There are Two Routes to Achieve Your Professional Accreditation:
1. Accredited Training Provider Course Route (ATPCR)
This route is open to coaches and mentors who have attended and successfully completed a course with one of our accredited training providers. A list of our accredited training providers can be found here.
2. Portfolio Route
This route is all-inclusive for coaches and mentors who have not successfully completed an IAPC&M accredited course.
Accreditation is valid for three years provided your annual renewal fee is maintained. Every three years all our accredited coaches and mentors and training providers complete our verification process to ensure that they continue to uphold the standards required by the IAPC&M.
Very Important Pensioners (VIP)
In recognition of the great service provided by those who have aged in years as well as wisdom, pensioners are invited to contact us for a 50% reduced invoice. If you are a VIP or are unsure which route is for you please contact us.
Combination Coach/Mentor Accreditation
If you offer both coaching and mentoring support and wish to apply for a combination accreditation, which will be discounted, please contact us.
Accreditation Levels for Coaches
The level you can apply for will depend upon a number of factors. These are shown in the criteria below:
Accredited Practitioner Coach
|60 hrs specific training + 60 hrs of actual experience|
Accredited Master Coach
|180 hrs specific training + 1500 hrs of actual experience|
Accredited Senior Coach
|120 hrs specific training + 750 hrs of actual experience|
Accredited Fellow Coach
|240 hrs specific training + 2500 hrs of actual experience|
IAPC&M Capability Assessment Model
The Accreditation Process – Coach
Our capability assessment model is adapted from the ‘Oxford Brookes model for assessment of coaching capabilities’ and used with their permission and guidance.
1. Underpinning Knowledge & Understanding
i. Models, methodologies, and theories which underpin your practice
ii. Alignment of models and theories to practice
2. Skills & Behaviours
i. Effective use of skills in an ethical and professional manner
ii. Responsiveness to the client
3. Reflective Practice
i. Critical self-reflection
ii. Awareness of issues and dilemmas within relationships
4. Developing Capability
i. Ongoing professional learning and development
ii. Effective use of supervision, coaching and/or mentoring
By focusing on these areas, we provide a much more expansive assessment process to enable you to demonstrate your true capability.
Uniqueness not sameness
Our accreditation 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.
The Accreditation Process
Everyone who applies for accreditation will be assessed on several criteria, designed to ensure consistency of standards. Criteria vary depending upon whether you have trained through one of our accredited training providers and according to which level of accreditation you are applying for.
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 – demonstrate your 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.
1. Capability Interview
i. For all levels from Senior and Practitioner via portfolio route
ii. Addresses criterion 1, 3 and 4
2. Capability Skills Assessment
i. A live session (not role play) for all levels
ii. Addresses criteria 2, Skills & Behaviours
Capability Assessment Areas
(Adapted from the ‘Oxford Brookes model for assessment of coaching capabilities’ and used with permission and guidance. Original source material: Coach Validation Observed Coaching Session.)
1. Establish the agreement:
Clearly established the parameters for the session and reaches agreement on scope with client.
2. Establishing trust and relationship with the client:
The ability to create a safe and supportive relationship based on mutual respect.
3. Use of Self:
The ability to be present in the moment and engaged with the client.
4. Active Listening:
The ability to focus on the client with complete attention and to notice and respond to the nuances of coaching themes.
5. Powerful Questioning:
The ability to ask questions that reveal the information needed for maximum benefit to the coaching relationship and the client.
6. Direct Communication:
The ability to communicate effectively by using appropriate and clear language that the client can understand, making use of the information and feedback provided.
7. Creating Awareness through Feedback and Challenge:
The ability to reflect a perspective beyond the words expressed by the client that enables the client to become aware of a wider perspective.
8. Considering Options:
The ability to support the client in exploring options that will maximise opportunities for on- going learning and progress on the desired outcome.
9. Action Planning:
The ability to create an effective coaching plan with the client
10. Managing Progress and Accountability:
The ability to hold attention on what is important for the client, and to leave responsibility with the client to act.
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.