Report on Status of IAC Certification

Shirley Anderson,
Chair, IAC Board Of Governors
Chair, Certifying/Examiner Committee

As the chair of the Certifying/Examiner Committee,
I'd like to bring you up to date on the certification process.

First, we warmly thank and acknowledge the 10
coaches who volunteered to help refine the Step 2 procedures of
the certification process. This was a valuable learning experience.
We are just completing our reports to the Beta Test coaches on this
segment of the certifying process.

To perfect the system, Susan Austin, Anna Dargitz
and I worked with a group of 10 Beta Test coaches. We reviewed calls
that these coaches did with their clients, listening for mastery
of the 15 Proficiencies in a live coaching situation.

We were also working with a prototype of the
Online Scorecard, which was used to score the coach on each of the
15 Proficiencies. This scorecard provides a numeric scoring for
the level of mastery of the proficiency and a space for helpful

Because this is still in development, we backed
it up with a manual system. The score for each proficiency was reached
by consensus of at least two and usually three examiners, after
independent review. Since the Online Scorecard system needs more
tweaks, we are using the manual system to track the scores and feedback.

We are indebted to all of the Beta Test coaches
for their pioneering spirit and patience while we worked out the
bugs. As a result of the Step 2 calls that we reviewed, three of
the coaches moved on to Step 3, the personal interview with the
examiners. Sali Taylor Karen Van Cleve and Nina East have met the
requirement for IAC Certified Coach, and others in the Beta Test
group are in the process of completing requirements.

Going Forward
Now that the Beta Test is complete, we will soon open Step 2 in
May for the other coaches who successfully passed Step 1.

To streamline and simplify the process, we will
be asking coaches to take Step 2 in the future to audio-tape their
client calls and mail them to us. We will give the details in a
future IAC Voice Newsletter, when we are ready to go.

We also want to remind all candidates that,
except for those coaches who qualified for the fee exemption by
taking Step 1 by December 1, 2003, there is a $200 fee for taking
Step 2. This fee will cover the costs of the testing process. About
150 people qualified for the fee waiver for Step 2.

As you read in Barbara Mark's “President‘s
Message“ above, the IAC as an organization, was shaken by
the loss of Thomas Leonard. The founding directors served through
two difficult years and led us through incorporation and the challenges
around the creation and development of the IAC Certified Coach exam.
We honor them, as well as Thomas, by grappling with the current
realities while keeping focused on our mission to certify coaches
based solely on the 15 Proficiencies and to further the interests
of coaching clients worldwide.

Final Note
We want to clarify and distinguish the criteria for the IAC Certified
Coach designation, in case there is any confusion. We test solely
on the 15 Proficiencies taught by Coachville, LLC. We do not test
on the Coachville coaching system, which includes other components.
We do not test on any other philosophy, discipline or method. We
have found that masterful coaching incorporates use of the 15 Proficiencies
in a natural, organic way.

I will be in touch again when we can give you
the date and the details for the launch of Step 2.

© 2004, International Association of Coaching

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