The International Coach Federation (ICF) requires coaches perusing a new credential or renewing a credential to receive 10 hours of Mentor Coaching.

Mentor Coaching for an ICF Credential consists of coaching and feedback in a collaborative, appreciative and dialogued process based on an observed or recorded coaching session to increase the coach’s capability in coaching, in alignment with the ICF Core Competencies.

ICF defines Mentor Coaching as providing professional assistance in achieving and demonstrating the levels of coaching competency demanded by the desired credential level sought by a coach‐applicant (mentee). Furthermore, Mentor Coaching means a mentee being coached on their coaching skills rather than coaching on practice building, life balance, or other topics unrelated to the development of a mentee’s coaching skill.

Mentor Coaching should take place over an extended time (three-month minimum) in a cycle that allows for listening and feedback from the Mentor Coach while also allowing reflection and practice on the part of the individual being mentored.

Where do I find a Mentor Coach?

You can begin your search using the ICF Mentor Coach Registry. You have a few hundred options to choose from, so you might consider using Ctrl+F to search the results for key terms such as CPCC for those who prefer to work with a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. Coaches on the Registry have demonstrated that they meet all the requirements to be a Mentor Coach at or below the level of their credential.

What should I consider?

In addition to the coach’s background, specialty and pricing, it’s important to consider the program being offered. Mentor Coach programs are structured many different ways, and many programs involve much more group work than individual work. These programs typically require you to schedule around the time the program is offered and offer limited opportunity for co-creation on delivery. It’s like attending a class with a set curriculum and schedule. This tends to appeal to the bargain shopper.

What about Mentor Coaching with Corey Stanford?

I thought you’d never ask 😉

The coaches who hire me to be their Mentor Coach:

  • Want to become more masterful coaches by receiving extensive detailed feedback about their coaching
  • Prefer to work one-on-one with their Mentor on their own schedule
  • May not want to record and share with strangers their coaching sessions with their clients (many programs require this!)
  • Sometimes prefer to have their practice client be provided for them

My approach to Mentor Coaching is different

  • While most programs give you about 3 hours of one-on-one support and 7 hours of group lessons, my mentees receive 10 hours of one-on-one work.
  • Rather than coordinating meeting times around a group of participants, you can schedule Mentor sessions anytime.
  • Instead of paying up front for a program you’re not sure about, you can pay per session without commitment.
  • We can use recordings of coaching sessions with your client, you can coach me, or otherwise customize our work.
  • You walk away with 10 full hours of recorded feedback sessions you can use indefinitely for your own development. Most certification programs don’t give you this much individualized feedback!

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Corey Stanford

Author Corey Stanford

Corey serves coaches pursuing mastery in their coaching and their business. He is the founder of the thriving coaching consultancy, Stanford Consulting, LLC. Corey knows what it takes to make a coaching business successful. With over twenty years in business and an Executive MBA, he has mastered the art and science of business. In his journey as Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Corey noticed disturbing trends in the world of professional coaching….read more

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