The Compelling Case For ICF Certification
In 2018 it was estimated that there are roughly 53,000 coaches in the world. About 92% of them are active, and 33% are within the United States.*
The data also shows that the coaching industry is one of the most rapidly growing industries in the world.
But there are two problems:
Anyone can call themselves a coach.
There is no industry regulation.
This lack of regulation brings up several questions regarding the integrity of coaching as a whole and let's face it; there are some coaches out there that have no business doing what they are doing. We only need a small percentage of bad apples to damage the reputation of the coaching industry.
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) has yet to be regulated by a governing body, but it is one of a few places that corporations look towards for any legitimacy.
What does that mean?
Becoming an ICF-accredited coach means that you are self-regulated. You value your professionalism, and you continuously strive to serve your clients at the highest level possible by obtaining continuing education units and receive regular coaching through a mentor.
But I'm already certified through another coaching certification. Why do I need another?
It's not a question of one over the other. Think of the ICF certification as an enhancement to your current coaching certification.
For example, let's look at a CPA.
Accountants and CPAs are great at what they do, but when it comes to tax time, it is better to choose a CPA because they follow a code of conduct, operate underneath a governing body, and they are required to stay on top of the most current tax laws and trends. When you hire a CPA, you know your taxes are in good hands.
Here is another example.
Who would you rather have as a representative in court? Someone who only went to law school or someone who sat for the Bar Exam?
I know which one I would pick!
That is what the ICF certification does for you. It gives you an added layer of security and professionalism. And your clients will know they are in safe hands.
At some point, the coaching industry is going to become regulated, so why not get ahead of the game?