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Association for Coaching

The Association for Coaching® (AC) is a leading independent, and not-for-profit professional body dedicated to promoting best practice and raising the awareness and standards of coaching, worldwide. It was founded in 2002. 

"Our purpose is to inspire and champion coaching excellence, to advance the coaching profession, and make a sustainable difference to individuals, organizations, and in turn, society."


Why Coaching? (watch this video)

What is the Potential for Coaching? (watch this video)

How is the AC Making a Difference? (watch this video)


The AC are an inclusive organization, with members from over 50 countries, made up of professional coaches, training & coaching service providers, internal coaches, and organizations building coaching cultures.


The Centre for Coaching, International Academy for Professional Development is an organisational member. The Association has a Register of Members and a list of qualified coaches. The Association runs training and networking events and publishes a newsletter and journal. 


Our centre runs the Advanced Diploma in Coaching which is an Association for Coaching Accredited Diploma in Coach Training. Our Director, Professor Stephen Palmer, is an Honorary Fellow and former President of the Association for Coaching. In an AC video he provides a number of good reasons for joining the Association for Coaching.

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