Cracking the Code: Strategies for Acing the New International Coaching Federation’s Credentialing Exam

“Dr. Linda Bolle’s e-book and flashcards were instrumental in my journey to earning the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coaching Federation. Linda’s study materials were comprehensive and engaging. The e-book provided examples that mirrored the actual assessment scenarios as well as thorough explanations and perspectives that helped guide my thinking moving forward. Her flashcards were a valuable resource for quick review and self-assessment. Linda’s support and guidance were exceptional as well, going above and beyond. Thanks to her materials, I passed the latest version of the ICF’s Credentialing Exam with flying colors. I highly recommend her materials for anyone pursuing the PCC credential or looking to enhance their coaching knowledge. Linda’s expertise and support were invaluable on this journey. Thank you, Linda!”

C. M., Palm Coast, FL

As I prepared to take the new International Coaching Federation’s (ICF’s) Credentialing Exam in early 2023, I knew that having a solid understanding of the ICF Core Competencies, Code of Ethics, and Core Values would be key to passing the test. In the process of reading and re-reading these documents and scrutinizing the Sample Exam Questions on the ICF’s website, I began to notice patterns that I thought might inform my approach to taking the test. As I devised a set of strategies based on the clues that I thought I might have uncovered, I told myself that, if I did well on the exam, I’d create a test prep course to help others do the same; the Customized Learning Advantage Program (CLAP) that I developed is designed to do just that.

While I did nearly as well on the new ICF Credentialing Exam as I did on its predecessor, the Coach’s Knowledge Assessment (89% versus 90%), thorough preparation was the key to my success. Although familiarity with the ICF Core Competencies, Code of Ethics, and Core Values is of paramount importance, this knowledge, in and of itself, may not be enough to earn you a passing score (of 77%) on this exam. You also need strategies that will help you:

  • Position yourself—mentally, emotionally, and physically—for an optimal test-taking experience;
  • Study for the exam; and
  • Identify the BEST and WORST responses to each of the 80 scenarios on the test.

The Customized Learning Advantage Program (CLAP) includes:

  • A 65-page eBook containing a step-by-step process for identifying the BEST and WORST actions for the Sample Exam Questions on the ICF’s website, as well as those on the Credentialing Exam itself;
  • Self-care strategies to ensure you’re cognitively, emotionally, and physically prepared for the ICF’s Credentialing Exam experience;
  • Study strategies that take your unique learning style into account;
  • A set of ICF Core Competency flashcards, designed to facilitate your studying experience (shipped free-of-charge via Priority Mail®);
  • Access to articles and audio downloads, written and recorded by me, designed to reduce stress and quell test-taking anxiety; and
  • Personalized, one-on-one mentoring/coaching (priced separately, based on number and length of sessions desired).

Cost (excepting mentoring/coaching): $129.00*

One-on-one mentoring/coaching: $150/30-min session; $200/45-min session; $250/60-min session.*

Let me show you how to “crack the code” for the best test-taking experience ever!




* Prices subject to change without notice.