ICF Core Competencies

ICF Core Competencies

The following eleven core coaching competencies were developed to support greater understanding about the skills and approaches used within today's coaching profession as defined by the International Coach Federation. They will also support you in calibrating the level of alignment between the coach-specific training expected and the training you have experienced.

A. Setting the Foundation

  • Meeting Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standards
  • Establishing the Coaching Agreement

B. Co-creating the Relationship

  • Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client
  • Coaching Presence

C. Communicating Effectively

  • Active Listening
  • Powerful Questioning
  • Direct Communication

  • D. Facilitating Learning and Results

    • Creating Awareness
    • Designing Actions
    • Planning and Goal Setting
    • Managing Progress and Accountability

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