International Coach Federation

Code of Ethics

ICF is committed to maintaining and promoting excellence in coaching. Therefore, ICF expects all members and credentialed coaches (coaches, coach mentors, coaching supervisors, coach trainers or students), to adhere to the elements and principles of ethical conduct: to be competent and integrate ICF Core Competencies effectively in their work.

In line with the ICF core values and ICF definition of coaching, the Code of Ethics is designed to provide appropriate guidelines, accountability and enforceable standards of conduct for all ICF Members and ICF Credential-holders, who commit to abiding by the following ICF Code of Ethics:

Making Sense of Coaching Credentials

ICF Credential holders are part of a self-regulating group of elite coaches who provide accountability to clients and the coaching profession as a whole.  They pursue and complete rigorous education and practice requirements that provide unquestioned legitimacy to their commitment to excellence in coaching.

There are three different credentialing levels that have very specific criteria and exams at each level, plus ongoing professional development.

ACC Associate Certified Coach 60+ Hours of Training 100+ Coaching Hours
PCC Professional Certified Coach 125+ Hours of Training 500+ Coaching Hours
MCC Master Certified Coach 200+ Hours of Training 2500 Coaching Hours

Coaching Competencies

Coaching Competencies

The following eleven core coaching competencies were developed to support greater understanding about the skills and approaches used today.
  1. Setting the Foundation 1. Meeting Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standards 2. Establishing the Coaching Agreement
  2. Co-creating the Relationship 3. Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client 4. Coaching Presence
  3. Communicating Effectively 5. Active Listening 6. Powerful Questioning 7. Direct Communication
  4. Facilitating Learning and Results 8. Creating Awareness 9. Designing Actions 10. Planning and Goal Setting 11. Managing Progress and Accountability

ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study: Executive Summary

The executive summary for the 2017 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study is available free of charge to ICF Members. Non-members can purchase the executive summary online for $15 USD.

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