2022 certification open now

Welcome to ICG Certification

The Instructional Coaching Group is committed to one goal: “that every student will experience excellent instruction, every day, in every class.” We are continually researching what we can do to make that goal a reality. At this point, we believe the best way for that goal to be realized is that schools employ and support instructional coaches who effectively implement the Impact Cycle.


Opens: November 1, 2022
Closes: January 31, 2023

What is ICG Certification?

ICG Certification provides a target for any instructional coach interested in engaging in great coaching.

The Goals of ICG Certification:

To communicate the research about what works in instructional coaching

    • Understanding not only what works for teachers, but what works for STUDENTS
    • Learning how to make sure coaching has an impact on students

To provide coaches with a way to demonstrate their accomplished coaching practice

    • Providing a process and standards to understand if their actions are enabling the best outcomes for students

To ensure that coaching has the greatest possible influence on students

    • Providing an understanding of how instructional coaching directly affects students and how to achieve these positive changes

Similar to the National Board Certification process for teachers

ICG Certification is NOT:

Training for new coaches

If you are looking for training for new coaches, you’ll want to register for A Framework for Instructional Coaching: The Seven Success Factors

A “train the trainers” program

If you are looking for customized training for your school or district, visit our Workshops by Request page or our 1-1 Coaching page

A course on instructional coaching

If you are looking for courses and workshops, visit our Virtual Coaching page or Radical Learners on-demand courses

Why Certification?

We have created this certification process to clearly describe what excellent coaching is and to provide a target for any instructional coach interested in engaging in great coaching. Around the world, organizations are hiring coaches even though they are unclear about what kind of coaching approach they’re adopting and what effective coaching looks like.

Our certification process helps schools and districts better understand what effective coaching is and how to implement it. Better teaching will lead to better learning, and we have found that better coaching is the most powerful way to make that happen.

What’s the process?

1. Register for Certification

The registration window for each annual cohort is November 1 – January 31.

The registration fee of $500 can be made via PayPal, credit card, or purchase order.

Register here

2. Develop Your Portfolio

The ICG Certification process is a demonstration of current, accomplished coaching practice, so we use a multidimensional portfolio process to evaluate a candidate’s coaching practice.

Portfolio Details

3. The Scoring Process

Scores for each year’s submitted entries are released October 31. Click the link below to see the scoring and calculation process to help candidates understand their scores.

Scoring Process

4. Submit Your Portfolio

The entry submission window each year is May 1–June 15. Candidates will receive directions in advance each year explaining how to submit their written documents and videos when this portal opens during that time.

Submit Portfolio

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must:

  • be employed as a full-time instructional coach for at least two full school years before registering as a candidate,
  • spend 60-70% of their work time on coaching (versus administrative tasks, testing, intervention, or other non-coaching tasks), and
  • submit registration and portfolio requirements by the specified deadlines.

Candidate Timeline

The timeline below is for all candidates registering between November 1, 2022 – January 31, 2023:

  • Submit as many portfolio pieces as you like between May 1 and June 15, 2023

  • Receive your scores by October 31, 2023

  • Submit any remaining portfolio pieces between May 1 and June 15, 2024 (Both Entry 1 and Entry 2 must be submitted in full by June 15, 2024 to qualify for retakes.)

  • Receive your scores by October 31, 2024

  • Submit any qualifying retakes for the portfolio between May 1 and June 15, 2025

  • Receive final scores and certification notice by October 31, 2025

Refund Policy: Please note that refunds cannot be provided for this program.