As the career coaching profession grows, so must the career coach. Career coaching organizations provide support, training, and resources for their members to ensure professional growth within the coaching industry and as a certified coaching professional. Coaching organization business profiles are provided below.
- International Coach Federation
- Coaches Training Institute
- Career Coach Academy
- Career Coach Institute
- Career Planning & Adult Development Network
- Career Thought Leaders Consortium
- Career Directors International
- Life Purpose Institute
- Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches
- Reach™ Communications
- World Coach Institute
The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the largest worldwide resource for business and personal coaches, and the source for those who are seeking a coach. The ICF is a nonprofit, individual membership organization formed by professionals worldwide who practice business and personal coaching. The ICF exists to Build, Support and Preserve the integrity of the coaching profession through programs and standards supported by the individual membership.
To Build … The ICF maintains a high visibility for the profession through public relations, publicity campaigns, marketing strategies and the Coach Referral Service (CRS). The CRS is an independent, non-profit ICF service which makes it easy for people to find the right coach for their needs.
To Support … The ICF develops and implements programs that assist in the professional development of its membership. In addition to the professional development opportunities of an annual conference, the ICF provides professional growth opportunities through its local, regional and virtual chapters throughout the world. Continual support is available through the ICF Web site and publications.
To Preserve … The ICF developed and promotes an industry-wide Code of Professional Standards. ICF also developed the first universally accepted Accreditation process which will preserve the integrity of coaching through standardized credentials that will assist consumers in choosing professional coaches.
ICF accredited coaching certification training programs meet or exceed the following requirements:
- Establish and administer minimum standards for credentialing professional coaches and coach training agencies.
- Assure the public that participating coaches and coach training agencies meet or exceed these minimum standards.
- Reinforce professional coaching as a distinct and self-regulating profession.
The ICF credential is awarded to professional coaches and coach training agencies who validate that they meet or exceed these minimum standards. Please visit CoachFederation or call (888) 423-3131 for more information.*
*All coaching certifications noted on our website are not accredited by the ICF. Those coaching certifications accredited by the ICF are clearly noted.
The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) has pioneered coach and leadership training internationally and authored the best selling Co-Active Coaching book. People choose CTI because of its rigorous in-person experiential training, including the skills to develop a successful coaching business.
CTI has trained 35,000+ Co-Active coaches worldwide and today trains more new coaches each year than any other training program. Join the community of students who have studied with us and who have been drawn to the power of the Co-Active Coaching model. More details about our organization and becoming a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) can be found at TheCoaches. More Info: (800) 691-6008.
Working with a Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC) means you’re working with a professional who understands both the mechanics and mindset necessary for successful career advancement. Career Coach Academy–accredited by International Coach Federation as an Approved Coach-Specific Training Hours program–trains coaches in a small group, interactive learning format with regular coaching feedback around various career coaching scenarios.
Coaches are trained in the Academy’s Master F.I.T.™ model, as well as in career assessments, career branding, networking, resume writing, employment interviewing, and career “futuring” to ensure you have the skills necessary to find career significance and security amidst a changing business landscape.
If you’re experiencing career pain, feeling stuck, or wanting to take your career to the next level, a Certified Career Management Coach knows how to help. Careers author Susan Britton-Whitcomb is the Founder and Director of Career Coach Academy. More Info: (888) 449-7474 or visit CareerCoachAcademy.
Career Coach Institute is the world’s most established provider of career coach training and certification. We provided state-of-the-art career coach training using a highly effective “blended learning” approach. That is, each student can tailor the program to his/her learning style – auditory, visual, or kinesthetic – drawing on books, workbooks, teleclasses, online resources in our Virtual Learning Community site, audio CD’s, practice coaching in real time, debriefs on key assessments, mentor coaching, and much more. We offer a variety of certifications in career coaching and related specialty.
The most popular is Certified Career Coach (CCC). And our program incorporates all 70 of the ICF Core Coaching Competencies. We also offer a Workforce Development Coach (WDC) certification program. Our students range from professionals in transition to career counselors wanting to learn coaching, recruiters, resume writers, executives, internal coaches, and more – and live throughout the world. CCI’s Founder and Director is Marcia Bench, noted professional speaker and author of the only textbook on career coaching, Career Coaching: An Insider’s Guide (Second Edition 2008, High Flight Press), and 20 other books.
The Career Planning & Adult Development Network is an international non-profit association of career practitioners who work with adults in job and career transition. The network publishes a bimonthly newsletter and a quarterly journal that is sent to all members. The Network was established in 1979 and is the first fee-standing professional association that has provided professional development services for career counselors, career coaches, outplacement consultants, university career placement staff, human resource specialists, job search trainers and resume writers.
