What is Accreditation?

Any commercial organisation can call itself a Professional Body 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 Professional Bodies 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 their members (coaches, mentors, commercial training organisations).

The IRCM provides each Professional Body with the opportunity to gain an industry Accreditation where they have demonstrated transparency and openness in allowing the organisation’s processes, policies, and procedures 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 ‘accredit/credential’ 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.

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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.

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Currently, all information provided by and correspondence with the IRCM is in English.