December 31st is the annual ICF Credential renewal deadline. Some of the requirements changed this year. Did the changes impact you? Will you be credential renewal ready?
Here’s a roundup of resources that will help.
I’ve heard from plenty of ICF credentialed coaches recently who are working on getting ready to renew. I wrote an earlier post on the ICF Credential changes for 2018 . It covered many of the details.
Still, many coaches are scrambling to get their prerequisites completed and their documents in order. If that sounds like you, read on my coach friends.
This quick list of links to information and programs will help you be credential renewal ready in no time (okay, almost no time).
ICF Credential Updates – There are a number of changes to ICF credentialing policies that have been implemented already this year and a few more will come in 2019. If you are still trying to wrap your head around what all this means to you, be sure to watch this ICF Credentialing Changes video.
ICF Credential Renewal Checklist – If you are not sure what you need, don’t worry. I remember that feeling. So, I made a checklist for that, of course! Here you go… Download the free ICF Credential Renewal Checklist.
Personalized Credential Strategy Sessions – Last week, a couple of coaches booked some one-on-one time with me to figure out the whole credential renewal thing. They were stuck and they wanted to talk it over. We did. They got unstuck, and their applications are winging their way to the ICF right now! If you feel a bit overwhelmed by the who, what, why, where and how of credentialing, you can book a personalized credential strategy session with me, so you can get unstuck too!
Mentor Coaching – Yes, you need it. If you are renewing your ACC, the requirement is for ten hours total, over a three month period or more. Seven of these hours can be group mentor coaching and three must be one-on-one. Your mentor coach must hold an ACC credential that is in good standing through one renewal term (3 years), or hold a valid PCC or an MCC ICF credential. If you are short on mentor coaching hours, you can book individual mentor coaching sessions with me, or you can join my next mentor coaching group.
Continuing Coach Education credits (CCE’s) – As of this year, 10 hours of mentor coaching can be used for 10 CCE units. If you have had mentor coaching this year you will need only 30 additional CCE’s instead of the usual 40 CCE’s for your renewal. Other sources for CCE’s are listed on the ICF Website.
CCE’s with WBECS – You can also earn hundreds (really) of CCE’s through the quality online coach programming provided by WBECS. I am taking full advantage of this learning all year. I’ve already attended a number of excellent sessions. One of my favourites from the Pre-summit was a session by Marcia Reynolds called Master Your Ability to Coach the Person, Not the Problem, to Create Breakthroughs. I found it super-instructive for my coaching practice. No surprise, since I loved her book, Outsmart Your Brain: How to Master Your Mind When Emotions Take the Wheel.
I’m registered to see Marcia’s full session on November 15th. Can’t wait! I have pages of notes from the pre-summit session. Attending WBECS online is a great way to learn and get CCE’s in the process. You can view Marcia’s pre-summit session and take a look at the WBECS programs here.
CCE Self Study – You can count your coach related self study reading and courses for up to 16 hours of CCE units in the Resource Development category. Since most of the coaches I know are lifelong learners, this is a no-brainer. They’ve been doing the self study anyway, so they might as well count it! You can get 3 CCE’s by reading my Really Competent Coach books. One unit for each book you read. Yay you!
I hope you’ve found this little round-up helpful. Be sure to leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!
In the meantime, I wish you all the best on your coaching journey!
If you are in need of mentor coaching hours and are looking for an evening program, I’ve just opened up a Thursday evening (EST) group starting November 1st. 7 p.m to 8:30 pm EST.
Author: Cathy Shaughnessy
Cathy Shaughnessy is a PRISM award winning ICF Master Certified Coach and author of the book series The Really Competent Coach. Cathy coaches senior leaders, mentors credentialed coaches, trains fledgling coaches and helps organizations build strong coaching cultures.
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