For the past 18 years, the Network has trained and certified more than 5,000 Job & Career Transition Coaches and Job & Career Development coaches in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Australia and the Pacific Rim.
Graduates of our Job & Career Transition Coach certification workshops work in the following organizations: U.S. Army; U.S. Navy; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Marine Corps; U.S. Air Force; NASA; CIA; Secret Service; TSA; Veterans Affairs; State Department; Internal Revenue Service; Postal Service; and numerous colleges, universities, businesses and agencies.
Please visit CareerNetwork for more information or call Richard Knowdell, Executive Director at (408) 272-3085.
The Career Thought Leaders Consortium is a think tank of career industry leaders working collaboratively to support both our colleagues and job seekers worldwide by providing expert leadership and innovation throughout all phases of career development, job search, long-term career management, and career fulfillment. Our goals are straightforward:
- To create, innovate, and share best practices that work today
- To identify, forecast, and share trends that will work tomorrow
- To share articles, blogs, and other intellectual capital through our library postings
- To establish industry-wide standards for performance across all career-industry disciplines
- To collaborate with our peers on thought leader projects around the globe
As Career Thought Leaders, our greatest responsibility is to our clients, to ensure that they receive the very best-of-the-best in career planning, marketing, and management. The tools, materials, intellectual capital, and more that we are providing to our colleagues on this site are also wonderfully valuable resources for professionals worldwide – whether or not actively engaged in a job search. More Info: (434) 299-5600
Career Directors International (CDI) is a new and exciting professional association that has replaced the Professional Resume Writing & Research Association in order to meet the needs of our global membership of career professionals. CDI is committed to delivering industry innovation and unlimited potential for career professionals, and places top priority on introducing new member opportunities in education, connection and empowerment.
Our membership spans all career disciplines and includes resume writers, career coaches and counselors, job developers, recruiters, outplacement specialists, HR practitioners and other specialists from private practice, civil service, academia and military. More Info: (888) 867-7972 or (321) 752-0442.
The Life Purpose Institute is dedicated to helping people discover their life purpose and create a life they love. The Life Purpose Process was developed by Fern Gorin in 1984, and she began training coaches to facilitate the process in 1995. To date, the Life Purpose Process has been used to successfully support over 35,000 clients worldwide.
The Life Purpose Institute offers training in career and life coaching in small, intimate settings, so that each student receives personal attention and support. Two formats are available: a 17-week teleconference program and a 5-day intensive in San Diego.
Students learn and practice 18 coaching skills; learn a 7-Step Model for Clarity and Results, which can be applied to career exploration as well as other areas of the client’s life; learn how to support clients in exploring their life purpose; learn how to support clients in effective job hunting and starting a business; and receive support in developing a strategic, personalized marketing plan for their coaching business.
Upon completing the requirements, graduates of the program receive certifications as “Life Purpose and Career Coach” and “Certified Life Coach.” They are assigned the designation “CC” (Certified Coach) and earn hours toward ICF certification. More Info: (858) 484-3400.
Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches (PARW/CC), established in 1990, is the premier professional association dedicated to elevating the skills, credibility, visibility, and profitability of specialists in the fields of resume writing, career coaching, and career counseling.
The international membership includes “retail” resume professionals and career coaches, complete career centers, career counselors, university placement personnel, government (i.e., U.S. Departments of Labor & Military Base) career counselors, recruiters, and job and career transition coaches. More Info: (800) 822-7279.
Reach™ Communications – Our branding programs, and consulting services are design to enable you to use who you are to drive results for your career and your organization. Reach™ developed the first and leading personal branding assessment, 360°Reach™. It has been used by nearly a million career-minded professionals and consultants throughout the world. The Reach Branding Club (RBC) provides on-line personal branding through on-line e-learning and social networking environment. Our members include careerists, major corporations, career professionals and business owners. More Info: (212) 537–9120 or visit ReachPersonalBranding
World Coach Institute (WCI) – Proven Methodology. Unprecedented Results. A leading edge coach training school that was the first ever to offer niche course options, a business development program and a proven methodology that works every time. WCI offers extensive coach training options for both new coaches and continuing education for advanced coaches.
Our coaches are trained in application of the WCI Coaching Model through in-class coaching practicum led by expert coaches; ensuring coaches can handle absolutely anything clients bring to the coaching session with the utmost of confidence. More Info: (877) 633-5082 or visit World Coach Institute.
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