Note: ICF is happy to respond to your mentor coaching questions towards credentialing, please allow a few days for a response at [email protected] I highly encourage you to check with them as requirements change. However, if you are trying to make a decision and unable to reach them, I offer this FAQ from my exchanges with them as of 11/12/21, as well as the image above showing current credentialing and renewal requirements.

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Frequently Asked Mentor Coaching Questions and Answers for ICF Credentialing


  1. When is the best time to apply for an ICF credential? Now! The requirements and financial investment continue to go up.
  2. Is your program based on the updated competencies? Yes. Note: Candidates applying for an initial ICF Credential or upgrading to a higher-level Credential will be required to complete the new Credentialing exam starting 2022 (scheduled for 2nd quarter), with an increase in fees, and the updated competencies will be used for Performance Assessments (assessments of your coaching recordings). Until the updated Minimum Skill Requirements are posted, expected by early 2022, your ICF Performance Assessment will be based on the current ones.
  3. Can I count this program as training hours toward a first ICF credential? Yes, for an initial credential portfolio application, the CQ Coaching Certificate™ 14.5 Coach Education hours could be counted as training hours as it is ICF CCE approved as well as receive the 10 hours of Mentor Coaching, or 24.5 hours for the entire program, with 23 hours as Core Competency and 1.5 as Resource Development.
  4. How are the Culturally Intelligent Mentor Coaching +Culturally Intelligent Coaching™ Certificate 24.5 hours ICF CCE (Continuing Coach Education )counted if not applying for a first credential? If you complete the reports showing you have read and listened to the materials and described how you will implement your learning, as well as demonstrate your Cultural Intelligence in your Coaching Recordings during the program and attend a one hour competency based alumni/participant Zoom, you will be awarded the Culturally Intelligent Coaching™ Certificate and a total of 24.5 hours, 23 in Core Competency plus 1.5 Resource Development, for the combination Culturally Intelligent Coaching™ Certificate and Mentor Coaching program.
  5. When does the ICF require mentor coaching hours and who can I use? ICF requires 10 hours of Mentor Coaching for your initial credential, whether that is ACC or PCC. Additional 10 hours of Mentor Coaching is required for ACC renewal and for the MCC. Additional Mentor Coaching from ACC to PCC or to renew PCC is not required unless your first Mentor Coach was an ACC, although many coaches choose to engage in Mentor Coaching every 1-3 years to keep their skills fresh by receiving feedback. If you are applying for your initial credential via Portfolio or ACSTH, you may use any qualified mentor coach. If you are applying via ACTP pathway, you will complete your mentor coaching within your program.
  6. If I enroll in a Mentor Coaching program when it is not required, can I still use the mentor coaching hours for CCE? Yes, 10 hours per renewal cycle.
  7. How do I enter the Mentor Coaching hours on my credentialing or renewal application, how long does it take and what is the process after I submit the application? There is a place on the application to add mentor coaching. You add my name, email and number of hours mentored, 7 group and 3 individual, over the 3 month time period upon completing our mentor coaching program. You automatically receive 10 hours of continuing education in core competencies for renewal for mentor coaching. Occasionally coaches make a mistake on the dates and have to correct it, which slows down your application. It can take up to 24 weeks for a credentialing application to go through. After your application has been reviewed, you will then be asked to take the CKA (Coach Knowledge Assessment), the written test, unless you are renewing your credential, as of 2nd quarter 2022, followed by 2 assessors reviewing each recording. The assessments are completed independently. The applicant’s name is listed on the recording. This does allow for the assessor(s) to recuse themselves if there is a conflict of interest.

Tip: Before taking the CKA (written Coach Knowledge Assessment), it is helpful to take the complimentary (for members) ICF Ethics course in addition to reviewing the Coaching Competencies.

I hope you have found this Frequently Asked Mentor Coaching Questions guide to be helpful. Please let me know how else I may be of service.

Marilyn O’Hearne, MSW, MCC, LLC; CQ Master Certified Coach, International Coaching Federation

Unlocking potential, prosperity and peace with leaders, coaches and their organizations through Leadership & Team Coaching, ICF Mentor Coaching and Coaching Supervision, ICF Circle of Distinction Award

Copyright November 12, 2021 Marilyn O’Hearne MSW MCC LLC with input from ICF.  All rights reserved Updated 12/20/21