Minimum Eligilibilty Requirements

Background

Significant research and input from current members, Chapter Leaders, and the global ICF Board revealed a demand for a clear policy and baseline requirements in order to become a member of the ICF.

The most important criteria identified in the research was coach-specific training hours and, this announcement details the policy change to incorporate this new requirement.

What it means to you

As of April 1, 2013, individuals must have completed at least 60 hours of coach-specific training* to remain a member, in addition to paying membership dues and agreeing to abide by the ICF Code of Ethics.

April 1, 2012 to April 1, 2013 will be a transition year, allowing current members to retain membership status while completing the necessary coach-specific training hours needed for membership eligibility.

Phase-in process

If you are currently:

  • A Credentialed Member:
    Current ICF members who have previously earned and currently hold a valid ICF Credential (ACC, PCC, or MCC) automatically fulfill the membership eligibility requirements and will retain their Credentialed Coach Member status. Further, anyone who earns an ICF Credential in the future is automatically eligible to be a Credentialed Coach Member.
  • A Non-Credentialed Member:
    • Beginning April 1, 2012, current members who have completed at least 60 hours of coach-specific training* will be considered to have fulfilled the minimum membership eligibility requirements and will retain ICF Coach Member status.
    • Beginning April 1, 2012, current members who have not completed at least 60 hours of coach-specific training* will be considered Provisional Members for a maximumof one year (until April 1, 2013) or until the minimum membership eligibility requirements are fulfilled, if completed before April 1, 2013. Of course, coach-specific training* hours accumulated between now and the official policy launch on April 1, 2013 will also be applicable.The Provisional Member category will be limited to one year (April 1, 2012 to April 1, 2013), at which time the individual either qualifies to become an ICF Coach Member (or an ICF Credentialed Coach Member) or leaves the ICF until such time as they qualify under the same membership eligibility requirements described above.

Individuals Joining as New Members (starting April 1, 2012):
Individuals who join as a new member and hold a current ICF Credential (ACC, PCC, MCC) will be considered to have fulfilled the membership eligibility requirements and will become a Credentialed Member.

Individuals who join as a new member and have completed at least 60 hours of coach-specific training* will be considered to have fulfilled the minimum membership eligibility requirements and will become an ICF Coach Member.

Individuals who join as a new member and have fewer than 60 hours of coach-specific training and are currently enrolled in at least a minimum of a 60 hour ICF-approved Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) or Approved Coach-Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) training program of at least 60 hours in duration are eligible to join as ICF Coach Members Enrollment will be verified by the ICF. Search for an ICF-approved ACTP or ACSTH training programs.

Recognizing the need for equivalencies, the ICF is in the process of developing guidelines to acknowledge that ICF membership requirements may be met by a competence equivalency of coaching credentials awarded by other organizations.

* The 60 hours of coach-specific training needed to meet the minimum eligibility requirements for ICF membership is aligned with the requirements for the ACC Portfolio Application credential path. Coach-specific training is defined as:

  • Training from an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) or a program that has received the ICF Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) designation; or
  • Training that is specifically marketed as teaching coaching skills and behaviors, teaches how to apply technical skills in a coach-like manner, and transfers those skills in accordance with the ICF Core Coaching Competencies.

Additional MER Resources from ICF Global