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The Coaching Profession

Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential according to the International Coach Federation (ICF).  Though coaching is informed by excellent consulting practices and theories of emotional, social, and spiritual development, it is neither therapy nor consulting.  Read more about how it differs from therapy, consulting, mentoring, training and athletic development.

The International Coach Federation is the coaching profession's largest and most-respected professional association. The ICF advances the coaching profession by setting high professional standards, providing independent certification, building a network of credentialed coaches, and by being an authoritative source on coaching information and research.

In 1998, when the profession was in its infancy, the ICF had fewer than 2,000 members; its membership now exceeds 20,000 coaches representing 92 countries and is growing by an average of 350 members every month. And as the profession grows in size, so does its stature.

In a corporate setting, coaching is an essential executive skill that is recognized as one of the fundamental competencies that top leaders need to manage effectively. It is also a critical tool for retaining the youngest generations of employees who do not always share the goals and values of their older colleagues.

Coaches establishing a private practice help clients recognize the barriers to their success and systematically surmount them. They support clients to envision a fulfilling life and to actually achieve it. Whether the specialty is parenting, health and fitness, time management, emotional intelligence, personal finance, or other developmental areas, a certified coach can make a big difference in someone's life. And in return, the coach receives financial compensation and enormous satisfaction. It's a rewarding collaboration for client and coach alike.

Feedback on the value of coaching…

"I would say that if your interest is to become a Coach and to have a powerful coaching experience, this is the best option you have. In addition to the high quality education you will have an experience that will inspire you to achieve a more resonant life."
Antonio F. Calaf , Director Quality & Sterility Assurance, Medical Device Manufacture