Coaching and Mentoring Industry Challenges

The IRCM CIC Steering and Advisory Committees are an integral part of the Industry Direction Department.  These Committees provide advice, guidance and/or recommendations for changes to the IRCM CIC’s Codes of Conduct and where required, recommendations for the industry direction.

The IRCM CIC’s challenge is to grow consumer confidence in the industry through an international industry Code of Ethics, Standards and Core Competencies; as well as providing a clear direction for the coaching and mentoring industry.

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The challenges faced across the coaching and mentoring industry are:

  • Coaches and Mentors provide their services to consumers (individuals and/or organisations); who are known as their clients.
    • There are a number of issues with how consumers identify the competence and quality of each coach and/or mentor.
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  • Organisations are any type of organisation that works in or is involved in the coaching and mentoring industry.

Professional Bodies provide support for the coaches, mentors, and private commercial training companies in the coaching and mentoring industry: who are known as their members.

Industry-related organisations are any company; whether a coach, mentor, education/training, professional body, support group, etc.; that trades within the coaching and mentoring industry.

Non-industry related organisations are any company that is not within the coaching and mentoring industry, who employ coaches and/or mentors; either directly as employees or by sub-contract.

These are defined as ‘client’ organisations where the coach and/or mentor is providing a service to the owners, directors, or staff within the organisation.  The coach and/or mentor may be employed by the organisation or maybe contracting their services to the organisation.  Although these organisations do not form part of the coaching and mentoring industry, the coaches and/or mentors employed by these organisations fall within the remit of the Industry.

Supporting organisations may be defined as ‘agency’ or ‘marketing’ or ‘coaching/mentoring’ organisations where the coach and/or mentor is providing a service to the organisations’ clients.  The coach and/or mentor may be contracting their services to the organisation or maybe a marketing referral or some similar type of service.  Although these organisations do not form part of the coaching and mentoring industry, the coaches and/or mentors contracted by these organisations fall within the remit of the Industry.

Support Groups provide localised, generally face-2-face support for coaches and/or mentors.

  • There are a number of issues with how individuals within the industry represent themselves and behave as organisations.
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  • There are a number of issues with how consumers identify the competence of each organisation (individual/organisation) within the industry.
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  • There are a number of issues with organisations outside the industry and how they manage their relationships with individuals/organisations from within the industry.

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Consumers are those individuals/organisations who benefit from the services and/or products provided by the coaching and mentoring industry; clients, students, members of Professional Bodies/Support Groups, and staff (of all levels) of organisations.

    • Members of Professional Bodies
    • Members of Support Groups
    • Students of Education Bodies/Training Organisations
    • Clients of Coaches and/or Mentors

PLEASE NOTE: A consumers advisory committee will be added to the structure in a later phase of the Steering and Advisory Committee development.

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  • Education is provided by both formal government-mandated education bodies and private commercial training organisations; who provide education/training (courses and workshops) to coaches, mentors, and others.  The consumers are known as their students.
    • The two major representations in this industry are:
      • Formal Education Bodies – Universities, Colleges, Schools – where the education standards are determined by the countries government Education Department.
      • Private Commercial Training Companies – where the education standards are not controlled by the countries government Education Department.

It is important to recognise that it is not the IRCM CIC’s remit to define education standards for a country but to support the industry through the content elements of each training course – ethics, standards, and core competencies.

    • ‘Authorisation’ and ‘approval’ is provided by:
      • Government Education Departments
        • For formal education provided through universities, colleges, schools
      • Professional Bodies
        • Private Commercial Training Organisations are recognised as:
          • Private Commercial Training Organisations
          • Coaches and/or Mentors who provide training.
        • Private commercial training organisations may meet their countries education system but have no formal ‘authorisation’ except where they have been successfully awarded a verification by one or more Professional Bodies.
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    • There are a number of issues with how consumers determine what is in the content of the courses/workshops.  Education/training should be driven by the history, needs, and regulation of an industry, through the international industry recognised Codes of Standards, Ethics, and Core Competencies as published by the IRCM CIC.     

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Coaching and Mentoring covers every conceivable industry from personal life, through business, through sports, through personal/professional development, etc.  The remit of the IRCM CIC is not to determine the standards, ethics, and core competencies of individual industries; but to ensure that the coaching and mentoring standards, ethics, and core competencies are robust.
In other words, whether a coach is a personal life coach, a business coach, a rugby coach, an athletics coach or a business mentor, an athletic mentor, etc.; the coaching and mentoring ethics, standards, and core competencies should remain the same 

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