FURTHER DETAILS

The IRCM Steering Committee is an integral part of the Future Direction Department; and provides advice, guidance and/or recommendations for changes to the IRCM’s Codes to the Compliance and Accreditation Department, and where required, recommendations to the Future Direction Department.

The IRCM’s challenge is 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.  There are also the IRCM’s Consumer Code and the IRCM’s Code of Conduct.

The coaching and mentoring industry comprises the following four major elements:

  • Individual Suppliers are coaches and mentors who provide their services to clients (individuals and/or organisations).
  • Organisations are any type of organisation that works in or is involved in the coaching and mentoring industry.
    • Professional Bodies
    • Support Groups
    • Commercial Organisations
      • Industry related organisations who employ coaches and/or mentors and/or trainers (i.e. Coach/Mentor Company, Coach/Mentor Employment Agency, Education Organisation, or any other type of organisation).
        The Organisation Advisory Steering Committee must consider that every single person/organisation within this industry is running or employed by a Commercial Organisation.
      • Non-industry related organisations who employ coaches and/or mentors.
        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 may be contracting their services to the organisation.  Although these organisations do not form part of the Future Direction of the coaching and mentoring industry, and as such the organisations will not be represented by the IRCM’s Steering Committee; the coaches and/or mentors employed by these organisations fall within the remit of the Industry.
      • Supporting organisations.
        The IRCM recognises Commercial Organisations who provide services and products to the organisations/individuals within the Coaching and Mentoring Industry.  Although these Commercial Organisations can register on the IRCM Register, they are not regulated by the IRCM, and for this reason do not form part of the Future Direction of the coaching and mentoring industry; and will not be represented by the IRCM’s Steering Committee.
    • Education is provided by both formal government mandated education bodies and private commercial training organisations. Both forms of education bodies will provide training (courses and workshops) to individual suppliers and others; known as students.
      • Formal Education Bodies – Universities, Colleges, Schools
      • Private Commercial Training Companies
        Private Commercial Training Companies are not only those companies which define themselves as training companies, but also any company/individual who runs one or more training courses/workshops for coaching and mentoring.
    • 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
      • Students of Education
      • Clients of Coaches and/or Mentors

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

 

For Education specifically, the two major representations of this industry are:

  • Governments in defining their country education standards
  • Professional Bodies in verifying the standards of the Private Commercial Training Companies

It is important to recognise that it is not the IRCM’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.

Formal education bodies (universities, colleges, schools) are ‘authorised’ by their countries education system to provide education/training.

Private commercial training organisations may meet their countries education system but have no formal ‘authorisation’ except for their verification by Professional Bodies.  The content of the courses should be driven by the history, needs, and regulation of an industry, through the Unified Codes defined by the IRCM’s Education Advisory and Overall Steering Committees.

‘Authorisation’ is provided by:

  • Government Education Standards
    • For formal education provided through universities, colleges, schools
  • Professional Bodies through Accreditation/Credentialing for:
    • Private Commercial Training Companies
    • Individual Suppliers – Coaches and/or Mentors

Coaching and Mentoring covers every conceivable industry from personal life, through business, through sports, through personal/professional development, etc.  The remit of the IRCM is not to determine the standards, ethics, and core competencies of the individual industries; but to ensure that the coaching and mentoring within those industries is 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     

 

There are currently three levels to the IRCM Steering Committee structure:

  • Overall Steering Committee
    • has the final decision as to the recommendations provided to the relevant IRCM Departments.
    • This Steering Committee also works with the Future Directions Department on other projects, for example identifying and registering/renewing with organisations/bodies that the IRCM is and should be ‘Recognised By’.
  • Coaching and Mentoring Steering Committee
    • takes the recommendations from the Advisory Steering Committee and confirms whether each point applies to (1) coaching, (2) mentoring, or (3) coaching and mentoring.
    • This steering committee will also be responsible for ensuring that language, culture, and geographical differences are identified and noted.
    • This Steering Committee also works with the Future Directions Department on other projects, for example identify and clarifying the niche markets within the coaching and/or mentoring industry.
  • Advisory Steering Committees

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The Overall Steering Committee is a small group nominated by the Future Directions Department and appointed by the IRCM’s Board of Directors.  The individuals who make up this Steering Committee meet the IRCM’s Overall Steering Committee profile.

