It’s my pleasure to announce a very special milestone: The ICF now has more than 15,000 credentialed coaches! We’re thrilled that so many of you have made this commitment to your training and professional growth.

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As many of you know, the ICF Credentialing program was developed to measure and certify competence of individual coaches, protect and serve consumers of coaching services, and inspire pursuit of continuous development. The ICF began awarding credentials in 1998, and passed the 10,000 mark in June of 2013. The fact that ICF has reached 15,000 in only 17 months is an amazing feat, and speaks to the growth of coaching worldwide, the importance of the ICF Credential in a crowded marketplace and the diligence of ICF Credential-holders. Congratulations on your accomplishment!

I also want to challenge all our ICF Credential-holders to maintain your achievement and keep your credential active. This means renewing your ICF Credential every three years, and participating in at least 40 hours of Continuing Coach Education during the course of those three years. The Board recently voted to allow asynchronous learning (recorded training) to count toward Core Competency CCE Units, which will offer more opportunities to fulfill your requirements.

If you are considering an ICF Credential, I encourage you to make the commitment and take that next step in your professional development. Research shows that eight in 10 consumers feel it is important for their coach to hold a credential. Additionally, credentialed coaches tend to earn more than non-credentialed coaches.

Go here to learn more about the benefits of an ICF Credential. You can also watch the Credential Legacy Series, ICF’s award-winning videos which share the stories of ICF Credential-holders worldwide. And if you’re confused about the different Credential and application paths, we’ve created this comparison chart.