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Becoming a Credentialed Coach

by Kimberly O’Brien, CCNI Director of Credentialing

This week I participated in a pilot ICF exam for the new Core Competencies. The Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) was scheduled for a whopping four hours. The current test has 155 questions but this one had 218. My guess is that there are a few variations of the test or that they are trying to determine which questions to use based on how well people answer. I cannot reveal much about what was on the test but what I can tell you is that they were all scenario-based questions and I was asked to select the best answer and then I was asked to select the worst answer for each question. I’m not sure if this is how the test will roll out when it’s finally released, but it was a different approach to the one I had done in the past. These questions can be tricky as frequently there are multiple good or bad answers, so choosing the answer they’re looking for takes some thought. It will be very important to consider the context of the question, with the core competencies front of mind.

Credentialing identifies coaches as people who have taken the necessary coursework and have been evaluated by a third party to validate their proficiency and skill level. CCNI has aligned our core competencies with ICF core competencies with a focus on Christ-Centered Coaching. If you would like to learn more about becoming a credentialed coach with CCNI, please reach out to me. I’d love to help you along that journey. You can reach me via email at

Kimberly O’Brien is CCNI’s current Director of Credentialing. She is from Ontario, Canada Kimberly is working towards promoting training and coaching to all pastors and ministry leaders within the denomination and beyond. If you would like information about becoming a professional credentialed Christian coach, please contact Kimberly at dircredentialing@christiancoaches.com

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