International Coaching Federation

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

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to professional coaching.[4] ICF is an accrediting and credentialing body for both training programs and coaches.[4]


ICF has more than 50,000 members in more than 150 countries and territories around the world as of January 2022.[5] 143 Chapters are present in more than 80 countries and territories.[6] 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).[6]


Founded in 1995,[2] ICF campaigns 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).[7][8][9]

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.[10][11][12]


  1. ^ "International Coaching Federation Surpasses 50,000 ICF Members Worldwide". 24 January 2022.
  2. ^ a b "History – About – ICF". 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. ^ "International Coaching Federation Surpasses 50,000 ICF Members Worldwide". International Coaching Federation. 2022-01-24. Retrieved 2022-04-04.
  6. ^ a b "ICF Membership and Credentialing Fact Sheet - March 2021" (PDF). Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and International Coach Federation (ICF) and others, Professional Charter for Coaching and Mentoring, June 2011". 8 September 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Digital Single Market: Professional Charter for Coaching and Mentoring". Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Professional Charter for Coaching and Mentoring – About – ICF". Archived from the original on 7 April 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2017.