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Frequently Asked Questions

The International Coach Federation seeks to Advance the Art, Science and Practice of Professional Coaching.

About ICF Australasia

Who is ICF?

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals.

Who manages ICF Australasia

ICF Australasia is a nonprofit membership organisation led by a member-elected voluntary Board of Directors. Because of the vast geography from New Zealand through Australia, the Chapter is organised into Branches to support its members. Each ICF Australasia Branch is managed by a voluntary leadership team.

Membership & Joining

How do I join ICF Australasia?

When you join ICF you have the opportunity to affiliate with ICF Australasia and your local Branch. Return to your membership record at www.coachfederation.org to update your Chapter Affiliation.

When you join ICF (all memberships processed through ICF Headquarters in the USA), you are able to affiliate with your local Charter Chapter.

To affiliate with ICF Australasia choose “Edit Profile”, “My Chapter Affiliation” then pick “ICF Australasia and your local Branch” from the drop down list and click Save.

Does an additional membership fee apply to join ICF Australasia?

Your annual ICF membership fee includes affiliation with ICF Australasia Chapter. Some other Chapters charge an additional fee.

Are the ICF headquarters and Chapter member databases connected?

Member databases are separate and do not sync. When you join ICF your membership will be added to the ICF Australasia member database and mailing lists. This may take a few weeks.

What is the annual membership fee?

A full membership year is 1 April to 31 March and costs USD245. Fees are prorated for members who join within this time period.

Can I pay my membership fee to ICF Australasia?

ICF memberships are processed by Headquarters in the United States. Membership fees are payable to the International Coaching Federation in USD.

Can I affiliate with more than one Chapter?

Members can affiliate with one Chapter and one Branch within ICF Australasia.

How do I change my contact details?

First access your ICF membership record at www.coachfederation.org Then contact admin@icfaustralasia.com and the change will be made on your Chapter membership record.

Renewing My Membership

My membership expired before the current membership period, how can I renew?

If your membership lapsed after the grace period of the current year, you can still renew until 31 December of the current renewal year.

My membership lapsed a few years ago, how do I renew?

If your membership lapsed the year before the current membership period, please rejoin.

Training Program Services

Can you recommend a coach training program?

ICF accredits and approves coach training programs and as such cannot recommend programs.

If a coach training program is nationally recognised by the Australian or New Zealand government framework, is it automatically approved by ICF?

Accreditation of a coach training school by ICF is a different and separate process to a program being assessed as providing a recognised qualification. Please check with ICF for program accreditation.

What questions should I ask when choosing a training program?

A download is available here which outlines the questions you should ask when choosing a training provider and program.

What is the difference between a accrediting and credentialing?

At ICF, coaching training programs are Accredited while individuals are Credentialed. ICF’s Accreditation service for coach-training schools defines curriculum standards to ensure consistency in coach-training programs and consistency among coaching professionals.

ICF Credentials are awarded to professional coaches who have met stringent education and experience requirements, and have demonstrated mastery of the coaching competencies.

The coach training program I have completed is not accredited by ICF. Can I still join?

Please refer to the ICF membership eligibility requirements to ensure the coach training you have completed.