This Steering Committee has the final decision as to the recommendations provided to the relevant IRCM Departments.

This Steering Committee is a global committee which is made up of, a maximum of:

  • 10 people representing Education,
  • 10 people representing Individual Suppliers,
  • 10 people representing Support Groups, and
  • 10 people representing Organisations.

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The Overall Steering Committee profile are individuals who:

  • cannot be a member of the IRCM team (Members, Board, Staff).
  • have been an active part of the industry for a minimum of 15-20 years.
  • have a proven track record in the industry.
  • have a proven record in shaping the industry.
  • This profile may be updated at any time and more specifically at the time the Consumers Advisory Steering Committee is defined and created.

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The Overall Steering Committee is proposed and nominated by the Future Direction Department and the IRCM’s Board of Directors:

  • In October each year, the Director of Future Direction reviews the Overall Steering Committee and requests that the IRCM Board accepts or proposes new/replacement Overall Steering Committee members.
    There is no restriction to the length of time a Steering Committee member may be active within this Committee, but it is within the remit of the IRCM Future Direction Department to review the involvement of each member and their commitment to this process.
  • During October and November, the Director of Future Development reviews the proposals, and provides the Board of Directors with the final list for their agreement.
  • At the beginning of December, the Director of Future Direction emails each member inviting them to remain or join the Overall Steering Committee and provides details on the process.
  • Once all members of the Overall Steering Committee are confirmed, they will elect their Officers (Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, and Secretary) and provide details to the Director of Future Direction. The IRCM will facilitate this process through email introductions and the offer of online conference facilities.

It is important that the people elected can differentiate between ‘general’ (coaching and mentoring) and ‘specific’ (coaching or mentoring) recommendations, and that they have an understanding of cover language, cultural and geographical considerations.

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This Steering Committee will receive all recommendations from the Coaching and Mentoring Steering Committee.

Each member of this Steering Committee will have an in-depth knowledge of the industry, the definitions of coaching and mentoring, and the existing Codes.

Using their in-depth knowledge, they will review the full the details of each recommendation, and make an informed decision based their understanding of the issues within the industry and those addressed by each Advisory Steering Committee; taking into consideration the impact these will have on the different elements of the coaching and mentoring industry.  For example, a recommendation to make a change to the Core Competencies in relation to Education must follow through to the codes applicable to the Individual Suppliers, and maybe to the Support Groups.

This Steering Committee has the authority to decide whether the recommendations received from the Coaching and Mentoring Steering Committee are put forward as approved recommendations to the relevant IRCM Department.  Where this Steering Committee has questions that need to be clarified, or select to reject the recommendation, they will make their questions clear and, where applicable, provide full reasoning for rejection.

Approved recommendations are sent to the Compliance and Accreditation Department so that they can update the relevant Code(s).  Where the recommendation is not relevant to one of the IRCM’s Codes, they will send the information to the Future Direction Department.

It is important that when the recommendation is put forward that this Steering Committee identifies which Advisory Steering Committee it came from and their reason for approving the change.  Where the change impacts more than one code, it’s important that each code is reviewed, and included in the recommendation.

Where a recommendation is specific to language, culture, or geographical area; it is important that this is included in the approved recommendation.

Advice, guidance and/or recommendations that have raised questions or been rejected, will be sent to the Future Directions Department with full details.  The Future Directions Department will make the decision on how to progress.

It is important that this Steering Committee identifies any advice, guidance or recommendation that might conflict with the existing codes or a new and approved advice, guidance or recommendation.

