ICFAt ALCN we are passionate about training coaches who are able to take the skills they learn into their organizations and countries around the world. Our NLP Coach Training Programs attract individuals from around the United States and across the globe and we have had the pleasure of seeing how our students take the skills they learn back to their countries.  We have also had the pleasure of collaborating with many graduates who have done just that and are thrilled to see the training we provide, not only in coaching, but also in utilizing NLP techniques within a coaching practice and corporate environment, reach people on a global scale.

In a past article, we discussed coach training and why it is important that a coach have credentialing from the International Coaching Federation. In addition, to ensuring the coachee receives quality coaching, ICF has worked hard to create guidelines that protect our profession and are known internationally as the gold standard. The ICF defines coaching as: “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Coaches trained in this model may combine all other life and work experience and easily blend other tools and skills they learned, as long as it is aligned with the “ICF partnership” model.

As a coach training company we have many coaches who have been coaching and training for long periods of time come through the coach training.  Often this is because the international company they are training or coaching for has passed a new requirement that all coaches have an ICF credential. This has become more prevalent in the last 4 years.

We are often asked how important ICF credentialing is by the companies we work with globally. We respond to this question by telling them that the ICF has set requirements in place that support and align the coaching profession. This gives organizations a sense that the coaches they are hiring have had quality training, they understand the ethics of coaching,  differentiates between advice giving, mentoring and teaching to support calling forth the best in their team. ICF requires that ICF approved  Trainers  hold an ICF credential making sure that coaches are trained within ICF guidelines.

With that in mind, there are some important changes on the horizon for coaches with the new ICF regulations. Up until this year, if you had several years of coaching experience in your company or externally as a coach, the ICF has allowed coaches to count coach/client hours before completion of a coach specific training program. This allowed the coach to tie all prior knowledge and background into the ICF credential.

According to the ICF website, as of October 1, 2016 at 12 a.m. EST, the following requirements to be met for any individual seeking to become and Associate Certified Coach (ACC) or a Professional Certified Coach (PCC):

ACC Requirements
ACC applicants will be required to complete 100 hours of client-coaching experience following the start of their coach-specific training. Furthermore, at least 25 of these hours must occur within the 18 months prior to submitting the application for the credential. ACC applicants will still be required to have a minimum of eight (8) clients and 75 paid client-coaching experience hours.

PCC Requirements
PCC applicants must demonstrate their coaching experience by providing a coaching log demonstrating 500 hours (450 paid) of coaching experience with at least 25 clients following the start of their coach-specific training. At least 50 of these hours must occur within the 18 months prior to submitting the application for the credential.

In the past, individuals who were seeking a PCC certification also had an option to providing a coaching log demonstrating 750 hours (675 paid) of coaching experience with at least 25 clients and were not require to have the occurrence of 50 hours of the coaching  within 18 months prior to application.

If you have been coaching for many years and are considering obtaining an ICF credential THIS IS THE YEAR to do it and be able to count your past experience in your coach credential.

So what can an individual seeking a PCC Credential do?  Quite simply, get the proper coaching training and meet ICF requirements for credentialing prior to the October 1, 2016 deadline. If you are looking for a fast way to gain this credential while learning with other leaders from around world, attend ALCN’s Summer Intensive Coach Training Program – July 19th-August 7th, 2016. Our three week hands-on coach training program provides attendees the training hours and skills needed to obtain ICF PCC credentialing. This includes 125 Professional Certified Coach learning hours and a Certified NLP Coach designation. Course price includes training, mentoring hours, support with marketing and one year of peer to peer coaching with other coaches from around the world  According to Denise Gettman, former ALCN Summer Intensive student, the program offered her so much value in her role as a Global Leadership Coach, “This program appealed to me because it connected NLP with traditional coaching and I found real value in the gold standard that this kind of credentialing could offer me.”

Who attends our Intensive Coach Training Program?

  • Executives working in Leadership Development, Global Talent Development and HR who are interested or involved in building a coaching culture in their organization.
  • Experienced consultants and trainers wishing to add the ICF international gold standard in coaching to their skill-set
  • Executives transitioning from the corporate world to building their own international coaching business
  • Faculty from business schools around the world who are working with global leaders
  • Therapists, psychotherapists and counselors who want to add coaching and expand their business nationally or internationally.
  • Experienced coaches who want to learn NLP coaching skills, expand their network and coaching business globally and obtain PCC or MCC ICF credential.
  • Career Development Counselors from universities and colleges around the world.
  • Individuals in transition who want to have a transformational experience while gaining an international coaching credential and getting clear about what is next from them in a global intensive life changing learning environment.

Graduates also receive the following benefits:

  • Learn the principles of NLP which are incorporated into the coach training curriculum. NLP is a cutting-edge modality in the coaching field, backed by research on neuroscience and cognitive behavior therapy.
  • Enjoy a global coaching eco-system in which students are given the guidance and tools to take on a leadership coaching role in their own business environments or build a successful coaching business in their country.
  • Learn valuable leadership skills and how to create a coaching culture within an organization.
  • Experience a mentorship eco-system where students are supported by each other and coaching professionals after the three week program is completed.
  • Sit under the unique mentor style teaching of by international coach trainer, Helen Attridge.

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