You do not have to be an ICF Member to earn an ICF Credential. The ICF Credential stands independent from ICF Membership. This is an important provision of compliance with globally accepted standards for bodies operating individual certification programs.
The value of an ICF Credential as an industry-wide marker of an individual’s commitment to ongoing professional development and outstanding professional practice is distinct from the benefits of ICF Membership (e.g., networking and leadership-development opportunities, discounted event attendance, access to archived virtual learning).
It is important to know that, although ICF Credential-holders are not required to be ICF Members, they are bound by the ICF Code of Ethics and are required to meet stringent renewal criteria every three years.
Additionally, it is helpful to know that we strongly encourage ICF Credential-holders to become ICF Members so that they can reap the benefits of engagement with our vibrant global community of professionally trained coaches.