The Path to IAC® Certification
Lifelong Learning

As the coaching profession grows, and the practice of coaching evolves and transforms, IAC is furthering the interest of coaching worldwide through a rigorous certification process designed specifically to uphold, and advance the highest human standards of universal excellence. This is the hallmark of the IAC® certified coach

As many professionals from various industries around the world are transitioning into coaching, or use a coaching approach in a variety of ways in their business or practices, the IAC® Certification Process™ focuses on the distinct qualities of masterful coaching.

These qualities are reflected in our certification which we refer to as the Masteries. This certification process requires accomplished skill, and a thorough comprehension of that skill. Although no one particular coach training method is required, it is essential that knowledge and application of these skill sets are mastered.

Masterful coaching must reinforce leading edge communication skills, a keen awareness of human and cultural differences and how to work with these effectively. The ability to generate innovative and client-centered ways to shift perspective, thus expanding possibilities, and the importance of co-creating sustainable plans to produce meaningful results are critical.

The IAC does not evaluate the coaching style of the coach but evaluates the demonstration, by the coach, of the 9 IAC Coaching Masteries®. The standards by which coaching mastery is measured at the IAC® reinforces leading edge communication skills, time honored philosophical archetypes and the humanity of coaching relationships.


To ensure high quality coaching, the IAC® certifies coaches based upon:

  1. Demonstrated willingness to continue their learning and growth in coaching mastery by submitting a Masteries Professional Development Plan.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge and awareness of the 9 IAC Coaching Masteries®, the IAC legal and ethical standards of coaching, through an online exam.
  3. Demonstrated ability to incorporate the 9 IAC Coaching Masteries® into their work with clients through an evaluation of two thirty to forty-five minute recorded coaching sessions. (two recordings for Master Masteries Coach and one recording for Certified Masteries Coach)

Our certification is based on both a cognitive understanding of coaching and demonstration of the 9 IAC Coaching Masteries.

To become an IAC certified coach, you need to complete two steps:

Step 1: Masteries Practitioner designation

Purpose: Cognitive understanding of IAC Coaching Masteries

Process: Pass Online test with a score of 70% and complete MPDP review

On successful completion: Masteries Practitioner designation

Step 2: Certified Masteries Coach / Master Masteries Coach

Purpose: Demonstration of 9 IAC Masteries

Certified Masteries Coach Process: Submit one, 30 to 45 minute recorded coaching sessions (with written transcript in English)
Master Masteries Coach Process: Submit two, 30 to 45 minute recorded coaching sessions (with written transcript in English)

On successful completion: Certified by IAC as Certified Masteries Coach or Master Masteries Coach (MMC)