International Coach Federation (ICF) News

Legislative Update – May 31, 2017

Dear Oregon Coaches,

We would like to convey our gratitude to all the coaches in Oregon who rallied on behalf of the coaching profession earlier this month when an amendment was proposed to House Bill 2303 that would have required Life Coaches, Parenting Coaches and Wellness Coaches to be licensed and regulated.

Thanks to the great work of ICF Oregon, as well as individual Members and Credential-holders who reached out to their state legislators and senators, the proposed amendment was not added to the bill.

ICF will continue to monitor legislative activity on behalf of all coaches in Oregon and update you as needed.

Thank you again to everyone involved in this effort. Your commitment to ensuring the future of the coaching profession is an inspiration.

If you have any questions regarding this or other legislative matters, please contact Michael Burgess at

All the best,
ICF Global

Program Accreditation Code of Conduct

ICF has recently updated their Program Accreditation Code of Conduct. It contains the policies and procedures that govern ICF accredited programs, and is chock-full of information Training Organizations need to continue their accreditation.

Click here to view the Program Accreditation Code of Conduct.

ICF Rolls out PCC Marker Training

ICF offered a face-to-face training day for PCC Markers, connected to the ACTO Conference on June 14. This is the only face-to-face training offered globally at this point. This training comes on the heels of the online training that started in April.

For more information, contact ICF at:

ICF updates Ethics Requirements

In a recent (December 18, 2015) announcement from ICF, we were notified that beginning in 2016, ICF Credential holders will be required to demonstrate completion of at least three (3) Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units in the area of coaching ethics to be eligible for renewal of their ICF Credentials. This requirement will apply to all coaches whose ICF Credentials are slated to expire on or after December 31, 2016.

Many Coach Training Organizations already offer Ethics classes. ICF also offers a free 3-hour online training course geared to help coaches understand the subtler points of ethics.

For more information on the online Ethics CCE Course, see:

ICF Decides to pass on the AC/EMCC Shared Code of Ethics

In February, 2016, The AC and EMCC decided to draft a shared code of ethics. Due to several factors, ICF has decided that ‘it was not in the best interests of our Association to sign on to this new, shared code.” Reasons include:

  • ICF recently updated their own Code of Ethics, to move from a ‘what not to do’ towards a ‘how to be’ as a coach
  • The new language is easily understood by both coaches and clients
  • The ICF Code of Ethics is an essential part of the ICF Ethics movement, which also includes the Independent Review Board (IRB) and the Ethical Conduct Review (ECR) process. ICF also now requires an ethics component in its renewal process

For more details, see: