FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
The International Coach Federation is delighted to be part of the GCMA (Global Coaching and Mentoring Alliance), formed in November, 2012, to work alongside other global coaching & mentoring bodies, to provide a shared view of the practice of professional coaching.
Learn more about the Global Coaching Mentoring Alliance (GCMA) here.
Clients or potential clients
Here you can find the Core Competencies of a coach.
As indicated on the hompage "Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential."
A coach is not a consultant, nor a mentor, neither a counsellor. Even if some coaches also specialise in these disciplines. For more information about the main differences, check out “How is coaching distinct from other service professions?” on ICF Global website.
The results of investing in yourself can be literally mind-blowing. They will depend largely on how much time and energy you want to invest, how willing you are into changing for the better and the relationship with your coach.
Have a look at our Success story section!
You can also check out the "Benefits of Using a Coach" on the global website.
Talking with more than one coach is a good starting point. We suggest that you select different coaches in your area of interest and you have separate interview with all of them. The more you feel personally and professionally in line with your coach, the more positive impact this can have on the results. Also, consider that a relationship with a coach is built on trust, mutual respect and transparency. So don’t be afraid of asking questions and inform your coach about what does/doesn’t work for you.
Becoming a coach
After having completed an Accredited Coaching Training Program (ACTP) or followed the porfolio path, sent the log of your coaching hours to ICF and passed the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA), you will receive your Credentialed Coach Accreditation.
For more details you can have a look at our Training and Certification section.
ICF does not provide coach-specific training and as the accrediting body, we cannot recommend any specific training programs. However, some training organisations are affiliated with the ICF and offer accredited Coach Training Programs.
Our main recommendation is to take enough time to evaluate training organisations and assess the costs in relation with your budget and target. That is considered as a part of your development towards becoming a professional coach.
The offer in terms of coaching training is wide. We suggest you to list some elements that are really important for you first. Your final choice will depend also on your general project about coaching, if you prefer to have a corporate orientation or a life coach one, what kind of clients you would like to coach, your own values and so on. We suggest you to have some interviews with different accredited program directors to choose the one that is more aligned with your values and goals.
The online training will happen mainly online, via teleclasses and, depending on the school program, it will also include some lessons in-presence. The in-person training will be mainly delivered in a group settings, most often in blocks of 2-3 days during the week-end. Since the training is intense and it can be emotionally tiring, it’s good to consider at least one day of break before getting back to work.
It depends on your projects and what led you into becoming a certified coach. You can consider the certification as the beginning of your path. After that, it’s time to gather more experience and potentially focus on one specific area. What are the domains you are interested in? In which area do you want to become an expert? Do you see yourself as an internal coach or do you plan to start your own business as a coach?
Some schools can put you in touch with alumni who will most probably convince you that the program they chose is the best one (they only know this one and are hopefully very satisfied with it!). If you want to spontaneously get in touch with former students, you can post a message in our LinkedIn group or Facebook page.
Becoming a member/getting credentialed
ICF Switzerland’s Team & volunteering
The ICF Switzerland team is composed of Board Members, Local Chapter Leaders & their team and Ambassadors WHO ARE ALL VOLUNTEERS! You can expect passion, hard work and commitment to the flourishment of the organisation - you are also most welcome to join the team for a punctual or a regular participation! Just get in touch with your Chapter Leader or a Board Member to talk about your contribution.
For coaching training directors & sponsors
You can also find the Global ICF's FAQs here.