The ICF is collaborating with other professional coaching bodies in support of professional coaching. If you are working with coaches from different professional bodies, or seeking a common approach to explain coaching to clients, a useful reference point is the Professional Charter for Coaching and Mentoring. This was signed by ICF, Association for Coaching (AC) and European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and lodged with the EU in 2011. It is intended as a benchmark for standards for professional coaching. It also summaries the common definitions, standards and ethics adhered to by the signatory bodies.
The ICF is also delighted to be part of the Global Coaching and Mentoring Alliance (GCMA) formed in November, 2012, to professionalise the industry in the field of coaching and mentoring and express a shared view of the practice of professional coaching.
At a national level, the UK ICF is further working closely with other UK professional coaching bodies. We have held joint professional development events with AC and EMCC. Also, we have published a summary of the professional development path for coaches. This includes a comparison of the different bodies credentialing/accreditation criteria and also head line common coaching competencies: The Development Path and All Tables.
UK ICF are also a member of the Coaching Bodies Round Table (CBRT) and also the Future of Coaching Forum, hosted by Coaching at Work magazine and attended by organisational purchasers of coaching, which work to bring clarity to the coaching market.