Credentialing Path

ICF’s Professional Certified Coach (PCC)

The Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT) is approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) meaning that all courses offered by ILCT can be utilized to meet the coach training requirements for ICF credentials, as well as CCE requirements once you have become credentials.

There are two credentials most often pursued from the ICF – the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and the Professional Certified Coach (PCC). You can read more about the ACC here.

Our program is a progression of classes designed to enable a student to develop his or her skills with each class is taken, while working towards becoming a professionally-credentialed coach. To graduate from ILCT’s ACTP program, students will complete 130 hours of training to meet all of the coach training requirements for the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential, including the courses listed below.

Once the coursework is completed, the final requirement to graduate from ILCT’s ACTP program are the completion of two essays and a final oral exam, conducted by ILCT, allowing students to apply to the ICF for credentialing after meeting other ICF specified criteria. Please visit the ICF website to see the current requirements, which change periodically.

Because ILCT is an ACTP program, students who graduate from our program will not have to complete 10 hours of mentor coaching before applying for their PCC as they will have received mentoring throughout the program.  Completion of the ACTP program takes approximately 1 ½ to 2 years, depending on your schedule and the average tuition for completing the program is $7,700.

Required Courses


TOTAL 40 hrs


The cornerstone of our ICF Accredited Coach Training Program

ICF Core Competency

TOTAL 20 hrs


Learn and practice core coaching competencies

Coaching Skills Practicum

TOTAL 20 hrs


Take your coaching skills to a new level

Ethics, Risk Management and Professional Issues

TOTAL 8 hrs


Those who face the greatest risks are those who are the least informed

Advanced Topics in Coaching

TOTAL 14 hrs


For those coaches who are committed to their professional development

Electives for ACTP

TOTAL 28 hrs


All ILCT courses can be taken as electives, although no more than 20% of elective hours can be through self-directed courses and no more than 20% can be on marketing/resource development.

ACTP Essay Exam

ACTP Oral Exam

500 hours of coaching experience



500 hours of coaching experience

Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) examination (administered by the ICF)



Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) examination

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