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
A course on instructional coaching
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.