International Coaching Federation

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International Coaching Federation
AbbreviationICF
Formation1995
TypeProfessional Association Organization
HeadquartersLexington, Kentucky
Region served
Worldwide
ServicesCertification, Industry standards, Conferences, Publications
Membership
50,000+ (January 2022)[1]
Founder
Thomas J. Leonard[2]
CEO
Magdalena Nowicka Mook[3]
Websitecoachfederation.org

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to professional coaching.[4] ICF has been called "the main accrediting and credentialing body for both training programs and coaches".[4] ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.[5]

Overview[edit]

ICF serves more than 50,000 members in more than 150 countries and territories around the world as of January 2022,[6] with 143 chapters serving local members in more than 80 countries and territories.[7] As of March 2021, there were over 33,000 certified coaches who hold one of three ICF credentials: 18,628 Associate Certified Coaches (ACC); 13,332 Professional Certified Coaches (PCC); and 1,327 Master Certified Coaches (MCC).[7]

ICF's services include establishing a professional code of ethics and standards, providing continuous education and networking opportunities in local chapters, hosting conferences and Communities of Practice, providing accreditation for coach-specific training programs, and administering an internationally recognized credentialing program.[2]

History[edit]

Founded in 1995,[2] ICF campaigns worldwide for professional standards within the coaching profession, and provides independent certification for professional coaches (through three ICF credentials) and coach training programs (through ICF Training Program Accreditation).[8][9][10]

In 2011, the ICF and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) led in the lodging with the European Union a charter which lays out how the coaching and mentoring profession across Europe can remain a self-regulated profession.[11][12][13]

Credentialing[edit]

ICF offers three credentials: Associate, Professional and Master Certified Coach.[14]

Associate Certified Coach (ACC)[15][edit]

  • Requires 60+ hours of training, and 100+ hours of coaching experience
  • Performance evaluation (audio recording and written transcript of a coaching session)[16]
  • Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA)*

Professional Certified Coach (PCC)[17][edit]

  • Requires 125+ hours of training, and 500+ hours of coaching experience
  • Performance evaluation (two audio recordings and written transcripts of coaching sessions)
  • Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA)*

Master Certified Coach (MCC)[18][edit]

  • Requires 250+ hours of training, and 2,500+ hours of coaching experience
  • Performance evaluation (two audio recordings and written transcripts of coaching sessions)
  • Currently holds (or previously held) a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) Credential
  • Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA)*

*The Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) will be replaced by the ICF Credentialing Exam in the second quarter of 2022.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://coachingfederation.org/blog/icf-surpasses-50k-members. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "History – About – ICF". coachfederation.org. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  3. ^ "ICF - Leadership".
  4. ^ a b Tugend, Alina (7 March 2015). "Before starting as a coach, it helps to go into training". The New York Times. p. B4.
  5. ^ "How does the International Coaching Federation (ICF) define coaching? - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)". International Coaching Federation. Retrieved 2021-09-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "International Coaching Federation Surpasses 50,000 ICF Members Worldwide". International Coaching Federation. 2022-01-24. Retrieved 2022-04-04.
  7. ^ a b "ICF Membership and Credentialing Fact Sheet - March 2021" (PDF). Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  8. ^ Brennan, Diane; Whybrow, Allison (2016) [2006]. "Coach accreditation". In Passmore, Jonathan (ed.). Excellence in coaching: the industry guide (3rd ed.). London; Philadelphia: Kogan Page. pp. 287–312. ISBN 9780749474461. OCLC 927192333.
  9. ^ Grant, Anthony M.; Cavanagh, Michael J. (2011). "Coaching and positive psychology: Credentialing, professional status, and professional bodies". In Sheldon, Kennon M.; Kashdan, Todd B.; Steger, Michael F. (eds.). Designing positive psychology: taking stock and moving forward. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 295–312. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373585.003.0019. ISBN 9780195373585. OCLC 610144651.
  10. ^ Gavin, James; Mcbrearty, Madeleine (2013) [2005]. "Meeting ethical guidelines and establishing the coaching agreement". Lifestyle wellness coaching (2nd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. pp. 74–75. ISBN 9781450414845. OCLC 796355109.
  11. ^ "European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and International Coach Federation (ICF) and others, Professional Charter for Coaching and Mentoring, June 2011". eesc.europa.eu. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Digital Single Market: Professional Charter for Coaching and Mentoring". ec.europa.eu. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Professional Charter for Coaching and Mentoring – About – ICF". coachfederation.org. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  14. ^ "The Gold Standard in Coaching | ICF - ICF Credential". International Coaching Federation. Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  15. ^ "The Gold Standard in Coaching | ICF - ACC Paths". International Coaching Federation. Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  16. ^ "Performance Evaluations". International Coaching Federation. Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  17. ^ "The Gold Standard in Coaching | ICF - PCC Paths". International Coaching Federation. Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  18. ^ "The Gold Standard in Coaching | ICF - MCC Path". International Coaching Federation. Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  19. ^ "Coach Knowledge Assessment". International Coaching Federation. Retrieved 2022-02-16.