As a professional coach it is not enough to simply go through a good quality training programme. It is also I would say, nowadays, essential to also be fully accredited by one of the world’s leading accreditation bodies. It can be quite confusing, there are many organisations that call themselves accreditation bodies, when in fact they are merely trade organisations or privately owned membership organisations without the backing or mandate of any national or international education standards authority or governmental body.

We recommend at this moment only four organisations that we consider to be appropriate for a professional coach to be accredited by


IAPC&M  – International Authority for Professional Coaching and Mentoring

Established in 2004 as ECI Accreditation Limited, and most recently recognised as the IIC&M, they remain an independent organisation, run by coaches and mentors for the benefit of coaches, mentors and training providers.

They accredit independent coaches, mentors and coach/mentor training providers to ensure that they are operating at the highest possible standards.

ILM – Institute for leadership and management

ILM has the widest range of leadership and management qualifications, recognised training programmes and membership services.

Over 750,000 managers have benefited from an ILM qualification or recognised training programme in the past ten years, while 35,000 managers are now members of ILM.


IRCM – International Regulator for Coaching and Mentoring

IRCM is the first independent body to search the globe to initiate a search and discover exactly how many coaches and mentors are currently trading. We have spent over two years and thousands of hours completing our initial search.

IRCM is registered and is regulated by the Regulator who ensures transparency and provides a benefit to the community it serves and must file an annual report that is open to the public.

International Regulator of Coaching & Mentoring (IRCM). It was the very first voluntary independent regulatory body to be awarded Community Interest Company status by the Regulator of Community Interest Companies.


ICF – International Coach Federation

The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals.

As the world’s largest organization of professionally trained coaches, ICF confers instant credibility upon its members. ICF is also committed to connecting member coaches with the tools and resources they need to succeed in their careers.