The Professional Charter for Coaching, Mentoring and Supervision of Coaches, Mentors and Supervisors

Summary of the initiative

Given that the market is filled with unqualified persons selling their services as coaches, mentors and supervisors, the primary objective would be to protect clients and the purchasers of these services, in order to ensure they can select and purchase services delivered by trained and appropriately qualified practitioners.
Our aim to to ensure high standards in the services offered, i.e. the outputs of coaching, mentoring, supervision processes, the practice and ethos of coaches, mentors and supervisors who 1) have the required training and competencies, 2) engage in continued professional development, and 3) are, where possible, accredited or certified by professional coaching, mentoring and supervision associations.

Description of the Initiative



    Contact Point - Commission

    Self/Co-Regulation Basic Act

    Title of Act
    The Professional Charter for Coaching, Mentoring and Supervision of Coaches, Mentors and Supervisors

    Geographical Coverage

    Global coverage
    Participating Countries
    Other countries
    RS, TR


    Problems that lead to the introduction of Self/Co-Regulation and the adoption of the Founding Act
    Coaching, Mentoring and the Supervision of coaches, mentors and supervisors, are not regulated professions and hence any person who wishes can call themselves a coach, mentor or supervisor without requisite training and accreditation, continuing professional development, adherence to a code of ethics and minimum standards of competence and conduct.
    Purchasers of these services need robust criteria to inform their selection of coaches, mentors and supervisors and evidence of their professional competence and conduct. In addition, clients of these services need to be reassured that their coaches, mentors and supervisors follow ethical professional and business practices.
    Individual skilled practitioners wish to distinguish their practice both ethically and professionally and are keen to validate their credibility in the market.
    Standards across the industry benefit the range of stakeholders from client groups, to coaches, mentors, supervisors, and accredited coaching schools and academia.
    The status and reputation of the professions.
    Target Group(s)
    Clients : individuals or organisations
    Professional : coaches, mentors, supervisors
    Accredited organisations for programmes training coaches, mentors and supervisors
    Type of Instrument(s)
    Coaching Charter signed by:
    Association for Coaching (AC):
    Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision (APECS):
    Association of Business Mentors (UK):
    Association of Coaching Supervisors (AOCS):
    European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC):
    International Coaching Federation (ICF):
    International Mentoring Association (IMA):
    Société Française de Coaching (SfCoach):

    AC Global Code of Ethics -

    APECS Code of Ethics -

    Global Code of Ethics - - signed by:
    * the European Mentoring and Coaching Council - EMCC
    * the Association for Coaching - AC
    * Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision - APECS
    * Associazione Italiana Coach Professionisti - AICP
    * Mentoring Institute - NUM MI
    * International Mentoring Association - IMA
    * Associaçao Portugeusa de Gestao das Pessoas - APG

    ICF Code of Ethics -

    SfCoach Code of Ethics -

    EMCC Diversity and Inclusion Declaration -



    AC Coach and Executive Coach Accreditations: (
    Individual accreditations at: foundation, coach, professional and master levels
    AC Leader Coach Accreditation:
    Individual accreditation for Internal Coaches
    AC Coaching Supervisor Accreditation:
    Individual Supervisors and Coaching Supervisors

    APECS Accreditation (
    Individual Executive Coach, Team Coach, Supervisor - Master level only
    APECS Certification (
    Individual Executive Coach, Team Coach, Supervisor - Master level only

    EMCC Accreditations ( ) - with EU framework equivalences
    Individual coaches and mentors : European Individual Accreditation at foundation, practioner, senior practitioner or master levels
    Team coaches : Individual team coaching accreditation at foundation, practioner, senior practioner or master levels
    Individual supervisors : European Supervision Individual Accrediation (ESIA)
    EMCC Global Coach/Mentor Programme Manager Training Quality Award (PMQA)
    ICF Credentials (
    Individual coaches : International credential at associate, professional and master levels

    SfCoach Accreditation: ( 3 accreditation levels: practicien, associé et titulaire


    AC Coach Training Accreditation: Accredited Award in Coach Training (AACT), Accredited Certificate in Coach Training (ACCT, Accredited Diploma in Coach Training (ADCT) Accredited Advanced Diploma in Coach Training (ADDCT), Accredited Diploma in Coaching Supervision Training (ADCST), Recognized Course Leader as Coach (RCLaC)

    EMCC: EMCC Global Quality Award for Coach/Mentor Training (EQA); EMCC Global Supervision Quality Award for Training Providers (ESQA); EMCC International Standards for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes (ISMCP);;;

    ICF: Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) program accreditation; Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) accreditation; Continuing Coach Education (CCE) accreditation

    IMA :Mentoring Programme Accreditation (Gold & Silver levels) (



    APECS: Code of Ethics (

    EMCC: Complaints and Disciplinary Procedure (

    ICF:Ethical Conduct Review Process (
    Level(s) at which private rules should be defined and applied
    Type of Financing
    Membership fees
    Accreditation fees
    Annual Conferences
    Level of Financing
    Dependent on the coach, mentoring, supervision organisation
    Type of Monitoring
    Conduct an initial survey of compliance capacity of future regulateesConduct regular visits and spot checksInitiate complaints proceduresMaintain database of those bounded by the normsProduce regular reportsReceive complaints and verify if norms were breached or notReflexive dialogue with the - stakeholdersOther
    European Commission
    National public authority
    International public authority
    Private regulator (code owner)yesyesyes
    Private independent party with a mandate (e.g. auditors)
    Self-appointed private parties (e.g. NGOs)
    Succinct description of the type of Monitoring
    Members of the organisations are bound by Codes of Ethics. Accredited or credentialed members are re-accredited/re-certified via rigorous processes every 1-5 years through, for example, examination of client logs, records and evidence of continuous professional development, evidence of supervision and ongoing reflective practice, commitment to Codes of Ethics, and feedback from clients and supervisors.
    Complaints and disciplinary procedure includes complaints and appeals committees and sanctions applied by the executive boards of the organisations.
    Complaints and decisions are published in an anonymised way and learnings derived from these.
    Type of Enforcement
    Faming, shaming and blamingJudicial sanctionsMembership suspension/exclusionPrivate finesOther
    Private Regulatoryes
    Private independent party with a mandate (e.g. auditors)
    Court system
    Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) / Online dispute resolution (ODR)
    Succinct description of the type of Enforcement
    While the coaching, mentoring and supervision organisations do not have the authority of a court of law, they can after investigation of complaints recommend:
    Remedial action, e.g. a requirement to effect improvement in practice in a specific way, or to take suitable actions such as further training or additional and/or specific supervision, any of these to be completed within a specified time frame;
    A warning;
    Suspension of accreditation, authority to supervise or train, recognised status or membership of their professional body for a set period or until certain conditions are met;
    Termination of accreditation, authority to supervise or train, recognised status or membership of their professional body;
    Termination of membership of their professional body.


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