Our ICF Affiliation
At Envision we have chosen to become affiliated with and accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) for a number of reasons, most importantly because they have set the 'gold standard' in the coaching world.
With thousands of members worldwide and a strong emphasis on coaching standards and competencies, ICF continues to set down ethical guidelines and reinforce the standard practices of coaching as a distinct, self-regulating profession. ICF's core purpose is to "advance the art, science and practice of professional coaching" and it offers the only independent credentialing program recognized worldwide.
Why Become Certified as a Coach?
Being ICF Certified as a coach is becoming increasingly important.
According to the 2010 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study 84% of adult consumers who had experienced a coaching relationship reported that it was important for coaches to hold a credential.
Research also shows that the coach who possesses professional qualifications and/or membership of a professional organization and possibly communicates those to the client is significantly more likely to receive a positive appraisal from the client. 93% of consumers expressed satisfaction from the working with a credentialed coach compared to 29% of consumers who expressed satisfaction from the working with a non-credentialed coach.
Becoming a credentialed coach through ICF means that you can offer clients assurance that you’re meeting or exceeding specific professional requirements in your practice. Further, as a coach, credentialing ensures that you have professional standards to follow, raising the level of skill and service you provide.
Your path to becoming certified is going to be as unique as you are and we are here to help you find out what path is best for you.
The Coach Certification Process
Your Training is going to be at the foundation of your practice and is the first step on your path to certification. We will help you make sense of the options so that you can make the best choices to fit your needs.
The Performance Exam
Depending on what level of coach certification you want you will take either an ACC or PCC performance exam with us. This exam, if passed, allows you to apply for an ICF coach certification at that level.
Mentor Coaching is essential, not only for application to any ICF credential, but also for your ability to reach coaching mastery. Our Mentor Coaching Program is available to those who have at least 30 coach specific training hours.
The ICF Certification Paths
There are three pathways to ICF credentialing. We supply a breakdown of those pathways and demystify the process as best we can.
- % of adult consumers who feel it is important for coaches to hold a credential 80%
- % of consumers who expressed satisfaction from working with a credentialed coach 90%
- % of consumers who expressed satisfaction from working with a non-credentialed coach 30%
I am sending you each the most heartfelt thank you I can compose to acknowledge the incredible journey and transformation I have ever experienced from your wonderful guidance at the coach training... You brought your unique perspective, style and gifts to make the time rich with learning, growth, laughter and change... A truly wonderful gift and I thank each of you for it.