renew my certification

Updated May 2021

Every three years, CLCC graduates will need to renew their 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. Additionally, your CLCC certification must be in good standing prior to us approving any verifications that we receive from the International Coaching Federation.

How can I find out when my certification must be renewed?
Renewal is based on the year when you graduate. The first year after graduation is year one. For example: If someone graduated in 2014, their first year following graduation is 2015. 2015, 2016, and 2017 are the “three years” following their graduation year. That graduate would have needed to renew their certification no later than the end of 2017.

Once I renew, how long is the renewal good for?
Another three years. To continue the example above, someone who graduated from CLCC originally in 2014, would renew their certification by the end of 2017 so that it’s good going into 2018. They then have 2018, 2019, and 2020 as their next three years. They need to renew again by the end of 2020, to be in good standing for 2021 and beyond.

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 International Coaching Federation. 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.

HOW do I actually renew and get the requirements to you?
If you are within 12 months of needing to complete the Certification Renewal process, reach out to our Program Coordinator, Yessel Rangel at the support account email address (you should have it on file).

Once you have reached out to us to tell us that you are ready to renew, we’ll invoice you for the certification renewal fee. Then we’ll give you a form to fill out where you give us your documented continuing education information.

If you are not within 12 months of needing to renew your certification, please *wait* to reach out to us until you are within that 12 month time frame. Our resources are limited for supporting the current CLCC cohort, any incoming applicants to the program, and grads who are actively in the certification renewal process, so waiting until it’s time for you to renew before you email us is very helpful.

CLCC didn’t reach out to me, to tell me that it was time to renew.
Please reach out to us via the support account, so that our Program Coordinator can get you set up. In years past, we did contact past graduates, but unfortunately emails change and we found that this was an inefficient system. We will also make announcements about CLCC Certification Renewal in the alumni portal in Thinkific.

What are the CLCC Certification Renewal Requirements?
==>> we update our requirements periodically in order to align our standards with the International Coaching Federation, so be advised that these may change <<==

  • Participation in at least 40 hours of continuing education that focuses on one or more ICF Core Competencies, 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.
  • You’ll need to verify that you have read, understand, and agree to practice as a coach according to our Code of Ethics.

What if I get my ICF Certification?
If you get your ICF certification, assuming it is in good standing at the time when you are due to renew your CLCC certification, we will accept that in lieu of completing the requirements listed above. However, that ICF certification must be current and cannot have lapsed.

What does “in good standing” mean?
It’s an expression, and it means that all requirements, certifications, etc., are up to date. So, in other words, your CLCC certification has not lapsed because it was not renewed.

Will I have to resubmit a portfolio or portfolio call?

Is there a cost for me to renew my certification?
Yes. The cost is $50 USD for those who renew on time (in the 12 month period before their certification would lapse). By comparison, the ICF currently charges $175+ for their renewal process.

If you did not renew on time, the cost is $275.

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. CLCC offerings are marked as “QCEC” when they are curriculum based and thus can count towards your CLCC Certification Renewal.

What counts for continuing education?
In the CLCC Continuing Education catalogue that is made available only to our graduates/alumni, we mention “QCEC” and “PDSC” designations for the different types of curriculum that we offer. Your continuing education that counts towards CLCC Certification Renewal must be QCEC or “Qualifying Continuing Education Coursework.”

“Qualifying Continuing Education Coursework” or “QCEC” is generally defined as any craft-driven or personal growth coursework that promotes your personal or craft-driven growth as a coach. Examples could include: A meditation course, CLCC’s Major Concentrations or free curriculum-based bonus calls offered to grads, a paid small group mastermind program, an ICF accredited “CCE” workshop, attendance at a summit that includes breakout sessions and speakers on topics related to coaching or behavioral growth. We will need to internally review the curriculum for any coursework that is not CLCC or ICF-accredited.

You’ll need at least 40 hours to renew your CLCC certification.

“Professional Development and Strategy Coursework” or “PDSC” is generally defined as coursework that involves development of your coaching business—it is not personal growth work or coaching-as-craft work, nor does it cover the ICF Core Competencies, but it does aid the development of your coaching business (e.g.,a marketing-related course in search engine optimization or attending a live tele-seminar where you learn about how to hire a virtual team). In the Continuing Education catalogue, we note specifically which courses are “PDSC” versus those that are “QCEC.” Look for those markers when deciding which calls to attend.

Do I *have* to renew my certification?
No. 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. Because we have the trademark over those terms, we can exercise the right to limit when/how they are used and someone whose certification has lapsed is prohibited from using those terms.

I let my certification lapse. Can I renew it?
Yes. You can renew it at any time.

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 our guidelines are modeled 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.

I’m getting my ICF Certification, but my CLCC Certification lapsed. What will happen when the ICF reaches out to ask you whether or not I’m a CLCC grad?
If your certification has lapsed, when the ICF reaches out to us as part of your ICF application process to confirm your education, we will let them know that your certification has lapsed.

Additional Examples of When to Renew (provided so you can understand what a renewal cycle looks like; apply this same formula to your own graduation year)
Graduated: 2014.
Three years: 2015, 2016, 2017.
Renew by the end of 2017 to be in good standing for 2018, 2019, 2020.
Renew for the second time by the end of 2020 to be in good standing for 2021, 2022, 2023.

Graduated: 2015.
Three years: 2016, 2017, 2018.
Renew by the end of 2018 to be in good standing for 2019, 2020, 2021.
Renew for the second time by the end of 2021 to be in good standing for 2022, 2023, 2024.

Graduated: 2016.
Three years: 2017, 2018, 2019.
Renew by the end of 2019 to be in good standing for 2020, 2021, 2022.
Renew for the second time by the end of 2022 to be in good standing for 2023, 2024, 2025.