Picture this: I am coaching a client and out of the corner of my eye I see an email from the ICF popping up. As coaches we learn how not to be distracted by anything whilst present with a client. The minute the session ends, I am checking my inbox and there it is: An email from the ICF starting: “Dear Claudia, Congratulations!”
For the past few weeks, I had been tentatively scrolling through my email every single day hoping to see whether I had passed the accreditation for Professional Certified Coach (PCC) knowing that the processing time for applications is 12 to 14 weeks. After all, four assessors listen to recordings of coaching sessions that are submitted to acquire this precious acknowledgement of your skill level.
However, submitting recordings displaying all the ICF core competencies is not the only requirement; you must prove a minimum number of training hours, a minimum number of mentor coaching hours, a minimum number of coaching hours with a minimum number of paying clients, and you must pass an online examination.
This is by no means a criticism of the ICF credentialing organization. On the contrary, I am really pleased that the ICF has established high professional standards AND a good method of accrediting member coaches. After all, much like consulting or a teaching yoga, coaching is not a regulated profession. Anyone can call themselves a “coach” and it can be tricky to ensure you are in safe and well qualified hands.
I am excited to be an accredited member of an organization which ensures that their worldwide members are held to the best ethical and professional standards.