Remember our mission:

Our mission is to increase public confidence and raise industry standards by enforcing a vigorous and comprehensive accreditation process that ensures the quality of professional coaches and mentors, training providers and corporate in-house teams.

Our approach to accreditation:

Anyone who is awarded accreditation with the IAPC&M can be confident that they have demonstrated, through a vigorous and comprehensive process that they are indeed an industry professional. Our mission is to protect everyone from non-accredited practitioners and training providers.  Additionally, we only award accreditation to those who meet our exacting quality standards. This ensures that anyone who approaches a coach, mentor or training provider who has achieved their IAPC&M accredited status, can have complete confidence in their capability and professionalism to deliver what has been agreed.

Assessing capability not competency:

One of the most important aspects for accreditation is to answer a simple, yet vital, question; can you deliver what you say you can deliver? In essence, are you a professional and capable coach, mentor or training provider?

To ensure that all our accredited coaches, mentors and training providers can deliver their advertised services, to the highest possible standards as expected by clients, we have adopted a capability approach to accreditation. This is different from the customary competency method and provides a much more comprehensive and holistic approach to assessing capability and determining success factors.

Our capability assessment model:

Our capability assessment model is adapted from the ‘Oxford Brookes model for assessment of coaching capabilities’ and used with their permission and guidance. This approach is a more effective method of accrediting what is often a complex system.

The inner-four circles represent the core of the capability assessment process. They are inter-connected as they rely on one-another for sustained development and growth as a coach, mentor or training provider. Each one is important to the other, though greater weight is given to skills and behaviours in the assessment process.

By focusing on these areas, we provide a much more expansive assessment process to enable you to demonstrate your true capability.

Uniqueness not sameness:

What differentiates you from a non-accredited coach, mentor or training provider is not just being accredited, though that is a critical component. It is about being capable and being able to sustain and grow your level of capability.

Our capability assessment model recognises that you are unique. It enables you to comprehensively demonstrate your ability through a tried and tested model that evaluates meaning and explores your tacit knowledge as well as how you apply this in action.

Our model recognises you, all the internal factors that you bring, and how you apply these within recognised complex situations. There is also an appreciation of diversity and discovery of how you see yourself and your ongoing development.

Simply put, this is a much more effective method of demonstrating what you are capable of. Your clients deserve the very highest level of capability from you. This is how you demonstrate it, by becoming IAPC&M accredited.

The capability assessment process:

Everyone who applies for accreditation will be assessed on several criteria. This is designed to ensure consistency of standards.  Criteria vary depending upon whether you have been trained through one of our accredited training providers or not, and according to which level of accreditation you are applying for.

In all cases, the accreditation process falls into three areas:

  1. Qualifying criteria – what you need to have to apply for accreditation
  2. Evidence collection – what you need to provide to show underlying capability
  3. Assessment – what you need to do to demonstrate capability

Through a capability-based interview, live assessments, personal reflections and validation of evidence, our model effectively appraises your capability, for whichever level of accreditation you have applied for.

It is this effective approach at determining your level of professional capability that makes this process such a meaningful industry benchmark. It is also much more important to the clients that you work with because it gives them confidence that they are in safe and capable hands.

Full support:

We recognise that any accreditation process can be daunting for even the most seasoned of professionals. However, our accreditation team have already been through the process, so they are best placed to provide you the necessary guidance and support. Because they know what it is like they have also created a series of short videos to help you.

Many practitioners have said that the process provided them a great opportunity to test themselves.  The experience also enabled them to demonstrate their professionalism as well generate significant experiential learning.

“The entire process of accreditation has been extraordinarily valuable to me, as it validates the efforts I made so far, and motivates me to continue learning and improving.

I took your comments in the skills assessment very seriously, and vow to follow your expert advice, as well as study avidly the articles attached.

Again, I am very grateful to you and your staff for welcoming me into such a prestigious entity, and as I hope to evolve further in the field of coaching, I will always pay credit to the trust you bestowed upon me when you first granted me the title of Accredited Master Coach.”

My best always,

Veronique Balsa Koken

Accredited Master Coach, Australasia

To find out more about how to achieve your accreditation status and be recongised as the best in the profession, contact us

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