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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Tuesday, September 5, 2017
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  • The Dynamic Duo: Coaches and Everything DiSC® August 16, 2017 8:00am

    We all know what it’s like to have a coworker or boss you just can’t get through to. No matter what you do, nothing seems to work! Somewhere down the line, communication breaks down and working with them seems impossible. As a coach, your goal is to help people work through those “impossible” workplace situations. […]
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  • The Power of Community August 15, 2017 12:00pm

    When I decided to run for the board last year, many of my colleagues wondered why. Hadn’t I done my service as president of the ICF Board in 2000? Wouldn’t I be bothered with the current board structure, so different from the Wild West days of ICF? Would I be helping or getting in the […]
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  • Promoting Change Through a Lens of Personal History August 15, 2017 8:00am

    Part 3: Motivation & Self-Efficacy In the previous posts we explored the importance of creating trust with your client (in-group membership) and the roles schemas play in coaching. Now that the client feels safe and secure and has explored new schemas with a plan for action, it’s time to get off the sofa and act. […]
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  • Using Technology to Improve Your Coaching Practice August 14, 2017 8:00am

    As a coach and founder of a technology company, I frequently speak with coaches about how technology can help them run more effective and impactful coaching practices. Even in today’s high-tech world, many coaches still hesitate to introduce technology into their work with clients. In a lot of ways this makes sense—one of the foundational […]
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  • Finding Sustainability: How Understanding Trains Nerve Functioning August 11, 2017 12:00pm

    As a licensed professional counselor and board-certified dance/movement therapist, I find myself thinking about the shifting trends in the methods we professionals use for helping people live effective and fulfilling lives. Freud—the father of psychoanalysis—determined that understanding our experience helps us. However, as technology modernizes our world, we surrender our hope of understanding how things […]
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  • That Dress is Not for Cycling In August 11, 2017 8:00am

    “That dress is not designed for cycling in,” shouted an adult minding a little girl who had decided to have a go on a bicycle in the park. And her response, “I know,” as she confidently rode on, was just perfect. I chuckled to myself as I walked by, but what I saw certainly made […]
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