International Council of Coaching Accreditation

ICCA Council Certification and Accreditation Agency that defines, maintains and promotes excellence in the practice and teaching of coaching through quality assurance processes and verification of good practice.

This Code of Ethics is an expression for the mission of International Council of Coaching Accreditation I.C.C.A.® and a personal commitment by the representatives of the I.C.C.A.® member institutes and its trainers. It is the basis of our understanding of high quality work and of interpersonal communication within as well as outside of I.C.C.A.® . We are committed to high ethical standards on the 7th Graves-level and to abiding by these standards in our efforts to further the well-being of all humanity and the maintenance of justice and peace worldwide.

I.C.C.A.® Member Institutes and their trainers:

and the “Coach Master trainers, I.C.C.A.® ” who are entitled to seal in cooperation with an experienced I.C.C.A.® member institute.

  • • Commit to the protection of human dignity, based on the belief that all humans possess inalienable rights, regardless of personal capabilities
  • • Commit to consciously and ecologically use their knowledge in the best interest of all human beings, regardless of gender, skin color, religious beliefs, or nationality
  • • Support human beings in their perception of personal responsibility and are at the same time aware of their responsibilities as trainers in their interactions with participants
  • • Proactively react to false or misleading representations of coaching and/or of I.C.C.A.®, in order to ensure that coaching and/or I.C.C.A.® are represented fairly and accurately to the general public.
  • • Aware of their responsibility and use their credibility, status, academic title, membership or authority in order to make coaching known worldwide in a positive and respectable way.
  • • Recognize and respect the unique personality and socio-biographical uniqueness of each human being – this includes the right of each person to make his or her own choices, while respecting the rights of others.
  • • View each person as a holistic being who integrates body, mind and spirit, and adapt their training methods accordingly.
  • • Are actively engaged in the development of society and the world and assume a special responsibility.
  • • Are aware that they influence the attitudes and the personal development of their participants.
  • • Encourage in the context of their professional interactions the questioning of altitudinal patterns and positions, encourage the feasibility of new views and influence behavioral change.
  • • Are committed to treating all personal information which is conveyed to them in the context of their occupational actions as confidential.
  • • Are aware of societal developments – this awareness is reflected in their constant striving to keep their skills, knowledge, and methodical capabilities up to date, and to thus ensure the highest standards possible.
  • • Assume responsibility for their own continuous training and supervision and regularly seek exchange with colleagues.
  • • View their work in a larger context.
  • • Use their work as a contribution to the development of a sustainable society.
  • • Use methods that are in accord with the view of human beings as expressed in this code of ethics.
  • • Institutions or groups whose attitudes and beliefs are not in accordance with to the positions expressed in this code of ethics.
  • • Refrain from all forms of repression of their participants. They treat all participants with respect and appreciation.
  • • Commit to the principles of truth, clarity, and confidentiality in their interactions with clients and participants.
  • • Present their trainings in an accurate manner. This includes conveying one’s own methodical capabilities and declaring which methods one employs during the training.
  • • Are self-critically aware of the limits of their own capabilities and do not offer any services that exceed their professional competencies.
  • • Treat all colleagues with respect and appreciation. When they criticize colleagues, they do so in a constructive and fair manner.
  • • Adhere to the societal rules and the ethical standards of the community in which they work.
  • • Avoid misleading statements about their own professional qualifications and intentions or their connections or membership in organizations
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