Development of Coaches: VI. Does ICF Certification Make A Difference?

William Bergquist December 30, 2016 1
Development of Coaches: VI. Does ICF Certification Make A Difference?

Question: How much influence has each of the following had on your OVERALL development as a coach?

   

ICF Certified

 

Non-ICF Certified (Renegade)

 

T-Test

 

 

P Level

Experiences in coaching clients

 

Mean=2.75

Variance=0.29

Mean=2.69

Variance =0.43

t = 0.62

df =182

>.05
Taking coaching specific courses, seminars or workshops (including online courses) Mean=2.37

Variance=0.73

Mean=1.93

Variance =1.14

t = 3.00

df =181

Significant

<.01

CV=2.60

Collaborating with other coaches Mean=2.12

Variance=0.83

Mean=1.90

Variance =1.01

t = 1.49

df =182

>.05

 

 

Getting formal supervision, mentoring or consultation Mean=2.11

Variance=1.00

Mean=1.62

Variance =1.40

t = 2.92

df =182

Significant

<.01

CV=2.60

Having informal case discussion with colleagues Mean=1.80

Variance=1.12

Mean=1.71

Variance =0.95

t = 1.59

df =182

>.05
Reading books or journals relevant to your coaching practice Mean=1.98

Variance=0.58

Mean=2.09

Variance =0.78

t = -0.86

df =182

>.05
Observing coaches in workshops, films or on tapes Mean=1.53

Variance=1.31

Mean=1.29

Variance =1.09

t = 1.35

df =182

>.05
Getting personal coaching Mean=2.18

Variance=0.89

Mean=1.79

Variance =1.32

t = 2.43

df =182

Significant<.05

CV=1.98

Giving formal supervision, mentor coaching, or consultation to other coaches Mean=1.88

Variance=1.27

Mean=1.59

Variance =1.55

t = 1.59

df =182

>.05
Teaching coaching courses or seminars (face to face or online) Mean=1.78

Variance=1.68

Mean=1.47

Variance =1.87

t = 1.49

df =182

>.05
Doing coaching related research Mean=1.16

Variance=1.59

Mean=1.21

Variance =1.36

t = -0.24

df =181

>.05

 

 

The institutional conditions in which you practice Mean=1.21

Variance=1.41

Mean=0.84

Variance =0.78

t = 2.03

df =181

Significant

<.05

CV=1.98

Experiences in your personal life Mean=2.13

Variance=0.82

Mean=2.20

Variance =0.82

t = -0.47

df =179

>.05

There were four areas of significance difference in the average (mean) responses of ICF certified coaches and renegade coaches to this set of questions regarding overall influences on their development as coaches. Three of these areas relate to the influence of outside agencies of change and improvement. Overall (during their career as coaches) ICF certified coaches are significantly more likely to be influenced by specific coaching courses, seminars or workshops (including on-line courses) (.01 level of confidence). They are also significantly more likely than renegades to be influenced by formal supervision, mentoring or consultation (.01 level of confidence) and to be influenced by personal coaching (.05 level of confidence). These significant results can alternatively be interpreted (because of the wording of specific items) as the respondent’s rating of the extent to which they make use of these outside support services.

The fourth item that yielded significant difference between the ICF certified and renegade coach responses concerned the overall influence of institutional conditions in which they have done coaching during their career. The ICF certified respondents are significantly more likely than the renegade respondents (.05 level of confidence) to indicate that they have been influenced by the institutional conditions.

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  1. Rey Carr December 30, 2016 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    What a terrific paper! And I’m not saying that because my name is spelled correctly or my ideas are accurately presented. The distinction between internal/external locus of control, the renegades/certified distinction, and the frontier town analogy are all stimulating and thought-provoking ideas.

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