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Professional Coaching Organizations, Associations, and Networks


The emergence of coaching, particularly personal, life, and career coaching and business coaching, including entrepreneur, corporate and executive coaching has been accompanied by an increase in the types of organizations aimed at supporting coaches.

Generally these coach groups fall into six categories:

This web page details the criteria for each category and provides examples of coaching organizations that appear to fit each category. The categories are not mutually exclusive. One organization may have characteristics that fit in more than one category, while other organizations listed may just barely have enough characteristics to fit a category. Our goal in providing this information is to help coaches and potential coaches make informed decisions about what type of organization might best meet their vision and goals.

Not everyone agrees that coaching can be called a "profession." Some believe it is better called an "emerging discipline" or "field", while still others believe coaching is an "art." Unlike traditional professions, coaching is dominated by independent, non-affiliated practitioners. But more and more coaches are beginning to see the value in joining with other coaches in more formal ways to elevate standards of practice, network with experienced practitioners, decrease a sense of isolation, benefit from on-going education, and enhance the value of coaching in society.

The examples of organizations we have provided here (in a list that follows each criteria description) are examples of the top organizations in the coaching field. However, this is not an exhaustive list. Their inclusion here does not necessarily indicate an endorsement of any particular organization. For more complete information about any of the organization, consult their websites. The primary purpose of providing these listings is for educational purposes.

Professional Associations

Back in the old days it was fairly easy to distinguish what was a profession. Medicine, the Law, and the Clergy pretty much filled the entire list. Today the word "professional" can be applied to many roles and often can mean simply someone who is really good at (and really dedicated to) what they do. This informal definition, however, is not good enough for academics or a standard dictionary. Although there is no consensus as to what constitutes a profession (and even dictionaries vary somewhat in their definitions), there are some general criteria that can be used to determine whether an association can rightly use the term "professional."

If you are considering joining a "professional" organization, here are nine generally agreed upon criteria. Note that coaching organizations that call themselves "professional" differ on the degree to which they fully exhibit each of these criteria.

  • Membership standards must be demonstrated in order to join. This can take the form of previously passed examinations, certifications achieved, graduation from specified schools or training institutions, and other types of activities that must be completed prior to membership. Membership standards typically imply that a potential member has a special knowledge base, backed by research and theory understanding; a skills base, backed by a standard or minimum number of hours of hands-on instruction; and a competency base, backed by review under qualified supervisors. Organizations differ as to the degree they require documentation of such foundations and may have membership categories to reflect progress on achieving various competencies.

  • Standards for professional practice are clearly stated and prominently displayed. Written acceptance of such standards is required for membership. Standards are most often expressed through a Code of Conduct or a Code of Ethics. Standards are typically emphasized as being "high" and serve to guide members with respect to dealing with the public and each other. Organizations differ as to the degree they provide monitoring, review or discipline of members with regard to adherence to or violation of such codes and standards. In most cases such codes and standards are developed by peers within the organization and may be updated from time to time as practice issues emerge. Such codes or standards typically go beyond the personal moral obligations of individual members.

  • Professional development of members is considered a high priority and the organization provides publications, seminars, conferences or other materials or events exclusively to or for the use of members. Organizations differ as to the degree they admit non-members to such events or provide them with access to their publications.

  • Advocacy is a major activity of most professional organizations. A typical professional organization takes a proactive stance and seeks out ways to educate the non-member public prior to problems occurring. This may take the form of public comment on issues related to the expertise of the membership.

  • Financial solvency is essential for every professional organization. Whether the organization is for-profit or not-for-profit appears less important than whether the accounting practices, management of funds received from members, and disbursements for the organization are made in a way that is responsible, accountable, and relevant to the publicly-stated purposes of the organization. Transparency and reporting to members will differ based on the degree to which the organization is a profit or non-profit group. Professional organizations typically employ staff members or subcontract with specialists who provide various support and business services.

  • Social responsibility has come to play a larger role in the last 30 years with regard to professional organizations. Typical ways that professional organizations demonstrate this factor is through volunteer work, creation of no to low cost services for certain segments of the population, providing personnel to comment on or respond to a variety of social issues and concerns, and attending to the non-professional aspects of member welfare through health benefits, group insurance, retirement programs, career development support and other activities. In addition a profession emphasizes a duty to serve others over the self-interest of individual members.

  • Common goals and vision are typical of the members. While considerable debate, questioning and conflicts can occur amongst members regarding policies or structure, members typically agree as to the basic purpose or goals of the work focus of the individuals within the organization.

  • Governance is typically driven or controlled by members. Election of officers, annual general meetings, and chairing of committees are common to professional organizations. Depending on the size of the organization, paid staff may be involved in assisting the organization to achieve or maintain its goals. In some cases professional organizations involve members in a number of activities, but do not have officials elected from the membership. Instead they typically have advisory boards consisting of well-known or highly respected members of the organization.

  • Relationships with the public and other organizations such as relevant government bodies, competing or related organizations, and training institutions are maintained on an ongoing basis. In some cases the professional organization will create standards that will be used to accredit schools or will advise government agencies on licensing and certification. Often a professional organization will govern itself in a way to minimize involvement of outside agencies in setting guidelines, standards or laws specifically pertaining to member activities. The public typically expect that the organization represents the highest standards associated with the practice of the profession and protects members of the public from exploitation or abuse by members.

Examples of Professional Organizations in Coaching
(These organizations differ in the degree to which they exemplify the nine criteria for a professional organization)

{Click Here to Visit the Official WABC Website} Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC)

Box 215
Saanichton, British Columbia V8M 2C3

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WABC is the first coaching association dedicated exclusively to business coaching. In addition WABC is the only coaching association that has advanced admission and renewal standards for membership based on business experience, coaching experience, and references. Furthermore, WABC requires its members to provide proof of their educational degrees and professional designations should the member choose to show his or her name and credentials with any Association service marks. Members are also guided by a business coaching code of ethics and integrity. These standards have resulted in attracting some of the most influential business, corporate and executive coaches in the world.

WABC provides two online directories for the public and members: the Coach Directory is a searchable directory of participating members only; and the Member Look-up is a searchable directory of all members in good standing that enables the public to verify membership and credentials by name only. WABC also forms strategic alliances with experts, businesses and organizations that offer high levels of experience and expertise in desired disciplines, and who share common values with WABC. WABC services are focused on the business professional, keeping business coaches on the leading edge of business developments. Events, education and advanced training are continuously being developed to meet the needs of its growing international membership. WABC continuously solicits and uses membership input through surveys and expert advisory groups. WABC also provides a personal response guarantee that states they will respond within one business day.

WABC currently offers two membership categories: Full Membership for active and more experienced coaches and an Affiliate Membership for emerging or newer business coaches. Affiliates have a three-year grace period to meet the membership requirements for full membership. Both categories include qualifying standards that must be met before acceptance.

WABC provides professional certification for experienced business coaches and has created the WABC Certified Master Business Coach (CMBC) designation. In addition the WABC offers a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) designation for individual practitioners.

In cooperation with Middlesex University in the United Kingdom, the WABC also provides a fully accredited master's degree for experienced business coaches. Details about this degree are available on the WABC website. Coach training organizations can be accredited by the WABC through its professional accreditation for business coach training providers system. Details about this accreditation system are available on the WABC website.

