ICF: International Coach Federation

This organization lends credentials to health and wellness coaches through participation in their membership-based program. ICF is international and is the only current means of accreditation for health coaching.  There is no national or state standard just yet.

ICF is a non-profit organization formed in 1995 by members who are coaches in a variety of areas (life, health, wellness, business….)  They are a leading international coaching organization and are dedicated to advancing the coaching profession.

This agency sets high professional standards, provides independent certification and helps build a network of credentialed coaches.  Membership is currently at about 22,000 world-wide.

IFC Credentialing Levels:

Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
The ACC is for the practiced coach with at least 100 hours of client coaching experience. 

Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
The PCC is for the proven coach with at least 750 hours of client coaching experience. 

Master Certified Coach (MCC)
The MCC is for the expert coach with at least 2,500 hours of client coaching experience. 

Processing time for approval of certifications is from 8-20 weeks.




  1. L

    What is the difference between a health coach and a wellness coach?

  2. Hi Laura, They are terms that are often used interchangeably. Sometimes the difference is simply in what each school or training program defines for their course and their students.

    I’ve yet to see any clear difference, however, in terms of job acquirement, salary ranges or credibility/reputation. They appear to be of relative equal in those areas. Just use the term you (and your clients) are most comfortable with.

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