The Certification Exam process consists of both written and oral components. Candidates for the exam must have successfully completed Practicum and must log a minimum of 100 hours of coaching experience before sitting for the exam.

The Certification Exam

Eligibility Contents Hours
Coaches who have successfully completed Practicum (earning the designation of ATC – Adler Trained Coach) and have a minimum of 100 hours of coaching  Student chooses the month they wish to sit for the exam. Two components:

  1. Written exam.
  2. Oral performance evaluation (assessment of recorded coaching conversations with two of your established clients)
Those who pass all components of the exam will receive the designation ACPC (Adler Certified Professional Coach) and are then eligible for an ACC or PCC certification from the International Coach Federation.



  • Adler Credentials:
    • Upon successful completion of Practicum, students are distinguished as an ATC – Adler Trained Coach.
    • Upon graduation (after successful completion of the exam process) students are awarded the credential ACPC – Adler Certified Professional Coach.
  • ICF Credentials:
    • Graduation as an ACPC satisfies requirements for ICF’s entry level credential (ACC – Associate Certified Coach), which may be obtained by providing your proof of graduation, your log of 100 hours (no more than 25 pro bono), along with ICF’s application and fee. The only additional requirement for ICF certification is ICF’s written exam (multiple choice from your computer, covering ICF’s Coaching Definition, Core Competencies, and Code of Ethics – which you will have studied in our program). *
    • After you have done more coaching, you may apply for ICF’s PCC (Professional Certified Coach) credential when you have reached 750 hours of experience. Just provide your proof of graduation from Adler again and your log of additional hours. (Graduation from our program meets all requirements for PCC, except the 750 hours of experience that you need to log. If you already completed ICF’s written exam to obtain your ACC credential, you do not need to repeat it.) *
    • ICF’s MCC (Master Certified Coach) credential requires 2500 hours of experience, additional training hours, another exam, service to the profession, and typically takes many years to achieve. *
    • *NOTE: ICF credentialing information stated here is current as of the date of this writing, but is subject to change without notice. Go to for the most up-to-date ICF credential requirements.
  • BCC Credential:
    • Behavioral Health Professionals may be interested in certification from the Center for Credentialing and Education, which offers a Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential.  Adler is an Approved Provider of coach training for the BCC credential. Requirements for the BCC credential vary depending on your licensure and background. For more information go to



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Adler’s Certificate Program takes approximately 12-18 months to complete, and may take longer depending on a student’s choice of course dates, zealous pursuit of coaching experience, personal readiness, etc. Students are encouraged to begin coaching right out of “Foundations” as the best way to get experience and build expertise.



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