Core Coaching Competencies 

The following are the specific coaching skills criteria and core competencies the ICF and CTEDU will be referencing and expecting from coaches in training during the certification process.

  1. Setting the Agenda.

Setting a clear, measurable agenda for a coaching session provides a strong foundation for the whole session.

  • Did the agenda come mostly from the client or is the coach pushing or not identifying the client’s agenda?
  • Was the session agenda measurable?
  1. Trust and intimacy with client.

Developing trust is a mixture of empathetic listening and skill in designing the coach-client alliance.

  • How willing was the coach to be the client’s student?
  • How well did the coach design the coaching relationship with the client?
  1. Coaching Presence.

A skilled coach demonstrates curiosity and confidence in the coaching process.

  • Was the coach bold in asking insightful or risky powerful questions?
  • Did the coach work with the energy present in the call?
  • To what degree did the coach demonstrate trust in the coaching process?
  1. Active Listening and Powerful questions.

The two core skills of coaching are listening and asking effective questions.

  • Did the coach ask short open ended questions?
  • Were the questions primarily present or future tense oriented
  1. Direct communication.

Being able to speak directly to what needs to be addressed is the hallmark of an effective coach.

  • Was the coach clear in sharing ideas? and providing feedback?
  • How effective was the coach in providing feedback to the client?
  1. Creating awareness.

Helping a client learn about him or herself is one of the most valuable benefits a client obtains from coaching.

  • Did the client asked questions about client’s learning and self discovery?
  1. Designing actions.

Well-designed actions enable learning and insights to produce tangle results.

  • Does the coach invite an equal or greater degree of participation from the client for than a coach in designing action?
  • How well does the designed action relate to the client’s agenda?
  1. Managing progress and accountability.

A skilled coach also addresses accountability and the larger impact coaching has on the client’s life.

  • Did the coach co-design methods of accountability with the client?
  • Was the accountability clear and measurable?
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