Impact of New ICF Core Coaching Competencies

Nov 14, 2019

ICF just launched an update to its Core Coaching Competencies model. The rollout of the new model will happen over the next year, and we want to make sure that our community is ready.

You can see the updated Core Coaching Competencies here. Or, you can download a copy along with a handy summary sheet and comparison of old CC’s to new ones here.

We’d love to hear what you think of the changes. Please join us on our coaching forum to discuss the new ICF Core Coaching Competencies.

Credentialed Coaches

The new coaching competencies are aligned with what you learned when you were becoming a coach. You don’t need to do anything differently from what you learned when training as a coach. The new CC’s are simplified a bit (there are 8 vs 11) and there’s a new emphasis on the importance of a coaching mindset and ongoing reflective practice, the importance of cultural, systemic and contextual awareness and a focus on partnership between coach and client.

Coacharya will definitely hold a webinar going into detail of the new competencies, so be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get notified when this happens.

Coaches Still in Training

Since the skills emphasized in the new ICF core coaching competencies align with the old, what you are learning is still correct. When you go to apply for your coaching credential in 2019 or 2020, the assessment will still be based on the old 11 competencies.

You should download the competencies PDF as that has a handy “before and after” chart on the last two pages.

Coacharya will definitely hold additional webinars in 2020 to ensure a smooth transition for our learners and alumni.

PCC Markers

For now, these will remain the same, based on the 11 old competencies. ICF will roll out new PCC markers in 2020. We will update this blog post when those become available.


The Coaching Knowledge Assessment that you take when you apply for your first ICF credential is not changing for now. There will be a new assessment, but not until 2021. For the next year, you can use our practice test.

Systemic Coaching

As you will see when you read the new CC’s, there’s a new emphasis on systemic and contextual awareness. Please take a look at our systemic coaching page on this website for a quick video on what systemic coaching is as well as links to webinars with Peter Hawkins and Ram Ramanathan on this topic.

Smita Raghum
Smita Raghum


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