Become a Certified MentorCoach and ICF Certified Coach

Section 2 — How to Become Certified through MentorCoach (earn the CMC Certification)

Foundations is the MentorCoach® training program’s flagship 21-week coach training course. It provides 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.

When students go beyond Foundations into Master Classes, they have entered our Certification Track, which leads toward certification as a Certified MentorCoach® (CMC) and, following that, to ICF certification. The road to mastery in coaching requires training, time, supervision, and practice, just as any genuine competence does in any professional field.

As stated in Section 1, the successful completion of the MentorCoach® Program’s certification requirements will result in certification as a Certified MentorCoach® (CMC) as well as meeting the training requirements for ICF certification.

In order to be awarded the CMC, the candidate must meet requirements in these areas:

Coursework

1. Complete at least 125 hours of coach-specific training (also called student learning hours or SLH) in the MentorCoach® Training Program.

a. Acquire 83 of these 125 hours by successfully completing the four MentorCoach® LLC required courses shown below:

  • The Foundations Course (25 hours out of 31 count as coach-specific training)
  • Safe Passage: The New Ethics and Risk Management Master Class (10 hours)
  • Intensive Individual Coaching Skills Master Class (24 hours)
  • Individual Coaching Supervision Master Class (24 hours)

b. Successfully complete 42 Hours of MentorCoach® elective Master Classes which gives you the full balance of 125 SLH’s. At least 25 of these hours must occur within the 18 months prior to submitting your CMC Final Written Exam application.

Coaching Experience

2. Document at least 100 hours of coaching experience with a minimum of 8 clients. No more than 25%, or 25, of these hours can be pro bono.

Supervision and Mentor Coaching

3. Receive supervision from a MentorCoach® CMC or an ICF certified coach (at the PCC level) for a minimum of six (6) hours; note that this requirement is met while taking the required Individual Coaching Supervision course.

4. Complete 10 Hours of mentor coaching from an approved mentor coach provider, with no more than 7 coming from the exam prep group or the PCC Marker Lab course.  To view more information about the exam prep group and a list of the approved MentorCoach® mentor coaches, please click here.

Final Exam

5. Achieve an average of 70% or better on each portion of the MentorCoach® Final Written Examination which includes a written exam (multiple choice and essay) and an oral exam (involving observation of live coaching conducted by the candidate). This live coaching is conducted by Zoom videoconferencing. The Final Exam is given only when a candidate has completed all 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:

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.

Section 3 — Our Four Required Courses—Keys to Your Development as a Coach

The four courses all students must complete for certification by the MentorCoach® Training Program are designed to give participants a high level of coaching competence and ethical awareness. Ethical considerations are not taught in every coach training program but are an integral part of the ICF identity and standard of excellence (see the ICF Code of Ethics) so we give them due attention. Professional coaching, whether it be life coaching, Positive Psychology coaching, ADHD coaching, Executive coaching, or Health and Wellness coaching, is a fascinating mix of knowledge and skill, art and science, that cannot be acquired without instruction, practice and experience. These courses are carefully constructed to lead you through all of this.

We require these four essential courses—Foundations and the three Master Classes shown below—to first acquaint you with coaching and then take you to a place of proficiency as a coach.

Section 4 — How to Become Certified through the ICF

MentorCoach® students who earn the designation of Certified MentorCoach® (CMC) have also satisfied the training requirements of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Depending upon the amount of coaching experience accrued, the CMC may apply at either the ACC (Associate Certified Coach) level or PCC (Professional Certified Coach) level. Please note that for either designation, coaching hours must have been accrued after the start of coach-specific training and a minimum number must be completed within 18 months prior to the completion of your credential application.

When applying for the ACC designation, the following requirements must be met:

  • Submission of your MentorCoach® CMC Certificate
  • Attestation to the amount of client coaching you have attained: 100 hours (75 paid) of coaching experience with at least 8 clients, at least 25 hours within 18 months of applying for the ICF credential
  • Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) exam
  • Fee of $100 for ICF members/$300 for non-ICF members
  • To view the ICF ACC designation requirements through the ACTP Approved Provider path, click here

When applying for the PCC designation, the following requirements must be met:

  • Submission of your MentorCoach® CMC Certificate
  • Attestation to the amount of client coaching you have attained: 500 hours (450 paid) of coaching experience with at least 25 clients, at least 50 hours within 18 months of applying for the ICF credential
  • Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) exam
  • Fee of $300 for ICF members/$500 for non-ICF members
  • To view the ICF PCC designation requirements through the ACTP Approved Provider path, click here

Please note that if you do not yet have the hours necessary for the PCC credential, those additional hours and clients (plus any applicable ICF fees) are all you need to provide to move up from the ACC to the PCC credential.

Note: MentorCoach® reserves the right to modify the tuition or requirements for certification at any time.

Updated December 2021

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