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The MentorCoach Program has been awarded the
International Coach Federation's
Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) designation.

International Coach Federation Accredited Program

This credential is awarded to programs that meet professional standards for coach training programs established by the International Coach Federation (ICF).

ICF Certification has never been as important, and its importance is growing each year. Within 3-5 years it will be crucial for successfully practicing as a coach.

MentorCoach is an accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) by the ICF.

When you have been certified by MentorCoach as a Certified MentorCoach (CMC), you have met all requirements to be certified as an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC). When you have coached a total of 750 hours, you then have also met all requirements to be certified as an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

The MentorCoach Training Program: Foundations is our flagship 31-week coach training program. It intends to provide students training in individual and group coaching skills, service marketing skills, ethics and risk management skills--all within a rich community of support-- to launch their coaching practices.

MentorCoach and ICF Certification - Some Foundations graduates, however, want to go further. As with the development of great competence in any profession, the road to mastery in coaching requires training, time, supervision, and practice.

In MentorCoach, this path leads through the Certification Track toward certification as a Certified MentorCoach (CMC). It involves intensive study of coaching skills, supervision, additional class work, coaching practice with other students, coaching clients, taping of client sessions and live supervision by an ICF Master Certified Coach, additional required courses such as, for example, our Master Class in Ethics and Risk Management taught by the leading attorney-psychologist in the country in this field, and successful completion of a written and oral examination. (These components are spelled out in detail below.)

Graduates who complete the Certification Track and earn the designation of Certified MentorCoach (CMC) have also satisfied the training requirements of the International Coach Federation. More detail on this is below under the subhead, "ICF Coach Certification."

Below is a summary of the requirements to earn the designation of Certified MentorCoach (CMC).

Overview: The Certified MentorCoach (CMC)

MentorCoach students who successfully complete the MentorCoach Training Program, "Foundations" can elect to enter the Certification Track. The successful completion of MentorCoach Certification requirements will result in their being certified as a Certified MentorCoach (CMC) as well as meeting the certification requirements of the ICF.

In order to be awarded this Certification, the candidate must have:

  1. Completed at least 125 hours of Coach Specific Training of MentorCoach® Training which includes Foundations (also called Student Contact Learning Hours --SCLH).

  2. Acquired 81 of these required 125 Student Contact Learning Hours by successfully completing the following four MentorCoach LLC required courses:
    (1) MentorCoach™ Training Program: Foundations (25 hours out of 31)
    (2) Ethics and Risk Management Master Class (8 hours)
    (3) Intensive Individual Coaching Skills Master Class (24 hours)
    (4) Intensive Individual Coaching Supervision Master Class (24 hours)

  3. The balance of the 125 SCL Hours can be selected from MentorCoach elective Master Classes. MentorCoach offers superb elective Master Classes from which to choose.

  4. Documented that he/she has coached at least 100 hours with a minimum of 8 clients. No more than 25%, or 25, of these hours can be Pro-Bono. (See the Final Exam Application for a more detailed explanation of the requirements.)

  5. Group coaching may count towards the mentoring requirement of 10 hours. No more than 70% of the required coaching received hours (that is 7 hours) can come from group coaching. Additionally, the group being mentored may not consist of more than 10 participants.

  6. Received supervision from a MentorCoach CMC or an ICF certified coach (at the PCC level) for a minimum of six (6) hours. (This requirement is met while taking the Individual Coaching Skills supervision course.)

  7. Have been coached by a coach who holds an ICF PCC or MCC credential (who may or may not also have a CMC credential), for a minimum of ten hours over a minimum of three months.

  8. Completed the pass-only Interim Written Examination (used for feedback purposes only), which is given to determine the candidate's comprehension, retention, and level of proficiency in the material presented in the first three required courses. This examination is taken upon successful completion of three of the required Certification courses listed in #2 above: Foundations, Ethics and Risk Management, and Intensive Individual Coaching Skills.

  9. Achieved an average of 70% or better on each portion of the MentorCoach Final Examination which includes a written exam (multiple choice and essay) and an oral exam (involving an actual observation of live coaching conducted by the candidate). This live coaching is generally conducted by teleconference. The Final Exam is given when a candidate has completed all other MentorCoach Certification Requirements and has agreed to honor the ICF Philosophy and Definition of Coaching, Pledge of Ethics, and Standards of Ethical Conduct.


Upon completion of these requirements, the candidate will be awarded the "Certified MentorCoach" (CMC) designation. For additional information, you can download the following documents:

Certification FAQ's - A Must Read!

Certified MentorCoach (CMC) Requirements and Application Process

Mentorcoach ACTP Courses and Prices

After reviewing the documents above, should you have additional certification questions, please contact our Certification Coordinator, Sunny Bain, sunny@mentorcoach.com, or 661-244-4904.


The ICF Coach Certification

MentorCoach graduates who earn the designation of Certified MentorCoach (CMC) have also satisfied the training requirements of the International Coach Federation (ICF) at the ACC and PCC levels. They have met all requirements to be both a Certified MentorCoach (CMC) and an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC). When the CMC has accrued 750 hours of coaching, they will then have met all requirements to be an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC). As soon as the CMC certificate is received, the CMC can submit their application to ICF (for the ACC or PCC level of certification). The ICF exam and exam fees will be waived.

Updated: December 2014

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