ICF Credentials

ICF Credentialing


ICF Credential-holders are part of a self-regulating group of elite coaches who provide accountability to clients and the coaching profession as a whole. They pursue and complete rigorous education and practice requirements that provide unquestioned legitimacy to their commitment to excellence in coaching.

All ICF Credential-holders complete rigorous education and practice requirements, providing testimony to their commitment to excellence in coaching.

The mission of the ICF Credentialing program is to:

  • Protect and serve consumers of coaching services
  • Measure and certify competence of individuals
  • Inspire pursuit of continuous development

Research Proves the Advantages of Holding a Credential

ICF research has revealed several reasons coaches benefit from becoming a credential-holder. According to the 2012 ICF Global Coaching Study, credentialed coaches reported a higher-than-average income worldwide compared to non-credentialed-coaches, with the exception of the Middle East and Africa. According to the 2010 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study, clients who worked with an ICF Credential-holder were more likely to be satisfied with their coaching experience and recommend coaching to
others. In the 2010 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study, 84 percent of adult consumers who had experienced a coaching relationship reported that it was important for coaches to hold a credential.

"Being a credentialed coach is how I say to the world, 'I am a professional coach.'"
—Julia Mattern, PCC

 The ICF offers three credentials:


Visit the ICF Global website to choose the ICF Credential that best fits your coach-specific training and your coaching experience.


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