Navigating the New Changes at the International Coaching Federation – uExcelerate

Navigating the New Changes at the International Coaching Federation

uExcelerate aims to help you build an internal coaching culture in your organisation that is strong and adaptable to the ever-evolving coaching guidelines and structures. By acting as the intermediary between your organisation and the International Coaching Federation, we empower you to develop your employees into ICF credentialed coaches. 

Very recently, the International Coaching Federation announced some major changes to their accreditation programs that will be taking effect from the 10th of January 2022. ICF will move from their current model of accrediting only the curriculum/program to a new model that accredits the entire organisation. For this, they have developed new, expanded standards. 

All these new changes can seem confusing to understand, but don’t worry! We are here to break it down for you. Lets understand the new changes brought on by the ICF. 

A New Name

One of the most important changes to note is that ICF Coaching Training will now be called ICF Coaching Education. This is because the ICF believes that the word ‘training’ limits them in explaining what they offer globally. The ICF found that the word education resonates best across global audiences and portrays credibility, strict quality control and innovation. The new accreditation system will be carried out under ICF Coaching Education. 

A New Accreditation System 

The ICF is updating their accreditation structure to replace ACSTH and ACTP programs. The reason for this change is to eliminate complicated jargon and long alphabet abbreviations that are hard to remember for non-coach users. By doing so, they are making the path of development clearer from beginning to end of the coaching program. 

What are the new levels?

  • Level 1 Accreditation (formerly ACSTH): The Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) Program will now be known as Level 1 Accreditation. This program is for organisations that offer 60 contact learning hours and is the designated pathway to the ACC credential. 
  • Level 2 Accreditation (formerly ACTP): The Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) will now be known as Level 2 Accreditation. This program is for organisations that offer at least 125 contact learning hours and it is designated as a pathway to the PCC credential. This level of accreditation is a start-to-finish coach training program that includes comprehensive instruction around the ICF Core Competencies, Code of Ethics and ICF definition of coaching. 
  • Level 3 Accreditation: A brand new offering, is for organisations that offer at least 75 advanced contact learning hours, and it is designated as a pathway to the MCC credential. 
  • Continuing Coach Education programs (CCE): The CCE will remain but only serve as continuing education and professional development for the renewal of a credential nor as initial coach training or education.

A New Way of Accrediting 

The ICF will now accredit an entire organisation that provides coach training as per the ICF guidelines rather than only a specific curriculum or program; allowing organizations to send a strong message of credibility and congruence. 

Empowering your Organisation

By moving away from accrediting the program and towards accrediting your entire organisation, ICF gives you the power to run and execute your own programs; thus allowing you to become the exclusive pathway for credentialing your employees as ICF credentialed coaches and allowing you build your internal coaching culture seamlessly. 

A Deeper Look at the New Changes

Now that we have understood the broad changes the ICF will be making, let us take a closer look at the changes at each level. 

(Please note that while the changes come into effect on the 10th of January, the ICF gives you an 18 month transition period to switch to the new structure.) 

Level 1 Accreditation:

Level 1 accreditation is for at least 60 and up to 124 contact learning hours, and is designated as ACC Accredited Education.

  1. 60+ student contact hours (80% Core Competency / 20% Resource Development student contact hours). 
  2. Any faculty member, or evaluator conducting a Level 1 final performance evaluation must hold a valid PCC or MCC credential and attend the required training. This is different from the ACSTH program that stated instructors should hold an ACC credential. 
  3. The program must have a Director of Education to provide oversight of the organization, curriculum, instructional processes, professional development of instructors, and all observation and examination processes. This Director of Education must be PCC or MCC accredited. 
  4. 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a period of three months by an ICF credentialed coach (PCC or MCC).
  5. Level 1-accredited providers must administer a final performance evaluation in a formal testing environment. The performance evaluation must be graded at or above the ACC level, which is described in the minimum skill requirements for the ACC credential.
  6. There should be a ratio of no more than 20 participants to 1 faculty leader. 

Rules that remain unchanged:

  1. 5 observed coaching sessions with written feedback for 3 of the sessions.
  2.  All instructors who are teaching content based on the ICF definition of coaching, ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics must hold one of the three ICF Credentials (ACC, PCC or MCC).
  3. 50% synchronous / 50% asynchronous student contact hours

Graduates from a Level 1 education and training programs may apply for the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) Credential using the Level 1 application path if they meet the credentialing application requirements.

