What is a master certified coach?

The credential, Master Certified Coach, MCC is the highest global credential available in the coaching profession as defined by the International Coach Federation (ICF).

What is ICF?
ICF is a nonprofit organisation formed by individual members-professionals who practice coaching, including Executive Coaches, Leadership Coaches, Life Coaches, and many more, from around the world.
Formed in 1995, today the ICF is the leading global coaching organisation, with over 20,000 members, dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high professional standards, providing independent certification, and building a network of credentialed coaches. It exists to support and advance the coaching profession through programs and standards supported by it’s members and to be an authoritative source on coaching information and research for the public.
The ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential.

What are the credentials?

ACC – Associate Certified Coach, an entry level for professional coaches.

PCC – Professional Certified Coach, for experienced coaches to achieve this credential a coach needs to have achieved.

• Completed 125 hours of coach specific training
• Delivered a minimum of 750 hours of client coaching experience
• Completed 10 hours of work with a qualified Mentor Coach
• Reference letters from 2 qualified coaches
• Pass an exam that consists of two recorded coaching sessions and a written exam.

MCC – is for the expert coach who coaches masterfully and must achieve:

• 200 hours of coach specific training
• 2500 hours of client coaching experience
• 10 hours of work with a qualified Mentor Coach
• Reference letters from 3 qualified coaches
• Pass an exam that consists of two recorded coaching sessions and a written exam.

The process to achieve MCC is rigorous, testing and thorough.
For all credentials there is a requirement to continue a set number of further coach specific and personal development training each year to maintain their credential.

Why choose a Master Certified Coach?

By choosing a credentialed coach you know you are working with a coach who has coach specific training and understands and can deliver the structure of a powerful coaching conversation. Coaching is not counseling, therapy, consulting, training. It is about having someone available to you to learn with about you and the areas you want to focus on.

When working with a masterful (MCC) coach you will notice how easily you will tackle difficult conversations and enjoy insightful, intuitive coaching sessions. You can be sure that the MCC has been tried and tested by other global MCC coach assessors to meet exacting standards of operation of their business as well as delivering high impact sessions and service. Your MCC coach has the skills and commitment to help you delve deeper and more meaningfully into the areas you want to focus on. The MCC to achieve that level of credential has demonstrated a commitment to clients, the profession and ongoing personal development and training.

Contact Gai Foskett to experience working with a Master Certified Coach.

Gai Foskett is one of two Master Certified Coaches in New Zealand. Gai specialises in executive leadership coaching.
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