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EMCC Global Five Day Challenge

We can help you get ready to submit your application for EMCC Global Individual Accreditation – or have a roadmap to get there – through our Five Day Challenge

You are a trained coach or mentor, you have been practising for at least two years and you have had some great feedback from clients, yet for some reason, you have not yet achieved an individual accreditation with EMCC Global.

We have found that there are usually just a few things that prevent people from achieving their professional designation – sometimes it’s that they can’t find the paperwork, or have questions about their experience, or get sidetracked, or can’t find client feedback. Sometimes they are just not aware of accreditation!


Click the date below to apply for the EMCC Five Day Challenge

  • EMCC Portugal (applications now closed): 6/12, 20/12 2022, 10/1, 24/1, 7/2 2023
  • EMCC Global Class of March 2023: 6 March to 10 March. Timings 5.30-6.30 GMT, online (note this replaces the previous February 2023 save-the-date)
  • Save the date – EMCC Global Class of May 2023 – dates TBC

Join us for an hour a day for a week of in-depth dynamic enquiry and reflection, as we help you identify what you need for your application, help you overcome barriers and just get it done! It’s straightforward – you will start the process on a Monday and be ready to submit on Friday, spending an hour or so each day in deep enquiry and reflection, and spending time away from the session getting everything sourced and logged for your final submission.

You will be part of a group of coaches and mentors who are all at the same point in their career as you – these connections could last a lifetime and set up mutual support for you as you progress as a professional coach or mentor.

Be prepared for a week of professional dialogue, dynamic inquiry, and solidarity – we aim to build as much value in the process as we do the destination!

Throughout the week, an EMCC Global facilitator will take you through the steps as you complete the process. If you need additional support during the week, we can organise advisor discussions for you. If you would benefit from an accountability partner then you can set that up as well during the sessions.

By the end of the week, you will either be in a position to submit your application or have a clear action plan for any additional logs you need to find or experience you need to gain which will allow you to do so. And we will continue to support you until you get there.

Holding an EMCC Global Individual Accreditation (EIA) is a way of demonstrating to your peers and your clients that you are serious about your professional development, that you subscribe to a globally recognised code of ethics, and that you maintain and build on the highest standards.

It shows that you are part of the EMCC Global family, and able to draw on the combined experience and expertise of some of the best performing coaches, mentors, and supervisors across the world.

We run EMCC Global Five Day Challenges every few weeks. In addition to this, individual training providers and/or country groups also run them at a local level.

Frequently-asked questions

What does EMCC Global expect of me for the Five Day Challenge?

This 5DC is a “get it done” week of intense mentoring as you get ready to submit your application for individual accreditation with EMCC Global. It’s for people who – for whatever reason – have got stuck and need some help. We expect you to work! To make a commitment to yourself to achieve, to make a commitment to your facilitators and your group to be there. We also want you to get a massive boost from the week, to have had the opportunity to explore your practice, to make new connections and to grow.

What are the components of individual accreditation (EIA) with EMCC Global?

In order to achieve your professional designation, you will need to show:

  • Personal statement explaining why and how you coach, your approach, your purpose and motivation
  • Education and learning
  • Experience
  • Commitment to ongoing CPD, supervision, reflective practice and logs
  • Meeting the Global Code of Ethics and commitment to the EMCC Global Diversity and Inclusion Declaration

What are the entry criteria for the EMCC Global Five Day Challenge?

Education and learning:

To be eligible for the EMCC Global Five Day Challenge, you must have completed an education and training with an EMCC Global-accredited provider (one holding an EMCC Global Quality Award – EQA – check the EQA list of providers here if you are unsure)

OR equivalent validated education, training. Examples include: Diploma/ Post Graduate Certificate in Coaching/ Mentoring from Higher Education Institutions e.g., Henley Business School, Université Paris Dauphine-PSL etc

OR in special cases equivalent validated ‘work based’ experience. Examples include Coaching and/or Mentoring role within an organisation supported by work-based learning and training eg IBM, Deloitte, Google etc (eg where ‘micro credentials’ are established to support work-based learning)

In some instances, where training is not officially registered as a regulated qualification, we may need further information relating to the content and standard of the learning and assessment of the overall programme. This is a very supportive celebratory process, respecting the significance of work-based learning to support coaching and/or mentoring practice and the development of wider leadership skills,

