How to become a coach

Coach training

There are over 500 well-established coach training schools worldwide and there are many excellent UK training organisations, several in and/or close to York.  Universities also provide coach training.

Different organisations will provide training to different levels of qualification. Each will require its own level of commitment in terms of cost, time and work input.

Coaching York does not favour or recommend any one organisation, but we have a wealth of experience of different training and different organisations. Please feel free to contact us if you would like further information.

The recognised professional bodies plus organisations such as the Institute for Leadership and Management (ILM) also have information on training and accreditation levels, which we recommend you consider before deciding on coach training.

 Coaching Associations

There are three main coaching associations in the UK.  This page gives an overview and click on the links for more detail.  Each has a Code of Ethics or equivalent.  Coaching York requires you to observe and adhere to the relevant code for the organisation to which you choose to belong.

They offer a range of membership levels (and fees) depending on training and experience.

Association for Coaching  (AoC) – Formed 2002  

“The Association for Coaching® (AC) is a leading independent, and not-for-profit professional body dedicated to promoting best practice and raising the awareness and standards of coaching, worldwide. Our purpose is to inspire and champion coaching excellence, to advance the coaching profession, and make a sustainable difference to individuals, organizations, and in turn, society.”

European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) – Formed 2004  

“EMCC UK is part of the Europe-wide European Mentoring & Coaching Council, which exists to promote good practice and the expectation of good practice in mentoring and coaching across Europe.  EMCC is an independent, impartial and non-profit making organisation.”

International Coach Federation (ICF) – Formed 1995   

“The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the largest worldwide resource for professional coaches and the source for those who are seeking a coach.  We are a non-profit organisation formed by individual members – professionals who practice coaching, including Executive Coaches, Leadership Coaches, Life Coaches and many more, from around the world.

…… the ICF is the leading global organisation, with over 17,000 members, dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high professional standards, providing independent certification, and building a network of credentialed coaches.  We exist to support and advance the coaching profession through programmes and standards supported by our members and to be an authoritative source on coaching information and research for the public.”

The AoC and EMCC originated in the UK whilst the ICF began in the US though it has a vibrant UK Chapter.  As of February 2013 all three formed the “Global Coaching and Mentoring Alliance” whose “purpose is confirmed as professionalising the industry in the field of coaching and mentoring and is further defined as expressing a shared view of the practice of professional coaching.”