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

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

Why Coaching?

What is the Potential for Coaching?

How is the AC Making a Difference?

We are an inclusive organisation, with members from over 50 countries, made up of professional coaches, training & coaching service providers, internal coaches, and organisations building coaching cultures.

If you are interested in joining our Mailing List, click here, or to find out more about becoming a member, then you can learn more about the unique benefits AC offers in our membership section.

Our community

As a members and market led professional body, serving our members and the greater coaching community is at the heart of all that we do.

The Association for Coaching’s continued way of working is to be progressive, dynamic and inclusive, to celebrate and build upon our successes, and to recognize all those within our community who make the AC what it is today. If you are a member and would like to join our AC member’s Forum and take part in the lively discussions and information sharing, click here to request an invitation to join.

Below, please find below a few of our achievements, made possible by the tremendous contributions of those from our rich and diverse community.

Celebrating ‘AC at 10’  

Key Milestones

Development Team  

Getting Involved

If you are interested in getting more involved in the AC, or have any further questions please contact us

Become a member

We are an inclusive body for coaching, not just coaches.  We are proud that so many of our members across the Association for Coaching, renew their membership with us, year after year.  

There is something for each type of membership. This includes the most experienced or advanced coaches, through to just starting out in the industry. Our members also include  providers of coaching and coach training, academic institutions, not-for-profits, and large, global organisations building coaching cultures.  

See what our members are saying about joining us, and some of the benefits to joining the Association for Coaching.

What are the Benefits?

What Others are Saying 

How to Apply 

If you have any further questions about membership, then please contact members, or for further queries in general, visit contact us.

Contact us

Please do get in touch if we can assist you in any way, full details are here. Email tends to be the best to get to the right person, and tends to be the most efficient use of time.

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Developing Leadership for Humility not Hubris

 AC, Ireland, ICF Ireland and EMCC are proud to host “Developing Leadership for Humility not Hubris” with Matt Nixon on Friday, 23rd September 2016.  Limited availability - register today.

Your AC Membership

Please note membership rates will increase as of 1st September 2016. If your renewal date is September 2016, you can avoid the increase for this year if you pay before the 22nd of August, and therefore not pay the increased cost until 2017. For details of new rates click here

Excellence in Coaching Awards 2016

Congratulations to eBay, proud recipients of our 2016 Excellence in Coaching Award. To read more about this Award click here

Global Code of Ethics

As part of its ongoing agenda to raise standards of coaching practice globally, the AC has created a single, global code of ethics with the EMCC . Other coaching bodies and organizational signatories to this code are now actively being sought to widen its reach and impact even further. 

Global Coaching and Mentoring Alliance (GCMA)

We are delighted to update you on the progress of the Global Coaching and Mentoring Alliance (GCMA), see Press Release.

Launch of Strengths-Based Leadership Coaching in Organizations
We're excited to announce Strengths-based Coaching, available for pre-order from 3rd December, 2015.  See here for more details.
Calendar of Non-AC Events, Training & Resources

NEW - have a look at the Non-AC Calendar of Coaching Events, Training and Resources, showing events and more run by third party organizations.

AC and AOCS partnership

Partnership with AOCS creates additional AC member benefits.  AC members access AOCS CPD events at member rates (including free tele forums) and get discount on AOCS membership.  More information 

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Are they correct? Go to the member's log in at the top of the site and log on using your unique membership number.  If you do not know your log in details, please contact members and they will assist you.

Are You a Writer? ...

How about contributing to ’Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice'? See here for a “Call to arms for practitioners” outlining guidelines.

