About Us
About Us About Us

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

As an inclusive body, with members in over 70 countries, it is made up of professional coaches, academic institutions, trainers and providers of coaching, as well as sponsors of coaching from the third sector through to large corporates, building coaching cultures.


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

Vision & Objectives


  • Our Vision is to professionalize and advance coaching, promoting a coach approach to leadership, so that coaching 'ripples' as a key enabler for performance, responsibility and fulfillment.  We will achieve that growing and inspiring our international community, made up of professional internal and external coaches, leader coach mentors, coach training/service providers, educators, coach supervisors and organizations building coaching cultures.  Our stretch goal is to reach 100,000 members in 80+ countries, by 2030.

Our objectives:

  • To actively advance education and best practice in coaching.
  • To develop and implement targeted marketing initiatives to encourage growth to the profession.
  • To demonstrate accountability and credibility through role modelling a coach approach.
  • To encourage and provide opportunities for an open exchange of views and experiences.
  • To collaborate and build a network of strategic alliances and relationships worldwide, to maximize the members' and the profession's potential

Our Global Code of Ethics for Coaches, Mentors and Supervisors:

As membership bodies, we are committed to maintaining and promoting excellent practice in coaching and mentoring and have therefore created The Global Code of Ethics for Coaches, Mentors and Supervisors. This code of ethics sets the expectation of best practice in coaching and mentoring and promotes the development of coaching and mentoring excellence.

Whether you are an existing coach, an organisation providing coaching training or someone who is looking to engage in a Coaching culture for their organisation, the Association for Coaching has a membership level for you.

To view an Executive Summary of The Global Code of Ethics for Coaches, Mentors and Supervisors, please click here.

For explanatory notes of the newly revised Code, click here.

Promotional Opportunities with the AC

The AC provides sponsorship opportunities for the website, events and Coaching Perspectives, the AC Magazine. To find out more about what is offered and for pricing details, please go here.


Recognition of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Hours

The AC has launched a new Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Hours Scheme which offers organizations and their participants evidence of ongoing professional development by having validated AC CPD hours. To find out more about the AC CPD Hours Scheme along with the benefits for organizations please go here.

AC Learned Society

The AC has been classified as a Learned Society (HMRC reference: Coaching International Ltd Association) and as such, membership subscriptions are exempt from UK VAT. Members may be able to reclaim tax they pay on their AC membership subscriptions. For further information please go here.

Association for Coaching and its affiliates do not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. The material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors relating to AC membership tax relief.

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Global and Central Leadership Teams

Our active and experienced Global Leadership Team ensures that the AC’s purpose and values are upheld and communicated to our teams throughout the world. Our Central Leadership Team sets strategy and oversees the operations and management of the AC.

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Regional Leadership Teams

The AC’s continued growth and success is driven by key people who dedicate their time, energy and ideas to an array of projects and activities. As we grow globally we have initiatives that need support both at a regional and international level.

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Event Contributors

Throughout the year the AC offers a range of events that aim to share inspiring ideas and provide access to industry leading speakers.  We offer events at an international, national, and local level and these are open both to Members and non-members.

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Local Co-coaching Groups

As professional coaches Co-coaching gives us the time and opportunity to practise coaching, to try new ways of coaching, or to work on something that we might want to improve. Click below to find your local Co-coaching forum.

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Advisory Board

The AC Advisory Panel advises the Global Team and Senior Leadership Team to ensure that the association’s programme of events and services corresponds as far as possible to the needs of the association’s membership and continues to act in the best interests of the total membership.

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Group Supervision Experience Calls

The AC provides a GSE service for members on the third Thursday of each month.  The calls are facilitated by experienced AC Coaches and Supervisors and are available to all AC Members across the world.

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Our AC Team

Our amazing team of support personnel are behind the AC continuing to operate day to day. They are responsive, committed and focused on our members and their needs.

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Getting Involved

As we grow globally we have initiatives that need support both at a regional and international level. If you are interested in getting involved, please follow the link below.

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