Coaching Membership Applications

All professional applications to the IMCSA begin with the payment of the application processing fee and completion of the appropriate membership form. The Membership application form is completed, supporting documents attached and sent back to the registrar at

The registrar assesses the submitted application and supporting documents to determine the appropriate membership level the applicant qualifies for. The applicant is notified in writing of the outcome of the application. They are then invoiced accordingly.

Once payment is received the individual membership certificate is issued.

The applicant is required to pay the stipulated annual membership fee, for the year of application. Memberships are renewed annually in January.

Application for membership as a coach is subject to the following criteria:

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 coaching, or leaders and managers who want to
demonstrate coaching capability. This category s for applicants who have less than 75 hours of
coaching experience.

Associate Membership:  An individual with a coaching or coaching related qualification and more than 75 hours of coaching experience. Associate membership is also open to individuals within organisations who play a support or line role in the management and integration of coaching within the organisation (L&D, OD, HR etc).

Full Membership: A graduate with a coaching or coaching related qualification who has accumulated a minimum of 200 coaching hours may be accepted. Membership is also open to individuals within organisations who play a support or line role in the management and integration of coaching within the organisation (L&D, OD, HR etc). Prospective Master Coach Applicants complete this form as the first step to a
Master Coach Application. An applicant who does not possess a degree but has a minimum of eight years’ management experience may meet the requirements for an undergraduate degree to be waived. 

Certified Master Coach (MC): Certified Master Coach (MC)
A Certified Master Coach represents the mark of competency for the coaching profession and is specifically geared to business, leadership, executive and performance coaches who have deep business knowledge in addition to their coaching competencies. Members with a minimum of 500 hours of coaching experience are eligible to become Certified Master Coaches (MC) by assessment.

Certified Management Consultants (CMCs) are eligible for MC credits on a case by case basis.

To apply for any level of coaching membership, except for certification, the process is as follows:

  1. All the documents you need are here. Just click the link to take you there. Please ensure that you select the “coaching” documents.
  2. Download the application pack, which contains the requirements and qualifications for each level of membership.
  3. Understand the requirements for each level of membership, from associate to full member.
  4. Fill in the application pack in as much detail as you can. If you need help, please contact the secretariat at
  5. Download the code of Ethics, read and sign it.
  6. Pay the application fee related to your desired level of membership and submit Proof Of Payment (POP) to the secretariat at Please note that application fees are non-refundable, due to the associated effort on the part of the IMCSA.
  7. The documents will be reviewed by the registrar, who will confirm whether they are complete and if they meet the requirements of the membership level being applied for.
  8. You will be contacted in this respect and given the go ahead to pay for the annual subscription of the qualifying level. You may peruse all the fees here.
  9. Your membership certificate will be issued as soon as POP has been received. 
  10. Membership is valid for the year of issue only and to maintain membership in good standing, you need to pay your annual dues as they arise. The annual period is from 1 January to 31 December each year.
  11. Should you qualify for full membership, you may proceed to Certification, as described below:
  12. Please note that only qualifying full members will be considered for certification.
  13. Associate members may build credits and experience over time to upgrade to full

Professional Code of Ethics

All members agree to abide by the Institute’s Code of Ethics which is approved by the ICMCI.

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Once an applicant has been awarded full membership and has accumulated the required experience in hours or years, the applicant may proceed to apply for certification.

See the section on certification here.