EMCC Global also recognises individual accreditations, professional designations and credentials aligned to the EMCC Global Individual Accreditation – EIA. Examples include:

  • International Coaching Federation (ICF)- Associate Certificate Coach (ACC) aligned to EMCC Global Practitioner Level
  • International Coaching Federation (ICF)- Professional Certificate Coach (PCC) aligned to EMCC Global Senior Practitioner Level
  • International Coaching Federation (ICF)- Master Certificate Coach (MCC) aligned to EMCC Global Senior Practitioner Level
  • Association of Coaching (AC) – EMCC Global Practitioner or Senior Practitioner as applicable
  • Board Certificate Coach (BCC) – EMCC Global Practitioner or Senior Practitioner as applicable
  • Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC) – EMCC Global Practitioner or Senior Practitioner as applicable

If you do not currently hold either an EQA or an equivalent accredited education, training or experience in coaching and/or mentoring, then the Five Day Challenge is not for you HOWEVER we do offer pro bono mentor support with your ongoing practice, learning and accreditation application in your local language. To gain further information and support with your EIA, please contact the EMCC Global Accreditation Mentor Hub Project Manager/Team: [email protected]


As well as education/learning/training, you will need to show experience for different levels of accreditation:

  • Foundation level: at least one year’s experience (minimum 50 hours) and at least five clients over one year
  • Practitioner level: at least three years’ experience (minimum 100 hours) and at least 10 clients over three years
  • Senior practitioner: at least five years’ experience (minimum 250 hours) and at least 20 clients over five years

The Five Day Challenge is not suitable for people who have had no experience in coaching or mentoring, who do not (yet) meet the criteria above or who are not ready to set aside the time for the week. It could be that the Five Day Challenge is something that you do in the future, but it’s not for you right now. We run Five Day Challenges every three to four months, and individual training providers and affiliated countries also sometimes run a version of the 5DC.

How much does the EMCC Global Five Day Challenge cost?

The week’s mentoring to support this process is free for members of EMCC Global or EMCC Global affiliated countries and regions, you pay for the accreditation itself.

Accreditation fees for EMCC members: who have completed an EMCC Global Quality Award Programme, OR an equivalent Education/Training Coaching and/or Mentoring Programme, alongside other related prior learning and experience:

  • Practitioner level (with at least three years experience) €205 plus VAT if applicable (standard cost €599)
  • Senior practitioner level (with at least five years’ experience) €245 plus VAT if applicable (standard cost €699)
  • Master practitioner level (by discussion) Promotional fee for members €450 plus VAT if applicable (standard cost €799)

Are the sessions recorded?

The answer is no – the sessions themselves are special for the group itself and form a trusting set of conversations. It can get quite deep in enquiry, and we find that recording the sessions can stifle openness.

Do I have to attend all five sessions?

Ideally, yes. You will form part of a cohort group of peers who rely on each other for mutual support, inspiration and accountability. If you are not there, the rest of the group misses your input. Plus, it adds additional pressure on the facilitators to bring you up to speed on what you have missed – our facilitators are volunteers and so we want to use their time wisely.

Links you will need during the week

En francais:

Useful LINKS to support the COMPLETION OF THE FORM (all LINKS are in the form for easy access):


EMCC Global is currently running a discounted promotion on Accreditation fees for members. If you are not already a member then you can apply for membership using the link below so that you qualify for the discount.

NOTE that the discount is only for members – however the cost of membership plus the discounted accreditation fee is LESS than the full accreditation cost, so it makes financial sense to be a member as well as a professional one.

Comments from previous Five Day Challenge participants

What I find new and refreshing is the personal one-one approach, so different these days.

This brings much needed light, structure and forward progress to what I am doing and want to do.

Wonderful to see all these professional people on the same journey

A great opportunity to take our time, and to be motivated against new things to growing ourselves

Feeling of encouragement and thankfulness that I am lucky to see this great idea during such heavy time

Very clear process, with your direction and having this support into the rooms.

From the outside, when I was trying to prepare myself on my own to accomplish this, it looked much more difficult.

Additional resources you may find useful


For help with the Five Day Challenge process itself, contact [email protected]

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