By Angela Lindley, ACC and UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Coaching Graduate
Many career paths have accrediting organizations that support and vet members of the profession. As a coach, your certification offers peace of mind to your clients, by guaranteeing that you have demonstrated certain competencies and adhere to a high standard of quality. Think of the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), to name a few.
The most-widely recognized certification organization for coaches is the International Coach Federation (ICF), which certifies coaching professionals at three levels. Each level is a designation of how much training and practice hours a coach has completed.
- ACC (Associate Certified Coach): 60+ hours of coaching training and 100+ hours of coaching experience
- PCC (Professional Certified Coach): 125+ hours of coaching training and 500+ hours of coaching experience
- MCC (Master Certified Coach): 200+ hours of coaching training and 2500+ hours of coaching experience
In a profession that's growing as fast as coaching, your certification signifies to clients that you've taken the important step of attending a quality training program and attaining a minimum level of experience. It's a mark of your commitment to excellence.
The UC Davis Extension Professional Coaching Program prepares you for the education requirements of PCC Certification by providing coach-specific training and mentor hours. Once a coach secures the required coaching experience, application for certification is easy. For more information, read the full certification requirements on the ICF website.