Coaching Organizations

The three major, international coaching certifying bodies are ICF, EMCC and CCE. Coacharya is accredited by all three.

Accredited by ICF

Accredited by EMCC

Accredited by CCE

International Coach Federation – ICF

ICF International Coach Federation

The International Coach Federation seeks to Advance the Art, Science and Practice of Professional Coaching.

The International Coach Federation is the support network for these professional coaches. Whether it’s Life Coaching, Executive Coaching, Leadership Coaching or any other skilled coaching, ICF leads the global community in advancing the profession. ICF helps serve the flourishing of humanity by using coaching’s creative and thought-provoking process to maximize professional and personal potential.

Through a worldwide network of professional coaches, ICF builds, supports and preserves this growing field, providing connections near and far.

European Mentoring & Coaching Council – EMCC

EMCC European Mentoring and Coaching Council

The EMCC exists to develop, promote and set the expectation of best practice in mentoring and coaching across Europe and beyond, for the benefit of society. Our vision is to be the “go to” body in mentoring and coaching.

Board Certified Coach (BCC) – Center for Credentialing and Education

Board Certified Coach

The Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential is a mark of distinction for credential holders and a source of credibility for their clients. A BCC has met professional coaching competency standards established by CCE and subject matter experts.

The achievement of the Board Certified Coach credential solidifies the professional identity of the coach. The BCC credential is attractive to professionals who would like to provide independent third-party verification that they have achieved certain coaching competency standards.

Compare Coaching Organizations and Their Programs

Navigating the world of coaching certification can be quite confusing. The table below provides a high level overview of how the three major international coaching bodies compare. If you have any specific questions about certification, please feel free to reach out to us. One of our certified coaches who has been through the process of selecting and achieving credentials will gladly help you out.

Please note that ICF is implementing some changes to these requirements (mainly to MCC) as of July 31, 2018 and February 28, 2018. We will update this table when those changes take effect to ensure the information here is current. Until then, you can see what changes are coming up on our blog.

Coacharya Programs ApplicableCoaching Foundation (ACC)
Coaching Foundation + Advanced Coaching (PCC)
Mastery (MCC)
Coaching Foundation & Advanced Coaching (BCC)Coaching Foundation & Advanced Coaching (SP)
Levels of CertificationAssociate Certified Coach (ACC)
Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
Master Certified Coach (MCC)
Board Certified CoachFoundation (F)
Practitioner (P)
Senior Practitioner (SP) (Coacharya Advanced is at this level)
Master Practitioner (MP)
Pathways to Certification1. Approved Coaching Specific Training Hours (ACSTH)
2. Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)
3. Portfolio
Board Certified Coach1. EQA
3. Non EQA
Hours of Classroom Instruction Required1. ACSTH - 30 +10 hours mentoring
2. ACC via ACTP - 60 +10 hours mentoring
3. PCC via ACTP - 125 +10 hours mentoring
4. MCC - 200 + 10 hours mentoring
120 hours with existing Bachelor's degree1. F - 20
2. P - 150
3. SP - 250
4. MP - 540
Years of Professional Experience RequiredNone, but 10+ is recommendedNone, but 10+ is recommended1. F - 1 year of coaching experience
2. P - 3 years of coaching experience
3. SP - 5 years of coaching experience
4. MP - 7 years of coaching experience
Client Contact Hours RequiredACC - 100 (min. 8 clients)
PCC - 500 (min. 25 clients)
MCC - 2500 (min. 35 clients)
Required from start of training, within 18 months of application
301. F - 50 (min. 5 clients)
2. P - 100 (min. 10 clients)
3. SP - 250 (min. 20 clients)
4. MP - 500 (min. 40 clients)
+ 5 client feedback forms
Continuous Professional Development Hours/Year40 hours in 3 years for credential renewal1. F - 16
2. P - 16
3. SP - 32
4. MP - 48
Supervision Hours/QuarterNoneSP - 1 hr / 35 hrs coached, min 1 hr / quarter
MP - 1 hr / 35 hrs coached, min 1 hr / quarter
Other RequirementsCoach Knowledge Assessment Test for all routes
Recorded conversations for ACSTH & Portfolio routes
All - Reflective Practice, Case Study , Interview
MP only - requires professional contribution
Recognition of Others' CredentialsBCC is awarded based on achievement of PCC from ICFSP is awarded based on achievement of PCC from ICF
Minimum Time It Takes To CompleteACC - 6 months
PCC - 12 months
MCC - 3 years
12 monthsSP - 12 months
Other Useful InformationAll certifications are valid globallyMost relevant in the USAHighly relevant in Europe and APAC

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