How are the Education Bodies and Training Organisations differentiated?

Formal Education

There are three different types of education bodies/training organisations in the coaching and mentoring industry:

  • Formal Education Body
    These are government-approved education bodies that provide government-approved training courses in coaching and/or mentoring.
    i.e. Universities, Colleges, and Schools
  • Commercial Training Organisations/Companies
    There are generally commercial training companies that do not come under the country’s Government Education Department/System, but who provide coaching and/or mentoring training to future coaches and/or mentors.
  • Coaches and/or Mentors (who provide training to their clients)
    These are generally Coaches and/or Mentors that do not come under the country’s Government Education Department/System, but who provide training, using their coaching and/or mentoring competence, to their clients.
    These Coaches and/or Mentors will be found on the Education and Training Directory as ‘Commercial Training Organisations’.

This single central directory is provided for the benefit of the consumers, and each directory entry provides details of all Education Bodies/Organisations that demonstrate their commitment to excellence in the coaching and mentoring industry.

The IRCM encourages all Formal Education Bodies, Commercial Training Organisations, and Coaches and Mentors who provide training, to REGISTER with the IRCM to demonstrate their commitment to their consumers (students).

Registering will confirm to your students/clients that you have agreed to abide by the IRCM’s industry-recognised Codes of Conduct and recognise the Ombudsman Service.

If these organisations select not to REGISTER with the IRCM, as they are not agreeing to abide by the industry recognised Code of Industry Standards and Ethics, Coaching and Mentoring Core Competencies, Disciplinary Procedures, and recognise the central Ombudsman Service, they are not demonstrating their organisations’ professionalism to their students/clients.

The IRCM further encourages Commercial Training Organisations and Coaches and Mentors who provide training, to authenticate their course and/or workshop standard by gaining an accreditation/credential from one or more IRCM Registered or Accredited Professional Bodies.

The full definition of ‘coach’, ‘mentor’, ‘coaching’ and ‘mentoring’ can be found in the internationally recognised definitions for the Coaching and Mentoring industry.

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