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This page presents a short summary of the CLCC’s certification renewal standards. The full standards will be given to trainees approximately 12 months before certification renewal will be due.

Every three years, certified graduates will need to renew your certification with our program in order to continue to use it in a professional setting. You can continue to operate as a coach, but if you need CLCC certification in order to work for an employer or in any other capacity where certification is required, you will need to renew your certification every three years.

How can I find out when my certification must be renewed?
All graduates finalize their portfolios in November of the year they attend our training. You’ll need to reach out to us to indicate that you desire renewal of certification three years from that November. We also try reaching out to graduates with the email address on file, but given that sometimes email goes to spam or for unforeseen reasons is not delivered, we need graduates to also reach out to us.

Why renew?
Because it’s in keeping with professional, ethical standards for professional coaching. It’s also in alignment with expectations set forth by the ICF. Many professions (e.g., hair cutting, massage, etc.) require certification renewal and we trust that you desire to maintain professional, ethical standards with your clients.

What are the renewal requirements?
What’s on this page does not encompass the complete requirements that are updated annually, but generally we model this after ICF standards: participation in at least 40 hours of continuing education via either CLCC’s offerings, or an ICF approved offering, or an alternative training offering which you may submit to us with your own written and detailed assessment of how that training offering covers the ICF Core Competencies. We will also need contact information for any programs offered outside of CLCC. You’ll need to verify that you have read, understand, and agree to practice as a coach according to our Code of Ethics. Last, you’ll need to receive ten hours of coaching from a certified practicing coach, who will email us independently to confirm that you are their client and have received 10 hours of coaching from them within the three years since your graduation or last renewal. The full requirements are reviewed annually by the CLCC and are sent to graduates who are due for renewal, so to get the most up-to-date requirements, check in with us when you are due for renewal.

Can I receive the 10 hours of coaching from a CLCC coach?
As long as they completed all graduation requirements, and as long as their certification is up-to-date and has not lapsed, yes.

Does the 10 hours of coaching from a CLCC coach have to be paid?
No. However, we will need a record of hours with the contact info of who you worked with. A spreadsheet that lays out the contact info of who you worked with, dates, and length of sessions is totally fine. Make sure that this spreadsheet has your name on it, too.

Will I have to resubmit a portfolio or portfolio call?

Is there a cost for me to renew my certification?
Yes. As of 2019, is $50 USD for those who renew on time. By comparison, the ICF currently charges $175+ for their renewal process. If the renewal fee is a financial hardship, reach out to us and we can break it into installments.

Where can I find out about training offerings that I can use for renewal?
The CLCC’s continuing education catalogue lists our own offerings, many of which we offer to our graduates for free. The ICF’s offerings should be on their website. Alternative offerings vary. It is the graduate’s responsibility to find appropriate offerings that relate in some way to the ICF Core Competencies. There are more details on what counts as an offering, in the detailed Certification Renewal manual that we will give to trainees 12 months before their certification is due.

Do I have to renew my certification?
You can elect not to renew your certification, but if that is the case, you cannot represent yourself as being certified through our program, and must not use the terms “Courageous Living Coach Certification” or “Certified Courageous Living Coach” which are both terms trademarked by our program and over which we exercise the rights for individual use.

I let my certification lapse. Can I renew it?
For 2014, 2015 graduates, as long as you renew by the end of 2019, you can renew a lapsed certification. For graduates from 2016 and beyond, you’ll renew in 2019. From 2017 onward, if you did not renew your certification three years after graduation, your certification has lapsed and you can renew it as long as you don’t let it lapse for more than a year.

Will you pass along my certification to the ICF?
The ICF is a completely separate organization than the CLCC and they are in charge of their own credentialing and certification. While we model most of our guidelines after their standards, they are a separate organization and so we are unable to pass along your certification, to be matched by them. If you need evidence of your renewal for an employer or participation in a facilitation program, please let us know so that we can provide you with appropriate documentation.