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Professional certified coach (PCC)

Path to Becoming a Professional Certified Coach (PCC)

If you’re aiming for the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential, you’re setting your sights on an advanced level of recognition in the coaching world. Here’s a concise guide to help you navigate this enriching path.

What is the PCC Credential?

The PCC, or Professional Certified Coach, is a credential awarded by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). It’s a testament to your advanced skills, in-depth experience, and commitment to the coaching profession, ensuring you’re well-equipped to make meaningful impacts.

Steps to Obtain the PCC Credential:

Coach-Specific Training: Complete a minimum of 125 hours of ICF-approved coach-specific training, ensuring the core competencies are comprehensively covered. These hours should be real-time, interactive instruction.

Coaching Experience: Accumulate 500 hours of coaching experience with at least 25 clients. This hands-on experience is crucial, allowing you to refine your skills and apply your training in real-world scenarios.

Mentor Coaching: Engage in 10 hours of mentor coaching over a minimum duration of 3 months, preferably with someone who holds a PCC or MCC credential. This step provides a deeper dive into the nuances of advanced coaching, fostering both personal and professional growth.

Performance Evaluation: Demonstrate your proficiency by submitting a recorded coaching session, along with its transcript, for evaluation against the ICF’s PCC markers.

Complete the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA): If you haven’t done this for a prior ICF credential (like ACC), you’ll need to take the CKA. It’s a rigorous assessment designed to ensure alignment with ICF’s Core Competencies and Code of Ethics.

Renewal: The PCC credential lasts for three years. To renew, you’ll need continuous education and adherence to the evolving standards of the coaching profession.

The journey to PCC is one of dedication, learning, and profound professional growth. As you step forward, remember that each phase is an opportunity to enhance your coaching craft. Embrace the challenges, celebrate the milestones, and continue to make a difference in the lives of those you coach.

Ready to get started? Explore our ICF Level 2 Path to Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

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