ICF_Logo International Coach Federation (ICF)
2365 Harrodsburg Road, Suite A325
Lexington, Kentucky 40504
Tel: (888) 423-3131 or (859) 219-3580
Fax: (888) 329-2423

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A network of professional coaches founded by coaches in 1992. Provides few benefits and limited service, including three levels of certification, coaching school accreditation, a yearly conference, a list of standards and practices competencies, a set of ethical guidelines, a coach referral service, and other professional development and support for coaches. For a good discussion of the distinction between IAC certification and ICF certification, read the summary of interview with Donna Steinhorn.

The ICF is further localized by a series of Chapters. Most have their own web sites and provide valuable information, conferences, and resources. Check the ICF website to find a Chapter in your local area.

The Professional Coaches and Mentors Association (PCMA)
(As of 2013, this organization, which was in southern California, is no longer in operation)

International Business Coach Institute (IBCI)(NO LONGER IN OPERATION.)
5670 Wynn Road, Office 2
Las Vegas, Nevada 89118

This organization describes itself as "the world's largest international association consisting solely of professionally trained and accredited business coaches." The organization website states that it has "hundreds of members in 19 countries." They offer four membership and fee categories: associate, member, fellow, or director. Categories differ by amount of experience, rating by clients, and score on an online examination. A Find a Coach service, where members can list their services is available on their website. Members have opportunities for networking, sharing information, publications and online forums through a "members only" area. Note: this organization appears to have an undisclosed relationship with ActionCoach, formerly known as Action International Business Coaching. The Action website states that it is accredited by IBCI, a procedure that is not detailed on the IBCI website. In addition, the claims made about the size and scope of IBCI are not substantiated, and must be regarded with caution at the present time. Email to the principal email address has not been answered.

Association for Coaching (AC)
66 Church Road
London W7 1LB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8566 2400

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Launched in July, 2002 and based in the United Kingdom, this membership-based organization strives to be a leading association for coaches, both current and aspiring. They focus on seven core values: high standards, integrity, open, responsive, client-focused, educational, and progressive. They provide a Code of Ethics and Good Practice, a complaints procedure, a list of core coaching capabilities, professional liability insurance, and a number of other resources on their website.

European Association for Supervision and Coaching in Europe (EASC)
ANSE Office
Heinrichsgasse 4/8
A 1010 Vienna
+31 620 425 876

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Established in 1994 as the European Association for Supervision (EAS) and dedicated to establishing quality assurance in coaching and supervision. Members include professional coaches, supervisors and supervisors. Their ethical guidelines are published online as well as their membership criteria.

Association for Coaching Supervisors (AOCS)
No physical address, country or phone provided

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This non-profit association is dedicated to promoting coaching supervision for coaches, mentors, and organizations. They provide a list of qualified supervisors, a number of workshops, a research database, forums, podcasts, and videos. Check their website for the latest fees for and types of membership, as well as a list of the criteria required to qualify as a coaching supervisor.

Association of National Organizations for Supervision in Europe (ANSE)
No physical address, country or phone provided
Website is in German

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In 1997 the national professional organisations for supervision of Austria (ÖVS), Germany (DGSv), Hungary (MSZT), the Netherlands (LVSB) and Switzerland (BSO) established ANSE as an European umbrella association based in Vienna to meet the need for European co-operation and Europe-wide exchange of views among professionals. The organization now represents more than 8,000 qualified supervisors and coaches in the field of consulting in 22 European countries and more than 80 training institutions. Check their website for conditions of membership, their set of ethical principles, their summer conference dates, and their viewpoint about coaching and supervision.

International Society for Coaching Psychology
2 Walsworth Road
Hitchin Hertfordshire SG4 9SP
United Kingdom

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Created in 2008 by an international group of coaching professionals, this society is focused on the development and support of theory, research and practice in coaching psychology. Coaching psychology is defined as "a process for enhancing well-being and performance in personal life and work domains underpinned by models of coaching grounded in established adult and child learning or psychological theories and approaches. It is practiced by qualified coaching psychologistis who have a graduate degree in psychology, relevant post-graduate qualifications, and have undertaken suitable continuing professional development and supervised practice." (From the Society website.)

The Society hopes to accredit training programs, certify coaching psychologists, and develop an International Register of Members as well as an Internatonal Register of accredited or certified coaching psychologists, supervisors, trainers, and consultants. There are eight categories of membership: Fellowship, Accredited, Member, Graduate Member, Corporate Member, Honorary Life Member, Retired Member, and Affiliate Member (see website for details about each eligibility for each category). Their Code of Ethics is based on six ethical principles: rights, respect, recognition, relationship, representation, responsibility, and rights and respect. The current fee is £10 for registration with an annual membership fee of £15 (affiliate member) or £30 (members.)

Institute of Coaching Professional Association (ICPA)
115 Mill Street
Belmont, Massachusetts 02478

Created in January 2011 with the intention of translating science into coaching practice. They offer research grants in the field of leadership, health and wellness and personal coaching. They do not offer certification, extensive training or coaching services, but produce "master classes," discussion forums, access to resources (including media, journals and podcasts), a monthly Coaching Report, and they offer CEUs for various events. Three levels of membership are available (current fees in $US): Affiliate, $150.00; Founding, $500.00; and Fellows, $1000.00. All members have access to the monthly magazine, 10 Master Classes (podcasts, webinars, etc, but affiliates receive only four per year while other categories receive all 10); resources on health & wellness coaching, positive psychology, and leadership coaching; access to coaching journal subscriptions; and access to a library. At the present time, membership fees are described on their website as "donations" and evidently tax information/receipts may be issued.

International Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Coaching (ICCBC)
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The IACBC is a professional, scientific and interdisciplinary organization having the mission to advance the development of cognitive-behavioral coaching (CBC), and an evidence-based approach toward coaching, in the benefit of the professional community, organizations, society, and improvement of people’s lives and performance. Members of the IACBC have the opportunity to be part of a professional international network of CBC experts and to develop coaching skills in an organization that relies on quality, competence and excellence. Members also benefit from special discounted registration and participation fees to the events organized by the IACBC, special fees for partners’ publications and assessment tools, and support from the IACBC in obtaining other accreditations. The IACBC offers four levels of individual membership (student, affiliated, certified coaching practitioner, and diplomat member in CBC, as well as organizational and corporate memberships. Check their website for details regarding each category and associated fees.

The Association of of Corporate Executive Coaches (ACEC)
153 Sycamore Avenue
North Plainfield, New Jersey 07060
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Founded in 2010 by CB Bowman, the ACEC's mission is to support the business of coaching. The fee for membership is $360 per year. Benefits appear minimal for the fee. Other organizations appear to offer more at less cost.

American Federation of Coaches (AFC)
Tel: (916) 765-6894

Launched in 2005, this organization provides training, three levels of certification for coaches, benefits to members that includes different types of insurance, a set of competencies, and a code of ethics. The organization also provides details about its view of coaching. They offer four categories of membership: Student-in-Training (in an accredited program); Certified Business Coach (1st Degree); Certified Business Coach (2nd Degree); and Certified Master Business Coach.

The International Association of Coaching (IAC)
Tel: (505) 819-5773
New Mexico

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The IAC is an independent, global coach certifying body whose mission is to inspire the on-going evolution and application of universal coaching standards. They are distinct from other certifying bodies in that their rigorous certification process evaluates coaching mastery through demonstration, rather than through completion and documentation of specific training and experience. Using the IAC Coaching Masteries™ as their standard, they provide the opportunity for coaches from all backgrounds to clearly assess and verify that their coaching abilities are at the highest level of mastery. This performance-based assessment provides profound learning opportunities for coaches, and supports the development of the most efficient coach training systems. This assessment is also open to anyone who strives to use the highest quality coaching techniques in their work in consulting, managing, parenting and other fields. The IAC's independence from coach training organizations allows them to encourage the marketplace to learn and develop the most efficient ways to teach coaching.

The IAC also provides its members with a Code of Ethics, monthly newsletter, local Chapters and many other member benefits such as discounts on training and assessments.

The organization was the brainchild of Thomas J. Leonard in 2003, and in 2008 has approximately 500 members in 30 countries. The organization is primarily funded through annual membership fees and largely run by volunteers.

International Association of Career Coaches (IACC)
(This organization is no longer in operation. It was sold to Career Masters and became the Career Masters Institute, which in turn was absorbed by the Career Management Alliance as of 2009. CMA does provide an annual conference that has an area focus on career coaching. For more information go to

Association of Integrative Coach-Therapist Professionals (AICTP)
No email address provided on website
No telephone number provided on website
Location in United Kingdom, but specific address not provided on website

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The mission of this group is to promote the professional practice of integrating coaching and therapy, to provide the best possible support for coach-therapist practitioners, to develop understanding of best practice in the field, and to promote and safeguard the interests of clients. They provide a code of ethics, and a fee-based associate as well as organizational membership. A newsletter, LinkedIn group are available to members and non-members, and an e-journal, published 2-3 times a year is available to associate members.

International Association of Professional Life Coaches (IAPLC)
Tel: (641) 919-8910
Location unknown

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This organization is dedicated to providing support for life coaches. Members can include a listing for their coaching services in an online directory that includes over 20 different categories, participate in telesummits, webinars and masterclasses as well as teach masterclasses, receive a newsletter, and receive discounts on resources. The Gold membership fee is $146/year (U.S.), and Bronze membership enables life coaches to join at no cost. To qualify for Gold membership, members must be (1) a professional life coach, that is, being paid for their services; (2) able to document their life coach training or experience (certification, diploma, or statement about experience/training as a coach); and (3) must post three testimonials or recommendations from clients or colleagues. (Location of offices, statistics about membership, and start date of organization do not appear to be available on their website.)

Association of Professional Coaches Trainers and Consultants (ACPTC)
Clarence House, Clarence Street Leamington Spa
Warwickshire CV31 2AD, United Kingdom
Tel: 01926 888143

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This organization describes itself as the largest organization of its kind in Europe and was formed by "some of the most well respected names in our industry." Their mission is to raise the professional profiles of its members and increase the awareness of the coach, training, and consulting industries. The ACPTC provides grants to members to assist with their professional development, and members can be registered and certificed as an approved coach, trainer or consultant. Members can be listed in their directory and gain license to display the APCTC membership logo. Members also receive a quarterly publication and can be nominated to win a national achievement award. Current membership fees are 324/year with a 50% discount available as of February 2014.

International Authority for Professinal Coaching and Mentoring (formerly the "International Institute of Coaching and Mentoring," the "International Institute of Coaching," and "IICM.")
Gerard O'Donovan, President
Email Contact Form
United Kingdom

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Created in 1999 and originally called the European Coaching Institute, this organization merged in 2013 with The Association of Business Members to form the International Institute of Coaches and Mentors. It is membership-based and offers two levels of membership: Associate (for those interested in coaching and mentoring or involved as students in coach training) and Accredited (for coaches and mentors with training and experience). They offer: a member directory, a code of standards and ethics, a complaints procedure, referrals for member coaches, white papers on coaching research and development, and they accredit individual coach training schools or training organizations. Their goal is to strive to cooperate and not compete with other coach organizations. They offer four levels of accreditation for coaches and mentors, which lasts for three years before one has to renew: practitioner, senior, master, and fellow. Check their website for current fees for each of these designations. As of 2018 there were four training schools accredited by them and approximately 30 coaches accredited.

The International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations (ICCO)
Attn: Alexia Longacre
5702 Berkeley Road
Goleta, California 93117
Tel: (805) 845-3935
Fax: (574) 830-1481

(Ceased membership operations in January, 2013) Created in 2004 as a result of the work of the 7th Executive Coaching Summit, ICCO was a global dialogue and research community of organizations, coaches, coach training programs and coaching firms, dedicated to excellence in organizational coaching. They served experienced professionals with generative dialogue in a marketing-free zone. ICCO was a broad community of managers of coaching programs in organizations, executive coaches, internal coaches, coaching educators, researchers and coaching firms. Their multiple stakeholder composition and their client-centric emphasis provided an approach to advancing the profession of coaching that involves all the critical players, especially the organizations that use coaching in order to succeed. ICCO envisioned a 'United Nations of Coaching,' a body of divergent opinions and perspectives, alert to the ideas of others, collaborative, inclusive, respectful of differences and transparently apolitical.

Global Executive Coaches (GEC)
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8746 2157 or +44 (0)1491 638 941

This organization has as its primary goal coaching competence in executive coaching. They provide two levels of membership that coincide with their two levels of "accreditation," which is identical to "certification" in North America. The two levels: "practitioner coach," typically in-house coaches with 75 hours of coaching experience, references from two clients, documentation of coach training, documentation of on-going professional development, and adherence to the GEC code of ethics; "master coach," typically external coaches working with senior management with 250 hours of coaching experience, references from four clients, documentation of coach training, adherence to GEC code of ethics, and evidence of on-going professional development. The fees for membership are £100 annually for a practitioner coach membership and £170 annually for a master coach membership. While a current list of members in both categories is available on the website, no contact location, details or officers are listed.

Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision (APECS)
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8746 2157 or +44 (0)1491 638 941

The primary goals of this association are to (1) accredit executive coaches and the supervisors of executive coaches who attain the requirements laid down by APECS; and (2) to enable coaches, supervisors, corporate buyers of executive coaching and consultants in the field to meet, exchange views and best practice, and provide mutual support and development, as well as initiate research into business-relevant areas. The specialist aspects of supervisory coaching are being developed but the market is still evolving and the demand for high quality coaches and coaching supervisors is outstripping the supply. As such, a large part of APECS' work is to introduce and apply appropriate accreditation and supervision standards. A supervisor who has the appropriate psychological and therapeutic background is a person who (1) provides support and monitors progress and the performance of the coaching practitioner; (2) ensures an evaluative framework for quality control and best practice; and (3) gives an effective and ethical framework to coaching practitioners and the purchasers of their services. APECS is supported by a wide range of companies who are corporate members. Applications for accredited and associate membership are invited.

