The importance of individual accreditation and credentialing

With an estimated 89% of coach practitioners attending accredited or approved coach-specific training through a training programme or university, it has over recent years become abundantly clear that credibility is important to coach practitioners. Personal accreditation or credentials aren’t only important to coaches, they are important to organisations as well, with a reported 83% of coaching clients expecting a credential from their coach practitioner. Those who hold a credential typically receive more clients, who pay higher fees and make greater annual revenue from coaching than their credential-less counterparts.

As a coach, you will be expected to gain accredited coaching training to be able to apply for any personal accreditation to become a qualified coach. This is why the importance of an accredited training programme during coach training cannot be overstated. In order to truly succeed at being a coach practitioner, accreditation and credentials are required, and the best way to do this with ease is through an accredited training programme.

The International Coach Federation also known as the ICF has issued this latest development to its credentialing requirements:

“The following changes will go into effect on July 31, 2018, at 12 Noon (New York):

  • Coaches applying for their initial credential (Associate Certified Coach or Professional Certified Coach credential) via the Portfolio path will be required to demonstrate that they completed a comprehensive training program that includes the ICF definition of coaching, Code of Ethics and Core Competencies, and is organized in a scope and sequence that encourages the growth of the coach. This means that coaches will no longer be able to submit a random compilation of non-approved training hours and/or Continuing Coach Education units in fulfillment of their initial training requirements. We believe it should be easy for current and prospective coaches to find and choose the appropriate type of training for their stage of professional development, and this change is a further step in reframing Continuing Coach Education as the first choice for advanced training for already-credentialed coaches.”

Source: ICF Credential updates

At the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), we believe in supporting your development to be the best you can be. Our flow of coach training programmes can take you from newbie to Professional Certified Coach.

Individuals who wish to become an accredited executive coach are welcome to meet us and have any questions answered at one of our free executive coaching open events.

We have put together an Accreditation Guide to help you to identify the main Accrediting Bodies and which one may be right for you.

Read more on the blog on how to get started in Executive Coaching

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