Mentor Coaching

What is Mentor Coaching?

Mentor Coaching is vital to the development and growth of the individual seeking an ICF Credential, and is a requirement of the ICF Credentialing process.

According to the ICF, Mentor Coaching means: “a credential applicant being coached on their coaching skills rather than coaching on practice building, life balance, or other topics unrelated to the development of an applicant’s coaching skill.”


Why do I need a Mentor Coach?

Mentor coaching is a vital part of your coach training for the purpose of credentialing. Mentor Coaching provides the opportunity to share your coaching skills with a skilled and trained coach who can provide feedback regarding your use of the ICF Core Competencies. Mentor Coaching should take place over an extended time in a cycle that allows for listening and feedback from the Mentor Coach, and reflection and practice on the part of the individual being mentored.

ACC Mentor Coaching Requirements


ACC Portfolio

PCC Mentor Coaching Requirement

MCC Mentor Coaching Requirements


How do I choose a Mentor Coach?

Choosing and working with a mentor coach is an important step in your ongoing development of ICF Core Competencies as a coach. The following document, offered by the Association for Coach Training Organizations provides useful information on the fundamental skills of a mentor coach, how to clarify the relationship and goals, and questions to ask when interviewing a mentor coach. Choosing a Mentor Coach


What to look for in a Mentor Coach

Understanding the competencies and practices required to be a Mentor Coach provides coaches with additional information in selecting a qualified mentor coach. It also provides a great guideline for existing and aspiring Mentor Coaches to evaluate themselves against and confirm they are meeting the ICF’s expectations and standards for mentor coaching.

  1. Mentor Coaching Duties and Competencies
  2. Mentor Coaching Practices to be an Excellent Mentor Coach


How to find a Mentor Coach?

If you are searching for a Mentor Coach, the ICF Global has a new search tool for you!

The new Mentor Coach Registry (MCR) is a free, searchable resource for individuals seeking ICF Credential-holders who subscribe to the ICF definition of Mentor Coaching, offer Mentor Coaching as part of their practices and have agreed to follow  recommended practices for Mentor Coaches. If you need a Mentor Coach, search the MCR by clicking here!


For information about Individual Credentialing Requirements for ACC/PCC/MCC go to: Individual Credentialing