10 Awesome Ways to Top-up Your ICF CCEUs for 2020

If you're a certified coach and your credential expires in 2020 - there's a few weeks left this year to top up your CCEUs - Continuing Coach Education Units. Please note that the ICF also says that if your credential was due for renewal less than 1 year ago, you may still be eligible to renew by submitting additional CCEUs for each month your credential is lapsed.

PLEASE NOTE the following:

  • We have included some courses and self-study programs to help you complete your CCEU quota.
  • In addition, we are an affiliate for just one of these programs - the ACE Coaching Program.
  • We are not recommending these courses, instead we are providing some thought starters and options for you to consider.
  • These credentials are very important for your livelihoods - so check the facts for yourself regarding what you need to do to claim your CCEUs, how many CCEUs of what kind you actually need - and who is qualified to issue them.

Credential Requirements Update

ICF recently adopted new requirements for the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentials. Learn about the advantages of an ICF Credential here.

October 2020 ICF Facts: The ICF continues to grow!

  • Currently there are 36,844 ICF members in 146 countries (compared to 32,447 ICF Members this time last year).
  • The total number of ICF credential holders is now 32,287 in 130 countries (compared to 28,450 last October, and 25,885 in December 2018).
  • The breakdown of the holders of the 3 ICF Credentials follows:

    • 18,209 (ACC)  Associate Certified Coaches (up from 16,465 this time in 2019)
    • 12,788  (PCC)  Professional Certified Coaches (up from 10,835 this time in 2019)
    • 1,290 (MCC) Master Certified Coaches  (up from 1150 this time in 2019)

Building our CCEUs encourages us to deepen our coaching skills and growth as a coach. But sometimes life (and business!) gets away from us. Suddenly it's the end of the year and we need to find a few more CCEUs to get our credential renewed! The ICF website says, "ACC, PCC, and MCC Credentials are valid for the three-year period following the coach's initial approval or latest renewal. Credentials must be renewed by December 31 of the year the credential expires."

people-business-people-meetTypes of Continuing Coach Education (CCE)

Continuing Coach Education (CCE) is divided into two categories:

  1. Core Competencies: Advanced coach training, writing, or research directly related to ICF Core Competencies.
  2. Resource Development: Training, writing, research, or self-study outside of the ICF Core Competencies that contributes to the professional development of a coach. All self-study is currently considered as "Resource Development".
  3. Self-Study Credits: The ICF allows up to 16 "Self-Study" credits towards Resource Development. The ICF gives one CCEU per hour of presentation time - and this makes it easier than ever to top-up your CCEUs.

Looking for self-study ideas? Check out these Top 10 Coaching Books to Make You a Better Coach>>

Here are 10+ Easy Ways to Top-up Your CCEUs For 2020

1. Jennifer Britton's Team and Group Coaching Courses:

Jennifer is a regular contributor to our blog and a recognized expert and author on all things Team and Group Coaching! If you're interested in workshops, group coaching, executive coaching or coaching teams - Jennifer's Group Coaching Essentials courses are an excellent way to get some extra CCEUs, and build your group coaching and workshop delivery skills. All training hosted by Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC, the author of Effective Group Coaching (2009), From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2014) and Effective Virtual Conversations (2017).

  1. Get 8.5 CCEUs with the Virtual Facilitation Essentials Program - an interactive, hands-on program dedicated to supporting coaches who wish to develop their own virtual facilitation skills. Delivered as 5 x 75 minute online sessions packed with practical, actionable tips on creating and delivering more effective virtual programs – from webinars, to virtual coaching, virtual meetings, seminars and phone based events. Includes a 15 minute laser 1-1 with Jennifer in between each call.
    • November 16, 23, 30, December 7, 14: Mondays (11.00 - 12.30pm EST)
  2. Get 10 CCEUs (9.25 hours core competencies, 0.75 hours resource/other) with the Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum. This Practicum takes a deeper dive into the art and science of group and team coaching. During this program coaches get hands-on practice with developing their group and team coaching skills,
    receiving feedback on their skills. This includes two hours of a blended learning assignment which you will complete outside of class time. This course is delivered over the phone.

