International Coach Federation

Leading global, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession.

International Coach Federation

Founded in 1995, the ICF is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. Based in Lexington, Ky. (USA), the ICF also operates Regional Service Centres in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Latin America.

With more than 21,000 professional personal and business coaches representing more than 100 countries, the ICF is the voice of the global coaching profession.

The ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

Our core purpose is to advance the art, science and practice of professional coaching. The ICF exists to build, support and preserve the integrity of the coaching profession through programs and standards supported by our members.


  • 2016 ICF Global Coaching Study

    The coaching profession grows and evolves daily, creating new opportunities for professional coaches and new challenges to overcome. The 2016 Global Coaching Study, based on a 2015 survey commissioned by ICF and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, uses information and insights from more than 15,000 professional coach practitioners and managers and leaders who use coaching skills to provide an up-to-date picture of coaching today.

    The 2016 ICF Global Coaching Study was designed to engage with as many coach practitioenrs as possible to provide an up-to-date picture of the coaching profession and empower coaches to embrace the opportunities and meet the challenges ahead. The study was also designed to recognize the growth of coaching cultures within businesses and organizations. For this reason, it was widened to include managers and leaders who use coaching skills within their organizations.

    Study results are based on the outcomes of an online questionnaire launched...
    More Information » coachfederation.org/2016study

  • 2016 Building a Coaching Culture with Managers and Leaders

    In 2016, ICF and HCI once again partnered to investigate the prevalence and outcomes of strong organizational coaching cultures.

    The resulting piece of signature research explores the role that managers and leaders using coaching skills play in building strong organizational coaching cultures.

    More Information » coachfederation.org/about/landing.cfm?ItemNumber=3...

  • 2015 Building a Coaching Culture for Increased Employee Engagement

    Building a Coaching Culture for Increased EmployeeBuilding a Coaching Culture for Increased Employee Engagement explores the relationship between strong organizational coaching cultures and increased employee engagement.

    The 20 question survey, geared toward human resources, talent management, and learning and development professionals, was administered to 340 respondents from organizations of various sizes across diverse industrial sectors.

    More Information » coachfederation.org/about/landing.cfm?ItemNumber=3...

  • 2014 Building a Coaching Culture Final Report

    A growing number of organizations recognize the value in building a coaching culture that offers employees at all levels the opportunity to grow their skills, enhance their value and reach their professional goals. Still, questions remain: What does a successful coaching culture look like? What's more, how can organizations design a coaching culture that is impactful, sustainable and aligned with strategic goals? Building a Coaching Culture explores these questions by investigating the components of a successful coaching culture and the state of organizational coaching today.

    Building a Coaching CultureBuilding a Coaching Culture is a signature piece of research conducted in partnership between ICF and the Human Capital Institute (HCI) in order to examine the ways in which companies and leaders establish and support a coaching culture and to further identify the motivation, application and outcomes of coaching practices today.

    The survey, geared to...
    More Information » coachfederation.org/about/landing.cfm?ItemNumber=3...

  • 2014 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study

    How aware of professional coaching is the general public? What do people think of coaching? What drives consumers to seek out a coach? The 2014 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study tapped into the minds of individuals from around the world for answers to those questions.

    The 2014 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study helps you better understand the minds and motivations of consumers. A follow-up to the 2010 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study, the objectives of this study are to ascertain the awareness of the coaching profession and to gain insight both from those who are aware of the coaching profession and/or the ICF and those who are not. The survey also provides insight into clients’ reasons for engaging in a coaching partnership, the perceived value of certification and credentials for coaches, and overall client satisfaction with and feelings about the coaching experience. Available in 16 languages, the survey was administered to 18,810 individuals representing 25 co...
    More Information » coachfederation.org/about/landing.cfm?ItemNumber=3...

