Certified Career Coaches
Coaching Certifications

Certified career coaches must meet specific requirements to obtain their coaching credential. Each coaching certification has its own set of rules and regulations and is granted by a professional coaching organization. Coaching certification requirement information is provided below for your review.

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ACC | PCC | MCC – Coaching Organization: International Coach Federation

International Coach Federation (ICF) Credentialing Programs — ICF Credentials are highly recognized coaching qualifications with credibility around the world. There are three ICF credentials. Coaching certification requirement details for: Associate Certified Coach(ACC); Professional Certified Coach (PCC); and Master Certified Coach (MCC)

Each credential requires a specific set of required hours of coach-specific training and coaching experience. General credential information.



CPCC™ – Coaching Organization: The Coaches Training Institute

To become a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), coaches must complete CTI’s coaching curriculum, which is made up of two components – Core Curriculum and Certification Program:

Core Curriculum: Fundamentals / Fulfillment / Balance / Process / In The Bones – Fundamentals is CTI’s foundational Co-Active Coaching skills course. Fulfillment, Balance, and Process courses are named after the core principles of the Co-Active Coaching Model. In the Bones is an integrative course that deepens your confidence and solidifies the skills that have been taught in the previous four courses.

FUNDAMENTALS – The purpose of this course is to provide training and practical experience in the techniques and skills of the coaching profession, specifically Co-Active Coaching. This course is oriented toward participation and practical experience rather than lecture. Participants have extensive opportunities to coach and to receive feedback on their coaching.

FULFILLMENT – This course includes practical tools for helping clients discover their unique values, identify self-defeating influences and create a vision for a compelling future. The prerequisite for this course is Fundamentals of Co-Active Coaching.

BALANCE – Because people live in constant motion, it’s easy to forget that we have a choice in everything we do. Balance coaching is about guiding clients to make powerful life choices and to select the experiences they want most, rather than dashing about either at the mercy of circumstances or trying to have it all. Coaches learn to assist their clients in generating new perspectives and creating a plan of action grounded in commitment. Prerequisites for this course are Fundamentals of Co-Active Coaching and Fulfillment.

PROCESS – Although uncomfortable, a client’s chaos, confusion and inertia are part of his or her forward motion. Being with clients in both their messy and ecstatic places allows them to feel known and to more fully know themselves. Process coaching is about being with clients wherever they are on the flowing river of their lives – in the strong current, the still pools or the rapids and eddies. Prerequisites for this course are the Fundamentals of Co-Active Coaching, Fulfillment, and Balance.

IN THE BONES – Co-Active Coaching relies on intuition to be responsive in the moment with clients rather than applying staid techniques or rules. In the Bones focuses on integrating the coaching skills learned in previous courses to take coaching to a higher level of impact and professionalism. This course provides polish, depth and courage so that coaches may respond to a wide range of clients and coaching situations with creativity and power. Prerequisites for this course are the Fundamentals of Co-Active Coaching, Fulfillment, Balance, and Process.

To earn the CPCC designation, the coaching candidate must go through a six-month certification program. Candidates are eligible to begin the Certification Program after completing the Process course. A team of CTI-trained master coaches works with the candidate throughout the program to provide assistance and ensure the candidate’s success as a coach.

Six-Month Certification Program Components:

  • Weekly group teleconference calls provide a forum for practical learning application and group support as you move through the program. The Certification Program Leader is on the group calls delivering instruction and content. On the alternating weeks, candidate will meet in triads for skill building exercises and coaching. These weekly calls are one-and-a-half hours once a week for 25 weeks.
  • Pre-recorded lectures and trainings by CTI founders and leaders offer content and sample coaching sessions on the topic of the week. Recordings are listened to prior to each of the weekly teleconference calls. Average listening time is 30 minutes per week. Candidates are expected to maintain a roster of at least five clients throughout the program and must complete 100 hours of coaching with your clients before taking the Certification Exam.  Supervision provides feedback on what is working well in candidate’s coaching and what areas need improvement. Candidate reviews tapes of previous coaching appointments and debrief with a Certified CTI Supervisor. There are nine one-hour supervisions.
  • Homework and reading assignments deepen candidate’s knowledge and experience of Co-Active Coaching. The time involved averages one to two hours weekly. On-going work with a CPCC, Professional Certified Coach (PCC) or Master Certified Coach (MCC) helps support candidate throughout the program. The time involved averages 30 minutes per week. After completing the program requirements, candidate will be eligible to take the Certification Exam.
  • Upon successful completion of a written and oral exam, graduates earn the designation of Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC). The program is accredited by the International Coach Federation and licensed by the California Bureau of Private Post secondary and Vocational Education.


