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What is an ICF Credential, and why should I obtain one?

As the leading global organization for coaches and coaching, the International Coaching Federation (ICF) is dedicated to advancing the profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals.

Holding an ICF credential shows clients and peers that you are dedicated to the coaching industry and committed to developing yourself as a professional coach. In fact, according to the 2022 Global Consumer Awareness Study, 85% of coaching clients say it's important or very important that their coach holds a certification or credential. Earning an ICF credential can provide you with instant credibility and increased visibility to potential clients. The ICF offers three levels of credentialing: the Associate Certified Coach (ACC), the Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and the Master Certified Coach (MCC). Each credential requires a certain amount of coach-specific education and coaching experience, as well as mentor coaching and performance evaluations to ensure that coaches are meeting the high standards set by the ICF. Obtaining an ICF credential is a rigorous process, but it provides legitimacy and credibility to credential holders. It's a way for coaches to demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to upholding strong principles of ethical behavior in coaching. At the core of Morphosis' mission to build coaching capacity across the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa are its coaching certification courses. Aligned with the ICF, these courses prepare would-be coaches to gain the internationally recognized ICF coaching credentials at the associate and professional levels. Currently, there are over 50,000 ICF professional coaching members globally. If you're considering a career in coaching, I highly recommend working towards earning an ICF credential. It will not only provide you with credibility and recognition within the industry, but it will also help you to continually develop and improve your coaching skills.


Becoming an ICF-credentialed coach means that you have met the high standards set by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). This includes completing specific education and experience requirements, demonstrating a deep understanding of coaching competencies, and upholding strict ethical guidelines. As an ICF-credentialed coach, you can show your clients and peers that you are a professional who is committed to the coaching industry and to providing the highest level of service.


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