In line with ICF’s new worldwide membership eligibility requirements (MER)*, there will be three ICF membership categories beginning April 1, 2012: ICF Provisional Member, ICF Coach Member, and ICF Credentialed Member.
ICF Provisional Member: If you have less than 60 hours of coach specific training (or your training hours do not meet the requirements*), you will assume the ICF Provisional Member status on April 1, 2012 for a maximum of one year (until April 1, 2013) or until MER is fulfilled (if completed before April 1, 2013). Coach specific training hours accumulated so far as well as those collected between now and the official policy launch on April 1, 2013 will be applicable.
ICF Coach Member: If you have at least 60 hours of coach specific training (and it meets the requirements*) and do not hold an ICF Credential, you will be considered to have fulfilled MER and will retain ICF Coach Member status on April 1, 2012.
ICF Credentialed Member: If you hold a valid ICF Credential (ACC, PCC, or MCC), you will automatically fulfill MER. You will retain ICF Credentialed Member status on April 1, 2012.
There is no need to submit documentation or verification of completion of your coach specific training—as a member of the ICF, you are bound by the ICF Code of Ethics (prohibits misrepresentation of coaching qualifications). ICF will retain the right to verify a member’s coach training hours or proof of accreditation from a coach training program or school at any time.
Also beginning April 1, 2012, all new ICF members will fall into the following membership categories:
*MER states that, in order to continue as an ICF member, you must complete 60 hours of coach specific training by April 1, 2013. The ICF is not requiring you to pursue or have an ICF Credential to remain an ICF member.
Definition of Training that is accepted as coach specific training:
(These are aligned with the requirements for the ACC Portfolio Application credential path.)
– All hours approved in Core Competencies will be accepted.
– A maximum of 12 hours outside of the Core Competencies will be accepted.
Requirement for 60 hours:
At least 48 of the hours must be:
The remaining hours may be self-study, from an ICF event, teaching coaching-related topics, or a combination. However, all hours must be part of a program with the purpose of training coaches.
[Note: The ICF is in the process of developing guidelines to acknowledge that ICF membership requirements may be met by a competence equivalency of coaching credentials awarded by other coaching organizations.]
*Info from ICF membership categories update
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