The Australasian Institute of Professional Coaches (AIPC) (NO LONGER IN OPERATION)

Suite 33, 16 Cotham Road
Kew, Victoria 3101
Tel: +61 3 9819 7524

The Institute has been established by a small group of coaches keen to support moving coaching from an industry to a profession. They are incorporated as an independent, not-for-profit organization of registered coaches. Their purpose is to support coaching as a profession by establishing coaching standards, promoting best practice, and raising awareness in the community. They are currently finalizing the first stages of their work which includes a Code of Ethics, a (Interim) Code of Conduct, and a Professional Practice Standards and registered coach process.

Global Body of Life Coaches (GBLC) (NO LONGER IN OPERATION)
3976 Foxwood Avenue
Mississauga, Ontario L5N 7V4

The Global Body of Life Coaches (GBLC) offers four types of memberships. One type of membership is for life coaches who have proven that they have met the minimum requirements in their life coach certification. The second type of membership is for people who do not meet the life coach standards. These members could be associated with healing touch, reiki, massage, or nursing, for example, but they do not meet the minimum standards of a life coach, as set out by the Global Body of Life Coaches membership requirements. These members have 24 months to meet the minimum requirements for a full membership. The third type of membership is for life coach institutions that offer programs that meet or exceed the minimum as set out by the Global Body of Life Coaches. The fourth membership is for teaching institutes that offer training in areas that could complement the life coaches' portfolio. These could include institutes that prepare practitioners in Reiki, Integrative Energy Therapy, Massage Therapy and such.

The Global Body of Life Coaches focuses on value added membership and affiliate support. The GBLC accomplishes this by focusing on education by way of co-sponsoring events with the institution members, providing networking and referral services to members at no extra cost, and responding to member requests within 24-hours. All life coach members receive a laminated membership card and a certificate. GBLC co-sponsors professional development opportunities to its members by connecting all four memberships through a message board that is accessible to all members. Members learn about current events and discounts to other members for their services. (All GBLC members agree to offer all other members from any of the four membership levels a discount on any services that they offer.) Members also have access to a free resource library for their membership level and a quarterly newsletter, which provides updates on advancements in their field.

GBLC does not accredit schools or certify life coaches but all members must meet a minimum requirement to become a member and must abide by a code of ethics as outlined by the Global Body of Life Coaches. GBLC requires its members to provide proof of their educational degrees and professional designations in order to become a member or affiliate member. The institutes must also prove that they meet the criteria by providing the GBLC a course outline and any other materials that may be required to prove that they do qualify for a membership. GBLC has a complaint procedure and follow up process. GBLC reserves the right to revoke the membership of an individual or institute against whom a grievous complaint has been unresolved.

The ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO)
701 Hunting Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21229
Tel: (888) 638-3999

This organization provides a membership directory of ADHD coaches, a monthly round table conference discussion for members, a monthly newsletter, an annual conference, online member only forums, and a ADHD Coaches' Toolkit.

The Professional Association of ADHD Coaches
Principals: Chana Klein ( and Barbara Luther (
Tel: (201) 833-8778 or (314) 890-8478

Started in October 2008, this organization is in the process of creating a Board, a Professional Advisory Board, and committees directed towards establishing credentialing standards and competencies. A list of Board members and their qualifications, as well as a definition and description of ADHD coaching is currently available on their website.

The Institute for the Advancement of AD/HD Coaching
16546 Woodlake Drive
College Station, Texas 77845
Tel: (888) 638-3999

Created by a group of leaders in the AD/HD community in 2005, this organization provides a code of ethics, and three levels of of core competency certification: Associate Certified AD/HD Coach (ACAC); Certified AD/HD Coach (CAC); and Senior Certified AD/HD Coach (SCAC). Details about the fees, criteria and process for certification are available on their website. They also provide a membership directory. Membership as of 2016 are $150/year (professional member) and $100/year for an associate membership.

The American Coaching Association (ACA)
PO Box 353
Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania 19444
Tel: (610) 825-4505
Fax: (610) 825-4505

The goals of this organization are to link people who want coaching with people who do coaching; acquaint the general public with the concept of coaching; and provide coaches with training, supervision, and a professional community. The organization specializes in Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). There are two types of ACA memberships: FULL and ASSOCIATE. To qualify for a full membership, applicants must have been practicing ADD coaching for at least one year, and have a minimum of ten clients. The annual fee for a Full Member is $200/year. Beginning coaches who do not yet meet these criteria can join for $125/year. Anyone wishing to join ACA must have received coach training. The ACC credential from the International Coach Federation in addition to specialized ADD coach training are preferred. Individuals who can demonstrate that their stand-alone ADD coach training included the foundations of general coaching will be considered for membership.

Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA)
Private Suite 515, Private Bag X16
Constantia 7848 South Africa
Cell: 084 715 2130

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A professional organization for individuals and corporate coaching service practitioners. Provides a Code of Ethics, an Ethical Complaints procedure, a policy on supervision, standards of professional competence, a member directory and a monthly newsletter, all of which are available to the public. The organization provides seven categories of membership, including: Practitioner Member (individual coach and/or mentor); Student Member (registered student of coaching and/or mentoring); Training Institution (providing training to coaches and/or mentors); Coaching/Mentoring Company (1-5 coaches/mentors); Coaching/Mentoring Company (6 or more coaches/mentors); Corporate Member (user/buyer of coaching/mentoring); and Affiliate Member or Interested Party (not earning income from coaching or mentoring). Visit their website for more details about each membership category and fees associated with each category (typically R500).

Africa Board for Coaching, Consulting & Coaching Psychology (ABCCCP)
Suite 11, Hatfield Rendezvous
367 Hilda Street
Hatfield, South Africa 0018
Tel: +27 12 752 8741

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This organization has several membership categories in all three areas: coaching, coaching psychology, and consulting. Membership in any category requires an application to and review by the the Board of the organization, payment of a fee, and adherence to their Code of Ethics. The membership categories for coaching, for example, include affiliate coach (at least 10 hours of coaching practice plus other criteria, $112 yearly fee); student coach ($89 yearly fee); practitioner coach (at least 350 hours of documented practice as a coach plus other criteria); master coach (at least 2000 hours of documented coaching practice plus other criteria, $150.00 yearly fee); and chartered coach (the highest level with at least 3500 hours of documented practice plus other criteria, $230.00 yearly fee). (Check their website for designations associated with the coaching psychology stream and the consulting stream as well as to verify current fees.) The organization also publishes a professional journal (available through Amazon for non-members).

International Coaching Confederation (ICC)
PO Box 1000
Lahina, Maui, Hawaii

The goals are not clearly stated; objectives appear vague; and benefits are described as "none." However, this organization claims to have more than 45,000 members and describes itself as the largest non-profit organization associated with coaching. Several categories of membership are available, but as of February, 2009 no details were available regarding fees, contact information, board of directors, or other pertinent contact details. This site appears to be a comic take on the coaching field. Judge for yourself whether it achieves that goal.

