All of our courses — more than 330 hours worth! — carry the prestigious ICF designation Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH), ensuring that every course you take counts toward ICF certification.

Even more exciting, our four core courses — The Essentials Life of Coaching OR The Essentials of Leadership Coaching, Coaching Skills Development, Coaching Skills Mastery*, and Ethical Practice & Liability Risk Management — in conjunction with 10+ hours of mentor coaching and 100+ client coaching hours, qualify you to apply for our own credential as a Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC) or Certified Professional Leadership Coach (CPLC).

Don’t make a costly mistake. You can secure our own credential of excellence — the Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC) or the Certified Professional Leadership Coach (CPLC) — while simultaneously completing the training hours needed for ICF credentials.

Certified Professional Life Coach
Certified Professional Leadership Coach

Our CPLC Credential and the ICF

Every course at PCCI is aligned with ICF standards. All of our instructors are successful ICF-credentialed coaches. And all of our courses are pre-approved by the ICF as ACSTH: Approved Coach-Specific Training Hours.

Our CPLC certifications do double-duty, enabling you to exceed course requirements for the first level of ICF credentialing, the Associate Certified Coach (ACC).

Combining our four core courses with our business-development course (The Successful Coach) and any other single course of your choosing enables you to exceed the course requirements for the ICF’s advanced level of certification, the Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

Outcomes of Our Certification

  • Training designed to build strong coaching proficiencies
  • Personalized feedback from experienced, ICF-credentialed coaches
  • Confidence in your skills because of competence in those skills
  • Richer client relationships of longer duration as a result of your expertise
  • The required coach education hours to apply for ICF credentials
  • A powerful community of professional colleagues and other CPLC’s

Path to Professional Coaching

Credential Path

*This set of requirements will remain open until December 31, 2025. After that date, all CPLC applicants will be required to meet the updated standards.

**All mentor coaching must be completed with a PCCI-approved faculty mentor. Of the 10 hours required, at least 3 must be individual mentoring. Remaining hours may be individual or group mentor coaching hours.

CPLC application fee is $300 and applicants should allow 4-6 weeks for evaluation and processing.

Why ICF Credentialing?

Though the field of coaching is exploding, it’s still a relatively young profession. Unlike other fields, it remains unregulated at this point, leaving room for all kinds of things to be done under the name of “coaching”.

Because of this, the profession desperately needed a codified set of Practice Standards and Ethical Guidelines, and the ICF created those – like the American Medical Association created standards and ethics for healthcare professionals.

The ICF also established Curriculum Standards to ensure consistency in coach education, and a credentialing system that has become the industry standard.

Today, most any media coverage on coaching will cite the International Coach Federation, their standards, and their credentials. As a result, informed persons and organizations seeking to hire a coach often only consider those with ICF credentials.

For more information regarding ICF’s credentialing requirements visit their website at

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