Koemba Parent Coaching

Val Mullally MA is founder and CEO of Koemba. Val is a published author and trains in Relationship Coaching, particularly for those working with children/families. see profile

Sharon Campbell

Sharon Campbell
Sharon brings almost 20 years experience of applying psychological approaches to development of people at work. She has a passion for supporting individuals and organisations to achieve their best. see profile

Mary Carroll

Mary Carroll
Over 25 years experience in design engineering, management, management consulting, overseas development and business development. Now founder and coach/mentor with and Supporting organisations with Strategy, Business & Executive Coaching. see profile

Advance Coaching

Advance Coaching
Advance delivers executive and team coaching and outplacement/career transition services. We are a Institute of Leadership and Management Center delivering coaching and mentoring qualifications including Leader as Coach AC Recognized training. With a particular interest in gender equality we deliver specific coaching and mentoring leadership programmes for women. see profile

Paul Curran

Paul Curran
I’m a Baby Boomer who got a health wake-up call which changed my life. After a long hospitalisation I set out to rebuild my health from the cell up and have overcome all the symptoms of ‘Metabolic Syndrome’. Since 2009 my health is transformed and I’m enjoying increased energy, better rest and reduced stress. Today I also apply optimum health principles to interpersonal relationships to enrich corporate life and the wider community. As a coach I want to raise awareness of health issues both for you and your organisations so that you can live life to the full. see profile

Michael Dunlop

Michael Dunlop
Michael believes passionately that anyone can be a leader and you don't have to wait for a job title to lead in life and make a difference. see profile

Johanna Fullerton

Johanna Fullerton
Johanna - Business Psychologist & Head of Corporate Membership, Ireland. Johanna runs SEVEN, Psychology at Work and has over 20 years experience coaching and consulting internationally. see profile

Niamh Jackson

Niamh Jackson
Niamh Jackson M.I.A.C.P. M.I.C.I. M.W.G.I.I. R.N.I.D. at Island Partners. All services support personal growth, aiming to increase health and productivity. see profile

Betty O Callaghan

Betty O Callaghan
Qualified Coach and Human Resource Professsional with over 15 years experience coaching and mentoring executives, managers, and achievement oriented people at all stages in their careers. see profile

Andrea Close

Andrea Close
Andrea has over 17 years’ experience working Coaching Training & Quality roles at a senior level for a number of significant organisations: Concentrix / GEM, HCL BPO Services, BT, Abbey National (Santander). Andrea was the first corporate coach to gain her Accreditation in Ireland.She is well recognised as a leading professional provider of coaching & training services by her peers and the Contact Centre Sector. Andrea is also the Co-Coaching Facilitator for the Association For Coaching in Belfast. Andrea's internal Institute of Leadership and Management coaching program won the first Excellence in Coaching Award in 2013.Andrea has just been appointed to the AC Council in Ireland and her role will be engaging and supporting volunteers see profile

Tim Page

Tim Page
Tim Page, Thinking Partner. Live well, work smart, realise future. see profile

Ray Ryan

Ray Ryan
Ray Ryan is a Chartered Management Accountant, and Business Mentor and Coach. He founded Onward Consulting. see profile

Niamh Shiells

Niamh Shiells
Niamh Shiells, Advance Coaching. Career/ Executive Coach, AC Accredited,ILM Coach Training Programmes. Chair of AC in Ireland. see profile

Life's Enjoyment Coaching

Life's Enjoyment Coaching
Life's Enjoyment Coaching was created with the inspiration to empower people to have happy and fulfilled lives, to develop their full potential and open up their true nature to the see profile

Leisha McGrath

Leisha McGrath
Leisha is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and a Registered Work and Organisational Psychologist, and she has almost 15 years’ experience of applying sound psychological principles in supporting people and organisations in developing to their best. She is passionate about the role that Coaching has to play and she works with people at all stages of their careers, and also with clients who are working through wider Life challenges. Leisha adopts a holistic approach and her approach is to empower her clients rather than have them become reliant or dependent on her. She tailors each coaching intervention to the specific client needs and she approaches her client relationships with a strong sense of empathy and at times, where required, some humour! see profile

AC launches new Coach Training Accreditation and new Leader as Coach Recognition

See Press Release.

AC and AOCS partner to offer reciprocal member benefits.

 See Press Release.

Partnership Leads to Creation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance

See press release.

Review of the AC 10th Anniversary Conference - From Inner Game to Neuro-Science

- Personnel Today see article.

Association for Coaching backs EU Code of Conduct

- Training Zone see article.

See all press releases

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If you are a sponsor of coaching within your organization and would like to join our Corporate community and enjoy the benefits, click here.

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