Credentialing – International Christian Coaching Institute
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ICCI Credentialing

Earn Your Credential as a Christian Life Coach

Currently, ICCI offers three national credentials in Christian Life Coaching.

Three Levels of Credentialing

Click each level to learn more about the requirements

CACLC – Certified Associate Christian Life Coach

  • Identify and practice as a Christian Life Coach – this refers to emerging life coaches who incorporate biblical principles and coaching skills with appropriate theory, knowledge, and professional practice
  • Completion of a minimum of 30 educational hours of specialized life coach training related to the incorporation of biblical principles and must include foundational and core life coaching skills with appropriate theory, knowledge, and professional practice (as described in the Christian Life Coaching Foundations I, II, and III courses)
  • 25 hours of supervised life coaching experience and 3 mentoring sessions with an approved mentor/trainer
  • Once the credential is awarded, maintain at least 15 Continuing Education hours related to the incorporation of biblical principles and life coaching skills with appropriate theory, knowledge, and practice on an annual basis

CPCLC – Certified Professional Christian Life Coach

  • Identify and practice as a Christian Life Coach – this refers to emerging life coaches who incorporate biblical principles and coaching skills with appropriate theory, knowledge, and professional practice
  • Completion of a minimum of 60 educational hours of life coach training, of which 30 hours must include foundational and core life coaching skills utilizing biblical principles and with appropriate theory, knowledge, and professional practice (as described in the Christian Life Coaching Foundations I, II, and III courses)
  • 70 hours of supervised life coaching experience and a minimum of 6 mentoring sessions with an approved mentor/trainer
  • Once the credential is awarded, maintain at least 15 Continuing Education hours related to the incorporation of biblical principles and life coaching skills with appropriate theory, knowledge, and practice on an annual basis

CMCLC – Certified Master Christian Life Coach

  • Identify and practice as a Christian Life Coach – this refers to emerging life coaches who incorporate biblical principles and coaching skills with appropriate theory, knowledge, and professional practice
  • Completion of a minimum of 200 educational hours of life coach training, of which 30 hours must include foundational and core life coaching skills utilizing biblical principles and with appropriate theory, knowledge, and professional practice (as described in the Christian Life Coaching Foundations I, II, and III courses)
  • Be able to document at least two years of life coaching experience and 200 hours in coaching related activities with clients and/or in the training, equipping or mentoring of other emerging life coaches
  • Once the credential is awarded, maintain at least 15 Continuing Education hours related to the incorporation of biblical principles and life coaching skills with appropriate theory, knowledge, and practice on an annual basis

Consider Adding a Specialization to Your Credential

Currently, ICCI offers three Core Credentials and multiple Specializations in general Coaching Niches and individualized Coaching Models, representing ascending levels of coaching education, training, and practice.

Mentoring

ICCI maintains and publishes a list of approved Mentors, which currently includes many of our trainers and/or their organizations.

FAQs

What are the benefits of having an ICCI credential?

Since coaching is largely an unregulated profession, Life Coaches frequently pursue voluntary certification and credentialing to show the public they have received an appropriate level of training, education, practice experience, and/or mentoring. We believe ICCI represents a premier faith-based network of Life Coaches that includes many of the leading Christian voices in the field today. Having an ICCI credential demonstrates a credible national level of competence, integrity, excellence, and recognition as having met rigorous standards, especially for those individuals who identify as Christian Life Coaches.

What distinguishes an ICCI credential from other credentials in the field?

Beyond a strong commitment to overall practice and ministerial excellence and professionalism, ICCI endeavors to faithfully integrate the Word of God and biblical principles into its training, resources, Member Benefits, events, and more. An ICCI credential represents a clear identity as a Christian Life Coach and has the backing and endorsement of many leading voices in the field today.

Do I have to be an ICCI Member before getting a credential?

No – non-members may also apply for and pursue certification and credentialing. However, there are significant discounts and other benefits that are included with a person’s membership in ICCI.

Do I have to attend/receive ICCI training to get or maintain a credential?

No – anyone may apply for certification and credentialing as long as they meet the minimum requirements as set forth in this section of the ICCI website (i.e., the requisite number of education and training hours that includes specific biblical integration principles and techniques into the life coaching process).

Can I be grandfathered in ICCI with credentials from another coaching organization?

Yes – individuals who have received credentials from other certifying organizations may apply for and receive an ICCI credential pending a review of the required education, training, field experience, and mentoring that demonstrates a comparable level with any ICCI credential.

What qualifies as field experience for credentialing purposes?

Any coaching activity provided to clients, whether on a voluntary/pro bono or compensated basis, can qualify for appropriate field experience. This can be either ministry oriented or part of a professional life coaching practice.

Who qualifies as a Mentor for credentialing purposes?

ICCI maintains and publishes a list of approved Mentors, which currently includes nearly all of our trainers. Furthermore, ICCI will also shortly be developing a pathway to certify additional Mentors who may be interested in serving in this capacity.

Do mentoring sessions have to be in person?

No – while there may be some clear benefits to having live face-to-face interactions with an approved Mentor, applicants can also satisfy the supervision requirements via Zoom or other comparable platforms that offer “real time” interaction and feedback between parties.

What qualifies as continuing education?

ICCI provides ongoing training and education through its digital resources, webinars, live conferences/events, and other means. While continuing education does not have to be acquired through ICCI, credential holders must complete the required number of hours on an annual basis to maintain their current credential level. These hours must also be related to the incorporation of biblical principles and life coaching skills with appropriate theory, knowledge, and practice.

How long does it take to apply for and receive an ICCI credential?

This typically depends on the level of credentialing a person is seeking (e.g., the number of required educational/training hours, field experience, mentoring sessions, etc.), as well as ensuring all needed documentation has been gathered and submitted in the application process. Once the application has been submitted, the expected review and decision timeframe should be approximately one week or less.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education refers to ongoing training, learning, and personal/professional growth that helps ensure a life coach remains competent, ethically oriented, and aware of current trends and issues in the field.