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ICF Credentials and Standards Surpasses 40,000 Credential-holders Worldwide

New milestone comes just three years after breaking 25,000 record

Lexington, Kentucky, USA – The International Coaching Federation (ICF) Credentials and Standards has just surpassed 40,000 active ICF Credential-holders worldwide.

Since its launch in 1998, the ICF Credential has become the only globally recognized professional coaching certification. Today, ICF Credential-holders live and work in 140 countries and territories.

“This milestone marks a pivotal moment in the history of ICF — from the 34 coach practitioners who received the first-ever ICF Credential in 1998, to over 40,000 active Credential-holders today. And while this alone is worth celebrating, this moment means so much more to the coaching profession, to coaching clients, to our world,” said Carrie Abner, vice president of ICF Credentials and Standards. “Marking 40,000 credentialed coaches highlights not only the achievements of those coach practitioners, but also the tremendous impact they are having in communities across the globe. This milestone highlights how each day, the coaching profession is shining even brighter than the day before, becoming a more integral part of our society and our world.”

ICF Credentials and Standards provides the most globally recognized coaching credentials that recognize the competence of coaches across their coaching journey through independent assessment and rigorous eligibility requirements. Credentialed coaches have been verified as having met the global gold standard for professional and ethical practice in coaching.

This new milestone comes just three years after surpassing a then-record 25,000 active Credential-holders worldwide, and follows an increase of 400% over the last decade. This growth further demonstrates global recognition of ICF as the standard-bearer for quality and ethics within the coaching profession.

ICF Credential-holders are invited to celebrate this milestone on social media by sharing their credential badges with the hashtag #ICFShineOn.

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the world’s largest organization leading the global advancement of the coaching profession and fostering coaching’s role as an integral part of a thriving society. Founded in 1995, its 41,000-plus members located in more than 150 countries and territories work toward common goals of enhancing awareness of coaching and upholding the integrity of the profession through lifelong learning and upholding the highest ethical standards. Through the work of its six unique family organizations, ICF empowers professional coaches, coaching clients, organizations, communities and the world through coaching.

Comments (4)

  1. Amazing to hear 41k members in 150 countries within a span of 20 years. Creating a history.

  2. Evgenii Sever says:

    Heartiest congratulations!
    This summer was born a dream, so that the philosophy and the practice of coaching in was built in the heart and the life of every person. I believe that one day, coaching can become an integral part of modern society. Everyone can make a personal contribution to this important way and be an inspirational example for people around. Let’s create synergies together in the development of professional coaching. When we change, the world changes.

  3. Merci de donner un cadre et des références à notre profession et à nos clients.
    Bravo pour cette belle évolution à travers le monde.

  4. jayantha.fernando@gmail.com says:

    Proud to be a part of such a community up hold the gold standards of professional coaching being an ICF Credentialed coach. My gratitude to all the trainers, mentors, assessors, and ICF staff members. for their dedication and commitment to uplift the standards of this wonderful profession.

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