About ICF Global


Professional Coach Thomas Leonard started ICF in 1995 as a nonprofit organization for fellow coaches to support each other and grow the profession. Three years later, buoyed by 70 dedicated volunteers and growing interest, ICF began its quest to raise the profile of professional coaching.

ICF created Core Competencies and built a Code of Ethics, setting the standard in the coaching field. An Ethical Conduct Review Process and Independent Review Board (IRB) were established, allowing consumers to file breach-of-ethics complaints.

ICF also defined curriculum standards (accreditation), to ensure consistency in coach training, and developed an ICF Credentialing system, requiring renewal every three years.

Currently, membership is growing around the world by an average of 500+ members a month and exceeds 25,000. ICF continues to focus on professional standards while positioning the organization more strategically. ICF’s goal is to keep growing membership and maintain a solid direction, presence and professional voice for coaches.

Based out of Lexington, Kentucky, ICF also operates Regional Service Centres in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America, leading the global advancement of the coaching profession.


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The ICF Southeast Region hosted a webinar to give our members an overview of the ICF and the value of being a part of this great organization. Here are the details:

OUR ICF: The story of our beginning, our strategy and value for our members
What began as a handful of coaches sharing dreams for a brand new profession in 1995 became the International Coach Federation. Come hear stories of we got got started and where are we going next. We are more than 25,000 coaches in 120 chapters in 128 countries. More than 17,000 of us have ICF coaching credentials. But what does that mean for me?

Spend an hour with Todd Hamilton, Associate Director of the ICF and Sara Smith, MCC, co-leader of the ICF Southeast Region in the US to hear the story of the ICF: our beginnings and who we have become; how the organization runs, the value the ICF brings to its members and plans as we move into the future. Come be a part of the journey.

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