Founded in 1995, the International Federation of Coaching (ICF) is a global leading organization committed to improving the coaching profession, setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of renowned coaches. Headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, ICF is also managed by Regional Service Centers in Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America.
With over 19,000 members of professional, individual and corporate coaches representing over 100 countries, the International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the voice of the coaching profession globally.
ICF coaching is defined as a collaborative, thought-provoking and creative process that inspires customers to maximize their individual and professional potential.
The main purpose of the International Coaching Federation is to promote the art, science and practice of professional coaching. ICF has been formed to support, maintain and maintain the integrity of the coaching profession by setting up programs and standards through the support of our members.
ICF maintains the high visibility of the coaching profession through public relations, advertising campaigns, marketing strategies, and the independent and non-profit Coach Referral Service (CRS), which makes it easier for people to find the right coach for their needs.
ICF develops and implements programs to assist the professional development of its members. In addition to the Annual Conference, which creates professional development opportunities, ICF also provides growth opportunities through its regional branches around the world. Through its website, Online Community and advertising, it is possible to receive ongoing support from ICF.
The ICF has established and encouraged the Code of Professional Ethics across the industry. In order to maintain the integrity of coaching, ICF has established the first internationally accredited international accreditation process with standard titles to help consumers choose professional coaches.
Part One: Definitions
Coaching: Coaching is to partner with customers in a thought-provoking and creative process in order to maximize their personal and professional potential.
ICF Coach: The ICF Coach agrees to apply the ICF Professional Core Competencies and vows to abide by the obligation to comply with the ICF Code of Ethics.
Professional Coaching Relationship: Coaching relationship exists when the coaching process includes an agreement (including contract) that specifies the responsibilities of the parties.
Roles in the Coaching Relationship: When clarifying the roles in the coaching relationship, it is necessary to specify the distinction between the customer and the sponsor. Mostly the customer and the sponsor are the same people and in this case they are called customers. In the case of a distinction, ICF defines these roles as follows:
Customer: Customer / Coaching The person receiving the coaching service.
Sponsor: The organization and its representatives who make the payment and / or organize the provision of the coaching service.
Student: A person who is enrolled in a coaching training program or who works with a mentor coach or coach supervisor to learn, improve or coaching the coaching process.
Conflict of Interest: A situation in which a coach and a professional have sufficient personal or personal interests that appear to affect the objective performance of the coach.
Part Two: ICF Standards of Ethics