Coach Mentoring or Coaching Supervision?

Zeigfeld photo of actress Mary Pickford looking in mirror 1920s coach mentoring and supervision

IMAGE | Mary Pickford by Zeigfield 1920s • Wiki Commons

As a professional coach, how do you ensure you are keeping yourself – the most important tool in your toolkit – finely tuned? Continuing to grow your presence, knowledge and abilities is a critical part of maintaining your coaching edge.

Coach mentoring and coaching supervision are supports which are specifically designed to evolve your coaching capability and capacity while also building International Coaching Federation (ICF) core competencies.

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What’s the difference between these two supports for coaches?

What is group coach mentoring?

The main focus is on developing your skills via the ICF Core Competencies. The process involves having the mentor coach facilitate a group of coaching colleagues as they observe a live or recorded coaching session, identifying and commenting on the Core Competencies. How were they used and where were there potential missed opportunities? The mentor coach provides you with specific feedback on successes, as well as areas where you can refine your coaching technique.


What is group coach supervision?

While coach mentoring focuses on the “doing” of coaching, coach supervision is a more holistic and thoughtful reflection on your whole coaching practice. The focus includes the doing and technicalities of coaching, but there is a much stronger focus on the coach’s “being” – the way that you show up, your own particular presence and any potential biases, triggers and personal or ethical challenges with clients.

Learn more about coach supervision.


What are the ICF Core Competencies?

Professional coaches draw on the core competencies as the foundation of their technique and knowledge base.

Coach mentoring is a requirement for professional coaches, while coach supervision is supported. Both can be used to build the CCEU hours required for credentialing or renewal.

The ICF revised their core competencies in 2019. Learn more. 


1. Demonstrates ethical practice
2. Embodies a coaching mindset

Co-Creating the Relationship
3. Establishes and maintains agreements
4. Cultivates trust and safety
5. Maintains presence

Communicating Effectively
6. Listens Actively
7. Evokes Awareness

Cultivating Learning & Growth
8. Facilitating Client Growth

About Credentials

Initial Credentialing

Credentialing candidates on the following paths are required to participate in Mentor Coaching prior to submitting their application:

  • ACC Portfolio
  • PCC Portfolio
  • MCC

ACC Credential

Coaches applying to renew their ACC Credential are required to complete an additional 10 hours of Mentor Coaching above those hours required for their initial credential.

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