Coaching certification matters. Here's why.

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.