Friday, May 20, 2011
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2011 by International Coach Federation
Based upon the Credentialing and Program Accreditation Committee (CPAC) research, the following points are important and were considered in developing this policy change:
- Engaging with a qualified mentor coach for the purpose of core coaching competency, skill and behavior development is recognized globally as an effective professional development activity;
- The absence of a definition for "qualified" mentor coach has created inconsistency in the experience of being mentored everywhere in the world;
- The brevity of the current definition does not provide guidance for a person to select a suitable mentor coach for professional development and/ or preparation for a credential exam;
- That an ICF Credential is evidence of being a "qualified" mentor is valuable, it is not sufficient;
- Outside of North America, no credential is required to be a "qualified" mentor coach;
- Membership growth is higher outside of North America, e.g. during the first two quarters of 2011 the ratio is 39 percent North American to 61 percent in all other countries; and
- The creation of specific competencies (skills and behaviors) of a qualified mentor coach is recommended along with a training requirement and an assessment process to demonstrate qualification.
- Improve access to higher quality mentor coaching outside of North America;
- Create a clear, simple policy that is easy to understand everywhere in the world;
- Provide guidance for an individual to select a qualified mentor coach that supports their professional development based upon their known needs and learning preferences; and
- Establish a basis from which to develop Phases 2 and 3 without perpetuating known inconsistencies around the globe.
The committee is now working on Phase 2, to develop mentor coach competencies and will then proceed to Phase 3, to develop training and assessment processes and provide a globally consistent policy.
ICF is in the process of having the improved ICF definition of Mentor Coach policy translated into Spanish, French, German and Portuguese, which will be posted on Coachfederation.org as soon as it is available. In June, ICF will begin distributing a quarterly Credentialing Newsletter to provide continual updates on the work and accomplishments of the various CPAC Workgroups.
Janet M. Harvey, MCC
Global ICF President-Elect