If you have been into an ICF coaching program, you’ve already heard about the ICF coaching log. Maintaining a coaching log, preparing for ICF Credential or not, is imperative to keeping track of your coaching hours. In this blog, we’ll talk about what is a coaching log, what goes into it, and how you can maintain that.
What is a coaching log?
A coaching log, just like any other record, indicates the details of your coaching activities, helping you keep track of your coachees or clients. As a part of ICF credentialing process, you need to keep a coaching log that records the hours you spend coaching clients. You do not need to submit the long with your credential application. However, sometimes, it can be requested by ICF to verify the time you spent in coaching. Thus, maintaining a coaching log is integral to keeping a documented log of the hours accumulated from paid assignments, group coaching, internal coaching, and even pro bono work hours.
What goes into an ICF coaching Log?
Your coaching log can include any of the following:
- Coaching of groups
- Coaching of individuals
- Paid coaching for a third party or coaching internally for an organization
Your coaching log should include the information for each client:
- Client name
- Contact info
- Date of coaching
- Total hours or time spent in coaching relationship (pro-bono and paid)
Here’s an ICF coaching log sample template to help you get started.
|Sr. No.||Client Name||Individual/Group||No. of individuals in Group||Contact Info||Start Date||End Date||Paid Hours||Pro-bono Hours|
|Total Hours (Paid & Pro Bono):|
A client coaching hour is typical 60 minutes. Paid hours include the hours that you are actually paid for in any form. Pro bono hours, reciprocal coaching or peer coaching outside the training program can be counted as paid hours.
For Group Coaching, you must keep in mind that only a group of 25 or less is considered group. While documenting for Group Coaching, time for each member should be counted. This does not mean it will count as one hour. For instance, if you coached a group of 8 people, you can count only 1 hour of the entire session and not 8 hours.
Peer coaching, or reciprocal coaching, is the time when you coach and get coached. In such sessions, you have to participate both as a client and coach. Whereas pro bono is barter coaching. In exchange of your service, you may get paid in other forms, like a cup of coffee or some other service.
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