In order to meet the growing global need for the ICF Credential, the International Coach Federation (ICF) has begun to further refine their credentialing system. These enhancements will be fully compliant with the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) standards for bodies operating certification of persons.
The initiative will increase the ICF’s capacity to satisfy demand for its three credentials while streamlining processes to be more customer centric.By enhancing the system, the ICF will offer a credentialing program that will:
•Have global credibility and provide permanent value
•Be a cutting edge, competitive and robust system
•Operate using globally recognised standards for objectivity, validity, reliability and security.
Currently over 3,200 coaches hold an ICF Credential and a record number of applications were received in 2007. According to data from the 2006 ICF Global Coaching Study, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, more than half (52 percent) of all coaches indicate that their clients expect them to be credentialed.
“The ICF Board of Directors fully supports the enhancement of the ICF Credentialing Program so that it is fully compliant with ISO standards,” said Kay Cannon, MBA, Master Certified Coach, ICF Past President. “Making the necessary enhancements will assist the ICF in responding to the ever-growing demand for ICF Credentials while maintaining the integrity of the profession by continuing to have credentials with global credibility,” Cannon added.
The implications of this announcement for the coaching profession will be further explored at the UK ICF conference to be held in Bristol on June 19th. The event will feature keynote speakers, Sally Bonneywell, VP Organisational Development at Glaxo SmithKline and Elizabeth Crosse, Head of Learning Development at the Legal Services Commission. For further information visit www.icfevent.org.uk/19june08.htm
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International Coach Federation (ICF)
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