International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy, Inc. (IABMCP)
6750 Hillcrest Plaza Drive, Suite 221
Dallas, Texas 75230-1425
(972) 407-6833

This organization has recently added a "Diplomate Status in Professional Coaching" as one of its membership categories. A number of requirements are listed on the website to obtain this status and include an advanced degree, specific training, a minimum of 7500 hours of clinical practice, references, and a comprehensive examination (which may be waived during the "Restricted Grandfather Period." This membership organization does have a published code of ethics and provides limited benefits, and it appears to have a relationship with the Masterson Institute. The application fee is $250.00 and there is a yearly $90.00 membership fee. While this appears to be a legitimate organization, it is not clear what value this really provides to persons involved in the coaching field.

National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (IAHC)
PO Box 16307
San Diego, California 92176
Tel: (866) 535-7929

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The mission of this organization is to support integration of basic coaching skills into the practices of health professions. They have been working to establish standards for the training and education of health and wellness coaches by bringing together a variety of experts, creating a job task analysis, and establishng a standard for a specific number of contact hours for coach training, education, and mentor coaching. The intend to create a National Certificaiton Examination based on research and input from health and wellness coaches that will identify and focus on core competencies association with effective coaching. They intend to finalize the standards by October, 2015, and have been seeking feedback from a variety of practitioners and other experts. At present they are funded exclusively by donations and volutnteers.

International Association of Health Coaches (IAHC)
1025 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Current popularity on the Internet:

This organization advocates for health coaches and advances the cause of health and happiness around the world. They offer a certification system, and to become certified individuals must have graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition health coach training program or its equivalent. In addition the organization provides a a Certified International Health Coach Examination which all members must pass. They provide a handbook and study guide for the exam. All graduates of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's Health Coach Training Program are automatically members of the IAHC. Persons who have graduated from a comparable health coach training program should contact IAHC for information regarding membership to the IAHC. Membership provides affordable liability insurance.

National Society of Health Coaches (NSHC)
269 Lakeview Way
Winchester, TN 37398
(888) 838-1260

Current popularity on the Internet:

This organization, founded in 2007, offers a health coach certification program. Their website includes a set of health coach practice standards and ethics. In addition to the certification program they offer, they grant membership in their organization to each person who registers for their evidence-based health coach training. NSHC certification, and a current, unencumbered professional license/credential are required to be listed in the NSHC CHC's Member Registry. Membership renewal is $50/year or $90/two-years.  

The Biblical Coaching Alliance of Christian Life Coaches
No location or contact phone is provided

The BCA is an association of Christian life Coaches that has been formed for the purposes of professionalism and promotion. They distinguish themselves from mainstream associations in that their "coaches specialize in coming alongside their beloved clients using the truths and guidance from the Holy Bible as a standard for living." Member coaches must have some form of coach training, agree with their Coach Creed, and agree with their Statement of Faith. Member services include: a life coach directory listing, access to members-only resources, mastermind and interview calls, and marketing and practice-building audio. The organization appears to have a relationship with Life Breakthrough Coaching. The fee for membership is a one-time payment of $49.00.

The Professional Business Coaches Alliance (Not an association)
202 North Townsend Street
Syracuse, New York 13203
(866) 333-1240

Current popularity on the Internet:

The PBCA, founded in 2005, is not a professional association and is listed here to prevent any confusion when their name is mentioned. They are primarily a training organization, and they are listed in our Directory of Training Organizations ( Their primary focus is on training coaches (and offers certification) who want to work with small to medium size businesses and creating opportunities for coaches to network with each other. Their is a cost for training and membership.

Service Organizations

Service organizations are characterized by minimal membership requirements and do not typically provide standards or codes of conduct for members. Nor do they dictate to members how they should conduct their practices. While often acting in a "professional" manner and delivering their services in a "professional" way, these organizations can be oriented towards both education of the public and education of the membership. They typically emphasize communication with their members and often solicit responses from their membership. Their mission can range from a specific, narrowly defined focus to an extensive and broad range of services.

Often the funding or financial basis of a service organization is dependent on the sale of memberships, training, materials, curriculum or services. Because of this, service organizations are more likely than professional associations to provide up to date or cutting-edge information or resources and they may create a number of innovative, ground-breaking or controversial approaches to service delivery. While the creation and sale of these services may be based on member needs, the degree to which the "selling" takes precedence over member needs varies.

Service organizations often rely on volunteers to manage the initiatives of the service but also have paid staff members to manage the business affairs of the organization. Service organizations are typically less transparent regarding their financial affairs than professional organizations and normally do not report to the membership regarding finances. Service organizations can be either for-profit or non-profit organizations.

Typically the main difference between a service organization and a professional association is in the degree to which they are involved in governing, monitoring, or enforcing the actions of their members. While some service organizations may express or provide a list of conditions required for certain services, they typically rely on member integrity and self-review to ensure compliance with such conditions.

Examples of Service Organizations in Coaching
(Review the criteria associated with this category)


Current popularity on the Internet:

The largest network of coaches with a continuous focus on assisting coaches to improve their skills and develop their practices. They hold an annual conference, deliver training events around the world, publish a weekly newsletter, provide a referral network, and offer coaches a variety of online services. Their web site provides information about virtually every topic of interest to coaches and they provide extensive support for coaches at all stages of development from potential coach to novice to expert. Lifetime memberships are free. The site was created by Thomas Leonard, one of the key founders of the current coaching movement.

Peer Resources Network (PRN)
1052 Davie Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8S 4E3
Toll Free: (800) 567-3700
Tel: (250) 595-3503
Fax: (250) 595-3504
Current popularity on the Internet:

The Peer Resources Network is a service of Peer Resources, a non-profit educational corporation, and maintains a fee-based membership of coaches, trainers, educators and other people empowering specialists. They provide members a monthly Internet newsletter, an award-winning print magazine, toll-free expert consultation service, a password access, members only section of their website, and updated research, news, and information service for coaches, mentoring programs, and peer assistance services. They also provide listings of highly experienced business and personal coaches and people listing their services must meet specific ethical practice and service conditions. Considerable information and services are available to non-members, but members receive additional custom-designed services.

The Peer Resources Network provides at least five unique services to coaching and coaches: (1) they assist individuals to narrow-down and select the most appropriate coach training program from the vast number of independent, university-sponsored, and profit-making organizations currently offering programs in coaching; (2) they provide professionally-written and typically unbiased reports, reviews of books, tapes and videos, and articles about various issues, trends or events associated with coaching, and they alert members to opportunities available to strengthen their practice; (3) they are the only organization to acknowledge, list and describe all the other coach, peer and mentor organizations, including details about their services, events and resources; (4) they poll their members to determine specific needs and where possible deliver customized information, network contacts or resources to individual members based on expressed needs; and (5) in addition to providing training workshops in mentoring and peer assistance, they provide training in peer coaching.

There are three, fee-based membership categories. An individual membership is $99.00/year; a group membership which allows up to five persons from the same organization to share a full membership is $185.00/year; and a student membership for persons enrolled full-time in training is $50.00/year. More details about the features and benefits of membership are available on their site at

The Peer Resources Network was created in 1982 and is governed by the Peer Resources' Board of Directors.

The European Mentoring and Coaching Council
Burnham House, High Street
Burnham Bucks SL1 7J7 United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1628 661919

Current popularity on the Internet:

This organization has been created to promote good practice in mentoring and coaching across Europe. They provide statements of ethical standards, support forums, research papers, benchmarking standards, conferences and a library of continuously updated resources. Three types of membership are available: individual, organizational, and provider. While members have access to forums, discounts, networking, access to the library and other benefits, the leaders of this council are also the leaders in coaching and mentoring in Europe and have international reputations for excellence and creative development.