This Steering Committee has the added responsibility to work with the Future Development Department on other industry related areas i.e. identifying and building relationships with organisations the IRCM is and should be Recognised By.

This Steering Committee specifically reviews all recommendations from the individual Advisory Steering Committees to determine how the recommendations will work within the coaching and mentoring industry from (1) a coaching aspect, (2) a mentoring aspect, or (3) a combined coaching and mentoring aspect.

This is important, as the IRCM provides a single Unified Code of Industry Ethics and a single Unified Coaching and Mentoring Industry Core Competencies; and within these codes the IRCM will identify whether the clause is specific to coaching or mentoring, and not to both coaching and mentoring.

This Steering Committee must also be aware of culture, language, and geographical requirements; and will work with each recommendation to ensure that they work globally across the world, or that they are specific to (1) one or more languages, (2) one or more cultures, and (3) one or more geographical areas.

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This Steering Committee is a global committee which is made up of, a maximum of:

  • 10 people elected from the Education Advisory Steering Committee and,
  • 10 people elected from the Individual Suppliers Advisory Steering Committee,
  • 10 people elected from the Support Groups Advisory Steering Committee, and
  • 10 people elected from the Organisational Advisory Steering Committee.

At the beginning of each calendar year, the members of this Steering Committee are elected by the members of all Advisory Steering Committees.  Once they are elected this committee will elect their Officers (Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, and Secretary).

It is important that the people elected can differentiate between ‘general’ (coaching and mentoring) and ‘specific’ (coaching or mentoring) recommendations, and that they have an understanding of cover language, cultural and geographical considerations.

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This Steering Committee will receive all recommendations from each Advisory Steering Committee.  Each member of this Steering Committee will have an in-depth knowledge of the industry, the definitions of coaching and mentoring, and the existing Codes.  Their responsibility is to review the full details of each and for each recommendation, and using their in-depth knowledge they will either confirm or change or decide whether the recommendation is specific to:

  • (1) coaching only, or (2) mentoring only, or (3) applicable to both coaching and mentoring.
  • (1) language, (2) culture, and/or (3) geographical area.

This Steering Committee, once the decision has been made, will forward each recommendation to the Overall Steering Committee; identifying which Advisory Steering Committee provided the recommendation, and their reasons for the decisions taken.

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This Steering Committee has the added responsibility to work with the Future Development Department on other industry related areas i.e. to be clear and absolute it is important for the consumers that the industry can clearly identify the different niche markets within the industry and/or those industries that support the coaching and mentoring industry.

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Each Advisory Steering Committee created has a responsibility for one element of the industry i.e. individual suppliers, organisations, local support, or education.

Each Advisory Steering Committee will represent both parts of this industry – coaching and mentoring; and will be aware of the differences between coaching and mentoring when doing their research, holding their discussions, and making their recommendations.

A recommendation may relate to (1) coaching only, (2) mentoring only, or (3) both coaching and mentoring.  Recommendations may also be specific to language, culture, and/or geographical regions.

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The current Advisory Steering Committees:

  1. Individual Supplier Advisory Steering Committee
    responsible specifically for individual suppliers (coaches and mentors).
  2. Education Advisory Steering Committee
    responsible specifically for coach/mentor education/training at all levels.
  3. Support Groups Committee
    responsible specifically for issues around how to provide localised support for coaches and/or mentors, and Continuing and On-going Professional Development.
  4. Organisational Steering Committee
    responsible specifically to do with the running and operation of an Organisation, for example, Professional Body, Support Group, Coach/Mentor Company, Coach/Mentor Employment Agency, Education Organisation (Formal/Commercial), or any other type of organisation who is part of the coaching and mentoring industry.
  5. Consumers Steering Committee
    will be added to the structure in a later phase of the Steering Committee development; and are solely responsible for IRCM’s Consumer Code.

