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Why get ICF Credentialed?

Today’s world is filled with look-alikes and imitations. Often it is hard to tell the genuine article from a counterfeit. While imitation can sometimes be a form of flattery, if you are serious about being seen as a leader in the field of coaching, being the “real deal” is an important way to define who you are and build credibility.

According to the International Coach Federation’s (ICF) 2012 Global Coaching Study, 43% of participating coaches believe untrained individuals calling themselves coaches is the biggest obstacle for the coaching industry. Coach Certification is one of the best ways to demonstrate your level of expertise as an executive or leadership coach. And, an ICF credential is considered the gold standard in coach training.

Founded in 1995 by Thomas J. Leonard the ICF is the longest established and the leading global coaching organization, consisting of over 20,000 members around the world. Having established high measurement standards, the ICF adheres to a set of 11 coaching core competencies and a professional code of ethics and standards, which all credentialed coaches pledge to uphold. Additionally, ICF certified coaches are required to undergo continuing education and renew their credentials on a regular basis.

Here are a few reasons why ICF credentialing could help advance your career.

  • A higher than average annual income: According to the 2012 ICF Global Coaching Study, credentialed coaches reported higher-than-average incomes worldwide compared to non-credentialed coaches.

“In 2003, I was sought out by a company because I had the PCC credential and I ended up on a project that paid me $27,636 for coaching work. Then in 2006, when I had my MCC credential, I was recommended for a coaching project that ended up paying me over $220,000 for the next few years. You don’t know the work you are not even being considered for if you don’t have an ICF credential.” – Carly Anderson, MCC

  • Increases recommendations and client satisfaction: The 2014 Global Consumer Awareness Study found that 83% of clients felt it was important or very important to work with a professional certified coach. Additionally, 85% were satisfied or very satisfied with their coaching experience.

“After getting my ICF credential, I noticed that I began getting more high quality referrals from clients. The more qualified I became as a coach, the more satisfied my clients became, they renewed their contract with me and the more willing they were to recommend me to others.” – Joanne Wilson, PCC

  • Enhances personal and professional development: The ICF conducts and provides extensive coaching research made available to all its members; hosts regional and international conferences; connects members to a global coaching community; and facilitates networking opportunities through local ICF Chapters and ICF international conferences.

It is important to note that in order to obtain full ICF certification, the Coach Training Program must have ACTP [Accredited Coach Training Program] status from the ICF. At Academy of Leadership Coaching & NLP (ACLN) we seek to help leaders move to the next step in their professional coaching endeavors as well as train coaches who want to be leaders in the field of coaching. Our ICF model of coaching is blended with powerful Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) coaching techniques, which helps the serious minded coach to accelerate both personally and professionally. Consider attending our Summer Intensive Program – an ICF approved intensive NLP Coach Training program, if you are serious about becoming a leader in the coaching field. You can read success stories from our graduates in our eBook or for more information visit our website or contact us today!

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