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What is ICF?
The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the world's largest organization of professionally trained coaches.  The ICF is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals. The ICF was founded in 1995 and represents over 30,000 members in 138 countries.
What is the difference between ICF Michigan and ICF Global?
ICF Michigan is the local chapter of the International Coach Federation and focuses specifically on the needs of coaches serving Michigan and the surrounding area.  ICF Michigan is one of 12 ICF chapters that make up the ICF Midwest Regional Advisory Council.  ICF Global is a world-wide organization representing over 30,000 members in 138 countries.
Do I have to be a member of ICF Global to join ICF Michigan?
No, membership in ICF Global is not a requirement to join ICF Michigan. Note that there is a discount if you are also a member of Global.
Do I have to be ICF certified to be a member of ICF Michigan?
No. While we believe strongly in the value of ICF certification and certainly encourage all professional coaches to pursue certification, and the training that goes along with it, ICF certification is not a requirement for membership in ICF Michigan.
How do I find an accredited coaching school?
The ICF Global website (https://coachfederation.org/) has the Training Program Search Service (TPSS) that can help you find a coach training program that works best for you.  The TPSS site contains a video that explains how to use the website and many of the options.
How do I get started with credentialing?
The first step in obtaining ICF credentialing is to find an ICF-accredited training program that meets your needs and sign up for training. That program will have requirements and recommendations regarding practice clients and the information that you will need to collect and report in order to pursue your desired credential.
What coaching schools do you recommend?
While ICF Michigan highly recommends that all coaches pursue accredited training,  we do not recommend any specific coaching school.  Instead, we recommend you visit the Training Program Search Service (TPSS) on the ICF Global website and explore the available options.  You are also welcome to speak with individual ICF Michigan members to learn about their experience with training.
Do I need to be credentialed to practice as a coach?
There is no requirement that you become certified to practice as a coach.  Having said that, ICF Michigan strongly recommends that practicing coaches pursue certification.  ICF certification helps protect our profession by providing a Code of Ethics and a set of Core Competencies that ensure that ICF certified coaches provide their clients with the utmost level of coaching service.
What is the difference between life coaching and executive coaching?

All coaching makes use of the same skills to help people realize their full potential. Many coaches choose to specialize in specific areas, based on their own strengths and interests. For instance, life coaches work with the entirety of a person’s life, including their relationships, health, work, community, and life goals. An executive coach might touch on some of those topics, but their primary focus is working with a client to strengthen their leadership capacity and reach their professional goals. Other common coaching niches include, but are not limited to, entrepreneur, wellness, leadership, academic, spiritual, and relationship coaching. As a professional coach you are free to choose any specialty that aligns with your experience, expertise, and interests.