Coaching and Mentoring has its own unique set of skills. Without the formal regulation of a Regulator such as the International Regulator of Coaching and Mentoring CIC, there are many individuals and organisations representing themselves as coaches or mentors; where some of these are individuals without any formal coach-specific or mentor‐specific training. In some cases, they will be transferring their skills from other professions
into their Coaching or Mentoring profession. Coaches and Mentors often have to ‘unlearn’ old skills from their previous professions before they can competently learn the skills required to be an effective coach or mentor.
Therefore, selecting to work with a coach or mentor who has no formal coach or mentor training, may result in an inadequate or ineffective coaching or mentoring experience for you.
Whether you are selecting a coach or mentor to work with you or to work with individuals within your organisation, it is important that you select the right Coach or Mentor. The end result will depend on it.
We would recommend interviewing more than one Coach or Mentor, and below is a range of questions that you may select to ask during the interview:
The IRCM CIC is the first independent body to create a directory to include coaches and mentors worldwide who are currently performing a service as a coach or mentor and who has a duty of care to the coaching and mentoring buying public. It is for this reason that the IRCM CIC provides you with the Directory of Coaches and Mentors to enable you to verify the qualification and competence of the coach or mentor you hire or are working with.
The directory shows information that is provided by the Coach or Mentor, which may be held in the public domain. If Registered, this information shows their qualifications and competence as a coach or mentor. If Listed, this information cannot be verified by the IRCM CIC.
The qualification should be through a training company that is found as Registered on the IRCM CIC’s Education Directory, whereas the competence is demonstrated by the independent recognition provided by an IRCM CIC Registered/Accredited Professional Body.