International Coach Federation (ICF)
Founded in 1995, the ICF is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high academic and professional standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. ICF also operates Regional Service Centers in North America Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Latin America.
ICF has established academic standards for coach specific training, ethical guidelines for professional practices, and is currently the largest professional association for the practice of coaching. With more than 20,000 professional personal and business coaches representing more than 100 countries, the ICF is the voice of the global coaching profession.
ICF has three levels of coach certification: the Associate Coach Certification (ACC) which requires 60 hour of coach specific training and 100 hours coaching clients Professional Coach Certification (PCC) which requires 125 hours of coach specific training and 500 hours of coaching clients, and the Master Coach Certification (MCC) which requires 200 hours of coach specific training and 2,500 hours of client coaching. For more information about ICF coach certification please visit the ICF website.
Notice: Please check with the International Coach (ICF) directly about their credential application requirements as they continually update their requirements and the Elias University is not responsible for changes that ICF may make to their requirements.
Elias University Coach Certification (EUCC)
Founded in 2001 Elias University (EU) is a national leader in innovative coach training. In 2018 EU will be offering the one of the first Masters of Science in Coaching in the United States setting the foundation for the advancement of the field of coaching.
EU had two levels of coach certification:
Steps to Become Certified
Here are the steps to become certified through Elias University
Option One: Set a Solid Foundation
Attend a Six-Day Community Leadership Coaching Foundations Intensive followed by a series of tele-courses and webinars. All your in-person training is conducted in six days (allowing you to complete 45 hours in just one week) and all the remaining courses are completed via tele-courses and webinars. This is our most popular option. This option enables you to get started coaching sooner as you complete 45 hours of training in one week.
Having an intensive week away from your regular environment, emerged within a rigorous coaching curriculum, with a core group of coaching student peers and faculty gives you a competitive edge while building a solid professional foundation in coaching . Upon completion of your six-day intensive program your tele-courses series will begin. Your tele-courses are designed to support you and challenge you to continue to build your coaching skills each week. Each week you will apply what you learn increasing your skills with the support of your peers and faculty as your thought partners as you begin to develop your personal style of coaching mastery. This path allows you to register for and pay for classes as you go along. You can begin with the six-day intensive and add additional courses as you go to complete our 72-Hour Certified Coach Program (CCP).
Option Two: Choose a Specialization
Choose one of our Specialty Coach Certification programs and complete 35 hours of an in person intensive with 25 hours completed via tele-course and webinars. When you choose one of our specialty coach certification programs you begin to establish yourself as an expert in your field. You enjoy the benefit of full immersion within a rigorous coaching curriculum, with a core group of coaching student peers and faculty gives you a competitive edge while building a solid professional foundation in coaching . Upon completion of your four day in-person intensive return to your regular environment and immediately begin applying what you learned with the added support of your tele-courses/webinars increasing your skills each week with your peers and faculty as your thought partners supporting and encouraging the development of coaching mastery. This path allows you to register for and pay for classes as you go along. You can begin with the 60 hour specialized coaching program and add additional courses as you go to complete our 72-Hour Certified Coach Program (CCP).
Many of our student choose to begin with option one and take the Six-Day Community Leadership Coaching Foundations Intensive followed by one of our Specialty Coach Certification giving them 105 hours of coach specific training and then they add some of our advance coach training courses to acquire 125 hours of coaching which prepares them to apply for the Professional Coach Certification (PCC) through ICF or the Elias University Coach Mastery Certification (CMC).
Option Three: Get a Masters Degree in Coaching
Coach Mastery Certification when you resister for the Masters of Science in Coaching and earn a masters degree in coaching and qualify for the Elias University Coach Mastery Certification (CMC).
Regardless of which option you choose above to complete your coursework there are additional requirements such as documenting 100 hours of coaching experience, completing an oral evaluation of coaching competency and a short essay about your experience of becoming a coach. For more detailed information contact us to request the complete requirements for the certification program.