A round up of the latest news and events to happen in the coaching and mentoring community. You can search the Coaching at Work archives by using the search box on the left.

What you’re saying online

We’re building a solid international presence online on various social media platforms – here’s a taster of what’s being said and thought. Should coaching be regulated? More than three quarters (78%) of respondents to one of our recent online polls voted for coaching to be regulated in the UK either by the government or by […]

Bodies work on credentials

Coach accreditation continues to be in the news in the UK with the Association for Coaching (AC) launching its revamped accreditation scheme later this month and the International Coach Federation (ICF)announcing it will keep its existing three-tier credentialing scheme in place at least until January 2012.

Meanwhile, at the end of last year, the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) launched its four-tier individual accreditation scheme. While many have welcomed the moves by the EMCC, AC and ICF; others find the choice of schemes confusing.

ICF Global’s 2010 president Giovanna D’Alessio, said the board decision does not mean the existing system will disappear, but “that anyone planning to apply for one of the existing credentials can rely on the stability of the existing three-tier system through that time”.

The AC said it was prompted to change its offering after gathering feedback from a number of quarters, including coaches, buyers of coaching and academic practitioners.

A gap in the market

Declan Woods, who is leading the AC’s work on this, said: “There was a gap in the current market not being met by existing accreditation schemes which focus on coaching competencies but not the broader context in which coaching is taking place.

“Organisations are also looking for more help in differentiating between the different levels of coaching. A good life coach, for example, might not be deemed credible in organisations,” said Woods, director of Penna’s board and executive service.

“If I say all my coaching is with executives I should be able to show evidence such as case studies around specific challenges such as multiple sets of stakeholders. “When corporates select coaches, for example, they were adding in elements that weren’t picked up by professional bodies.”

The AC is looking at “innovative ways to assess”, including live demonstrations. Woods said another reason for the change to the scheme is that coaching is moving from an industry to a profession. “People are making an active choice to become accredited coaches… We’re trying to offer a career path to coaches, introducing different levels so people can progress and develop recognition of where they are.”

The AC is keen to continue to be inclusive of its current members, while promoting and raising quality. “Raising the bar is one of my drivers. We want to make accreditation as rigorous and robust as possible, to fit with our ethos of excellence,” he said.

The AC will now be offering a twin approach: executive accreditation for organisations and a generic one. Woods said some approaches are too academic. “A big element will be about fitness to practise. Other approaches have been about snapshots in time, a stop-start approach, which is not encouraging to coaches. So it’s not just about assessment but development, holding people’s hands and giving them the support they need to put together a portfolio of accreditation.”

The AC will launch the scheme at its Going Global conference (11-12 March). Meanwhile, at a strategy meeting on 21-23 January, the ICF’s board agreed the credentialing programme had a threefold purpose: to protect and serve consumers of coaching services; to measure and certify competence of individuals and to inspire pursuit of continuous development.

It charged its Credentialing and Program Accreditation Committee with creating taskforces to look at topics including whether:

  • to retain three-tier credentialing
  • to consider hours of training and if so, how many
  • it should accept training from non-approved providers
  • to require a written and oral exam for all levels of credentials
  • oral exams should be by the ICF or approved test providers
  • assessors should be compensated.

Volume 5, Issue 2

France mentors women at the top

A French cross-company mentoring programme modelled on the UK’s FTSE 100 Cross-Company Mentoring Programme is gathering momentum, fuelled by new government legislation. In January, President Sarkozy announced that French listed companies will be subject to quotas unless they increase the representation (currently 8 per cent) of women on conseils d’administration (boards). The programme, Board- Women […]

No more taboo on trust

By Liz Hall We need to remove the taboo about talking about trust – the helping professions have a role to play in ensuring this happens. This was one of the messages from Donald L Ferrin, associate professor at Singapore Management University, in his keynote address to the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology […]

Engage managers to boost sustainable performance, urges CIPD

by Liz Hall Middle and line managers need to be engaged and empowered to motivate staff and encourage innovation if organisations are to be truly sustainable. This is one of the interim findings of the Chartered Institute for Personnel Development’s (CIPD) three year Shaping the Future programme, which has focused on bringing meaning to the […]

BPS honours David Lane with award for outstanding contributions

By Liz Hall The British Psychological Society (BPS) has honoured David Lane and Graham Turpin with a joint award for their outstanding contributions to professional psychology. Lane was jointly given the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology 2009 in recognition of his commitment to the professional development of psychologists and workers in many other […]

Executive coaching spend holds up

 By Liz Hall Spending on executive coaching is still on the up, suggests a report. Seventy seven per cent of respondents said they expected coaching spend to have risen or remained the same in 2009 (38% and 39% respectively), according to the third annual Ridler Report on executive coaching trends. However the percentage of respondents […]

2009: your year in coaching

By Liz Hall Last year could go down as the year coaching started to grow up. Certainly many of you consider its survival as a main achievement of 2009 – and rightly so. Yet it was also the year coaches showed just how resourceful, creative, accepting of facts, collaborative and outward-looking they can be (see […]

ICF in fight over credentialing changes

The International Coach Federation (ICF) is expected to make a decision this month (January) over its credentialing framework. As Coaching at Work went to press, more than 750 coaches from across the globe had signed a petition against the ICF’s proposal to replace its three-tiered credentialing with a single International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) credential. […]

AoEC joins space crew on mission to test sociomapping

The Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), several UK central and local government organisations and a space crew simulating a mission to Mars are among those exploring team dynamics using Team Sociomapping. At the Division of Occupational Psychology conference on 13 January in Brighton, Tomas Srb from QED Group will present the results of the pilot […]