ICF Mentor Coaching focuses on developing Core Competencies and how they are
demonstrated throughout a professional coaching session.

ICF Mentor Coaching

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In setting high global standards for professional coaching, ICF’s credentialing system requires each applicant to partner with an ICF Mentor Coach.

Mentor Coaching for an ICF Credential consists of coaching and feedback in a collaborative, appreciative and dialogued process based on an observed or recorded coaching session to increase the coach’s capability in coaching, in alignment with the ICF Core Competencies.
Mentor Coaching focuses on applicants’ coaching skills, rather than coaching them on practice building, life balance or other topics.


Mentoring provides professional assistance in achieving and demonstrating the levels of coaching competency and capability demanded by the desired credential level.

Mentor Coaching should take place over an extended time (three-month minimum) in a cycle that allows for listening and feedback from the Mentor Coach while also allowing reflection and practice on the part of the individual being mentored.

Individual and Group Mentor Coaching

A minimum of three of the 10 mentoring hours must be one-on-one with the mentor coach. Group mentoring may count for a maximum of seven hours towards the mentoring requirement.

Only groups of 10 or fewer will count.

Initial Credentialing

Credentialing candidates on the following paths are required to participate in Mentor Coaching prior to submitting their application:

  • ACC Portfolio
  • PCC Level 1 / ACSTH
  • PCC Portfolio
  • MCC Portfolio

As a reminder, ICF has three levels of credentialing:

  • Level 1 Accredited Certified Coach (ACC) which requires 100 hours of coaching;
  • Level 2 Professional Certified Coach (PCC) which requires 500 hours of coaching; and
  • Level 3 Master Certified Coach (MCC) which requires 2500 hours of coaching.

For Level 1 (ACC) you are required to have 10 hours of mentor coaching, 7 of which can be group and 3 that must be one-on-one. You can be mentored by an ACC, but it must be an ACC that has completed at least one re-credentialing process. In other words, an ACC that has at least 3 years as a credentialed coach and has re-credentialed.

For Level 2 (PCC), you must be mentored by at least a PCC.

For MCC you must be mentored by at least an MCC.

Find out more: https://coachingfederation.org/credentials-and-standards/mentor-coaching

Work with me!

One of my greatest professional passions is partnering with professional coaches to enhance and expand their skills and expertise.

Based on my experience as an ICF Credentialing Assessor, ICF Mentor Coach and ICF, MCC Coach I will help you:

  • Gain clarity on the ICF Core Competency skills, behaviors and the ICF Code of Conduct.
  • Explain with practical and specific examples how you can demonstrate ICF Core Competencies in a coaching session.



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