Gaining your International Coach Federation (ICF) Coaching Credential shows your commitment to the profession of coaching. It also positions you above untrained coaches in a crowded marketplace. But that’s not all, your confidence will soar, knowing that your prospects and future employers can verify your credibility through the ICF database of credentialed coaches.  Plus, research shows that coaches with credentials are not only earning more money but are trusted more by prospective clients.

Attend an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program

Set yourself up for success by attending an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program.
An Accredited training program:

  • Establishes and administers professional standards for credentialing professional coaches and coach training agencies.
  • Assures the public that participating coaches and coach training agencies meet or exceed these minimum standards.
  • Reinforces professional coaching as a distinct and self-regulating profession.
  • Coaches who have attended an Accredited Coach Training program have received coach-specific training, achieved a designated number of experience hours and have been coached by a ICF mentor coach.

At Coach Training World, we believe in and align with the ICF in partnership to support the ethical and best practices of our ever-growing profession and encourage you to join with us in the largest international coaching organization.

Coach Training World’s ICF Accredited Whole Person Coach Certification training offers up to 150 hours of accredited Whole Person Coach training hours, plus all the mentoring, evaluations and practicum you need to earn your ICF Coaching ACC, PCC or MCC credential.The International Coach Federation (ICF) offers the only globally recognized, independent professional coach credentialing program.

For your convenience, we’ve outlined the process to become an ICF Credentialed coach. Please verify with the ICF ( for the most up to date information on the credentialing process.

STEP ONE: ICF Accredited Coach Training
Depending on the level at which you wish to become credentialed (ACC, PCC or MCC) – you will attend 60, 125 or 200 hours of ICF Accredited coach training hours. The ICF defines Coach-Specific Training as: ‘Training that is predominantly marketed as teaching coaching skills and not something else and where the major emphasis is on coaching skills or applying technical skills as a coach and in a manner consistent with the ICF Core Competencies.”

STEP TWO: ICF Mentor Coaching
Your next step is to meet your 10-hour, ICF mentor coaching requirement. You may enter this process after completing Core: Essentials & Elements.

STEP THREE: Coaching Fieldwork & Experience
Again, depending on the credential level you are applying for you will be working toward 100, 500 or 2500 coaching hours. Of these hours 75% must be paid or in fair-value trades. If you have questions as to what would be a fair-value trade please feel free to call and ask us or the ICF.

The ICF defines one coaching hour as follows: “For purposes of individual credentialing for ACC, PCC, and MCC, a client coaching hour is 60 minutes coaching time with a person who has hired you as a coach, with whom you have a formal coaching agreement, and who you coach rather than providing any other service such as consulting or therapy. If you perform coaching and other services for a client, you may only count the actual time spent coaching toward certification. You may not count time providing other services.”

STEP FOUR: Submit Your Application & Take Your Coaching Exam
For the ACC Level once you have accomplished your ICF Coach Training, ICF Mentor and Coaching fieldwork hours you may apply online for your credential and take the final online multiple-part test.

Associate (ICF) Credentialed Coach (ACC):
The ICF Associate Certified Coach credential is for the practiced coach. It requires:

  • 60 hours coach-specific training
  • Minimum of 100 coaching experience hours; and at least eight clients
  • 10 hours of ICF Mentor Coaching
  • Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA

Professional (ICF) Credentialed Coach (PCC):
The ICF Professional Certified Coach credential is for the proven coach. It requires:

  • 125 hours coach-specific training
  • Minimum of 500 coaching experience hours, and at least 25 clients
  • 10 hours of ICF Mentor Coaching
  • Performance evaluation (2 audio recordings & transcriptions)
  • and Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA)

Master (ICF) Credentialed Coach (MCC):
The ICF Master Certified Coach credential is for the proven coach. It requires:

  • 200 hours coach-specific training
  • Minimum of 2,500 coaching experience hours and at least 35 clients
  • 10 hours of ICF Mentor Coaching
  • 2 reference letters of recommendation
  • and Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) (if not already previously taken)


  1. Kamal


    I am Kamal from New Jersey

    I saw your website and got interest

    I have been practicing as a psychologist in New Delhi India for over 12 years. I have done well back there.
    Recently I have migrated to New Jersey

    I am willing to start my practice as a life coach. I need to do a life coaching certification for practicing here.

