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The 6 Steps to get a Coaching Certification? Everything you Need to Know!

Updated: Nov 24, 2022

It can be quite overwhelming to know where to start and understand the process.

First of all, well done for starting this journey towards the Coaching Certification!

We will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know to get Certified as a Coach!

✅ How to Become a Coach – Path to ICF credentials

✅ What is Coaching and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)

✅ How do I get Started? How long does it Take?

✅ And After the Certification?

What is the best Coaching Certification?

There are many life coaching organizations out there with their own certifications, but the International Coach Federation (ICF) is recognised as the best by most individuals in the life coaching industry.

Do I Need a Certification to Work as a Life Coach?

Life coaching is a fast-growing field but isn't regulated. There is no licensing requirement. Anyone who wants to be a life coach can pursue the profession. Certification lets others know you have specific training and are serious about your practice.

Is a Certification worth it? What are the advantages of being Certified?

From the Harvard Business Review survey on "What do Clients look at Before Hiring a Coach", 61% of Clients estimate it is very important for Coaches to have a Clear Methodology and 29% that they have Certification. It will definitely add-on to your credibility as a Coach when reaching out to new clients.

How do I get ICF Certified as a Coach? The 6 Steps to get Your Coaching Certification:

The first level of ICF Certification is ACC (Associate Certified Coach).

There are 6 requirements to get ACC Certified:

  1. You need to complete 60 hours by an ICF-accredited Training such as GoMasterCoach, providing you a completion certificate.

  2. You need to have a minimum of 100 hours of Coaching Experience. See at the bottom for more details on requirements and the help you can get for your 100 hours (for free) through our Peer Coaching Network.

  3. You need to be Mentored for 10 hours. See at the bottom for more details on requirements.

  4. You need to provide what ICF calls a Performance Evaluation, which is an audio recording and written transcript of a complete coaching session (lasting between 20 to 60 minutes) to be uploaded with your application.

  5. Once these 4 steps are done, you can Submit your Application through the ICF website. See application sample here.

  6. Then a few weeks later, when/if your application is validated, you will receive a link for completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA): an 81-question scenario-based multiple-choice test to be done in 3 hours. GoMasterCoach has a 100% success rate to the CKA exam and can provide you with mock exams. We are here to help! Feel free to email at if you have any questions!

How much does it cost to get a Coaching Certification?

Most Coaching Certifications cost between USD 3,000 and USD 15,000.

With GoMasterCoach, we want to make sure you have the best value for your money you can get out there!

You can either do the Training:

GoMasterCoach's ICF Accredited Coaching Certification Program

How much does a Certified Coach make?

From the ICF 2016 survey, of the coaches who were surveyed, the hourly rate they were charging ranged from USD 128 per hour to USD 321, with an average of USD 229. On average, these coaches were working 13 hours per week.

  • 0 – 1 year experience: USD 128/hour