What is coach mentoring?
The International Coach Federation defines coach mentoring as: ‘Providing professional assistance in achieving and demonstrating the levels of coaching competency demanded by the desired credential level sought by a coach‐applicant (mentee)’ [ie, offering coaching on coaching skill / competency development]. For the purposes of credentialing exam requirements, mentor coaching means ‘an applicant being coached on their coaching skills rather than coaching on practice building, life balance, or other topics unrelated to the development of an applicant’s coaching skill’.
Why do I need a coach mentor?
If you are applying for an ICF credential (ie, Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Professional Certified Coach (PCC) or Master Certified Coach (MCC)) you need 10 hours’ work with a qualified coach mentor who holds a PCC or MCC credential. Seven of these hours can be met though group coach mentoring with a minimum of 3 hours on a one-to-one basis.
Maximum Coaching’s Coach Mentor programme
Our ACC coach training programme includes the 10 hours’ coach mentoring requirement. Others don’t, with the result that many organisations find that they have completed their training but still need the 10 hours’ coach mentoring. We offer a cost-effective way of giving those organisations a total of 10.5 coach mentoring hours on a stand-alone basis through a series of group and individual sessions. In addition to providing the support needed for an ICF professional qualification the sessions also offer the opportunity to consolidate the organisation’s coaching community by offering continuing professional development to the internal coaching cohort.
The programme is run by Elizabeth Crosse, who is one of just 1% of ICF-credentialled coaches worldwide to hold the coveted Master Certified Coach credential.
‘I originally signed up for coach mentoring to meet the requirement for the ICF accreditation. In fact it was the best personal learning experience in my whole coaching journey. If I knew what I was going to get out of it at the beginning I would have done this even if I was not going to apply for a credential.’
– Internal Coach, Ministry of Justice
‘The group coach mentoring session was the best personal development experience I have had in the past three years. I got so much more from it than just building my coaching skills.’
– Internal coach, BIG
‘Elizabeth coached me in preparation for my ICF accreditation and provided real insight into my practice and competence. She went out of her way to help me consider my practice by providing valuable feedback on my coaching recordings. Elizabeth was really flexible with her time and provided an almost 24 hour service being prepared to answer emails and calls outside our coaching meetings. Elizabeth’s long-standing commitment to improving standards in coaching and her positioning at the forefront of UK standards meant she had a wealth of experience in this country and also internationally. She is very generous with information always prompting me to contribute and be involved in coaching initiatives.’
– Internal Coach, NHS
‘I can honestly say I would not have passed the ACC accreditation without Elizabeth’s challenging questions and insights. Elizabeth makes you think. She gets you to consider a range of other possibilities to really examine your coaching practice. I am a much better coach as a result of her supervision and guidance. I recommend her whole heartedly.’
– Internal coach, British Council
‘Elizabeth coach mentored me through my ICF ACC journey. She has been an incredible support. Her feedback and observations have helped me to reflect and develop my coaching practice. She is professional and passionate about doing the right thing. She has thought outside the box to enable me to access further development and has encouraged me to access CPD that has added value to my practice and opened my learning mindset.’
– Shona Hodgson, Learning and Development Specialist, Sales (Group HR), Nestlé UK
‘I really enjoyed working with Elizabeth. I decided to go ahead with the ICF ACC process in order to develop and hone my skills after a few years working as a coach and a lack of confidence that what I was doing was “right.” By the end of our sessions together I not only felt more confident than ever in my coaching skills, but I had a much clearer sense of where I wanted to go and who I wanted to be as a coach. From our first meeting, I found Elizabeth to be extremely warm, open and incredibly pragmatic when it came to the best way to approach things. Her versatile approach meant that every session was different according to what I wanted to cover, and she provided a platform for me to air my concerns, explore my purpose and evaluate my skills. She coached me, I coached her and she gave me invaluable feedback wearing her ICF assessor’s hat on my recorded session prior to submission. The real value-add with working with Elizabeth was that it wasn’t just about the core competencies and ticking the boxes, it was about who I am as a coach, what I have to offer the coaching community and where I want to take that. I have already recommended Elizabeth to several colleagues going through ICF accreditation or renewal, but I would not hesitate to recommend her as a coach’s coach, a supervisor or a mentor. I sincerely look forward to working with her again at another point in my career.’
– Sarah Creevey, Coach and trainer
For a no-obligation discussion about our coach mentoring offering, just give us a call on 01582 463461.