Being a professional coach is overwhelming. However, figuring out the requirements for ICF credentials is more overwhelming than anything. As the gold standard in coaching, ICF has its distinguished credentialing levels and pathways. It can be challenging to cut through the clutter and find out which path is right for you. Taking the leap from ICF ACC to PCC without understanding the pathways can be time-consuming. However, if you are willing to take the plunge, here is a guide for you!
Who is an ICF-ACC?
The ACC or Associate Certified Coaches are ICF credential-holders who have trained 60+ hours and experienced more than 100 hours of coaching. Associate Certified Coaches are known to have demonstrated knowledge and unparalleled proficiency in the world of ICF Code of ethics, core competencies, and definition of coaching. The ACC earners are expected to stay committed to high ethical standards that they achieve through rigorous assessment and professional competence by working with clients. Note that the ACC credential must be renewed every three years.
This blog gives you more information on renewing ICF Credential.
Who is a PCC?
On the other hand, the PCC Coaches have completed about 125 hours of coach-specific training and a minimum of 500 hours of client coaching experience along with 10 hours of mentor coaching over a minimum of three months. The PCC or Professional Certified Coaches must also pass a performance assessment of their coaching along with a computer-based written exam (more updates to come from ICF on this) as per the ICF credentials standard.
How an ACC can become PCC?
If you already have your ACC, you can achieve the Professional Coach Certification or PCC in two ways:
The PCC ACTP path requires a minimum of 500 hours among which 450 should be paid with at least 25 clients following the inception of your coach-specific education. Besides, you will also need at least 50 of the hours paid or unpaid within 18 months prior to submitting your application for the credential. In addition, complete your Coach Knowledge Assessment and when completed in full, the ACTP program requires at least 125 student contact hours and 10 hours of mentor coaching along with the performance evaluation.
The ACSTH pathway requires 125 hours of coach-specific training along with 10 hours of mentor coaching. In addition, you must complete your Coach Knowledge Assessment and showcase 450 paid and 50 paid or unpaid hours of coaching experience without any fail.
The Bridge Program for ACC to PCC with Coach Transformation
If you’re already an ACC, you might have completed 60+ hours of training. And you need complete the remaining hours to round up to 125 hours of coach-specific training. For instance, if you’ve completed 65 hours of coach-specific training under the ACSTH pathway, you require to complete the remaining 60 hours. Coach Transformation offers both ACSTH and ACTP pathways including Mentor Coaching (optional) to help you meet the requirements of PCC training. The sessions are conducted live and online by our master trainers.
Apart from that, you can also join our Peer Coaching sessions and webinars to add more to your experience hours, which is free of cost for our students.
Do want to bridge the gap from being an ICF ACC to PCC? Are you willing to think beyond all the marketing jargon and make a career for yourself in coaching by getting the honor of a certified professional coach? Then Coach Transformation is your one-stop destination. Coach Transformation is a global coach training institute offering a myriad of ICF-accredited training courses on both ACC and PCC levels. You can contact us here to connect with our Program Expert, who can assist you in choosing the best.