International Coaching Federation

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International Coaching Federation
HeadquartersLexington, Kentucky
Thomas J. Leonard[1]
Magdalena Nowicka Mook

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to professional coaching.[2] As of July 2020, ICF has approximately 41,500 members in 147 countries and territories.[3] Founded in 1995,[1] ICF campaigns worldwide for professional standards within the coaching profession, and provides independent certification for professional coaches (through the ICF Credential) and coach training programs (through ICF Training Program Accreditation).[4][5][6] ICF has been called "the main accrediting and credentialing body for both training programs and coaches".[2]

ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

As of July 2020, there are 30,079 coaches in 130 countries and territories who hold one of three ICF Credentials: 16,898 Associate Certified Coaches (ACC); 11,946 Professional Certified Coaches (PCC); and 1,235 Master Certified Coaches (MCC).[3]

In 2011, the ICF and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) led in the lodging with the European Union a charter which lays out how the coaching and mentoring profession across Europe can remain a self-regulated profession.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ a b "History – About – ICF". Retrieved 18 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Tugend, Alina (7 March 2015). "Before starting as a coach, it helps to go into training". The New York Times. p. B4.
  3. ^ a b "ICF July 2020 Fact Sheet" (PDF). Retrieved 28 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Brennan, Diane; Whybrow, Allison (2016) [2006]. "Coach accreditation". In Passmore, Jonathan (ed.). Excellence in coaching: the industry guide (3rd ed.). London; Philadelphia: Kogan Page. pp. 287–312. ISBN 9780749474461. OCLC 927192333. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Grant, Anthony M.; Cavanagh, Michael J. (2011). "Coaching and positive psychology: Credentialing, professional status, and professional bodies". In Sheldon, Kennon M.; Kashdan, Todd B.; Steger, Michael F. (eds.). Designing positive psychology: taking stock and moving forward. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 295–312. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373585.003.0019. ISBN 9780195373585. OCLC 610144651.
  6. ^ Gavin, James; Mcbrearty, Madeleine (2013) [2005]. "Meeting ethical guidelines and establishing the coaching agreement". Lifestyle wellness coaching (2nd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. pp. 74–75. ISBN 9781450414845. OCLC 796355109. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and International Coach Federation (ICF) and others, Professional Charter for Coaching and Mentoring, June 2011". Retrieved 18 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Digital Single Market: Professional Charter for Coaching and Mentoring". Retrieved 18 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Professional Charter for Coaching and Mentoring – About – ICF". Retrieved 18 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)