Frequently Asked Questions

The Examiner score the recording from zero (0) to the forty-five (45 ) minute mark.

The requirement is that the coach demonstrates the The Coaching  Masteries ® within 45 minutes, so a recording less than 45 minutes is acceptable.

First, make sure you have read and meet the guidelines. One powerful tool for self-evaluating your readiness is to record as many of your sessions as you can, and review them yourself. This is a great tool for your continual improvement. The Masteries notesheet, ebook, and feedback guide for scoring yourself will help you get more comfortable with assessing and improving your coaching.

Although the hallmark of the IAC® is honoring coaches for their unique approaches to learning, and recognizing that each coach comes to coaching with a variety of experiences, we do have a recommended path that can help all coaches grow and improve their coaching skills. The first step is to design a Masteries Professional Development Plan (MPDP) as a tool for planning and assessing your progress. Working with a MPDP Coach will help you clarify your path, and help you utilize the available resources to support and improve your coaching skill.

The written test is a great measure of how well a coach understands the theory and conceptual application of the Masteries. In a coaching session you demonstrate your ability to use and apply The Coaching  Masteries ®.

  • Carefully research mentors and schools. The IAC® does not check, assess or credential the methods or results from any of the Licensees.
  • Consider testimonials and interview current and former students.
  • Check that mentors or schools have a good understanding of the IAC Certification™ process, preferably through personal experience.
  • Hire only official Licensees. It is illegal to use The Coaching  Masteries ® for commercial purposes without a license. All licensees are listed under Find a School or Mentor.
  • Inquire about the trainers’ own coach training background and certification credentials.
  • Ask for IAC Certification™ success rate.
  • Be aware that IAC® Licensees are not permitted to assess whether coaching recordings you intend to submit for certification are likely to pass. Rather, they will teach you to understand the requirements of masterful coaching, offer you their own methods for evaluating and scoring recordings, and teach you to assess your own and others’ recordings.
  • Outside support is neither necessary nor required to achieve IAC Certification™. However, support from IAC® licensed mentors, coach trainers or training schools, or participation in study groups is recommended to enhance your learning and increase your chances of success.

Learn more about choosing a coaching school.

  • The IAC® has a comprehensive and detailed scoring methodology for determining whether or not applicants’ recordings coaching session will pass. This methodology was tested for internal consistency prior to its application, and Examiners are thoroughly trained to ensure fair and consistent scoring.
  • Two Examiners independently review each submission to score the coaching session.
  • In the event of a difference in scores, the recording coaching session is reviewed by a third IAC Examiner.

To ensure that there is consistency in the evaluation of recordings coaching sessions, irrespective of the language, the IAC requires you to submit the transcript in English as per the IAC guidelines. The IAC Examiners are extensively trained on evaluating recordings that are in English and other languages. They are trained to observe and recognize nuances of coaches communication and the demonstration of the IAC Masteries regardless of language.

Certification Renewal Process:
The IAC Certification Renewal Process will be launched on the website by December 2020 to make it easy for you to renew your IAC Certificate online, starting January 1, 2021. We will share the details with you shortly. 
Renewal policy guidelines:
1) IAC-Certified Coach™ and IAC-Master Coach™ Renewal: 
  • Renewal period: To be renewed every 5 years. 
  • Requirements: You need to be a current member of IAC and maintain your membership annually. 
  • Certification Renewal Fee: $150.
2) For IAC-Masteries Practitioner™ designation Renewal. 
  • Renewal period: To be renewed every 2 years, indefinitely (till the member chooses to do so).  
  • Requirements:
    • Current member of IAC 
    • MPDP Review as per current process
  • Certification Renewal Fee: $50
3)  Eligibility: Renewing your IAC Certificate
  • To renew your Certificate, you need to be a current member of IAC.
4)  Late Fee for Lapsed Certification
Starting January 2021 we have the following late fee charges applied if you wish to renew your Certificate.  
5) Lapsed Certification Membership  | Late Fee
Less than 6 months  | $50
Greater than 6 months and  less than 1 year  | $100

Greater than 1 year | Restart your certification journey from Step 1, as per membership process. 

6) Process details: We will share the details shortly.

If your membership has already expired, we invite you to renew your membership as soon as possible, to avoid any late fee. We look forward to having you rejoin the IAC family!
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