N.B. the Education Advisory Steering Committee has the final decision over what needs to be included in the IRCM’s Codes for training/education.  Where there is a dispute between the Individual Supplier and/or Support Groups and/or Education Advisory Steering Committees, the dispute must be raised with and resolved by the Coaching and Mentoring and/or Overall Steering Committee.

The Individual Suppliers Advisory Steering Committee is made up of coaches and mentors nominated by all REGISTERED and ACCREDITED Professional Bodies to represent for Coaches and Mentors in the coaching and mentoring industry.

This Advisory Steering Committee is responsible for understanding the issues relating to coaches and mentors working within this industry, researching and reviewing these issues and putting forward recommendations for:

It is important that this Advisory Steering Committee takes into account new skills, techniques, tools, etc. that are being incorporated into training through the Education Advisory Steering Committee but it is not the responsibility of this Advisory Steering Committee to consider the education side of coaching and mentoring, but to focus on the codes required to work with consumers (clients, students, and members).

The Professional Bodies who represent accredited/credentialed Individual Suppliers (Coaches and/or Mentors) who have:

  • 9,999 or less accredited/credentialed Coaches and/or Mentors are provided with 1 place on the Individual Suppliers Advisory Steering Committee.
  • 10,000 to 24,999 accredited/credentialed Coaches and/or Mentors are provided with 2 places on the Individual Suppliers Advisory Steering Committee.
  • 25,000 to 49,999 accredited/credentialed Coaches and/or Mentors are provided with 3 places on the Individual Suppliers Advisory Steering Committee.
  • 50,000 to 99,999 accredited/credentialed Coaches and/or Mentors are provided with 4 places on the Individual Suppliers Advisory Steering Committee.
  • 100,000 or more accredited/credentialed Coaches and/or Mentors are provided with 5 places on the Individual Suppliers Advisory Steering Committee.

The Education Advisory Steering Committee is made up of representatives nominated by the following to represent all levels of Education in the coaching and mentoring industry:

  • REGISTERED Formal Education Bodies
  • REGISTERED and ACCREDITED Professional Body representation for Commercial Training Companies

This Advisory Steering Committee is is responsible for understanding how the IRCM’s Unified Codes can be incorporated into education/training (courses/workshops) and for the quality of the trainers; by understanding the issues relating to training within this industry, researching and reviewing these issues and putting forward recommendations for:

This Advisory Steering Committee focuses on these Codes as the educational requirements for the Coaching and Mentoring Industry, using the basis of all requirements as defined in the Codes and may take recommendations from the Individual Suppliers Advisory Steering Committee.  It is important that this Advisory Steering Committee includes the quality of trainers as a part of its responsibility.

As a new industry, it is important that this Advisory Steering Committee takes into account all new or newly identified skills, techniques, tools, etc. that are being discussed or proposed for inclusion in the coaching and mentoring industry.  It is the responsibility of this Advisory Steering Committee to identify what (1) must be included, (2) could be included and (3) not included in all training courses/workshops for coach and/or mentoring training (courses/workshops).  It is important that the Core Competencies specifically identify this information.

The Education Advisory Steering Committee has the final decision over what needs to be included in the IRCM’s Codes for training/education.  Where there is a dispute between the Individual Supplier and/or Support Groups and/or Education Advisory Steering Committees, the dispute must be raised with and resolved by the Coaching and Mentoring and/or Overall Steering Committee.

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The Formal Education Bodies (universities, colleges, schools) who have:

  • 4,999 or less students currently studying on a coaching or mentoring course (of any education standard) are provided with 1 place on the Education Advisory Steering Committee.
  • 5,000 to 9,999 students currently studying on a coaching or mentoring course (of any education standard) are provided with 2 places on the Education Advisory Steering Committee.
  • 10,000 to 24,999 students currently studying on a coaching or mentoring course (of any education standard) are provided with 3 places on the Education Advisory Steering Committee.
  • 25,000 to 49,999 students currently studying on a coaching or mentoring course (of any education standard) are provided with 4 places on the Education Advisory Steering Committee.
  • 50,000 or above students currently studying on a coaching or mentoring course (of any education standard) are provided with 5 places on the Education Advisory Steering Committee.

