Coaching Organizations and Paths to Credentials

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

How Coacharya’s Coach Training Programs Lead to Credentials

Compare Coaching Organizations and Paths to Credentials

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. You may also find this article helpful. 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.

Coacharya Programs Applicable Coaching Foundation (ACC)
Coaching Foundation + Advanced Coaching (PCC)
Mastery (MCC)
Coaching Foundation & Advanced Coaching (SP) Coaching Foundation & Advanced Coaching (BCC)
Levels of Certification Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
Master Certified Coach (MCC)
Foundation (F)
Practitioner (P)
Senior Practitioner (SP) (Coacharya Advanced is at this level)
Master Practitioner (MP)
Board Certified Coach
Pathways to Certification 1. Approved Coaching Specific Training Hours (ACSTH)
2. Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)
3. Portfolio
1. EQA
3. Non EQA
Board Certified Coach
Hours of Training Required 1. ACC via ACTP – 60
+10 hours mentoring
2. ACC via ACTP – 125 +10 hours mentoring
3. PCC via ACTP – 125 +10 hours mentoring
4. MCC – 75 (post PCC) + 10 hours mentoring
1. F – 20
2. P – 150
3. SP – 250
4. MP – 540
Hours are cumulative coaching experience, not just the coach training program. Coacharya’s EQA accreditation means that our program alone fulfills the requirement up to SP. Please contact us for more details.
120 hours with existing Bachelor’s degree
Years of Professional Experience Required None, but 10+ is recommended 1. 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
None, but 10+ is recommended
Client Contact Hours Required ACC – 100 (min. 8 clients)
PCC – 500 (min. 25 clients)
MCC – 2500 (min. 35 clients)
Required from start of training, within 18 months of application
1. 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/Year 40 hours in 3 years for any credential renewal 1. F – 16
2. P – 16
3. SP – 32
4. MP – 48
Supervision Hours/Quarter None SP – 1 hr / 35 hrs coached, min 1 hr / quarter
MP – 1 hr / 35 hrs coached, min 1 hr / quarter
Other Requirements – Coach Knowledge Assessment for your first credential
– Recorded conversations for ACSTH & Portfolio routes
– PCC before MCC
– All – Reflective Practice, Case Study , Interview
– MP only – requires professional contribution
Recognition of Others’ Credentials SP is awarded based on achievement of PCC from ICF BCC is awarded based on achievement of PCC from ICF
Approximate Time It Takes To Complete ACC – 6 months
PCC – 12 months
MCC – 1 year post PCC
SP – 12 months 12 months
Other Useful Information All certifications are valid globally
You must have your PCC before you can start your MCC training
Highly relevant in Europe and APAC Relevant in the USA

International Coach Federation – ICF

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

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

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.

Interested in Coach Training?

Coacharya provides training accredited by ICF, EMCC and CCE. Contact us for more details.