LinkedIn profiles are full of terms describing the skills of Coaches, and this is good news: the profession works to ensure that its members, working according to the rules of the art, are recognizable.
However, the terms used do not always mean the same thing, according to the source. Here are synoptic illustrations to find your way around quickly.
A previous article took stock of the choice of coach, from the point of view of the beneficiary of the coaching. Here, we wonder about the choice of coach, from the point of view of the buyer of coaching.
The buyer is for example a human resources manager, a department/company director who has the related budget, a training manager, who builds a training course, including coaching.
Faced with an identified coaching need, how to choose the coach(s)? So that their service corresponds to the needs of the company?
To take a parallel, when you buy a yogurt, you expect a product of standardized composition and that has been kept in compliance with the cold chain. What about coaching?
This question comes up regularly, both on social networks and in discussions in companies or networks.
And that's an essential question!
This decision-making has a stake, that of the benefits that the coachee will be able to obtain from his commitment to a coaching course. The benefits of coaching are also spread throughout the company, in particular thanks to a coaching phasing, the rule of the art of the profession.
Several approaches of choice can be considered, as well as their combinations.
A professional certified by an independent body
When you buy a yogurt, it seems normal to have a guarantee as to its freshness, the continuity of the cold chain and its composition. Well, this could be a metaphor for a coaching purchase!
In France, official professional bodies certify professional coaches independently (without also being training organisations): ICF and EMCC.
The certification aims to assess:
the initial and continuing training of the coach, in particular by schools audited and recognized by the profession
reflection on professional practice, via individual or collective supervision
the analysis of the conformity of the practice with regard to a competency framework (attested by the provision of coaching sessions recorded in the initial ICF certification)
the number of hours of coaching practice
Certification renewed every 3 years ICF, 5 years EMCC
ICF-ACC Associate Certified Coach
ICF-PCC Professional Certified Coach
ICF-MCC Master Certified Coach
Stages of expertise
exercise start coaches
35,000 ICF professional coaches in 2021, including 800 in France
hours of coaching training required
hours of coaching practice required
The stages of expertise of the Professional Coach, according to the ICF reference system
A coach with whom you have experienced a session
Trust your intuition too. The relationship of trust is essential to the coaching process. Do a first session or a discovery interview and then determine yourself for a commitment in a coaching course.
A referenced coach
A coach who is recommended to you by your network or who can provide coaching references from former clients.
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