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The ICF is the leading global organization for coaches in the world, with 35,000 members in 70 countries.

The fundamental values of the ICF are: integrity, excellence, collaboration, and respect.

By signing the code of ethics, all members commit to respecting ICF’s ethical rules and obligations towards clients and colleagues, as well as towards the general public.

5 Key Commitments of an ICF Member:

  • I coach in a professional manner, in service of the client’s goals.

  • I will avoid coaching in conflict of interest situations.

  • I will be transparent about what coaching is (and isn’t: therapy, counselling…)

  • I commit to the confidentiality of all exchanges with clients.

  • I recognize the obligation to continuously develop my professional skills



An ICF certified coach has specific training in coaching, is committed to the ICF Code of Ethics and is part of a professional certification process.


Requirements for Becoming an Associate Certified Coach (ACC):

  • Complete a minimum of 60 hours of training

  • Complete a minimum of 100 hours of coaching

  • Complete 10 hours of supervised coaching

  • Create an audio recording of one session with a transcript to submit for evaluation of the 11 competencies of coaching by an ACC certified coach

  • Pass the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) test that evaluates the coach’s skills

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.

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