International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP)
Stephen Palmer, President
(25 Vice-Presidents, based in countries around the world)
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1628 661919

Current popularity on the Internet:

Initiated in 2008 as the Society for Coaching Psychology, this organization changed its name in 2011 to the International Society for Coaching Psychology. Its primary objectives are to create a network of coaching psychologists that spans communities and cultures; accredit (certify) coaching psychologists; stimulate collaboration between different countries; conduct or facilitate cross-cultural research; identify and bridge the cultural gap; and identify procedures, ideas and practices that work. There are 10 categories of memberships including "Fellowship," which recognizes outstanding contributors to the field; Accredited or Certified Members, Members, Associate Members, Corporate Members; Honorary Life Members; Retired Members; Affiliate Members; Professional Organization Members; and Friends of the Society's Social Network. ISCP publishes a code of ethics or standards that is available on their website, and they publish a newsletter as well as a journal called Coaching Psychology International. The certification system requires applicants to be members of the ISCP, and current policy requires members to wait at least three months after becoming a member before they can apply for certification. (More details about accreditation/certification are available on their website.)

CoachLab International Society of Professional Coaches (NO LONGER IN OPERATION)
1525 Lakeville Drive, Suite 127
Kingwood, Texas 77339
Tel: (281) 348-9181
Fax: (281) 348-9164

Rank based on web traffic: No data (What's this?)

The vision of this organization is to set the standard for the delivery of quality coaching throughout the world. Among other actions, the organization helps coaches with coaching services and products, quality training and coaching certification, and making the transition to full-time coaching. Their Code of Ethics is simply: "Treat others as you would want to be treated." They have three membership categories: "Premier," which is fee-free upon application and acceptance and requires two references; "Gold," which requires three client endorsement letters and an annual fee of $100 (or two years for $175); and "Platinum," which is a lifetime membership for a one-time payment of $1000 and requires seven client endorsement letters. For a list of the benefits and services associated with each membership category consult their website.

Coach Universe
Rank based on web traffic this month: 10; last month: 9; trend direction: weaker (What's this?)

This site is a virtual community for coaches, mentors, facilitators, trainers and other consultants. It provides a number of links as well as articles, a list of coach training organizations, descriptions of discussion lists, books, newsletters and other resources highly relevant to the coaching profession. It also includes details about a number of assessment tools used by coaches.

Rank based on web traffic this month: 6; last month: 5; trend direction: weaker (What's this?)

This site provides a number of resources for coaches, including a coach referral service, free adverstising, free publishing, coaching industry news updates, interviews with top coaches, a newsletter, and a variety of articles on coaching tips, ideas, inspiration and relevant literature. The site is also adding a store which will carry a range of products for coaches. 247 (pronounced "twenty-four seven coaching dot com") provides visitors the opportunity to become lifetime members for a fee and in addition to free resources, provides other services depending on your selected membership level. A unique feature is that coaches who list on this site can also include a photograph with their listing, and individual coaches are featured on almost every page selected.

Along with a sense of humour, this site includes banners and commercial advertisements and requires cookies at various selections, but these do not interfere with the speed of access and the clean, uncluttered look. The site's goal is to become the world's number one coaching portal, a worthy dream. The site was developed in the UK and has presence in the USA with an office in Australia opening soon, adding to their goal of becoming a world portal.

The Coaching and Mentoring Network (UK)
41-43 Oxford Road
Oxford, United Kingdom OX4 4PF
Tel: +44 870 733 3313
Fax: +44 870 733 3314
Rank based on web traffic this month: 8; last month: 6; trend direction: weaker (What's this?)

The Coaching and Mentoring Network is the leading independent resource in the United Kingdom dedicated to coaching and mentoring. The site contains a referral service for coaches and mentors, information about coaching and mentoring, including definitions and selection tips, information about resources and events and discussion forums for learning, sharing ideas and finding useful services and products.

Coaching for Business - Noble Manhattan (UK)
Number 5, 105 The Esplanade
Weymouth, Dorset, United Kingdom DT4 7EA
Tel: (0871) 99 63 470 or: (01305) 769411
Fax: (08707) 064313
(What's this?)

Noble Manhattan provides unlimited free advertising for members, a database of resources, including an archive of audio teleclasses, work and networking opportunities, book reviews, industry news, free business advice for members, discounted web design service, and special discounts on a variety of services.

Christian Life Coaching Club
Tel: (502) 429-7687
Rank based on web traffic this month: Not Ranked; last month: Not Ranked (What's this?)

This organization has been created for people who want to become or are Christian life coaches. Resources on the site, including contact with other Christian life coaches as well as marketing information and assistance are only available to members. A system is available where members can receive coaching at a discount. Three types of membership are available: Mastermind Professional Membership ($200 for first month and $147/month recurring); Professional Membership ($100 for first month and $47/month recurring); and Associate Membership ($100 for first month and $27/month recurring).

Support Networks

The main purpose of a support network is to bring together individuals with a common interest. Often such organizations are non-profit, fee-free entities and are run by volunteers who are highly committed to that interest. Some networks have sponsors who provide funding or other support to assist the network to meet expenses.

The network usually provides a single, specific service such as a newsletter, website or Internet discussion group. While there are normally no membership criteria and members often determine their own rules or policies regarding ways to engage with each other, the network is maintained or "moderated" by an "owner" or group of volunteer members and membership may be terminated if network rules or policies are violated. Such policies typically govern the network and are not related to practice standards or a code of ethics.

Networks are often composed of individuals at various stages of practice from novices to experienced practitioners. The emphasis is on peer learning and assisting each other with resources, materials, opinions, theoretical ideas, practical activities, dilemmas and challenges, and opportunities. While members may have their own business or company financial interests, most networks have restrictions on how promotion and marketing of individual member businesses can be conducted via the network.

One of the unique elements of a network is wide-range and type of participation of members. While networks typically have an "etiquette," members can engage in highly opinionated comments often generating acrimonious discussion, sometimes leading to intimidation or lack of participation by other members. At the opposite end, some members volunteer highly readable and value-rich materials and commentary and often provide resources and research to benefit other members.

Examples of Support Networks in Coaching
(Review criteria for inclusion in support networks.)

The Coaching Commons (No longer in operation)
United States

A not-for-profit organization that supported and encouraged dialogue about variety of coaching topics. The structure and organization of the site was non-partisan and non-commercial setting, and contributors could present a variety of viewpoints and also track responses to their own comments. The Coaching Commons was backed by a philanthropic family foundation, and participation in discussion was free and open to all. Visitors to this site can still access much of the archives and learn about the foundations of coaching, coaching research, thought-leaders in coaching, the future of coaching, trends and issues, and many other topics. Navigation is simple, clean, and innovative.

United States
Website: IMPACT: The International Membership of Professional Advisors, Coaches, & Trainers

A free organization initiated by Coach Christian Mickelsen that as of 2012 had more than 3000 coaches as members. The site has many resources to assist coaches with business development, and includes a place for members to list their services, find coaches, and learn about becoming a life coach. The creator of this site has a well-earned reputation as one of the most skilled coaches who can help other coaches learn to improve their coaching and business practices.