CCC | CWDC- Coaching Organization: Career Coach Institute

Certified Career Coach (CCC)

  • Read Career Coaching: An Insider’s Guide text, do exercises in Study Guide, listen to 12 Coaching Demonstrations and complete Quiz on each module (26 in all)
  • Watch 27 e-modules
  • Listen to (or attend live if available) 12 recorded Core Career Coaching classes and complete Feedback Form on each
  • Do practice coaching with at least 4 clients for total of 50 hours each and submit Client Coach Evaluation form for each
  • Complete and achieve score of at least 75% Final Exam

Certified Workforce Development Coach (CWDC)

  • Read Career Coaching: An Insider’s Guide text, do exercises in Study Guide, listen to 12 Coaching Demonstrations and complete Quiz on each module (26 in all)
  • Watch 27 e-modules
  • Listen to 12 recorded Core Career Coaching classes and complete Feedback Form on each
  • Do practice coaching with 2-5 clients for total of 50 hours each and submit Client Coach Evaluation form for each
  • Complete and achieve score of at least 75% on Final Exam


CCMC | CJSS – Coaching Organization: Career Coach Academy

Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC)

Career Coaches completing the CCMC program undergo a rigorous 3-month training program (accredited by International Coach Federation as an Approved Coach-Specific Training Program) that includes practical application of coaching principles.

Career Coaches must pass a written examination and live coaching evaluation conducted by an ICF Master Certified Coach. CCMCs learn core coaching competencies aligned with International Coach Federation guidelines that help you to find focus, unravel road blocks, achieve change, and enjoy success. Career management is approached holistically, synchronizing your career with your strengths, interests, values, and personal/family/life goals.

Career Coaches are trained across the careers continuum, incorporating principles of career development theory into career assessments, exploration/research, personal branding, decision-making, job search, skills development, and enhancement/advancement. The latest innovations in job search, resume writing, interviewing, and salary negotiation are taught to CCMCs by nationally recognized careers authors and experts. CCMCs coach professionals and executives to fine-tune their careers in a way that delivers a strong return-on-investment to their organization, while creating career security, financial rewards, and fulfillment for themselves.

Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS)

The Certified Job Search Strategist designation is a prestigious credential held by some of the most successful job-search specialists and thought leaders in the careers industry.

Coaches learn “What W.O.R.K.S.™ in Job Search”; 5 Phases of a Masterful Job Search; 40 Steps to a savvy job search; and 50 Factors for gauging the job seeker’s readiness for the search. More than a dozen contemporary and traditional tactics for job search are covered, including those involving social media and strategies to tap the “hidden-market.” In addition, coaches learn online job search management tools, networking fundamentals (14 mental roadblocks to networking, 4 quadrants of networking, 12 types of networking contacts), research tools & systems, interviewing fundamentals (15 interview misconceptions, 10 interview mental road blocks, 10 steps to acing the interview), and more.

The program is capped off with a review of successful case studies for more than a dozen challenging client types. Coaches via telephone bridge line for 12 weeks, for 2 hours each week. Total class hours are 24.



JCTC | JCDC – Coaching Organization: Career Planning & Adult Development Network

These certifications are designed for career practitioners who must advise, coach, and guide or counsel adults through either a short-term job transition or a long-term career transition. The certifications are obtained by successfully completing an intensive, three-day (21-hour), hands-on workshop that is limited to 24 participants.
Participants are taught a simple but comprehensive framework for transition and development as well as specific coaching skills that can be used to facilitate, coach, guide or push clients to success. In addition, participants learn how to use seven excellent career assessment instruments.

The Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC) certification is designed for coaches who assist individuals in changing jobs or careers and in conducting a successful job search. The Job & Career Development Coach (JCDC) certification is designed for coaches who work with employees within an organization and assist them in developing their careers.

Graduates of the three-day workshop receive both the JCTC and JCDC credentials and 21 continuing education hours that are approved for National Certified Counselors by the National Board for Certified Counselors; Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences; and Career Management Professionals and Career Management Fellows by the Institute of Career Certification International.



CCM – Career Organization: Career Thought Leaders Consortium

To earn this prestigious CCM designation, a career professional must meet and document, the following requirements:

  1. Possess a Masters Degree or higher, certification in their area of career specialization, or 10 years professional experience in the careers industry
  2. Publish two articles or one book per year
  3. Complete 30 Continuing Education Units per year
  4. Donate 10 hours of free services each year
  5. Read 4 career-related and business-related books per year (with book reports)
  6. Give one public speaking engagement per year

All of this information must be presented in a portfolio to the Credentialing Committee of the Career Management Alliance on an annual basis for review. Only those career professionals who meet ALL 6 criteria will be awarded a CCM credential.



CC – Coaching Organization: Life Purpose Institute

Participants are taught a 7-Step Model for Clarity and Results, with which they help clients explore career and life possibilities, clarify their choices, and create a plan for successful follow-through, as well as dealing with any blocks or fears that come up in the process. This model can be applied to the client’s career, as well as other areas of their life. Coaching certification requirements include:

  • Completing either the 17-week teleclass or the 5-day intensive. Teleclasses are limited to 6 to 8 students, and intensives are limited to 12 to 24 students
  • Working with and reporting on 6 to 8 sessions with a Buddy coach and 9 to 12 sessions with practice clients
  • Passing an oral exam and demonstrating coaching competency in a coaching final
  • Completing a 3 to 6-month marketing plan and having it approved in a one-on-one consultation with their instructor

Upon completion, graduates of the program receive certifications as “Life Purpose and Career Coach” and “Certified Life Coach” and earn their “CC” (Certified Coach) designation. Certified graduates also earn hours toward ICF certification: 35 hours for the teleconference program and 43 hours for the intensive.



CEIP | CPCC* – Coaching Organization: Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches

Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP)

The CEIP credential requires completion of a video and text training curriculum and extensive testing of the material presented. Training focuses on key techniques that interviewers use for hiring new employees and introduces the Circle of Communication model – three fundamental types of communications and four decision-making styles to effectively coach and prepare clients.

Coaching candidate is also introduced to the Organizational Message Chart (OMC) model used to prepare for the employment interview that sets new standards for interview training. After the candidate has viewed the video, studied the training materials, a test is given to confirm completion of the course materials. Upon successful completion of the test, the CEIP credential is awarded.

Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC*)

The Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC) program was developed as a practical Career Coaching program introducing students to the coaching competencies. The program focuses on clients’ career planning and needs — targeted on careers, job search, promotions, military transitions, federal resumes, mastering of career coaching competencies, and business development. Students engage in practical coaching exercises, before they coach their clients.

Career seekers are challenged today by myriad methods to seek employment. As a CPCC, you can lead them to career success. Career seekers must learn how to manage lifestyle and career change, and how to build a winning career search program affecting positive change and growth throughout their career continuum. As a CPCC you can inspire career seekers to take charge of their career destinies, find purpose, and create direction, to maximize their ability to control life/work balance.

As a premiere career space credential, the Certified Professional Career Coach program offers a comprehensive window into the career coaching industry:

  • Teach you how to propel your clients to meet their career objectives
  • Provides the tools and career coaching processes & competencies to guide you in building your coaching practice
  • Equip yourself to steer career seekers to make positive changes in their careers and lives
  • Develop Career Coaching competencies
  • Write value-laden resumes and career search documents, applying career coaching techniques (including federal resumes)
  • Focus your clients’ career plans (no more, “I am a jack-of-all-trades, I can do anything”)
  • Become a Chief Motivational Office

The Certified Professional Career Coach program is on the approved list of courses available to military spouses through the DoD Military Spouse Career Advancement Account program.



