Why Become Certified - Overview

CertifiedThe certification as a Coach is the validation of the professional´s compliance with the requirements set by the certifying entity relating to ethical conduct and skills acquired through training and professional practice.

First of all, as a nationally and internationally recognized process, the certification as a Coach by the ISPC ensures a high standard of professional qualification, in terms of key-competencies (personal, relational and technical).

Certification is granted with the approval of a specific exam for the degree of certification in question, in which the Coach´s key-competencies are evaluated taking into account the specific recognized training hours, the hours of proven experience as a Coach, reflection and research documents and a written and oral test for the technical knowledge acquired. Throughout the process of preparing for the exam, the Coach candidate is also guided and supervised by a Mentor.

For the acquisition of the definitive certificate of CPPC - Certified Professional Practitioner Coach and CPMC - Certified Professional Master Coach there are more demanding requirements, such as more hours of training recognized as CreditEducation Units, more hours of professional experience and letters of recommendation of Coaches certified in definitive by the ISPC.


In guaranteeing qualification, the ISPC international certification allows the service to be provided with a high level of security for Clients, particularly since it is ensured in the ISPC Code of Ethics the treatment of any claim presented to the ISPC Ethics Committee. If there is any infringement to the ethics commitment, ISPC can charge the Coach, which may order the suspension or loss of the ISPC certification.


On the other hand, the ISPC international certification is also an assurance of compliance of the Coach´s conduct with the ISPC Code of Ethics. The adhering to the Code of Ethics is a prerequisite for certification and, in addition, the standards of conduct are as well a reference to the Coach´s professional behavior with Clients, Colleagues and the General Public, based on values ​​such as dignity, equality and independence.

Finally, given its national and international recognition, the ISPC certification as a Coach promotes the development, consolidation and credibility of the profession before the Market and the General Public.

In fact, the certification is particularly important for one of the most recent activities of the world, created even after theInternet itself, and that has attracted a large number of new and enthusiastic professionals, which leads to the proliferation of the practice by unqualified practitioners.

Furthermore, Coaching is still a profession of private regulation. Each one of the several associative entities of the sector set its own rules of ethical conduct, applicable only to its members, and also specific certification programs for access and exercise the activity. Indeed, the profession has not yet a unique system of rules recognized by the state, which impose to all professionals the access and exercise conditions, the technical and ethical standards and a disciplinary procedure.