International Coach Federation

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International Coach Federation
HeadquartersLexington, Kentucky
Thomas J. Leonard[2]
Global Board Chair
Jean-Francois Cousin, MCC[3]
CEO/Executive Director
Magdalena Mook[3]

The International Coach Federation (ICF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to professional coaching.[4]As of April 2017, ICF has approximately 30,000 members in 140 countries.[1] Founded in 1995,[2] ICF campaigns worldwide for professional standards within the coaching profession, and provides independent certification for professional coaches (through the ICF Credential) and coach training programs (through ICF Training Program Accreditation).[5][6][7] ICF has been called "the main accrediting and credentialing body for both training programs and coaches".[4]

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.[8][9][10]


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  3. ^ a b "Leadership, Governance and Involvement". Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  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. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
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  8. ^ "European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and International Coach Federation (ICF) and others, Professional Charter for Coaching and Mentoring, June 2011". Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Digital Single Market: Professional Charter for Coaching and Mentoring". Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Professional Charter for Coaching and Mentoring – About – ICF". Retrieved 18 May 2017.