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How to Select a Coach

Rey Carr

Since coaching is a relatively new profession, it may be confusing as to how to select a coach. To add to this difficulty coaches are typically not licensed or subject to provincial or state regulations. Professional coaching associations with ethical codes and coach training programs with certification standards are just beginning to emerge. The majority of persons presently involved in effective coaching have gained their expertise from experience as well as from training in other disciplines. Traditional indicators such as professional association affiliation, degrees, certificates and licenses, which provide the public with some guidance in selecting other types of practitioners, are typically not as plentiful in the coaching profession. However, a set of guidelines for selecting a coach has been developed by the coaches who are members of the International Coach Federation and by Peer Resources. Those guidelines are reproduced here. (If you are unfamiliar with coaching, please refer to Rey Carr's paper, What is Coaching?)