May 12, 2010

Executive Coaching Certification

Acquiring Executive Coaching certification is undoubtedly the fastest growing desirable appendage to a middle managers CV than anything else at this moment.
Even accountancy partnerships are actively encouraging their senior members to study and qualify as executive coaches to add to their already highly skilled portfolio of qualifications.

Currently there is no formal bureaucratic regulatory framework for Executive Coaching Certification at this moment in the UK.
It is a relatively young and growing profession and the freedom still exists allowing for creativity and energy to express itself within a framework of ethical self-regulation.

That said – a basic fundamental for any corporate buyer of executive coaching certification services is that their chosen  training provider has professional affiliation with a reputable coaching body and can easily testify to its credibility. There are  several such organisations overseeing coaching at the moment in the UK.

There are the self-regulating coaching bodies that have emerged from the coaching industry itself and are made up of coaches who set their standard for coaching and coach-training.
These include such organisations as ICF (International Coaching Federation), ECI (European Coaching Institute), EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council, LBCAI (Life and Business Coaching Association of Ireland) and AC (Association of Coaching in the United Kingdom)

Meanwhile the Institutes involved in this field of learning encompass executive coaching as part of their strategic overview around management, training and HR and include the ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management and CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).

The PSG Scotland Executive Coaching Certification maps to the ILM standards which is such an awarding body. This means they are viewed as robust and rigorous qualifications with all the credibility and status that this implies.

PSG Scotland feel that while the profession evolves – it is important to look at the nature of the course you are considering and make an informed judgement to discover whether it is independently awarded or privately awarded and whether it is receives proper oversight from one of the organisations mentioned above.

Only then can you confidently assert that the qualification has international portability and has rigorous evaluation processes.


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