Coaching Membership

Coaching Membership – General Conditions

Membership of the Institute is available to:

  • Business Coaches whose principal activity is the practice of business, executive and leadership coaching whether they are self-employed or employees of a firm in public practice.
  • Internal Coaches whose employers are not engaged in the public practice of coaching for a fee.
  • Academics who coach or conduct bona fide research into the profession of coaching in business.

Members also satisfy the standards required by the Institute in respect of qualifications, experience, and personal qualities. Members are entitled to use the post-nominal designated for the particular grade membership. Membership grades are:

Affiliate (AFIMC)

Any person, who has an interest in the profession, wishes to be informed about or support the profession and signs the code of conduct, may become an affiliate. Affiliate membership is also open to undergraduates who plan to make a career of consulting.

Associate Coach (ACIMC)

A graduate with less than 75 hours of face to face coaching consulting experience or a non-graduate eight years of management experience in lieu of the degree, may qualify as an Associate.

Members of the academic professions and those people who provide internal coaching are to be classified as Associates until such time as they can demonstrate they have 200 hours of face to face coaching experience, at which time they may be classified as a Member.

Member (MCIMC)

A graduate with a minimum of 200 hours of face to face coaching experience may be graded as a Member. An applicant who does not possess a degree but has eight years of management experience in lieu of a degree may be accepted as a Member.

Fellow (FIMC)

A Member, who has held that grade for not less than five years and is deemed to have served the profession with distinction, may be graded as a Fellow. This requires a formal application, endorsement and track record to be approved.

Certified Master Coach (CMC)

A certified master coach must comply with the internationally accepted competency standard, which guarantees reciprocity between member institutes. In order to apply for certification, one MUST be a full member before applying for certification.

Code of Ethics

All members agree to abide by the Institute’s Code of Ethics.

Benefits of Membership

The full benefit of membership can best be achieved through active participation in Chapter and National Activities. Some of the many benefits of membership and participation to consider are:

Recognition – Members are graded according to skills and experience and are required to abide by a Code of Professional Conduct. Private and public sector clients recognise members as respectable and reliable sources of professional advice.

Networking – Activities of the Institute facilitate networking with fellow professionals. Members may meet to exchange ideas and look towards cooperative opportunities. In addition, we have created an open LinkedIn group for members and non-members, one for CMCs only and one for council members. The last two are closed to application only. To join a particular group, please click on the relevant link on our home page.

Client Referral Services – The Institute maintains a comprehensive database designed to offer a choice of consultants that can be selected by a variety of skills, industry experience and geographical location. This is a valuable tool that is regularly upgraded and offers well targeted information for the discerning client.

Chapter Activities – Being an active part of Chapter activities provides many benefits including social days, practice development, special speakers, and focused seminars. The effectiveness of any chapter or special interest group depends on individual participation and commitment.

CMC Directories – CMCs are entitled to submit their business cards for publication on the website. The directories listings are free.

Publications – Members have free access to a knowledge base which is continuously updated. These discuss relevant coaching issues and information and are a regular update forum for Institute members. Members are also encouraged to submit articles for review and publication.

Mass Mailers – The IMCSA issues regular mailers informing recipients of opportunities, collaboration requests, international news, special offers, training programmes and more.

Continuing Professional Development – Members can attend accredited professional development programmes, in order to remain current with developing trends. Training programmes can be run in-house on demand or by schedule as indicated in our mass mailers as and when interest is sufficient to warrant a public programme.