Strategy for Coaches
800 Delaware Avenue
Wilmington, Delaware 19899
Tel/Fax: (775) 201-0049

Website: /
Rank based on web traffic: Not ranked (What's this?)

An organization open to any professional coach with an interest in strategy. There is no membership fee. Benefits include a quarterly newsletter, periodic strategy webcasts by strategy professionals, and participation in a community forum. A short video introduction to the site is available here. To welcome members of the community, Strategy for Coaches provides half-day webcasts designed by a team of professional strategists. The webcasts are recorded and broadcast at times specified on the website with a live online discussion that follows each webcast

International Coaching Community (ICC)
United Kingdom
Rank based on web traffic: Not ranked (What's this?)

A not-for-profit organization with members around the world. All members must have successfully completed the International Coaching Certification training, which is offered in 14 different countries. The ICC provides a set of practice standards and ethical principles which are available online. The ICC provides designations of Master Coach, LIfe Coach, Corporate Coach, and Team Coach. Members have access to articles, a newsletter, coaching resources, case studies, a chat room, a coaching directory, and a calendar of coaching events. This organization describes itself as "the premier coaching resource centre, knowledge base and networking place for coaches in the Internet."

Coaching Resources Network (No longer in operation)
6589 Espalier Circle, Suite 201
Memphis, Tennessee 38119
Tel: (901) 849-4322

The Coach2Coach Network
Tel: (734) 426-2000
Rank based on web traffic: Not ranked (What's this?)

The Coach2Coach Network was developed by John Agno, who is the editor of the Coach2Coach Newsletter and a business coach. This network of coaches is connected through the Yahoo Groups discussion format and the newsletter provides reviews, letters to the editor and informative pieces about issues in coaching.

The Coaches' Cafe
Tel: (512) 659-8971
Rank based on web traffic: Not ranked (What's this?)

Created by business coach, Joe Miner (e-mail) in 2003, the Coaches' Cafe website provides news and articles about coaching, a find a coach directory, coaching products, courses, and links, online discussion forums, a unique online journal with private and public entries, a private messaging system (for registered users), and a fee-based system that provides more extensive directory listings, and consignment selling and order processing (for member created products and courses).

New Coach Connection
Rank based on web traffic: Not ranked (What's this?)

This group serves as a support structure to new coaches who are looking to collaborate together to help bring ideas, resources, and solutions to each other as they venture into the field of coaching. It's also for senior coaches who want to 'pay it forward' to the newer coaching community, offer a supportive hand, idea resource or suggestion. All are welcome.

Training and Coaching Ideas
Tel: (734) 426-2000
Rank based on web traffic: Not ranked (What's this?)

The Training and Coaching Ideas network is an Internet-based listserv made up of coaches, trainers, management consultants and others who participate in a Yahoo Groups discussion format. The group maintains a website that archives postings, resources and a variety of tools for coaches. Subscriptions are free and participant contributions are guided by a few agreed upon policies.

Individual Coaching Networks
Many individual coaches or coaching schools produce subscription-based newsletters that are free of charge. In most cases these newsletters are avenues for marketing their services but they often include a variety of tools, information and alerts of value to other coaches. Their subscription list serves as an informal network. For a list of such newsletters, go to Coach Newsletters on the Peer Resources Coaching Directory page.


Consortiums are similar to networks except that they typically focus on one specific characteristic or a particular set of qualifications or they have one fairly narrowly defined purpose. Consortiums often establish a code of ethics or set of practice standards. A consortium can be made up of a group of organizations focused on providing a particular service such as training. The consortium can also be made up of individual members who share a common characteristic or are attempting to achieve a common goal. In many cases consortiums are made up of groups of practitioners who band together to form an alliance or partnership to deliver services and provide support to each other in the delivery of such services.

Consortiums can vary as to the amount of education and information they provide to the public and to members.

Membership is often by invitation. Governance can be distributed across the membership or managed by a director, leader or principal. Their membership qualifications are typically more restrictive or less inclusive than professional associations and their operation is typically more private than support networks and service organizations.

Examples of Consortiums in Coaching
(Review criteria for inclusion as a consortium.)

Plymouth, United Kingdom
The Life Strategist Network (NO LONGER IN OPERATION)

A group of coaches who have received accredited coach-specific training and in addition have achieved one of three designations as a Life Strategist Coach (Associate, Senior, and Weight-Loss). The Life Strategist training is based on the approaches used by Dr.Phil McGraw ("Dr. Phil") as taught by Dr. G. Frank Lawlis, Dr. Phil's mentor and his TV-show's content consultant. All coaches adhere to a Code of Ethics developed as part of their training in the "Ethics and the Dr. Lawlis Series on Dr. Phil's Approaches." The Life Strategist Network also provides training for coaches interested in joining this group. A video is available on the website that provides feedback about the coaching received from Life Strategist Network coaches by employees and executives at Butterball Farms. While the training modules are available on the Life-Strategist website, the learning process and administration is managed by, which also manages other learning opportunities. Both ProfessionalCEU and the Life Strategist Network are affiliates of Learning Information Technologies, Inc.,a Florida-based corporation that provides specialized training programs for licensed mental health counseling professionals, life coaches and other helping professionals. All three of these organizations have no official or business connection to Dr. Phil McGraw.

The Canadian Alliance of Life Skills Coaches and Associations
Rank based on web traffic this month: 15; last month: 14; trend direction: weaker (What's this?)

Created as an information, research and networking opportunity for Life Skills Coaches trained in the NewStart model of Life Skills. The provide a number of publications and resources, a list of employment opportunities and well as details about upcoming events and trainings across Canada. They also provide a list of provincial coaching associations dedicated to the NewStart model and details about mission, accreditation and ethics and standards. Membership is open to the general public.

Rank based on web traffic: No data; last month: No data; trend direction: not known (What's this?)

An online forum created supported and maintained by the YWCA of Greater Toronto and the Association of Life Skills coaches of Ontario (ALSCO). Based on the NewStart Life Skills model and designed for Life Skills coaches and Group Facilitators to enhance professional development, inform about events, find work opportunities, network, exchange ideas and share resources.

International Coaching Community (ICC)
Rank based on web traffic this month: Not Rated; last month: Not Rated; (What's this?)

A group of coaches from around the world who have all successfully completed the International Coach Certification training.

The International Consortia of Business Coaches (I-CBC) (NO LONGER IN OPERATION)
Mike Jay, Founding Member
Rank based on web traffic this month: 18; last month: 19; trend direction: stronger (What's this?)

This group has been formed to create a global network of business coaches and generate opportunities for collaboration and teaming. There are four membership levels: professional, member, affiliate, and student. They also provide a Certified Business Coach Certification program. They held their first annual conference in Denver in 2001. Management is through a Board of Directors.

The Association of Coach Training Organizations (ACTO)
Rank based on web traffic: 16; last month:16 trend direction: weaker (What's this?)