  • 2013 ICF Organizational Coaching Study

    ICF contracted the services of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP International Survey Unit (ISU) to undertake a Global Organizational Coaching Study designed to gather reliable, in-depth information from people within organizations who make decisions about coaching. The objectives of this important study were:

    • To find out how coaching fits into organizational structures;
    • To find out why the firm initiated coaching and discover if there are now specific criteria that trigger the use of coaching;
    • To find out how coaching is defined within the organization and how the roles are defined;
    • To find out the perceived pros and cons of different types of coaches;
    • To ascertain the level of training, qualification and/or accreditation that organizations require of their internal coaches;
    • To discuss the criteria that organizations use to identify the most suitable coaches;
    • To ascertain how coaching decision-makers go about finding the m...
      More Information » coachfederation.org/about/landing.cfm?ItemNumber=8...

  • 2012 ICF Global Coaching Study

    Being at the forefront of coaching industry research, the International Coach Federation (ICF) has completed one of the most ambitious pieces of global research ever conducted–the 2012 ICF Global Coaching Study. This remarkable study not only provides a status report of the growing coaching profession, but also identifies various challenges and opportunities facing the coaching profession globally. See more information at Coachfederation.org/coachingstudy2012

    More Information » www.coachfederation.org/coachingstudy2012


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Wednesday, September 5, 2018
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Transforming Workplace Culture With Coaching and Heart (Association for Talent Development) Glenn St. Onge
Reza Rahmani
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  • How to Help Businesses Become Exponential Organizations July 19, 2018 4:00am

    Gone are the days of a do-it-yourself mentality in the business world. Now, the world’s most successful companies rely on a network of partners and technological advances to lower their costs while driving growth. These are known as exponential organizations. Your client could do well with such a structure—whether they know it or not—and it’s ...read more. The post How to Help Businesses Become Exponential Organizations appeared first on International Coach Federation.
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  • Coaching and Golf July 17, 2018 4:00am

    The last two weeks of June were very memorable for me. My daughter graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and I also took the opportunity to play two rounds of golf at the world famous Old Course. Bucket list checked. The Old Course is a links course. A links course is built ...read more. The post Coaching and Golf appeared first on International Coach Federation.
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  • How to Set Up a Home Office July 16, 2018 4:00am

    If you are just starting your coaching business, you may find yourself setting up an office within your home. The following considerations can help you set up a space that will work well for you and your clients. Make a List of Needs for Your Office What do you need to be successful as a ...read more. The post How to Set Up a Home Office appeared first on International Coach Federation.
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  • Executive Charisma: Is It Coachable? July 13, 2018 4:00am

    Charismatic leaders are articulate and visionary. They use metaphor and anecdotes for highly impactful storytelling. They share powerful, funny stories to engage their audience. And they certainly do not shy away from sharing personal stories, knowing that this will help them establish an emotional connection with their followers. Emotional Intelligence Charismatic leaders are emotionally intelligent. ...read more. The post Executive Charisma: Is It Coachable? appeared first on International Coa...
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  • When the Client is Thinking of Suicide July 11, 2018 4:00am

    John was working with his client Alice to formulate an action plan. “I’m just not in the mood to do any long-term planning right now,” Alice said. John picked up on the signal: “Have you been having thoughts of suicide?” “Yes.” Mary was rehearsing for an interview. Her coach, Tom, noted her mounting frustration about ...read more. The post When the Client is Thinking of Suicide appeared first on International Coach Federation.
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  • New ICF Resource Helps Coaches Understand When and How to Refer Clients to Therapy July 10, 2018 4:00am

    International Coach Federation white paper provides guidelines for professional coach practitioners. Lexington, Kentucky, USA—The International Coach Federation (ICF) has released a pair of resources to guide professional coaches through the process of referring a client to psychotherapy. Referring a Client to Therapy: A Set of Guidelines is a white paper by ICF Senior Research Analyst ...read more. The post New ICF Resource Helps Coaches Understand When and How to Refer Clients to Therapy app...
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