Level 2 Accreditation

Level 2 accreditation is for at least 125 and up to 175 contact learning hours, and is designated as PCC Accredited Education. Not many changes can be seen at Level 2 when compared with the ACTP requirements. Some important points to keep in mind include the following:

  1. 6 Observed Coaching Sessions with written feedback for 4 of the sessions.
  2. 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a period of three (3) months by an ICF PCC or MCC credentialed coach.
  3. All education/training programs must have been in operation for a minimum of six (6) months as established by the first time the offering was delivered to participants with content as submitted in the application
  4. 80% Core Competency / 20% Resource Development student contact hours
  5. One graduating class of at least five students that have completed the curriculum as presented in accreditation application  
  6. Level 2 accredited providers must administer a final performance evaluation in a formal testing environment. The performance evaluation must be graded at or above the ICF Credential PCC level
  7. PCC/MCC required to conduct Mentor Coaching and Performance Evaluation
  8. All Level 2 Directors of Education must hold a valid PCC or MCC credential in good standing

 Graduates from a Level 2 education and training programs may apply for the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) Credential using the Level 2 application path if they meet the credentialing application requirements.

Level 3 Accreditation

This is a brand new level in the International Coaching Federation. It is for organizations that offer at least 75 advanced contact learning hours, and it is designated as a pathway to the MCC credential. Graduates from a Level 3 education and training programs may apply for the Master Certified Coach (MCC) Credential using the Level 3 application path if they meet the credentialing application requirements. 

This level requires the following requirements:

  1. All education/training programs must have been in operation for a minimum of three (3) months as established by the first time the offering was delivered to participants with content as submitted in the application.
  2. All accredited providers must have at least one graduating class of at least five (5) participants that has completed the full education program with curriculum content consistent with the intended accreditation application. 
  3. Level 3 accredited providers are required to provide a minimum of five (5) observed coaching sessions for each participant. Written feedback must be provided for at least three (3) of the five sessions. 
  4. Level 3 accreditations are required to provide 10 hours of Mentor Coaching over a three (3) month or longer period of time. 
  5. The Director of Education must hold an active ICF MCC credential, have five years of client coaching experience and demonstrated facilitation and training skills- training history. 

Updated CCE Programs

Continuing Coach Education (CCE) will remain, but it will only serve as continuing education and professional development for the renewal of a credential — not as initial coach training or education.

CCE programs are designed for individuals who possess foundational coach  knowledge (i.e. ICF Credential) and are seeking professional development to refine  or expand their skill set. These courses also provide ‘continuing education units’  (CCEUs) which are necessary for ICF-Credential holders to renew their credential.

The changes made to the CCE include the following:

  1. There is no longer a requirement of synchronous hours. 
  2. The hours have been capped at 40. (Multiple segments of 40 hours can be submitted by the same accredited provider as long as a continual education/development path is evidenced.)
  3. Should not be used for initial learning original credential applications. 

Are You Interested in Accrediting Your Organisation?

Accrediting your organisation essentially means building an internal coaching culture within your organisation. By training your leaders to be coaches as per the ICF approved guidelines, and setting up practices and policies in a way that can sustain itself into developing qualified, ICF approved coaches, you can improve the health and quality of your organisation through internal coaching for your employees.

However, taking on this initiative can often seem daunting and many people trying to start this initiative do not know how to take the first step and thus drop the project altogether. If you are considering building an internal coaching culture in your organisation then you will need to join hands with experienced professionals in the industry that can guide you. uExcelerate can help you with this. 

Trust uExcelerate’s Coaching Culture Circle to Seamlessly Build Your Internal Coaching Culture

uExcelerate is a SaaS platform enabling organizations to scale coaching and build sustainable coaching cultures to foster personalized talent development for their employees. 

 Our Coaching Culture Circle solution offers a unique organizational coaching capability-building model: Build-Operate-Transfer for quickly implementing, mobilizing and managing such large scale transformation initiatives. The model helps organizations bring together the people, process and technology elements of building an internal coaching culture with the help of trusted experts; enabling them to work together seamlessly, and thus creating a true competitive advantage for your organization.

uExcelerate will act as the bridge  between your organisation and the International Coaching Federation for the Coach Certification and Accreditation process so you don’t have to worry about the hassle and will develop customized coach specific training course curriculums to help you build your internal coaching capabilities. 

If you are interested to know more then please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or call us on +91- 9100532344.

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