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Ongoing COVID-19 Response: ICF Credentials and Standards Board Approves Additional Changes
Given the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our communities, countries and world, the ICF Credentials and Standards Board met in August 2020 to evaluate the temporary measures and consider additional steps to support ICF Credential-holders and candidates during these times.
To continue to support coaches on their professional journey while also ensuring the highest standards for the credentialing process, the ICF Credentials and Standards Board approved the following measures to support coaches in 2021.
Temporary Measure Impacting Coaches Whose Credentials Expire December 31, 2020
ICF values ongoing professional development for credentialed coaches, which is why we require ICF-credentialed coaches to renew their credential every three years. We acknowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic may disrupt access to Continuing Coach Education opportunities, particularly for individuals required to submit additional CCE units to renew a lapsed ICF Credential.
If your ICF Credential’s expiration date is December 31, 2020 but you are unable to renew on or before that date, your credential will remain active until February 28, 2021, after which it will be considered lapsed. You may still apply to renew your lapsed credential through December 31, 2021 – your Continuing Coach Education requirement will be capped at 41.2 Continuing Coach Education units (an additional 1.2 instead of the former 1.2 additional units per month of lapse). 24.72 units in Core Competencies is still required for renewal, three (3) of which must be completed in coaching ethics.
Extension of Temporary Measures Impacting Initial Credentialing Applicants
The ICF Credentials and Standards Board extended a pair of temporary measures impacting initial credentialing applicants.
Extending Client Coaching Experience Recency Requirements for ACC and PCC Applicants
If a coach applies for their ACC or PCC by December 31, 2021, their recency requirement for experience hours will be extended from 18 to 24 months. This is an extension of the previously announced temporary measure, which was set to end December 31, 2020.
For ACC applicants, this means that at least 25 hours of coaching experience must have taken place within 24 months of submitting their application.
For PCC applicants, this means that at least 50 hours of coaching experience must have taken place within 24 months of submitting their application.
Increasing Eligible Number of Pro Bono Hours
If a coach applies for their ACC, PCC or MCC by December 31, 2021, they will also be eligible to count a higher proportion of pro bono coaching hours toward their experience requirements. This is an extension of the previously announced temporary measure, which was set to end December 31, 2020.
We are increasing the proportion of eligible pro bono coaching hours by 20%.
- ACC applicants can count 30 hours of pro bono coaching toward their experience requirement (up from 25 hours)
- PCC applicants can count 60 hours of pro bono coaching toward their experience requirement (up from 50 hours)
- MCC applicants can count 300 hours of pro bono coaching toward their experience requirement (up from 250 hours)
As always, the ICF Credentials and Standards team is happy to answer any questions and support ICF coaches on their professional development journeys. You can contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
For further details please visit the ICF Credentialing page