Why our relationships with the professional coaching bodies matter

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15th November 2018

We have strong and enduring relationships with the world’s largest professional coaching bodies, the International Coach Federation (ICF), the Association for Coaching (AC) and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). We’re also a member of the small but growing organisation, the Association of Coaching Supervisors.

These connections and relationships are hugely important to us for four key reasons.

Advocating for the Animas approach

Firstly, our strong relationships enable us to impact and influence the direction of coaching.

Whether through research, speaking, writing, participation in steering groups or other ways, we recognise that the voice of Animas and Animas students and alumni is vital to the way coaching develops around the world.

As the world’s leading school of transformational coaching, it’s important to us that we share our perspective on coaching and the transformative approach.

Supporting our students

Secondly, our relationship with the professional coaching bodies enable us to support our graduates in their journeys towards personal credentials with these bodies.

Whether that’s through the training credentials we offer that are mapped specifically to the requirements of the ICF, AC and EMCC, or whether through our understanding of what’s needed, whom to contact and how to overcome some of the challenges along the way, we ensure that our graduates are able to achieve the important step of gaining professional credentials should they wish to.

Credibility for our courses and our coaches

Thirdly, in an ever more competitive market, credibility matters and our relationship with the coaching bodies as accreditors of our courses ensure that the coaches who train through us gain certification that counts in the coaching field.

All of our courses are approved by the International Coach Federation, the world’s largest coaching body. And our two core diplomas, the Diploma in Transformational Coaching and t he Diploma in Coaching Supervision, are accredited by the Association for Coaching and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council respectively.


Finally, we are big believers in the power of community. Community supports learning, maintains momentum, encourages sharing of ideas, facilitates partnerships and creates a sense of belonging. At Animas, we have our own powerful community, the Animas Alumni, but there’s a bigger world out of Animas and it’s important that we, and our students and graduates, get out in the wider coaching community. The ICF, AC, EMCC and AOCS enable this to happen.

That’s why, every year, we support and sponsor the ICF’s national conference, why our head of training is the regional coordinator for AOCS, and why we share and support the AC’s educational programme.


The professional bodies in coaching matter. They set the standards that direct our profession and, although we each get to interpret these our own way to be unique as a coach, the principles and broad practices they promote, give a clear and powerful guide to the profession.

As a school, we aim to advance the practice of coaching and make it fit for the 21st century challenges and we can only do this when we do it with others.

That’s why we maintain such great relationships and why it matters.

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