Following on from the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology ruling in November, 2000 where they identified the need for public protection by regulating practitioners; Andrew Haigh founded the International Regulator of Coaching and Mentoring CIC (IRCM).
The International Regulator of Coaching and Mentoring CIC (IRCM) is a company limited by guarantee and a Community Interest Company. The IRCM is the only international regulator for Coaching and Mentoring approved for the protection of the consumers, by the Regulator of Community Interest Companies through its community interest test. The Regulator of Community Interest Companies is appointed by the United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, formally known as the Department of Trade & Industry. In short, legislation released in 2005 provides that the Regulator of Community Interest Companies ensures transparency and provides the IRCM with the authority to do what its objects prescribe.
This approval gives the IRCM the authority to carry out activities for the benefit of coaching and mentoring consumers (buyers, end-users, clients, customers, students, and members), and for this reason the IRCM is required to submit an additional publically available report to the Registrar of Companies each year; where the IRCM is required to show what has been done to support the consumers of the coaching and mentoring industry.
The activities carried out by the IRCM cover creating and maintaining a single unified register of Professional Bodies, Training Organisations, Coaches, Mentors, and Commercial Organisations, and continues to work with those committed to raising the Standards, Confidence and Excellence in the coaching and mentoring industry. This register will provide each consumer with the information provided by the Professional Body about the services it provides and the members (coaches, mentors, training organisations) who abide by their codes; as well as noting individuals and organisations that have not renewed their membership or ceased to trade.
The IRCM is the first independent body to search the globe and discovery exactly how many coaches, mentors, training organisations and professional bodies are currently trading; through publicaly available information found on the internet. Since its inception, the IRCM has contacted these individuals and organisations many times asking them to confirm that the data sourced is correct, and provide their views and feedback. Thousands replied and the views expressed and feedback received, confirmed that the critical analysis of this information demonstrated the concerns raised by the Lords Select Committee and many of this industries consumers.
Consumers benefit from this single unified register; which lists all Professional Bodies and identifies those that meet the IRCM’s criteria which includes abiding by a unified Code of Industry Ethics, unified Core Competencies, Disciplinary Procedures, and recognising a central Ombudsman Service. On the register, the IRCM will record all notifications of professional misconduct. Individuals and organisations can request to be removed from the register and the IRCM will comply, providing the consumers with a reason for public record.
Through the registers, the IRCM endeavours to support the consumers in providing details of all genuine Professional Bodies, Training Organisations, Coaches and/or Mentors; and continues to promote excellence; improving confidence in the international community of coaching and mentoring.