Earn an ICF Coaching Credential

The Physician Coaching Institute (PCI) is accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the coaching specific credit hours from all three of our coach training programs can be applied toward an ICF coaching credential.  PCI has passed the rigorous accreditation process for approved coach education by the ICF.  Not only do the coach specific training hours you earn through PCI count toward your application for an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Professional Certified Coach (PCC), or Master Certified Coach (MCC) credential, you also earn mentor coaching hours and are well-prepared for the ICF knowledge and performance exams.

Our graduates apply for an ICF coaching credential through the ICF Portfolio Path

The ICF has several application paths for earning an ICF coaching credential. All paths have the same application requirements: 1) You must have earned the required coaching-specific training hours from an ICF-approved school; 2) you must have the required Client Experience hours; 3) you must have received the required mentor coaching hours; and 4) you must pass the ICF exams (Knowledge and Performance).

Graduates of our Certified Physician Development Coach program use the ICF “Portfolio Path” for their application.  The vast majority of our Certified Physician Development Coach graduates who go on to apply for an ICF coaching credential will apply for the first tier credential, the ACC.  Some of our students, however, already hold an ICF ACC or PCC coach credential when they enroll in a cohort; therefore they will use their our coach training hours towards the next higher ICF credential, PCC or MCC.

What we appreciate about our approach is that we do not limit enrollment in our Certified Physician Development Coach program to only novice coaches.  While most of our students are indeed newer to coaching, we always have a few coaches in each cohort who have been coaching longer and now want to develop deeper expertise in coaching physicians and clinicians.

How does PCI Prepare You for your ICF Application?

Example below is for the ICF Associate Certified Coach credential:

Earning the ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC) Credential

ICF Application Requirements for the ACC credential:Physician Coaching Institute support:Comments:
60 hours coaching-specific training approved by the ICFEarn up to 95 ICF-approved coaching-specific training hours- 15 hours from Healthcare Peer Coaching Fundamentals
- 80 hours from Certified Physician Development Coach
10 Hours Mentor Coaching10 Hours Mentor Coaching:
- 7 hours group Mentor Coaching
- 3 hours individual Mentor Coaching
PCI Mentors are PCC and MCC credentialed coaches
Knowledge ExamCore competencies Discussion, Case Studies review, and Ethics ModulePCI Graduate and PCC coach is a PCI Knowledge Exam Mentor
Performance ExamPCI "TOSI" Coaching session framework and practice pods are designed to develop ICF Coaching Competencies and to meet key criteria of the Performance ExamTwo of PCI Senior Mentors have been ICF Performance Examiners
100 Experience hoursPCI arranges coaching circles for graduatesMost grads who are active with coaching after graduation will accumulate the client hours within 12 -18 months


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The Healthcare Peer Coaching Fundamentals™ is open to the public and provides foundational coaching skills to individual healthcare team members; it also prepares them to enter the advanced-level Certified Physician Development Coach™ training.  The Certified Healthcare Peer Coach™ training is for a group of leaders within the same health system; the training equips them with coaching skills and emotional intelligence competencies to lead a culture of coaching. This training also prepares those who want to continue on with coach training to enter our mastery-level Certified Physician Development Coach™ training.

Certified Physician Development Coach™

Our flagship advanced training leads to the Certified Physician Development Coach™ credential.   This comprehensive 6-month program prepares participants to coach physicians through a range of issues including work-life balance, career fulfillment, burnout, resilience, leadership, career transition, entrepreneurship, and communication.

  • Training delivery: 2-day Kickoff, followed by 6 months live webinars, concluding with 2-day Capstone
  • (All training is being conducted live online via Zoom)
  • Training dates:  Two cohorts train each year, starting in the Fall and then the Spring
  • Eligible participants:  Individual healthcare professionals, clinicians, non-clinicians, healthcare executives, coaches, therapists
  • Prerequisite: Coaching Fundamentals coach-specific training 15+ hours from an ICF-accredited coaching school (see our Healthcare Peer Coaching Fundamentals below which meets this prerequisite)
  • International Coach Federation (ICF) Coaching-specific training hours earned: 80

Healthcare Peer Coaching Fundamentals™

The Physician Coaching Institute is pleased to offer coaching fundamentals training for healthcare team members who want to learn professional coaching basics they can use for peer coaching right away in their organization or community.   The first step in our coach training pathway, this training also enables participants to explore coaching before committing to advanced level training.  This immersive  2-day live online course teaches foundational-level coaching competencies aligned with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and qualifies for ICF-approved training hours.   Completion of the course  meets the prerequisite for joining our advanced mastery-level Certified Physician Development Coach™ training.

  • Training delivery:  2-days live virtual training via Zoom
  • Four training events a year in 2023 (will increase to 6 in 2024)
  • Eligible participants:  Individual healthcare professionals, clinician and non-clinician
  • Prerequisite: None
  • International Coaching Federation (ICF)  coaching-specific training hours earned: 15

Certified Healthcare Leader Peer Coach™

Created in response to the challenges clinical leaders face in inspiring team engagement as well as retaining high-potential team members, this 3-month Certified Healthcare Leader Peer Coach program trains a cadre of 12 or more leaders from a single organization.  The objective of the program is to equip leaders with coaching competencies and emotional intelligence skills that can improve morale, promote engagement, and foster inclusion. Developing an internal cohort of “leaders as coaches” is vital to building a culture of coaching.

  • Training delivery:  2-day Kickoff, followed by 3 months of live webinars; concluding with 1-day Capstone
  • (Note: Kickoff and Capstone are conducted virtually during the COVID pandemic)
  • Next training dates:  Training is arranged directly with the individual organization
  • Eligible participants: Healthcare leaders, clinicians and non-clinicians — from a single organization
  • Prerequisite: None
  • International Coaching Federation (ICF) training hours earned: 28