Any commercial organisation can employ and/or market Coaches, Mentors or training within the Coaching and/or Mentoring industry.
Coaching and Mentoring has its own unique set of skills, and without working with the industry Regulator, there are many non-industry Commercial Organisations that represent themselves in the industry where they do not work to an industry definition or meet a unified industry standard.
Therefore the Consumers (clients, customers, students, or members) have no external or independent validation of the competence or quality provided by the services and/or products provided by or sold by the Commercial Organisation.
The IRCM provides each non-industry Commercial Organisation with the opportunity to gain a coaching and/or mentoring industry Accreditation where they have demonstrated transparency and openness in allowing the organisation's processes, policies, procedures, and/or selection criteria to be subjected to an in-depth inspection, verification, and audit.
Gaining accreditation with the IRCM means that the organisation has demonstrated a thorough understanding of the industry, has agreed to work within a single set of Codes of Conduct, recognise the Ombudsman Service, meets the minimum standards required to 'select' Coaches and/or Mentors and/or Commercial Training Organisations, and adhere to strict ethical guidelines as part of IRCM's remit and mission to protect the coaching and/or mentoring Consumers.