    • January 8, 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 2021: Fridays (12.15 – 1:45pm EST)
  3. Get 8.75 CCEUs with the Group Coaching Essentials™ Program - an interactive, hands-on program dedicated to supporting coaches who wish to develop their own group coaching programs. Delivered as 4 x 90 minute or 5 x 75 minute online sessions on zoom packed with tips and best practices around designing, marketing and implementing group coaching (public or corporate programs, virtual and in-person) on a weekly or twice-weekly basis. Each week different elements of group coaching approaches will be modelled while you consider what this can look like for your own work. Weekly mini-assignments get you putting ideas onto paper for your own programming. Includes a 15 minute laser 1-1 with Jennifer in between each call.
    • December 1, 8, 10, 15 Tuesday/Thursday (2.30 - 4.00pm EST)
    • January 8, 16, 22, 29 and February 5 Fridays (10.15 – 11.30am EST)
  4. Get 24 CCEUs with the PlanDoTrack Facilitator Training. One part virtual train-the-trainer, one part confidence booster, this program provides content, practice and feedback opportunities for coaches wanting to deepen their skills in service to working with those in the remote space and/or around productivity and team issues. These virtual training sessions are a deep dive into the ins and outs of the resource and support for you in developing your skills as a facilitator.
    • Starts January 2021.

2. Fran Fisher's Advanced Level Mentoring and Virtual Coaching Mastery Event:

Fran Fisher, MCC is one of the pioneers of the coaching profession and a founding executive board member of the ICF. She specializes in coaching and mentoring coaches at all levels of experience. Her offerings provide mentoring for your individual and group experience. She shares the insights, best practices, and 'secret sauce' she's gained over the last 25 years of coaching, training, mentoring, providing supervision, and being an ICF assessor for PCC and MCC exams.

  1. Get 5 RD hours with My Portable Mentor - This audio learning series and materials for the busy coach professional: Learn how to take your client into the transformational zone.
    - Regular price: $197.00. EXTRA! Get 50% discount as a friend of the Coaching Tools Company. Use COUPON CODE: CTC50 (and receive this for $98.50)
    - COUPON CODE Valid to December 31 2020!
  2. Earn 16.5 CCEU’s plus 1.5 RD hours with Inspiring Competence - Advanced level mentoring webinar series for a small group of five experienced coaches. Includes 10 x 1.5 hr group sessions and three one-to-one sessions
    Program starts: Jan 19 – May 25, 2021. Tuesdays 9-10:30 Pacific (12-1:30 Eastern)
  3. Get 14 RD hours with Wisdom Way Fran's new online, self-teaching program. You'll learn what it takes to go from PCC to MCC. Use COUPON CODE: CTC50W and get 50% off! Discount valid to December 31 2020!

3. Marion Franklin's Mentor Groups:

Marion Franklin is a highly experienced coach - an MCC Master Certified Coach since 2006! In her mentor groups, coaches meet once a week day or evening (1.5 CCEUs each time) to practice in-the-moment coaching and stay for a month at a time. It's a great opportunity to enhance your coaching skills, discuss client challenges, get CCEUs, interact with other great coaches at a low price point ($125 per month for 6 CCEUs). The sessions can also count toward training hours (ACSTH) if that's needed. There are lots of other options such as the Laser Coaching Program, so take a look around!

4. Mickey Parsons' Credentialed Coaches 12-Week Master Class & Certification Prep Course:

Dr. Mickey Parsons, founder of The Workplace Coach, LLC, has been coaching since 1999 and has also been serving as a professor of coaching psychology since 2011. His desire is to help coaches become credentialed with greater confidence, clarity, and ease. He and his team help coaches bring their greatness to life as they become masters of their profession and prepare for certification, including ICF (ACC, PCC, MCC) and/or CCE (BCC) certification.

As a masterful coach and professor of coaching psychology, Dr. Parsons has taught and mentored hundreds of coaches over the past decade. To date, every single one of them has passed their certification exams. Currently, the group offers 3 mentoring options to help you improve your coaching skills, get paid what you’re worth and prepare for certification:

  1. 12-Week Master Class & Certification Prep  (18 CCEUs)
  2. Individual Mentoring & Supervision
  3. Business Development Mastermind Group (Each group meets 2x per month for 3 months - 12 CCEUS)

Learn more about their current offerings here >>

5. By participating in ReciproCoach mentoring and supervision rounds:

Did you know that you can claim 1 CCEU in Core Competencies for every hour of mentor coaching or supervision you receive or give?