The Professional Bodies who represent both Private Commercial Training Companies who have:

  • 999 or less Private Commercial Training Companies accredited/credentialed for one or more coaching or mentoring courses (of any education standard) are provided with 1 place on the Education Advisory Steering Committee.
  • 1,000 to 2,499 Private Commercial Training Companies accredited/credentialed for one or more coaching or mentoring courses (of any education standard) are provided with 2 places on the Education Advisory Steering Committee.
  • 2,500 to 4,999 Private Commercial Training Companies accredited/credentialed for one or more coaching or mentoring courses (of any education standard) are provided with 3 places on the Education Advisory Steering Committee.
  • 5,000 to 9,999 Private Commercial Training Companies accredited/credentialed for one or more coaching or mentoring courses (of any education standard) are provided with 4 places on the Education Advisory Steering Committee.
  • 10,000 or more Private Commercial Training Companies accredited/credentialed for one or more coaching or mentoring courses (of any education standard) are provided with 5 places on the Education Advisory Steering Committee.

The Support Group Advisory Steering Committee is made up of coaches and mentors nominated by all REGISTERED Support Groups to represent for local support and continuous/on-going professional development for Coaches and Mentors in the coaching and mentoring industry.

This Advisory Steering Committee is responsible for understanding the issues relating to coaches and mentors working within this industry, researching and reviewing these issues and putting forward recommendations for:

  • support
  • on-going and/or continuous professional development.

This Advisory Steering Committee is required to be up to date on all IRCM Codes, specifically:

It is important that this Advisory Steering Committee takes into account new skills, techniques, tools, etc. that are being incorporated into training through the Education Advisory Steering Committee but it is not the responsibility of this Advisory Steering Committee to consider the education side of coaching and mentoring, but to focus on the areas of support required by Coaches and/or Mentors working in this industry.

The Education Advisory Steering Committee has the final decision over what needs to be included in the IRCM’s Codes for training/education.  Where there is a dispute between the Individual Supplier and/or Support Groups and/or Education Advisory Steering Committees, the dispute must be raised with and resolved by the Coaching and Mentoring and/or Overall Steering Committee.

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The Support Groups who are REGISTERED with the IRCM are provided with 1 place on the Support Group Advisory Steering Committee.  

The Organisation Steering Committee specifically focuses on how organisations legally and professionally operate, and is made up of representatives nominated by:

  • REGISTERED and ACCREDITED Professional Bodies for coaches, mentors, and private commercial training organisations
  • REGISTERED Formal Education Bodies

This Advisory Steering Committee is responsible for understanding how the IRCM’s Unified Codes are incorporated into the professional running and operating of a business or formal education body, including the professional behaviour of all levels of staff (owners, directors, managers, administrators, tutors, trainers, etc.).  By understanding the issues around the requirements of running an organisation, this steering committee will be putting forward proposals for:

This Advisory Steering Committee focuses on these Codes as the basis of how all organisations (and each member of staff (direct or contract)) within each organisation, behaves in the Coaching and Mentoring Industry, using the basis of all requirements as defined in the Codes and recommended by the Individual Suppliers Advisory Steering Committee.

It is important that this Advisory Steering Committee takes into account business legislation in each country around the world.  It is not the responsibility of this Advisory Steering Committee to consider the education side or how coaches and/or mentors work with their clients, but to focus on the codes required for an organisation to work and each member of staff (direct or contract) to behave internally (working within the organisation) and externally (working with consumers (clients, students, and members)).

