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10 Hours of Mentor Coaching For ICF Renewal

Mentor coaching is a mandatory part of your coach certification journey as the International Coach Federation (ICF) requires coaches to complete 10 hours of mentor coaching. Coach Transformation Academy has designed mentor coaching in compliance with the ICF’s definition and the guideline of mentor coaching. ICF coach certification renewal requires coaches to complete a minimum of 10 hours of mentor coaching, out of which 7 hours should be group mentor coaching and 3 hours should be individual (one-to-one) mentor coaching.

What is mentor coaching?

Mentor coaching is a process where you are coached on your coaching skills in preparation for the ICF certification as a certified coach. It follows a different approach than coaching on work goals, personal elements, life balance, or other topics unrelated to the development of your coaching skill. 

The ICF defines Mentor Coaching as providing professional assistance in achieving and demonstrating the levels of coaching competency demanded by the desired credential level sought by a coach‐applicant (mentee). Furthermore, Mentor Coaching means an applicant (mentee) being coached on their coaching skills rather than coaching on practice building, life balance, or other topics unrelated to the development of an applicant’s coaching skill.

Mentor Program Approach

Mentor coaching is a process where you are coached on your coaching skills in preparation for the ICF certification or recertification as a certified coach. It follows a different approach than coaching on work goals, personal elements, life balance, or other topics unrelated to the development of your coaching skill.

Mentor Coaching Program Overview

You will have an experiential experience through the collaborative environment while also experiencing a range of coaching styles. The cohorts are made up of no more than 7 participants. This allows for everyone to fully engage with the material and one another. This aligns with the ICF requirement of 10 hours of live mentor coaching; the full mentoring program provides you with 7 hours of group mentoring and 3 hours of 1:1 sessions. 

  • Each participant receives 7 group sessions, each 60-min (7 hrs total), and three individual sessions, each 60-min (3 hrs total) over a 3.5-month period.
  • Group sessions include peer coaching with fishbowl observation, discussions exploring the ICF Core Competencies, and ICF Ethics. These sessions will also help you prepare for your CKA exam. All group sessions must be attended live, and participation required.
  • Individual sessions are customized to address the needs of the mentee such as focusing on reviewing and discussing a pre-recorded coaching session the mentee has had with an existing client or going deeper into ICF ethics and core competencies.

Investment Breakdown

  • $1200 for the full 10-hour program (7 hours of group sessions & 3 hours of 1:1 sessions).
  • $150 per session for any missed group session make-up via 1:1 60-min call.
  • $700 for SEVEN hours of group sessions only.
  • $600 for THREE hours of 1:1 sessions only.
  • $1800 for TEN hours of 1:1 sessions only
  • Ready to get started? The first step is filling out this Intake Application to the process started.

What Drives Us

  1. Transformational Learning through Self-Awareness

Transformative learning theory states that humans hold a specific worldview informed by their experiences. This worldview acts like a frame of reference, which affects how we interpret events, assign meaning to the things that happen to us, and interact with our environment (Mezirow, 1997). Importantly, these frames of reference are elicited and operate unconsciously. This means that if we do not explore our frames of reference and understand our ingrained thought patterns, we remain at a disadvantage when we attempt to learn how to grow and change our habits. Indeed, developing an awareness of how we unconsciously process events is central to life coaching philosophy and is often critical for achieving transformative change.


  1. Emotional Intelligence

The theory of emotional intelligence (or EQ) holds that there are multiple types of intelligence beyond the commonly held idea of intelligence as a cognitive resource. Emotional intelligence refers to our “ability to perceive and express emotion, assimilate emotion in thought, understand and reason with emotion, and regulate emotion in the self and others’’ (Mayer, Salovey, & Caruso, 2000, p. 396). Those high in emotional intelligence are thought to be effective at managing their own emotions and are good at identifying and considering others’ emotions. Conversely, those low in emotional intelligence rarely stop to think about what they are feeling and are more likely to misread others’ motives and intentions. Coaches can tailor their teachings about emotional intelligence to apply to a range of personal and professional spheres. These can include management and leadership coaching, intimate relationships, and friendships/social networks.


  1. Cognitive-Behavioral Theory

Cognitive-behavioral theory is grounded in the combination of behavior theory and cognitive theory. The principles of the theory are widely used in therapeutic settings to help clients understand their thoughts and change their reactions and behaviors (Benjamin et al., 2011).

A key model stemming from cognitive-behavioral theory often drawn upon by life coaches is the ABC model. The theory describes a process whereby activating events (A) trigger beliefs (B), which lead to consequences (C) pertaining to our emotions and subsequent behaviors. Coaches are skilled at helping clients identify how distorted or irrational beliefs stemming from activating events may have negative consequences. They are also skilled at intervening by helping clients to challenge and change problematic beliefs in order to facilitate more positive consequences, such as lessened anxiety or increased adaptivity (Williams, 2012).


  1. Experiential Learning Theory

Experiential learning theory is a model of adult learning that essentially argues the benefits of learning by doing. The theory posits that individuals learn through a cyclical process of concrete learning, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization, and active experimentation (Kolb, Boyatzis, & Mainemelis, 2001). A coach can facilitate all phases of this cyclical process by encouraging clients to reflect on their actions and their consequences. For instance, within the context of the ABC model, coaches can invite clients to experiment with adopting new, more adaptive, beliefs in response to challenging activating events. The hands-on principles of experiential learning apply well to coaching relationships, wherein the client is positioned as the driver of the relationship and the focus is on his/her day-to-day behaviors that serve as opportunities for experimentation and learning.


  1. Coaching as an Art and a Science

While each of these theories has had a significant influence on the practice of coaching, not all coaches draw explicitly from the literature to inform their practice. Indeed, many practitioners view their field as more of an art than a science. For an example of how life coaching may be viewed as an art form, check out this TED talk from Tony Robbins where he explores the lessons he’s learned about coaching and the drivers of human behavior.