MCC Requirements

What does it take to be a Master Certified Coach?

The ICF is the International Coach Federation, and has a membership of 14,000 coaches worldwide. When you choose Alan M. Dobzinski as your coach, you are choosing solid experience with a level of integrity second to none. Alan is one of only 624 Master Certified Coaches in the world. So what does it take to become one of the few Master Certified Coaches on earth? The ICF Master Certified Coach credential is for the expert coach.

Master Certified Coaches must:

  • Complete at least 200 documented hours of Coach-Specific training
  • Complete at least 160 hours of direct interaction with a trainer
  • Teach ICF Core Competency
  • Complete 10 hours work with a qualified Mentor Coach
  • Complete a minimum of 2,500 coaching experience hours
  • Work with at least 35 different clients
  • Complete a minimum of 2,250 hours of paid coaching
  • Demonstrate competency in the ICF three-part MCC exam
  • Obtain three reference letters from qualified coaches
  • Adhere to the ICF Code of Ethics
  • *Understand and exhibit in own behaviors the ICF Standards of Conduct
  • MCC credentials must be renewed every three years

*Important Note:

Familiarity with the code of ethics and its application is required for all levels of coaching and the standard for demonstrating a strong ethical understanding of coaching is similar and rigorous for all levels of ICF credentialing. An applicant will pass this competency if they demonstrate a knowledge of the coaching conversation that is focused on inquiry and exploration and if the conversation is based on present and future issues. An applicant will not pass this competency if the applicant focuses primarily on telling the client what to do or how to do it (consulting mode) or if the conversation is based primarily in the past, particularly the emotional past (therapeutic mode). In addition, the ICF notes that if an applicant is not clear on basic foundation exploration and evoking skills that underlie the ICF definition of coaching, that lack of clarity in skill use will be reflected in skill level demonstrated in some of the other competencies listed below. For example, if a coach almost exclusively gives advice or indicates that a particular answer chosen by the coach is what the client should do, trust and intimacy, coaching presence, powerful questioning, creating awareness, and client generated actions and accountability will not be present and a credential at any level would be denied.

There is an expectation that all ICF Credentialed coaches will continue their education and build on their level of experience. The resulting growth in competency and professionalism will be evidenced by their journey to the MCC credential.