It has become recognized practice that coaches at every stage in their coaching journey continually seek development, both personally in terms of deepening their coaching presence and awareness, and professionally in terms of competencies, ethics and standards.
In order to become a member of the ICF, the new eligibility requirements mean that you must have at least 60 hours of training. Further training, mentoring and an examination of your skills is needed, along with extensive client coaching hours, for accreditation.
Professional development for coaches is on-going, with 40 Continuing Coach Education Units (CCEUs) needed to renew accreditation. An emerging trend internationally is engaging in the practice of ‘coaching supervision’ similar in concept to the supervision which supports many behavioral science professions.