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Reciprocal Peer Coaching

The ICF Reciprocal Peer Coaching program creates opportunities for professional growth and is accessible to all ICF Members. For questions please email:

By coaching an ICF coach, you can receive coaching from another ICF coach. In addition to investing your time in offering coaching and being coached, you will only need to pay a nominal coordination fee for the program to match you with a coach and client and to monitor each reciprocal peer-coaching relationship.

The aim of the ICF Reciprocal Peer Coaching program is to make coaching more accessible for coaches, thereby strengthening the ICF coaching community by supporting ICF coaches in their ongoing professional and personal development with the best means we know how — coaching!

How the program works:

  • Set up a profile in our new ICF Peer Coaching Community.
  • Join a “round” of coaching. One round includes a predetermined number of sessions with both a coach and a client.
  • These sessions should be completed within a predetermined period. There are general national and international rounds, as well as ACC, PCC, MCC, and student/new coach rounds. There is a round for coaches at every stage of professional development.
  • Specify your preferences for the kind of coach you’d like to be matched with.
  • View the professional profiles of other coaches participating in your round and make requests to be matched with coaches you’d particularly like to work with.
  • Our coordinators will match you with a coach and a client (two different people).
  • Our coordinators will monitor each reciprocal peer coaching relationship through to completion and review your feedback to maintain the professional standard of all participating peer coaches.

You will have an opportunity to:

  • Create your own professional profile that other ICF coaches can view.
  • View other coaches’ profiles and read feedback left by coaches who have been coached by them.
  • Receive feedback and testimonials from the coaches you coach. For many, this is as valuable as the coaching they receive.
  • Accrue additional hours for your coaching log. Because you are receiving coaching as compensation for the coaching you are giving, the peer coaching you give may be included in your log of paid coaching hours.

This process is similar to buddy coaching, but better because you never coach and get coached by the same person. In addition, due to the size and caliber of the ICF coaching community and the complex coordination process of our program (which has been developed over the past eight years), you are much more likely to receive just the right coach at just the right time — often more so than if you had employed the coach yourself! You may also expand your global experience by coaching and being coached by colleagues in other parts of the world.

The ICF Reciprocal Peer Coaching Program is currently available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. To join a round of ICF Reciprocal Peer Coaching, click on the language you prefer to coach and be coached in and follow the prompts from there. If your preferred language is not yet available, check back soon.

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