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ICF CREDENTIALS AND STANDARDS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ICF Credentials and Standards

The ICF Credentials and Standards Board comprises credentialed coaches at all levels – Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Master Certified Coach (MCC) – as well as public members who represent the voice and interests of coaching consumers. As a global board serving 37,000 credential-holders across 138 countries and territories, Directors reflect the rich diversity of the coaching community.

FAQs and Requirements

  • Why Serve on the Board of Directors

    At ICF Credentials and Standards, our mission is to elevate professional standards so that ICF credential-holders can empower the world through coaching. As a 501(c)6 not-for-profit organization, ICF Credentials and Standards is governed by a global board of volunteer leaders, who share their time, talents and passion for the highest standards in coaching.

    ICF Credentials and Standards is seeking candidates from diverse backgrounds who share a passion for the highest standards of professional and ethical practice in coaching and certification and a commitment to strategic leadership and service.

  • Who We're Looking For

    The ICF Credentials and Standards Board comprises credentialed coaches at all levels – Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and Master Certified Coach (MCC) – as well as public members who represent the voice and interests of coaching consumers. As a global board serving 37,000 Credential holders across 138 countries and territories, Directors reflect the rich diversity of the coaching community.

    Do you have a passion for coach credentialing and volunteer service? If so, we want to hear from you!

  • What We're Looking For

    ICF Credentials and Standards seeks to provide the preferred mark of quality in coach credentialing by strengthening standards and recognizing the competence of coaches across their coaching journey. As a 501(c)6 not-for-profit organization, ICF Credentials and Standards is governed by a global board of volunteer leaders, who share their time, talents and passion for the highest standards in coaching to realize this bold strategic vision for ICF Credentials and Standards.

    As such, we’re looking for applicants with:

    • Working knowledge of ICF Core Competencies
    • Assessor/mentor experience
    • Previous experience in coach development
    • ISO/NCCA standards knowledge/experience
    • Open minded to a variety of ideas and policy options
    • Ability to focus on high-level policy and performance standards
    • Familiarity with certification practices and/or psychometric measurement
  • Eligibility Requirements

    Following are skills, competencies, experiences, and eligibility requirements that will be considered when reviewing applicants for ICF Credentials and Standards Board service:

    ICF Credentials and Standards Board Competencies and Experience 

    • Working knowledge of ICF Core Competencies
    • Assessor/mentor experience
    • Previous experience in coach development
    • ISO/NCCA standards knowledge/experience
    • Open minded to a variety of ideas and policy options
    • Ability to focus on high-level policy and performance standards
    • Familiarity with certification practices and/or psychometric measurement

    Universal competencies for all ICF Boards of Directors and Trustees

    • Business mindset and experience
    • Strategic visioning and global direction setting
    • Analytical and systems thinking
    • Relationship building and self-management
    • Leadership experience in complex organizations
    • Global cultural awareness and experience
    • ICF knowledge and interest
    • Strong ethical governance
    • Ability to identify and articulate opportunity
    • Collaborator and consensus builder
    • Previous nonprofit board service

    Eligibility Requirements and Criteria

    • Directors may not represent or serve in any coach training capacity, including as instructors or staff of accredited or non-accredited coach training programs or academic programs that provide coach education.
    • Directors may not have a role in the development or delivery of coach-specific training or education designed to prepare a coach for certification during their board service and for a period of two years following their term.
    • Majority of Board Directors will be ICF credential-holders
    • ICF credential-holders must be in good standing.
    • Other members may include representation from those interested in coaching, such as employers/consumers of coaching (companies sponsoring coaching for clients and clients themselves), academic institutions (those not sponsoring coach-specific training), assessors, practitioners of psychology, researchers, certification experts, coach mentors and supervisors, regulators, etc.
  • Board Member Expectations

    The ICF Credentials and Standards Board of Directors is a governance body that serves as fiduciary guardians of the organization. As a strategic board, Directors provide the strategic vision and direction for the organization, which is executed and operationalized by the ICF Credentials and Standards staff. Through this framework, Board Directors help set the direction, engage in outreach, ensure adequate resources, provide insight and plan for the future.

    The ICF Credentials and Standards Board Directors are expected to attend at least two Board meetings per year, either in-person or virtual, with additional occasional meetings and ad hoc working sessions. ICF Credentials and Standards offers each Board Director compensation for travel related expenses to attend in-person meetings.

    Once appointed, each Director serves up to a two-year term and not more than two consecutive terms.

Nomination and Appointment Process

Those interested in serving on the ICF Credentials and Standrads Board of Directors must have submitted their application for consideration by the Nominating Committee by September 7, 2021 at 5 p.m. EDT (New York).

At the end of the application window, the ICF Credentials and Standards Nominating Committee will review all applications. Select candidates may be asked to participate in an interview. The ICF Credentials and Standards Nominating Committee will recommend a slate of candidates for review by the ICF Global Enterprise Board of Directors and, ultimately, approval by the current ICF Credentials and Standards Board of Directors.

Key Dates

  • Applications for the 2022 ICF Credentials and Standards Board of Directors closed on September 7, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EDT (New York).
  • Candidates may be asked to participate in a virtual interview in September 2021
  • Candidates will be notified of their application status by mid-December 2021

2022 Nominating Committee

Gowri Ramani, MCC (India)
Chair
Benita Stafford-Smith, MCC (Oman)
Kara Exner, PCC (Canada)
Jass Malaney, PCC (Singapore)
Carrie Abner (USA)
Ex-Officio
Anik Clemens, ACC (USA)
Ex-Officio

  • 2021 ICF Credentials and Standards Board of Directors

    Officers

    Benita Stafford-Smith, MCC (Oman)
    Chair

    Kara Exner, PCC (Canada)
    Vice Chair, ICF Global Board Representative

    Boris Dobis, ACC (Slovakia)
    Secretary / Treasurer

    Directors

    Maria Ines Colle, PCC (Argentina)

    Charles Nyambe (Namibia)

    Gowri Ramani, PCC (India)

    Ex-Officio

    Carrie Abner (USA)
    Vice President, ICF Credentials and Standards

    Pat Mathews, MCC (USA)
    Global Board Chair

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook (USA)
    CEO, ICF

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

At ICF Credentials and Standards, our mission is to elevate professional standards so that ICF credential-holders can empower the world through coaching. We believe we can only flourish when we embrace and celebrate what makes us authentically unique, both individually and collectively. That’s why diversity, equity and inclusion are at the core of who we are and how we serve our global community.

As part of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) ecosystem, ICF Credentials and Standards places diversity, inclusion, belonging and justice at the forefront of every decision we make. From credentialing candidates to volunteers and professional staff, we encourage people from diverse backgrounds, institutions, perspectives and experiences to apply. ICF Credentials and Standards does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities.

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