The International Coach Federation measures the Coach Training School against its code of ethics and eleven coaching competences – a global standard for professional coaching. Other countries and accrediting bodies have borrowed this approach; to date none match their standards of professionalism and coaching competencies. The International Coach Federation has four expectations of Accredited Coach Training Schools:
- The quality of delivery and coaching experience of the faculty
- The delivery of all eleven ICF competences through the training programmes
- The number of hours coaching experience achieved by the participants
- The fact that participants are observed in real coaching sessions and given feedback on their coaching as part of their professional coach development
At the time of writing anyone can call themselves a ‘coach’; we believe that for professional coaches their training and experience should at least match those of the ICF.