The IRCM’s remit is to create and maintain a single central unified directory of all organisations and individuals who have and continue to work within the coaching and mentoring industry  This directory and the unified Industry Codes will continue to grow consumer confidence in the industry.  This directory is split into three sections and the relevant sub-sections.

This directory is for the benefit of the consumers; whether the consumer is a
1. client of a coach and/or mentor,
2. student of an Education Organisation, or
3. member of a Professional Body or Support Group;

the IRCM provides each consumer with transparency and openness in its single unified directory.

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ORGANISATIONS DIRECTORY

COMMERCIAL ORGANISATIONS

INDIVIDUAL SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY

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Each register will display the organisations or individuals involvement in coaching and mentoring industry, and will show the IRCM Directory status – (L) listed, (R) registered or (A) accredited – and whether the organisation or individual is currently trading.

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Although the IRCM can confirm the directory status of each organisation or individual (REGISTERED or ACCREDITED).  The detail held for those Organisations and/or Individuals was correct at the time of application or renewal and it is the responsibility of the Organisation and/or Individual to provide regular updates as necessary.  Therefore, the extent to which you may rely on the information displayed on the detailed is in the hands of the Organisations and/or Individuals.

DIRECTORY DETAILS:

IRCM DIRECTORIES:

Organisations comprise both industry related organisations and non-industry related organisations.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies serve the Commercial Training Companies and the Individual Suppliers (Coaches, and Mentors) by providing a verification process (accreditation/credential); a membership service; and support.  On the IRCM’s Professional Bodies register, the IRCM:

  • lists all known Professional Bodies.
  • encourages Professional Bodies to abide by a defined, consistent, and unified code of ethics, standards, and core competencies, and recognise the Ombudsman Service for consumers by REGISTERING.
  • in addition to Registering, provides an independent verification for the Professional Body through ACCREDITATION – an independent verification of the Professional Bodies, standards, ethics, policies and processes.

Registered and Accredited Professional Bodies will be representing the industry on the IRCM’s Future Direction Steering Committees.

Organisations comprise both industry related organisations and non-industry related organisations.

Support Groups

Support Groups provide localised support and Continuing Professional Development.

  1. lists all know Support Groups.
  2. encourages all Support Groups to REGISTER and to abide by a defined and consistent code of ethics, standards, and core competencies, and recognise the Ombudsman Service for consumers.

Registered Support Groups will be representing the industry on the IRCM’s Future Direction Steering Committees.

Organisations comprise both industry related organisations and non-industry related organisations.

Commercial Organisations

Commercial Organisations are simply organisations (small, medium, or large) who:

  1. industry related organisations are organisations who employ one or more Coach and/or Mentor and/or Trainer (i.e. Coach/Mentor Company, Education Organisation, or any other type of organisation in which the employees work within the coaching and mentoring industry.)  The list of industry related organisations are the Professional Bodies, Support Groups, Education Organisations and Coaches and Mentors; therefore, there is no directory of industry related organisations as these found as part of all other registers.
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  2. non-industry related organisations who employ (directly or indirectly through contracts) Coaches and/or Mentors.  These are generally referred to as ‘client’ organisations.  These organisations may also be running their own training for coaches and/or mentors.
    Therefore it is not the organisation that falls into this industry, but those coaches and/or mentors providing a coaching and/or mentoring service or undertaking the training.
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  3. supporting organisations who provide products and services to the coaching and mentoring industry i.e. insurance, accounting, tax, websites, marketing, etc.

The IRCM’s Education Directory comprises of two types of education bodies/organisations:

  1. Formal Education Bodies which are recognised as Government Approved Education bodies – Universities, Colleges, and Schools.
  2. Private Commercial Training Organisations/Companies which are recognised as private companies that provide coaching and/or mentoring training.

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Formal Education Bodies

  • Formal Education Bodies are simply recognised Government Approved Education bodies – Universities, Colleges, and Schools.
  • The IRCM encourages all Formal Education Bodies to REGISTER and abide by a defined and consistent code of ethics, standards, and core competencies, and recognise the Ombudsman Service for consumers (students).
  • It is not the responsibility of the IRCM to ACCREDIT Formal Education Bodies.  These Formal Education Bodies will be approved through their countries government education department/system.
  • To grow consumer confidence in the industry through an agreed Unified Code of Ethics and Standards and the Unified Industry Core Competencies; and provide a clear Future Direction for the industry, the IRCM encourages all Formal Education Bodies to ensure that their courses/workshops incorporate the minimum requirements as defined by the IRCM.

