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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.

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 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 links below to apply for the EMCC Global Five Day Challenge

  • EMCC Global Class of March 2024: 4-8 March. 5.30-6.30pm UK time: Application form 
  • EMCC Global Class of July 2024: 8-12 July. 5.30-6.30pm UK time: Application form
  • EMCC Global Class of September 2024: 9-13 September. 5.30-6.30pm UK time: Application form

Once your application is received, we will review your responses and will write to you to advise your next steps.

Affiliated countries may also run their own 5DCs – check with your local EMCC membership country to see if this is something they offer. (At the top of this page you will see a link to ‘Select your country/region’)

Let us help you overcome barriers on your accreditation application and just get it done! You will want to aim to press ‘send’ on your application by the end of the 5DC, 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 5DC, a volunteer EMCC Global facilitator will take you through the steps as you complete the process. If you would benefit from an accountability partner then we recommend that you take the initiative to set that up within your cohort as well during the sessions.

Our facilitators are volunteers, so please do use their time wisely – including submitting your application in a timely fashion.

By the end of the 5DC, 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. 

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.

Frequently-asked questions: 5DC

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

This 5DC is a “get it done” period 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 5DC, to have had the opportunity to explore your practice, to make new connections and to grow.

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 just 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:

  • Foundation level (with at least one year of experience) €120 plus VAT if applicable (standard cost €399)
  • 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 is not a focus for the 5DC as it requires a level of discussion that we cannot provide during this process. However, for completeness, we can share that we currently have a promotional fee for members of €450 plus VAT if applicable (standard cost €799)
    • Do you think you could be a Master Practitioner? Watch this video to see a little more about what we are looking for and hear from other MPs about their journey. Note the ICF MCC is not a direct EMCC MP equivalent.

Are the sessions recorded?

No – the sessions themselves are special for the group itself and form a trusted set of conversations. It can get quite deep in enquiry, and we find that recording the sessions can stifle openness. You might find individual cohorts contract together to allow recording, but that would be a discussion with your group.

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 5DC

En francais:

Combined ESIA/EIA form (only if you are looking to do your ESIA and EIA at the same time)

Useful LINKS to support the COMPLETION OF THE FORM (all LINKS are also in the form but shared below too for easy access):


EMCC Global is 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. 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.

Frequently-asked questions: EMCC Global Individual Accreditation

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 criteria for the EMCC Global Individual Accreditation (EIA)?

Education and learning:

To be eligible for EMCC Global Individual Accreditation, 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


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
  • Master practitioner (not suitable for the 5DC): at least seven years’ experience (minimum 500 hours) and at least 40 clients over seven years, and demonstrable contribution to the profession.

Additional resources you may find useful


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

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