How does the IRCM CIC identify the Coaching and Mentoring Consumers?

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The International Regulator of Coaching and Mentoring CIC’s (IRCM CIC) remit is simply to protect the Consumer, and it is not often recognised that people who work within the industry are also Consumers.

It is for this reason that the IRCM CIC in order to support the industry Consumers, that the following Consumers have been identified:

  • The CLIENT of a Coach and/or Mentor is generally recognised as someone who is not a part of the industry, who has employed a Coach and/or a Mentor to support their growth and development to achieve their full potential.  What is often not recognised is that:
    • a Coach and/or a Mentor can be a client.
    • a member of a Coaching and/or Mentoring organisation can be a client.

Therefore a CLIENT can be someone who is a part of the industry as well as someone who is not part of the industry.

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    Therefore generally a MEMBER will be someone who is part of the industry.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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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.

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