Private Commercial Training Organisations/Companies

  • The IRCM encourages all Private Commercial Training Organisations to gain accreditation/credentialing with one or more Professional Bodies and to ensure that their organisation/company name is included on the IRCM through the link provided by their selected Professional Body/ies.
  • Where a Formal Training Bodies authority comes from the countries Education Department/System. the Private Commercial Training Organisations verification, through accreditation/credentialing comes from the Professional Bodies.
  • To grow consumer confidence in the industry through an agreed Unified Code of Ethics and Standards and the Unified Industry Core Competencies; and provide a clear Future Direction for the industry, the IRCM encourages all Private Commercial Training Organisations to ensure that their courses/workshops incorporate the minimum requirements as defined by the IRCM.
  • Where Private Commercial Training Organisations select not to join or gain accreditation/credentialing with a Professional Body, they may select to REGISTER independently. Their reason for not joining a Professional Organisation is passed onto the Future Direction Department.

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To ensure that all education organisations (Formal Education Bodies and Private Commercial Training Companies) are treated fairly, the IRCM will include a link from the Professional Body showing all Commercial Training Companies that are accredited/credentialed by a REGISTERED or ACCREDITED IRCM Professional Body, and include the details of all Formal Education Bodies.

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Formal Education Bodies will be representing the industry on the IRCM’s Future Direction Education Advisory Steering Committee; whereas the Private Commercial Education Organisations will be representing the industry through nomination from their Professional Body.

The Individual Suppliers Register will provide you with a list of all REGISTERED and ACCREDITED IRCM Professional Bodies with a direct link to their accredited/credentialed Coaches and/or Mentors.

Coaches and/or Mentors may select to register independently of a Professional Body.  They will be required to provide the details of their Professional Body or the reason they do not want to join a Professional Body.

IRCM DIRECTORY STATUS:

It is only Professional Bodies who may gain an Accreditation with the IRCM.  Accreditation for Private Commercial Training Organisations and Individual Suppliers (Coaches and/or Mentors) is gained through one or more Professional Bodies; and Formal Education Bodies are authorised through their countries Government Education Department.

Accredited Professional Bodies are those organisations who are competent and provide a quality to the coaching and mentoring industry, and have:

  • agreed to abide by the IRCM’s
    • Unified Code of Industry Ethics,
    • Unified Industry Core Competencies,
    • Disciplinary Procedures,
    • and recognises the Ombudsman Service for consumers;
  • and who have successfully completed the IRCM’s independent verification.

These Professional Bodies demonstrate that they and their members have committed to building trust, confidence, and excellence in the coaching and/or mentoring industry through their inclusion on the register, and detailed involvement on the IRCM Steering Committee.

Each Organisation or Individual who is REGISTERED, has agreed to abide by the IRCM’s:

  • Unified Code of Industry Ethics,
  • Unified Industry Core Competencies,
  • Disciplinary Procedures, and
  • recognises the Ombudsman Service for consumers.

These Organisations and Individuals demonstrate that they and for Professional Organisations/Support Groups, their organisation and members have committed to building trust, confidence, and excellence in the coaching and/or mentoring industry through their inclusion in the register, and where applicable, representation on the IRCM Steering Committee.

Listed by the IRCM provides the consumers with a list of all Professional Bodies, Support Groups, and relevant organisations trading in the coaching and mentoring industry who are not Registered or Accredited with the IRCM.

These organisations have been listed either during the IRCM’s independent search of the internet to discover exactly how many coaches, mentors, and organisations are currently trading; or by request.

The individuals listed, have been listed by their own request.

These organisations and individuals may have selected not to confirm their details, register, or accredit with the IRCM; and have not confirmed that they abide by the Unified Code of Industry Ethics, Unified Industry Core Competencies, Disciplinary Procedures, and recognise the Ombudsman Service for consumers; thereby not demonstrating that they have committed to building trust, confidence, and excellence in the coaching and/or mentoring industry.

