- The STUDENT of a Coach and/or Mentor Formal Education Body or Private Commercial Training Organisation is generally recognised as someone who is not part of the industry, who has signed up for a coach and/or mentoring course. This will allow the Student to learn the skills to become a Coach and/or Mentor or to incorporate coaching and/or mentoring skills into their every career. What is often not recognised is that:
- a Coach and/or Mentor can be a student.
- a member of a Coaching and/or Mentoring organisation can be a student.
- Coaches and/or Mentors are encouraged to continue with their Continuing Professional Development.
Students can be trained by Formal Education Bodies (Universities, Colleges, Schools); Private Commercial Training Organisations; Coaches; Mentors; through structured written courses that provide a formal qualification, or through one or more workshops that may or may not provide a formal qualification, or through watching one or more short or long videos advertised or found on the internet, or through reading one or more books.
Therefore a STUDENT can be someone who is a part of the industry as well as someone who is not part of the industry,
and that all Coaches and/or Mentors will be recognised as students because they will continue to develop their own skills as a coach and/or mentor.
- The MEMBER of a Professional Body is generally recognised as someone who is part of the industry and has joined a Professional Body to gain an external validation of their competence as a Coach and/or Mentor.
Therefore generally a MEMBER will be someone who is part of the industry.
- The MEMBER of a Professional Body may also be the course/workshop creator, faculty, owners, and staff of a Private Commercial Training Organisation. Professional Bodies have the added responsibility to validate the quality of coaching and/or mentoring training.
MEMBERS will be the Private Commercial Training Organisation and if the Professional Body is validating both the organisation and its courses/workshop, the course/workshop creator, faculty, owners, and staff will also be members.
- The MEMBER of a Support Group is generally recognised as someone who is a part of the industry, but may also be someone who is not part of the industry.
In summary Coaching and Mentoring Industry Consumers are simply buyers, end-users, clients, customers, students, and members, who can also be coaches, mentors, or owner/staff of coaching/mentoring organisations.