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A high-quality, ethical norm throughout the coaching profession achieved through leadership by example.

All coaches earning their Certified Professional Coach designation provide client-focused coaching and subscribe to Core Values and to the Code of Ethics below. The Center for Coaching Certification values a high-quality, ethical norm throughout the coaching industry and sees supporting a cohesive effort for industry values, ethics, and core competencies as increasingly important. The Center for Coaching Certification is aligned with ICF, the International Coaches Federation.


ICF's Core Values - Subscribed to by CCC:


We are committed to reliability, openness, acceptance and congruence and consider all parts of the ICF Community mutually accountable to uphold the following values:


ICF Code of Ethics - Subscribed to by CCC:


ICF is committed to maintaining and promoting excellence in coaching. Therefore, ICF expects all members and credentialed coaches (coaches, coach mentors, coaching supervisors, coach trainers or students), to adhere to the elements and principles of ethical conduct: to be competent and integrate ICF Core Competencies effectively in their work.

In line with the ICF core values and ICF definition of coaching, the Code of Ethics is designed to provide appropriate guidelines, accountability and enforceable standards of conduct for all ICF Members and ICF Credential-holders, who commit to abiding by the following ICF Code of Ethics:

Part One: Definitions

Section 1: Definitions

Roles in the Coaching Relationship: In order to clarify roles in the coaching relationship it is often necessary to distinguish between the client and the sponsor. In most cases, the client and sponsor are the same person and are therefore jointly referred to as the client. For purposes of identification, however, the ICF defines these roles as follows:

Part Two: The ICF Standards of Ethical Conduct

Section 1: Professional Conduct at Large

As a coach, I:

Section 2: Conflicts of Interest

As a coach, I:

Section 3: Professional Conduct with Clients

As a coach, I:

Section 4: Confidentiality/Privacy

As a coach, I:

Section 5: Continuing Development

As a coach, I:

Part Three: The ICF Pledge of Ethics

As an ICF coach, I acknowledge and agree to honor my ethical and legal obligations to my coaching clients and sponsors, colleagues, and to the public at large. I pledge to comply with the ICF Code of Ethics and to practice these standards with those whom I coach, teach, mentor or supervise.

If I breach this Pledge of Ethics or any part of the ICF Code of Ethics, I agree that the ICF in its sole discretion may hold me accountable for so doing. I further agree that my accountability to the ICF for any breach may include sanctions, such as loss of my ICF Membership and/or my ICF Credentials.

For more information on the Ethical Conduct Review Process including links to file a complaint, please click here.

Adopted by the ICF Global Board of Directors June 2015.