TRADING:

Coach clarifies to the consumer which service or services this Organisation/Individual supports or provides.

Professional Organisations support individuals who work as coaches.

Education Organisations are those who train individuals to become coaches through learning mentoring skills, tools, techniques, etc.

Individual Suppliers are those individuals who provide a coaching service to their consumers.

Although it is generally the members of these bodies who are the consumers; it is important for all types of consumers to be clear about the service or services the Professional Body provides in the coaching and mentoring industry, so that they are aware of the validation through credential/accreditation/other status allocated to the individual they select as their coach, or training company they select to train with.

Mentor clarifies to the consumer which service or services this Professional Organisation supports.  This Professional Organisation supports individuals who work as mentors, and training organisations who train individuals to become mentors through learning mentoring skills, tools, techniques, etc.

Although it is generally the members of these bodies who are the consumers; it is important for all types of consumers to be clear about the service or services the Professional Body provides in the coaching and mentoring industry, so that they are aware of the validation through credential/accreditation/other status allocated to the individual they select as their coach, or training company they select to train with.

Coach and Mentor clarifies to the consumer which service or services this Professional Organisation supports.  This Professional Organisation supports individuals who work as coaches and mentors, and training organisations who train individuals to become coaches and mentors through learning mentoring skills, tools, techniques, etc.

Although it is generally the members of these bodies who are the consumers; it is important for all types of consumers to be clear about the service or services the Professional Body provides in the coaching and mentoring industry, so that they are aware of the validation through credential/accreditation/other status allocated to the individual they select as their coach, or training company they select to train with.

It is important to be aware of the skills being offered by the individual or courses/workshops being offered by the training organisations; as the definitions of these two elements of this industry provide the end-user consumer with different services.

Currently Trading confirms whether the Organisation or Individual is still trading.

This is important for the end-user consumer.  e.g. the consumer may have no way in which they can verify the qualification, competence or experience of a coach and/or mentor.

OTHERS:

There are a number of different types of organisations that can be represented as Professional Bodies in the coaching and mentoring industry:

  • Academy
  • Accreditation Body
    Accreditation Bodies hold approval from one of the following: Department of Business, Innovation & Skills; United Kingdom Accreditation Service; European Accreditation; European Commission Accreditation Conformity; or similar from outside the UK/EU.
  • Association
  • Chartered
    The authority to be recognised as Chartered comes from the Royal Prerogative, (the grant is made by the Sovereign (on the advice of the Privy Council)).  Having gained recognition, the Chartered Organisations are subject to the general law, generally self-regulating and not answerable to the Privy Council or the Privy Council Office in relation to the conduct of its internal affairs. 
  • Faculty
  • Guild
  • Institute
  • Membership
  • Society
  • Support Group
  • Trade Body
  • or another similar type of definition.

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

  • Formal Education Body
    These are Universities, Colleges, Schools; whose authority for the course comes from the countries Government Education Department/System.
    The IRCM encourages all Formal Education Bodies to REGISTER and abide by the relevant Unified Codes and Core Competencies; and to ensure that these are included in their training material.
  • Private Commercial Training Organisations/Companies
    There are training companies that do not come under the countries Government Education Department/System, and their courses/workshops are verified through accreditation/credentialing by one or more Professional Body.  It is this accreditation/credential that ensure all Unified Codes and Core Competencies are included in their training material.

The IRCM’s Star System is based on facts provided by the consumers; who, in this case, are the members (coaches, mentors, training organisations, support groups, professional bodies) of the coaching and mentoring industry.

With so many organisations and individuals representing themselves in the coaching and mentoring industry; the consumers are having challenges finding the right organisations or individuals to join/work/study with.  It can also be difficult for those within the industry: coaches, mentors, support groups, and training organisations (in other words, consumers); to understand the difference between the different products that are offered.

Star Ratings are provided by the consumers.  They are not a validation of the service or services provided but are simply the opinion of another person who has used the service or services offered by the organisation and/or individual.  It is the recommendation of the IRCM, that all consumers do their own due-diligence before employing a coach and/or mentor, applying to complete a training course/workshop, participating in a Support Group, or joining a Professional Body.

The IRCM encourages all consumers to provide input into the IRCM’s Star System.

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