What distinguishes a programme with ICF certification from other programmes?

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What distinguishes a programme with ICF certification from other programmes?

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There are many coaching courses and which programme is most suitable depends on where you place your personal focus. As the term ‘coach’ is not protected and is used in a variety of ways, the ICF certification is a seal of quality which guarantees the quality. For people who work as a business coach, this certification is helpful and many of the larger companies now insist coaches have it in order to be included in their coaching pool.

What is the ‘International Coach Federation’?

The International Coach Federation (ICF) is an international coaching association which was founded in the U.S. in 1995. With the ICF certification (introduced in 1998), the ICF is committed to accredited training courses worldwide and thus the professionalisation of coaching. To achieve this goal, the certificate covers 11 core competencies, including compliance with ethical guidelines. Overall, these competencies help to raise the quality in coaching. There are now more than 35,000 members in 143 countries worldwide and currently around 600 members in Germany.

Why do the 11 ICF core competencies support the quality of coaching?

Adherence to the 11 core competencies means that the coachee is given even better support in becoming aware of his solution. Thus, these guidelines help to deliver a high–quality coaching service. Paying attention to this right at the beginning of learning also supports the quality of the training and therefore ICF-certified coaching training is now in even greater demand.

From the first moment, you will be made aware of why it is necessary to agree on the basics, how the coaching topic will be worked on together and why a trusting relationship is essential for the process. Why is active listening so effective and how do powerful questions and breaks support the coachee to find a solution? And how does agreeing on concrete next steps support the coachee in the implementation? All of this is included in an ICF-certified training course and in this way the training also supports the subsequent work as a coach.

What are the requirements for ICF membership and certification?

ICF membership requires proof of sound coaching training and current activity as a coach. The ICF checks very carefully who becomes one of their members. In numerous international bodies and organisations (e.g. IBM, NASA), ICF certification is now a prerequisite for inclusion in the coaching pool. If this is the path that a coach would like to take, it is, of course, helpful to make sure that the training course is recognised by the ICF.

Ragna Kirberg

Ragna Kirberg works as a coach and invites people to discover that solutions to challenging questions are available within themselves and can be brought up by taking time to reflect. She is responsible for and teaches the Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching Programme and has been working for Henley Business School for six years.