This non-profit corporation was formed to act as a steward for standards of excellence among coach training organizations and a forum for interdisciplinary cooperation. The eight founding members are the coach training organizations with the most established reputations and for the most part pioneered the area of coach training. All eight are listed in the Peer Resources Coach Training Organizations Directory. Membership in ACTO is subject to a fee and a number of criteria. Three levels of membership are available: Affiliate, Associate, and Contributing.

Australian Universities Strategic Alliance on Coaching (AUSAC) - A new association just starting in Australia to promote dialogue between the four universities that currently offer graduate degrees in coaching. For information contact Dr. Anthony Grant.

The Graduate School Alliance for Executive Coaching - An association to promote dialogue amongst schools and develop standards for coach education and training in the U.S. They provide guidelines for academic pograms in executive coaching. Membership guidelines are list on their website, and the fee for membership is $1500.00 per year. For more information contact the Executive Director, Dr. John S. Brent, Graduate School Alliance for Executive Coaching, Franklin University, 201 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215; email: ExecutiveDirector.

The Executive Coaching Forum
Rank based on web traffic this month: 12; last month: 10; trend direction: weaker (What's this?)

Dedicated to advancing best practices and understanding of executive coaching through pubic education, professional development and networking. The work of the organization is based on the principles and guidelines described in the Executive Coaching Handbook, which is updated periodically and available on their website at no cost.

The Executive Coaching Network (EXCN)
Rank based on web traffic this month: 13 (What's this?)

This Network is composed of a group of approximately 50 executive coaches with extensive experience, most with advanced degrees and certifications, dedicated to helping "businesses thrive and their leaders achieve in order to ensure long-term profitability and growth." They provide a variety of services including strategic executive coaching, organizational values clarification, team effectiveness, assessment, feedback coaching, workshops and keynote speakers. Biographies of coaches are provided on their website along with additional details about the services and mission of the Network. They have offices in the United States, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and Mexico City. Primary contact: Executive Coaching Network, Inc., 470 Nautilus, Suite 312, La Jolla, California 92037; Tel: (858) 551-3950; Fax: (858) 551-3953; E-mail

Lawyer Coaches Directory
Tel: (562) 799-2421
Fax: (949) 589-2867
Rank based on web traffic this month: No data; last month: 17; trend direction: weaker (What's this?)

This is a highly specialized group of lawyers who are also coaches that provide support and assistance to other lawyers. By providing this Directory, this organization makes it possible for lawyer/coaches to network with each other. A conference is held yearly for lawyers and a fee is required to become part of the Directory.

The Christian Coaches Network (CCN)
Gary Wood, President
Tel: (425) 558-1845
Fax: (425) 558-9875
Rank based on web traffic this month: No data; last month: 18; trend direction: weaker (What's this?)

A diverse group of trained coaches, representing a number of denominations, theological perspectives, coaching specialties, and life experience. Their site provides a find-a-Christian coach service as well as a code of ethics, a description of their Certified Christian Coach designation and other resources.

The Coach Connection
Tel: (734) 426-2000
Rank based on web traffic this month: 7; last month: 7; trend direction: stronger (What's this?)

A coaching organization with over 120 active coaches at present. They have a set purpose to assist clients to maximize the quality and quantity of results they achieve through coaching. They do this by educating the clients beforehand of what to expect, screening them to be sure they are ready for coaching, and connecting them with their ideal coaches. They also provide one stop shopping and full management and follow-up services to corporations and organizations. To read about how this organization provides the highest rated coach and client matching service as described in Compass: A Magazine for Peer Assistance, Mentorship, and Coaching, go to Coach Referral Services.

Karlin Sloan & Company
Tel: (718) 596-2451
Rank based on web traffic this month: Not Rated; last month: Not Rated; trend direction: not rated (What's this?)

A consortium of top-tier executive coaches who share an appreciative philosophy and approach. They are experts in one-on-one leadership development in industries that require both innovation and sophisticated communication and leadership skills. They provide services in New York. Boston. Chicago. Detroit. Seattle. San Francisco, Washington DC, Europe, Asia, and South America. All of their coaches have (1) real-world experience in business and as an executive coach to senior executives in a corporate context; (2) and MA or PhD in human services or a related discipline or served in an executive position in a large organization; (3) have coach specific training from a credible program; (4) the ability to see coaching in a systems perspective; (5) cross-cultural experience; (5) references, testimonials, and chemistry; and (6) a strengths based philosophy. They also provide training workshops. Check theirwebsite for the latest details.

The Creativity Coaching Association
Tel: (718) 596-2451
Rank based on web traffic this month: Not Rated; last month: Not Rated; trend direction: not rated (What's this?)

Created in 2005 to assist coaches play a role in the success and progress of artists and creative thinkers. Membership is free. The association offers a Find a Coach service with descriptions of coaches that specialize in working with creativity.

Coach Consultants Consortium
725 George Drive
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406
Tel: 610-517-5381
Rank based on web traffic this month: Not Rated; last month: Not Rated; trend direction: not rated (What's this?)

Created in 2008 to boost marketing for member coaches. Coaches pay $300.00/year for membership. A common component appears to be a listing on LinkedIn, and background in organizational development. Benefits are not listed. With one or two exceptions appears to be a group of organizational development consultants using the term coaching to increase the marketing of their services.


Franchises are typically for-profit organizations where a particular system or approach to coaching usually developed by a specific person or group is "franchised" to other coaches for delivery. There is normally some type of contract agreement between the franchisee and the original business owner regarding fees and delilvery of services, quality control, and standards. Unlike a consortium where virtually all members operate on the same level, a franchise system usually includes a financial hierarchy, but there is a wide variety of governance and accountability arrangements. Purchasing a franchise or becoming a member of one often helps coaches because the other franshisees or the head office can provide expertise, contacts, and support not available to a single coach.

Franchises provide considerable information to the public and to members.

Examples of Franchises in Coaching
(Review criteria for inclusion as a franchise.)

ActionCoach Business Coaching (formerly Action International)
Rank based on web traffic this month: Not ranked; last month: Not ranked; trend direction: not ranked (What's this?)

A franchised system specializing in business coaching. There is a free membership category and franchises are described as world-wide. A typical fee structure for starting up with ActionCoach: Total Investment: $75,000-$1,600,000; Initial Franchise Fee: $30,000-$50,000 Royalty Fee: $1,800/mo.; Advertising Fee: N/A; Term of Agreement: 5 years; and Renewal Fee: $2.5K. For a video presentation of the impact of ActionCoach in Ireland see this YouTube video.

Coaching Corporations

Coaching corporations are typically business organizations that employ multiple coaches to provide coaching services. Many of these businesses formerly only provided "management consulting" or "consulting" services. Some organizations just changed their names or altered their mission to include "coaching," while others have employed persons who have been trained specifically as business or executive coaches. Some coaching corporations only provide coaching services. The organizations listed here are the largest and most reputable and typically have been in operation for several years. (Corporations that offer peer group coaching are included in our Mentor Directory.)

Examples of Coaching Corporations
Blessing White
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Center for Creative Leadership
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Center for Management & Organization Effectiveness
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Ken Blanchard Companies (also known as
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Korn/Ferry International
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PDI Ninth House (also known as Personnel Decisions International)
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Right Management
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True North Leadership
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