    I wish to know the following –

    1. What is the total / final fee that I have to pay

    2. Can I get a fast forward course that can get me certified in the least time ?. Since I was already having my practice in India, i will be a fast learner.

    3. Do i get chance to learn online or through videos

    4. Will i get a ICF certificate ? And in how much time ? Because that’s my major objective


    Waiting for your valued response

    Kamal Khurana

    • Feroshia Knight, MA, MCC

      Hello Kamal!

      It sounds like you are interested in obtaining your ICF Credential. If you are looking at obtaining your ICF Associate Certified Coach credential – this process will take a minimum of 3 months per the ICF requirements. Your all-inclusive tuition for that would be $3495 currently. That would cover all training, mentoring and practicum. You’ll also need to complete 100 hours of coaching experience, which we can help you to obtain. Your last step after completing this work would be to apply at the ICF website. If you are looking at earning your ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential, the time to do this for past students has varied from 10-18 months due to the 500 hours of coaching experience that they need to complete. In addition to this you’d attend our Mastery: Level III program which gives you the required 125 hours of coach training, ICF PCC mentoring, practicum, etc. Your investment at this time for that program is $6995. That program also includes 12-months in our CoachPreneur Academy Business School and mentoring program.

  2. Sarah

    I want to be a life coach.
    How much does your program cost?
    How long is your program?
    What is my title once I graduate?
    Do I have to travel while going through your program?
    I assume I’ll need a computer and internet for your program?
    How many hours a week?
    Anything else I need to know?
    Thank you
    Sarah Brecht

    • Feroshia Knight, MA, MCC

      Hi Sarah!
      I love all of your questions. You had asked about the tuition, which starts at $2795 for our CORE: Level I training. Most people complete that program in 1-3 months to become certified professional coaches. You can attend 100% of the program online via zoom conference which requires either a smart phone, pad or computer. You could also call in, although I wouldn’t recommend missing out on the visuals! Plus being able to see your cohort and the live interactive demos. Most people spend 3-5 hours a week on the program. The actual training days are completed in 3-day intensives. You can download our information kit here: or schedule a free consultation by clicking on the orange button at the bottom right of the screen on our website.

  3. Tadashi


    I am Tadashi from Japan.
    I was looking for training to be a life coach in the US, then I found this website.
    I want to know if Japanese people can be a life coach through your program.
    If I can be a life coach, are there any things do I need to know?

    Thank you


    • Feroshia Knight, MA, MCC

      Hello Tadashi from Japan! Yes, we welcome student from all over the world into our program! As a life coach, what you’ll need more than knowledge is the skills you’ll learn from a program such as ours to help others. We find that students that come with an eagerness to learn, engage and develop themselves make for really good coaches! Warmly – Feroshia from Oregon, USA!

  4. Patience


    I am keenly interested in the online training. However, I need to know if the tuition fee is paid once or do you accept payment on 2-3 instalments?


    Patience Ikeokwu
    From Nigeria, West Africa

    • Feroshia Knight, MA, MCC

      Yes, we have payment plans. Do you know which program you are interested in? Warmly, Feroshia!



    This is Frass, I just want to ask if i could take ICF Professional Certification course with out ACC or does it required to take ACC first on order to take PCC.

    • Feroshia Knight, MA, MCC

      Hi Frass! And Happy New Year! You can enroll directly into the PCC program, in fact that’s what most people do. During that time you are welcome to apply for your ACC while completing your PCC requirements.


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