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The formal education bodies (universities, colleges, schools) who have:

  • 4,999 or less students currently studying on a coaching or mentoring course (of any education standard) are provided with 1 place on the Organisation Advisory Steering Committee.
  • 5,000 to 9,999 students currently studying on a coaching or mentoring course (of any education standard) are provided with 2 places on the Organisation Advisory Steering Committee.
  • 10,000 to 24,999 students currently studying on a coaching or mentoring course (of any education standard) are provided with 3 places on the Organisation Advisory Steering Committee.
  • 25,000 to 49,999 students currently studying on a coaching or mentoring course (of any education standard) are provided with 4 places on the Organisation Advisory Steering Committee.
  • 50,000 or above students currently studying on a coaching or mentoring course (of any education standard) are provided with 5 places on the Organisation Advisory Steering Committee.

The Professional Bodies who represent both Commercial Training Companies and/or Individual Suppliers (Coaches and/or Mentors) are provided with:

  • 1 place on the Organisation Advisory Steering Committee, for:
    • 9,999 or less accredited/credentialed Coaches and/or Mentors
    • 999 or less accredited/credentialed Private Commercial Training Companies
  •  2 places on the Organisation Advisory Steering Committee, for:
    • 10,000 to 24,999 accredited/credentialed Coaches and/or Mentors
    • 1,000 to 2,499 accredited/credentialed Private Commercial Training Companies
  •  3 places on the Organisation Advisory Steering Committee, for:
    • 25,000 to 49,999 accredited/credentialed Coaches and/or Mentors
    • 2,500 to 4,999 accredited/credentialed Private Commercial Training Companies
  • 4 places on the Organisation Advisory Steering Committee, for:
    • 50,000 to 99,999 accredited/credentialed Coaches and/or Mentors
    • 5,000 to 9,999 accredited/credentialed Private Commercial Training Companies
  • 5 places on the Organisation Advisory Steering Committee, for:
    • 100,000 or more accredited/credentialed Coaches and/or Mentors
    • 10,000 or more accredited/credentialed Private Commercial Training Companies

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The individual Advisory Steering Committees are made of a specified number of people from the different IRCM ‘member’ organisations.

The Coaching and Mentoring Steering Committee is nominated from the individual Advisory Steering Committees.

The Overall Steering Committee is proposed and nominated by the Future Direction Department and the IRCM’s Board of Directors.

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There is no restriction to the length of time a Steering Committee member nominated by their organisation may remain as a member of the Steering Committee.  The only restriction is that they (1) remain a member of their nominating organisation and (2) the organisation remains REGISTERED/ACCREDITED with the IRCM.

There is no restriction to the length of time an Overall Steering Committee member by the IRCM Board of Directors may remain as a member of the Overall Steering Committee.  The only restriction is that they (1) meet the profile and (2) remain active on the Overall Steering Committee.

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The Officers (Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, and Secretary) of each Steering Committee are elected by the members of the Steering Committee.

The Officers and Members of the Steering Committees hold office for a period of no more than 1 year (1st January to 31st December), although there is no restriction to the number of times/years an officer may be appointed.

Advisory Steering Committee nominations
Individual Suppliers Education Support
Groups
Organisation
by PROFESSIONAL BODIES
accredited/credentialed Coaches and/or Mentors
10,000 or more 3
between 5,000 and 9,999 2
4,999 or less 1
accredited/credentialed Private Commercial Training Companies
for one or more coaching or mentoring courses (of any education standard)
1,000 or more 3
between 500 and 999 2
499 or less 1
accredited/credentialed Coaches and/or Mentors AND
accredited/credentialed Private Commercial Training Companies
10,000 or more Coaches and/or Mentors and 1,000 or more Training Companies 3
between 5,000 and 9,999 Coaches and/or Mentors and between 500 and 999 Training Companies 2
4,999 or less Coaches and/or Mentors and 499 or less Training Companies 1
by FORMAL TRAINING BODIES
students currently studying on a coaching or mentoring course
(of any education standard)
more than 10,000 students currently studying 3 3
between 5,000 and 9,999 students currently studying 2 2
4,999 or less students currently studying 1 1
by SUPPORT GROUPS 1
 

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