New ICF Membership Eligibility Requirements Effective April 2013

To maintain its high standards and credibility as a trusted source for quality coaches, ICF is changing its membership requirements. Effective April 1, 2013, individuals must have completed at least 60 hours of coach-specific training to become a member, or remain a member, of the ICF in addition to paying membership dues and agreeing to abide by the ICF Code of Ethics.

NOTE: 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.

For complete information and FAQs about the new membership requirements, click here.

As an ICF Approved Coach Training Program (ACSTH), The Gardner Institute can help you achieve or maintain ICF membership. Upon completion of our Core Coach Training you will have earned 60 Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) to meet the ICF minimum requirement. For information and dates about our upcoming Core Coach Training program, click here.

Become an ICF Credentialed Life Coach through The Gardner Institute

The Gardner Institute is one of only a few  life coach training programs in Texas that is approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF), the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. The ICF provides the only worldwide recognized Coaching Credential. The ICF Credential ensures the public that a coach has committed significant time and resources to achieving and maintaining excellence.

ICF offers three types of accreditation:

  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC): The ICF Associate Certified Coach credential is for the practiced coach with at least 100 hours of client coaching experience.
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC): The Professional Certified Coach credential is for the proven coach with at least 750 hours of client coaching experience.
  • Master Certified Coach (MCC)

The Master Certified Coach credential is for the expert coach with at least 2,500 hours of client coaching experience.

ICF Changes Membership Categories Effective April 2012

In addition to new membership requirements, ICF is also introducing new membership categories effective April 1, 2012:

  • ICF Credentialed Member
  • ICF Coach Member
  • ICF Provisional Member

An ICF Student Membership will be available for new ICF members


*Chart provided by ICF.

Are you ready to become an ICF credentialed coach? Click here to contact The Gardner Institute to get started today!