ICF], and the Center for Credentialing and Education.  ILCT is one of a handful of schools qualified to offer training by both organizations, which means you can use the same classes for each.

International Coach Federation

The International Coach Federation’s (ICF) offers 2 primary coaching credentials: the 60-hour Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and the 130-hour Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential.  

As an Accredited Coach Training Program, all ILCT courses meet not only the requirements for each of the ICF credentials but also can be used as Coaching Continuing Education Units.

Center for Credentialing and Education

The Center for Credentialing and Education offers the Board Certified Coach credential, primarily for those who hold a graduate degree in the social and behavioral sciences.

For those with a doctorate degree (MD, JD, PsyD, Ph.D. etc.) or a master’s degree in counseling, you can obtain your BCC with as few as 30 hours of coursework.

Those with a Masters in the other social and behavioral sciences (education, psychology, social work, business, etc.) would complete just 60 hours of coach training to qualify for the BCC.

Do I need a credential in order to work as a coach?

In general, the answer is No. At this time, there are no states which require that you hold a coaching credential in order to practice – the same is true of most countries, so obtaining a credential really becomes a personal and business decision.

Two exceptions –

  1. If your hope is to be a corporate coach, there are many large corporations which require that you hold a coaching credential, such as the PCC.
  2. If you are licensed in a helping profession, the code of ethics for your licensure may require that you hold a credential or training in before adding a new modality.

Many pursue credentialing, in part because it helps to validate their professional level of training, and is a way to distinguish themselves, especially when marketing. 

Programs in this category

ICF’s Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
Duration: 130
Foundations Required: Yes
Required Courses: 5
Elective Hours: 28

Certified graduates of the ACTP may apply for an ACC or PCC credential.

30-hour Board Certified Coach Training
Duration: 30
Foundations Required: Yes
Required Courses: 1
Elective Hours: 10

This 30-hour training program is for those with a master's degree in counseling, licensed counselors, a NCC, or doctorate degree

60-hour Board Certified Coach Training
Duration: 60
Foundations Required: Yes
Required Courses: 1
Elective Hours: 20

This 60 hour training program is for those with a master's degree in the social and behavioral sciences.

ICF’s Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
Duration: 60
Foundations Required: Yes
Required Courses: 1
Elective Hours: 20

Certified graduates of the ACTP may apply for an ACC or PCC credential.

National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)
Duration: 80
Foundations Required: Yes
Required Courses: 1
Elective Hours: 40

For health and wellness coaches who are interested in being certified by NCCHWC