To become a professional coach under ICF, you need to undertake a programme that is approved by ICF. Your training can be through ACSTH or ACTP. There are several schools that offer this training. When you complete your training, you become a certified professional coach. To be identified as an ICF coach, you take it a notch higher by embracing the rigour that comes with it. A three-hour online assessment, 10 hours of mentorship from either a certified mentor coach, or an ICF mentor coach (these qualify upon renewal of their credential; an approved recording plus a minimum of coaching hours – 100 hours to become an Associate Certified Coach; 500 hours for a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and 2500 hours for a Master Certified Coach (MCC).