We are often asked if someone becomes an ICF credentialed coach after qualifying on the course.
The answer is no as no coaching school can credential you as an ICF coach. This must be done through the ICF itself.
The ICF is an independent professional coaching association and to be credentialed with them, no matter where you train, you will need to apply directly to them providing the proof that you meet their criteria.
The largest part of the criteria to become a ICF-credentialed coach is the training and Animas provides everything you need to meet this as part of the Accredited Diploma in Transformative Coaching, which carries a Level 1 accreditation with the ICF, and provides you with the first stage of the pathway to credentials.
The part we can’t provide for you, and why every coach needs to apply directly to the ICF when the time is right, is the requisite number of coaching-hours experience and the successful completion of the Coaching Knowledge Assessment which only happens when you apply for credentials.
To become credentialed with the ICF you need at least 100 hours of coaching experience under your belt and for most coaches this will happen several months after they complete the course with us.
To be clear, it doesn’t matter where you train – no coaching school can credential you on behalf of the ICF. This is ALWAYS something you do individually once you meet the criteria.
It is also worth noting that you do not need to be credentialed with the ICF. Many coaches choose another professional association to belong to, such as the Association for Coaching or European Mentoring and Coaching Council and many coaches choose not to be part of any of the associations. Your accreditation with Animas is sufficient to state that you are an accredited coach.