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BECOME A COACH

Explore what it takes to become a coach and get started on your journey. Get informed. Find Education. Join ICF. Earn a Credential. Change the World.

GET INFORMED

Explore the journey to becoming a qualified professional coach and developing the skills and competencies to transform the lives of your clients. Read more on the ICF Global Become a Coach site here https://becomea.coach/get-informed/

FIND COACHING EDUCATION

Building upon your skillset is an integral part of your coaching journey. Read more on the ICF Global Become a Coach site here https://becomea.coach/find-coaching-education/

JOIN ICF

Join the world’s largest organization of professionally trained coaches. Read more about Joining ICF here https://becomea.coach/join-icf/

EARN CREDENTIAL

Achieving an ICF Credential is a necessity in a growing industry. Learn more on the ICF Global Become a Coach site here https://becomea.coach/earn-a-credential/

GET INVOLVED

There’s so much more to ICF. We’re passionate about making sure our coaches and the institutions that train them are well equipped to do their jobs. But beyond that, we support, encourage and invest in the larger coaching industry. Learn more on the ICF Global Become a Coach site here https://becomea.coach/get-involved/

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All ICF Level 2 Accreditation

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FAQS

ICF Members receive a multitude of benefits, starting with access to educational research, networking opportunities, and globally recognized credentialing and accreditation services. All of ICF’s endeavors are focused on coaching — from informing the public on how coaching works to conducting industry research. ICF builds, supports, and preserves the integrity of the coaching profession through standards and programs. Membership is not only an investment into a coach’s future, but also an investment into the future of coaching.

Yes! The ICF Global Coaching Client Study shows most clients reported improved work performance, better business management, more efficient time management, increased team effectiveness, and more growth and opportunities. The same study found that coaching clients noted greater self-confidence, enhanced relationships, more effective communications skills, better work-and-life balance and an improvement in wellness. Nearly 70 percent of individuals indicated they had at least made back their initial investment. The median suggests that a client who achieved financial benefit from coaching can typically expect a ROI of more than three times the amount spent.

According to the same report, the vast majority of companies (86 percent) say they at least made their investment back. In fact, almost one-fifth (19 percent) saw a ROI of 50 times their investment, while another 28 percent saw a ROI of 10 to 49 times the investment. Nearly all companies or individuals who hire a coach are satisfied. According to the ICF Global Coaching Client Study, a stunning 99 percent of people who were polled said they were somewhat or very satisfied with the overall coaching experience. For more details, go to the ICF Research Portal ( https://researchportal.coachfederation.org/), as well as press releases about ICF’s return-on-investment research.

Yes! We believe that obtaining a credential/accreditation is an investment that demonstrates and distinguishes professional practice. It is similar to gaining a degree or a professional designation and differentiates a credentialed/accredited coach from anybody who may call themselves a coach. The value of such a designation therefore is quite significant.

The Coach:

  • Provides objective assessment and observations that foster the individual’s or team’s self-awareness and awareness of others
  • Listens closely to fully understand the individual’s or team’s circumstances
  • Acts as a sounding board in exploring possibilities and implementing thoughtful planning and decision making
  • Champions opportunities and potential, encouraging stretch and challenge commensurate with personal strengths and aspirations
  • Fosters shifts in thinking that reveal fresh perspectives
  • Challenges blind spots to illuminate new possibilities and support the creation of alternative scenarios
  • Maintains professional boundaries in the coaching relationship, including confidentiality, and adheres to the coaching profession’s code of ethics

 

 The Client:

  • Creates the coaching agenda based on personally meaningful coaching goals
  • Uses assessment and observations to enhance self-awareness and awareness of others
  • Envisions personal and/or organizational success
  • Assumes full responsibility for personal decisions and actions
  • Utilizes the coaching process to promote possibility thinking and fresh perspectives
  • Takes courageous action in alignment with personal goals and aspirations
  • Engages big-picture thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Takes the tools, concepts, models and principles provided by the coach and engages in effective forward actions

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