As an accredited coach with the International Authority for Professional Coaching and Mentors (IAPC&M), I was recently invited to take part in a round table discussion to discuss the important matter of accreditation and why my accreditation with the IAPC&M is important to me, my business and my clients. Given the absence of a regulatory body in the profession, this is a hot topic amongst coaches as it raises questions about whether coaching is always taking place to the highest standard in the industry.
Given my background as a solicitor, it took me a while to get used to the idea that any individual can practice as a coach without accountability. It was therefore an obvious step for me to become accredited with the IAPC&M to ensure that I was doing all I could to provide the best service for my clients. Being accredited gives my clients the assurance that I have the professional ability to provide the best service for them and provides me with a professional accountable framework in which I work to ensure I maintain these high standards in coaching. I have continual access to support, guidance and professional development and can continue to invest in developing my professional skills.
How is this relevant to me?
Individuals – When choosing the right coach for you, firstly ensure they are accredited. You want to be able to trust that they are investing time, money and energy in developing their professional ability and providing you with a good service.
Coaches – If you are considering training to be a coach, become accredited by an organisation which is striving to ensure coaching is to the highest standard in the industry.
To find out more, please have a listen to the discussion which can be found here or click on the link below. (You will hear my input at 11 minutes and 33 minutes!)
If you want to find out more, you could also have a read of the IAPC&M’s Guide to choosing your coach.