Welcome to The Institute of Educational Coaching


General Accreditation FAQ’s

Who are The Institute of Educational Coaching (IEC)?
The IEC is the accreditation body of Vision for Learning.  Vision for Learning  provides high quality coach training to the education sector, other public sector organisations and selected private sector companies. The Managing Director of Vision for Learning, Will Thomas, is an award-winning and best-selling author and leading coaching expert in the education sector. He wrote the first book of its kind to bring coaching into the education sector, Coaching Solutions, and its companion volume The Coaching Solutions Resource Book.

Who accepts IEC Accreditation in coaching?

There still remains no single recognised awarding body for coaching in the UK or Internationally. This means that any coaching accreditation is as good as the next, however you do have the confidence of knowing that a University with an excellent reputation in coaching and mentoring in the public sector is associated with this award and The IEC.

How can we get accreditation for our colleagues in Level 1 or 2 Coaching standards or for Middle Leadership Competence?

You can buy in courses for Middle Leadership, and Level 1 and 2 Coaching through Vision for Learning.  For more information, visit http://visionforlearning.co.uk

Accredited Coach Practitioner Certification Course FAQ’s:

Why accredit courses through The University of Worcester?
The University has built an enviable reputation as a centre for  excellence in the field of Education Coaching and Mentoring, it is therefore fitting that it should work in partnership with The IEC and Vision for Learning to support a rounded practical and theoretical programme.

What do I get at the end of this programme, if I am successful?

You will receive three awards: 1. 20 Masters Credits to recognise your reflective practice as a coach at Masters level. These credits can be held indefinitely or  can be cashed in at any University in The UK as part of a masters programme (subject to certain shelf-life restrictions). 2. Certificate of Practical Competence in Coaching 3. The overall Certification of Accredited Coach Practitioner.

Who is involved in the assessment process for ACP?
You will be allocated an IEC coach to support your practical assessment. The University will provide support for your reflective practice essay and the arrangements for this are covered on your Accreditation Seminar. It is always our aim to support you to succeed and therefore the practical coaching assessment is a formative and developmental process as well as an assessment of skills.

How will I be supported throughout the accreditation programme for ACP?
Our programme supports you with email contact and you will receive a coach to support your development through four telephone contact calls. With workplaces being so busy, and particularly when public sector work can be so time-limited, the most effective way to get your queries answered is to send over your queries as an email, along with your telephone numbers and times you can be contacted.

Do I need to want to go into business as a coach to do the accreditation?

No you don’t, and for many people they will simply wish to gain the training and accreditation to function more effectively in their employed role.  There is no business aspect to the assessment of the accreditation, but if you are looking to build a business there are plenty of tools and support available within the members area and in the course materials. Coaching is a very versatile and energising career full time or an additional income for part-time workers or the semi retired.

Can I use my accreditation outside of the public sector?
Yes you can.  Although there is an education/public sector bias to the courses, the actual overall accreditation is not limited to use in this area.  The skills you will develop through the programme can be used just about anywhere. There are lots of coaching courses in the market, but few are as versatile or as practically based as ours. It is your skill level as a coach that is critical in getting your recognition, as well as the accreditation, and our programme with its practical and theoretical blend gives you all that you need.

Can I use coach training from providers other than Will Thomas for this accreditation?
Regrettably you cannot use other training.  The reason for this is that we have carefully developed the programme to meet the needs of the accreditation process.  Back accreditation is a key feature of this course making it very flexible.  Because the IEC exists to develop the highest standards of coaching it needs to know the nature of the training that supports it.  The whole accreditation process is tied into the frameworks and models from the Coaching Solutions books.  We may offer a conversion course in future, but there are no immediate plans to do so.

Can I use NLP training to count towards the accreditation?
Regrettably for the same reasons as in the previous question this is not possible.  In addition, it is important to point out that whilst coaching can include elements of NLP, they are different in their basis, philosophy and approach.  You will however find any previous NLP training tremendously helpful within your coach development.

Can I still get accreditation if I don’t have a first degree such as a BA or BSc?
Yes you can.  The process is very similar, except that you won’t gain the post-graduate credits.  You’ll do an essay of shorter length and this will be accredited by the IEC.  You will still gain the overall certification by the IEC but without the University of Worcester stamp. You will still have access to all of the other resources and membership features of The IEC once you have gained accreditation.

What if I don’t work with people at the moment that I can coach?  How can I do the practice log?
You will need to create an opportunity to coach others.  Offering your services voluntarily is the best way to do this.  Schools, hospitals, and even neighbours can oblige.  Be aware that in some settings checks may need to be made on you before you start and so making arrangements in good time is advised.

What if I can’t get release time from work for training?
The training is an essential part of the accreditation process.  We offer at least one course per year which is at weekends.  This will usually be a Saturday for the introductory course and a full Saturday and Sunday for the advanced course.  Accreditation Seminars are always on a Saturday.