ICF Adds Ethics Component to Credential Renewal Requirements

Beginning in 2016, ICF Credential-holders will be required to demonstrate completion of at least three (3) Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units in the area of coaching ethics to be eligible for renewal of their ICF Credentials.

This requirement will apply to all coaches whose ICF Credentials are slated to expire on or after December 31, 2016. It will not apply to coaches whose ICF Credentials expire on December 31, 2015.

This update to ICF Credential renewal requirements reflects the ongoing need for professional coach practitioners to maintain ethical competence and awareness. Ethical awareness is critical when navigating the coaching profession and ethical competence is imperative to appropriate and effective coaching practice.

ICF recognizes that there are a variety of avenues to obtain ethics-specific training, including CCE programs and ICF Chapter events. As a special service, ICF Global has developed a free ethics training course that, upon completion, will guarantee three (3) ethics CCE units. In addition to meeting the ethics requirement, this course will provide three (3) of the required 24 Core Competency CCE units for ICF Credential renewal. The course consists of an OnDemand video presentation from the ICF Ethics Community of Practice, a case study component and a summative final exam. Upon successful completion of all three components, individuals will receive a certificate of completion from ICF Global; their name will also be stored in ICF Global’s database to confirm completion at the time of renewal.

ICF will release further details regarding the ethics requirement and free training in early 2016. In the meantime, coaches are invited to share any questions or concerns with ICF’s standards and compliance team at ethics {at}