Lessons from the Certifiers

by Natalie Tucker Miller, IAC-CC


Is it necessary to complete a whole coaching session in the 30 minutes we are allotted? I understand that some of the things that tend to happen at the beginning of the session (trust and rapport building) and the end of the session (setting intentions, creating support structures) have to be included in the 30 minutes, but I believe these can also be demonstrated throughout a coaching session. Would I be downgraded if the coaching sample ended in the middle of something and it did not seem complete, but that significant learnings/changes/insights were completed to a certain degree, sufficient to demonstrate that I can do it? Likewise, would I be downgraded if the sample started in the middle of something and yet trust-building and intention-setting (in fact all the Masteries® ) were still demonstrated?


You’ve posed a very important question that I am sure is on the minds of many coaches. as After all, not all sessions are tied up in a neat little 30-minute package! It’s this reason we advise applicants to record as many sessions as possible, and choose wisely which recordings they submit for evaluation.

Here's a little bit of history: The first coaches to apply for IAC certification called into a bridgeline with their client and coached on-the-spot. The recording ended at the 30 minute mark; no re-do’s, no take backs! For some coaches and clients, it worked great; for others, it was too stressful, and thus difficult to demonstrate their coaching authentically.

The IAC then began allowing recorded submissions, and has since removed the bridgeline option altogether. The IAC sees this as the way for coaches to be best prepared, since they have the opportunity to self-evaluate before submitting.

There is a prevailing misconception that the Masteries® are linear. A coach may think, "It's the end so I have to weave in Mastery #9." In fact, you are correct in stating that truly masterful demonstrations have the elements of all the Masteries throughout the coaching session.

The real question is whether the session was complete enough to fulfill the scoring requirements.

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Natalie Tucker Miller, IAC-CC, is the Lead Certifier and a certifying examiner at the IAC, as well as Past-President. Natalie is founder of Ageless-Sages.com Publishing (www.ageless-sages.com), and creator of the literary genre, Picture Books for Elders™.


Please send your questions on the IAC Coaching Masteries® and the certification process to certification@certifiedcoach.org.

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