The ICF explains it here under "II. Other Training"

Participating in mentor coaching and supervision is a wonderfully experiential and transformational way of learning that directly impacts your coaching practice - and the CCEUs are a bonus! And thankfully, with ReciproCoach, both mentor coaching and coaching supervision are very affordable.

Plus, if you're ready to step up a notch and support another coach's development, you can give mentor coaching and claim CCEUs for that too. The only thing more rich in learning than receiving mentor coaching (and supervision), is giving it! Incidentally, ReciproCoach also offers a pathway to become a mentor coach (free).

6. Ben Dooley's Coaching Skills Forum:

You may have read Ben's articles on our blog - he's an amazing, fun MCC (Master Certified Coach) and Mentor Coach. His program "The Fast Pass to MasterFull Coaching" teleclass helps you discover deep unshakable coaching confidence, power and success.  There is nothing else like it.  This is the course that other coaches are calling "Brilliant", "Amazing", "Fun", "Empowering", "Exceptional", "Entertaining and informational", "Highly recommended" and "the best investment you make in yourself since your original decision to become a life coach!"

  1. Ben's LIVE Coaching Skills Forum calls count as one CCEU per call in the "Core Competency" category. See Ben's upcoming LIVE calls
  2. Or get access to Ben's archives, and up to 16 "Self-Study" Resource Development hours Get a 6 month membership (for $150).
  3. Also, The Fast Pass to MasterFull Coaching Teleclass offers up to 48 CCEUs. The most current round starts Tuesday November 17 and there is another round starting in 2021 (contact ben@bedo.org for January details).

7. At Coachville:

8. Check out your local ICF Chapter:

  • For extra CCEUs, see what your local ICF Chapter is offering. For example my Vancouver Island Coaches Chapter offers great educational meetings where we get CCEUs or RD (Resource Development) hours for attending. Find your local chapter here >>

9. ICF Communities of Practice:

  • Through an ICF Communities of Practice Webinars: The various ICF Communities of Practice have upcoming webinars, plus a section on past webinars you can watch on demand and get CCEU or RD hours >>

Finally, there are many other great coaches and mentor coaches who have been approved by the ICF to offer CCEUs - in-person, Virtual Education and Self-Study. Do your research and have fun!

10. ACE Accelerating Coach Excellence - The Foundations of Great Coaching:

Brought to you by WBECS*:

1) FREE: Get 1.5 CCEUs with The Foundations of Great Coaching: Start Fast FREE ACE Masterclass

  • This free masterclass includes the "Development Pipeline" - a model to help you identify the 5 meta-areas your client might need help with and the Coaching Skill of "Toggling" - knowing when to use logic and analysis and when to use emotion, when to go deep and when to take the helicopter view. A form of pacing, you'll also receive a worksheet with what to look for! Free "Start Fast" ACE Masterclasses recording available now.

2) PAID: New ACE Foundations of Great Coaching course with over 10 hours of LIVE sessions led by two of the world’s greatest coaches: David B. Peterson PhD (Director of Executive Coaching & Leadership at Google) and David Goldsmith, a co-founder of the ICF.

  • In this accelerator course you will earn up to 15+ CCEUs and learn how to get on the fast-track to great coaching.

Lastly, for some interesting Resource Development hours:

Vicky Jo Varner's Virtual "Can You Spot It?" MBTI-Type Workshops

Vicky Jo Varner is an expert in psychological types known as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). "Can You Spot It?" is a virtual, on-demand course and Vicky's multi-media approach aims to make Jung's model of type understandable and accessible. Recognize the 8 cognitive processes!

IMPORTANT: As mentioned, these credentials are important for our livelihoods. Please check the facts for yourself regarding claiming your hours, how many CCEUs of what kind you actually need - and who is qualified to issue them.

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* Please Note: We are an affiliate for the WBECS ACE Foundations of Great Coaching Program

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