MCD | CEIC | CECC – Coaching Organization: Career Directors International

Master Career Director (MCD)

Designation provides seasoned resume writers, career coaches, career assessment practitioners, recruiters, job placement specialists, outplacement consultants, career counselors and human resource specialists with a way to benchmark their advanced level of talent and expertise.
Criteria for evaluation includes showing proof of industry longevity, advanced certification or degree; 36 CEUs in a 36 month period; 22 hours of community outreach in 36 months; 18 hours of industry outreach in 36 months; preparation of three industry articles (1000+ words each) or related career documentation / publication; three testimonials or reference letters in 36 months; and a 1500+ word philosophy statement which overviews candidate’s experience and industry commitment. Portfolios are evaluated and approved by the Certification Committee. Renewal is required every three years with updated portfolio materials to demonstrate ongoing commitments in each area.

Certified Employment Interview Consultant (CEIC)

CEIC is a one-of-a-kind certification that provides career coaches and other career professionals with intensive training in virtually all facets of job interview preparation and salary negotiation. The 19-module program covers: interview pre-planning and preparation, company research, telephone interviews, portfolio development, interview attire, strategies for creating concrete answers and answering questions, employer expectations, use of motivation language and body language, the 30-second commercial, difficult and illegal questions, 13 types of interviews and how to handle them, pre-employment checks and drug testing, interview follow up, and salary negotiation.
CEIC candidates are evaluated in their understanding of the course content through a series of 18 evaluation points. The CEIC must be renewed every two years through completion of updated course modules to ensure that the credentialed professional is up-to-date on the most current industry trends.

Certified Electronic Career Coach (CECC)

Program is designed for career management professionals and practitioners to master critical electronic communication skills necessary to succeed in today’s electronic workplace. A candidate must successfully complete a 14-week certification program that covers Electronic Resume and Distribution Fundamentals, Web Portfolio Design Fundamentals, and Online Interview Coaching Fundamentals.

The entire course is instructor-led and delivered entirely online. The 14-week CECC program is divided into four modules:

Module 1 — Electronic Resume and Distribution Fundamentals – Develop skills in targeted online job searches through the use of online career exploration exercises.

Module 2 — Web Portfolio Design Fundamentals – Create and market electronic resumes that serve as resumes, portfolios, and business cards all rolled into one.

Module 3 — Online Interview Coaching Fundamentals – Develop interview techniques using both synchronous and synchronous online communication tools.

Module 4 — Final Web Portfolio Project – Candidate demonstrates their mastery of the CECC program.



Certified Personal Branding Strategist (CPBS) – Coaching Organization: Reach™ Communications

The ReachPersonal Branding Certification Program was designed to give career and business coaches all the tools and skills they need to use the leading personal branding methodology with their clients. Developed by William Arruda, the personal branding guru, and proven with thousands of clients and participants, this methodology is the future of career management and is essential to expanding professional and personal success. Those who have this certification stand out from the pack. They use what they learn in this program to grow their businesses while providing higher value services to their clients.

This program was designed for coaches, career counselors, executive recruiters, HR executives and outplacement experts to give them the newest tools and latest thinking in career and business success so that they can provide highly differentiated, innovative and effective career management offerings to their clients.



Certified Career Coach (CCC) – Coaching Organization: World Coach Institute

World Coach Institute is a global coach training institution with multiple disciplinary options including our highly sought after and ICF Approved Certified Career Coach (CCC) designation.

Specific Coach Training: Career Discovery, Career Assessments, Career Vision & Goals, Building a Network, Interviewing, Communication Skills, Client Types, Conversation Skills, Career Advancement, Transformational Coaching, Seminars, Workshops, and all 11 ICF Core Competencies preparing coaches for ICF credentialing.

Proven methodology, expert coach tools, downloadable client forms are provided in addition to tremendous confidence and support from instructors and peers to ensure success of our coaches. Coach Training Available: 8-week Foundational Teleclass Program | 8-week Foundational Self-Study Program

Upon successful completion of the Certified Career Coach (CCC) course assignments and examination, coaches receive their CCC designation. In addition, upon successful completion of the Foundational Program, coaches are eligible to register for Niche Add-on Courses as well as the Certified Coach Master Program.

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