The IAC Definition of Coaching “Coaching is a transformative process for personal and professional awareness, discovery and growth, and the expansion of possibilities.“ As many professionals from various industries around the world are transitioning into coaching, or use a coaching approach in a variety of ways in their business or practices, the IAC® Certification Process™ focuses on the distinct qualities of masterful coaching. These qualities are reflected in our certification which we refer to as the Masteries. This certification process requires accomplished skill, and a thorough comprehension of that skill. Although no one particular coach training method is required, it is essential that knowledge and application of these skill sets are mastered. The IAC does not evaluate the coaching style of the coach but evaluates the demonstration, by the coach, of the 9 IAC Coaching Masteries®. The standards by which coaching mastery is measured at the IAC® reinforces leading edge communication skills, time honored philosophical archetypes and the humanity of coaching relationships.Masterful coaching must reinforce leading edge communication skills, a keen awareness of human and cultural differences and how to work with these effectively. The ability to generate innovative and client-centered ways to shift perspective, thus expanding possibilities, and the importance of co-creating sustainable plans to produce uncommon results are critical. Our certification is based on both a cognitive understanding of coaching AND demonstration of the 9 IAC Coaching Masteries. The first part of the certification process is a combination of an online test (that evaluates your knowledge and awareness of the masteries, legal, and ethical standards) and a submission of the MPDP (Masteries Professional Development Plan) for which you may be eligible to receive the IAC® Designation of Masteries Practitioner. The second part involves the submission of two, 30 to 45 minute recorded coaching sessions, where you demonstrate the practical application. The certification committee will evaluate how well you apply and demonstrate the 9 IAC Coaching Masteries® in your recorded coaching sessions.
As the coaching profession grows, and the practice of coaching evolves and transforms, IAC is furthering the interest of coaching worldwide through a rigorous certification process designed specifically to uphold, and advance the highest human standards of universal excellence. This is the hallmark of the IAC® certified coach