Setting the standards for mentoring, coaching and supervision

EMCC has created a framework for assessment based on extensive consultation and the most comprehensive competence research of mentoring/coaching produced to date. The emphasis of these awards is to raise standards whilst acknowledging existing excellence. 

The following information outlines the accreditation and assessment process, where you can find information and links to supporting guides. EMC Council (International) is responsible for accreditation and assessment. Please refer to the International website for detailed information (click here). 

European Individual Accreditation - EIA

What is European Individual Accreditation (EIA)?

The EIA is a Europe-wide recognised award that demonstrates that an individual practising as a professional mentor/coach has the appropriate level of knowledge and the ability to apply it effectively in his/her practice. The EIA sets very high standards and is recognised as a quality mentor/coach accreditation in the marketplace. It raises standards and professionalism in mentoring/coaching by:

• setting high standards in assessment criteria

• measuring ability against our evidence-based competence framework

• using reliable and rigorous assessment processes 

• demanding a professional, reflective approach 

• ensuring a commitment to continuing development 

Who is it for?

The EIA is relevant for anyone involved in mentoring/coaching, whether it is just one part of the role or a main function. You can apply for accreditation at the appropriate level, from Foundation to Master Practitioner. The advantage of the EMCC’s accreditation process is that you can join and get accredited early on in your experience as a mentor/coach. As developments occur awarded you can gain accreditation at higher levels reflecting growth ability and experience.

The benefits of EIA

Having an EIA award distinguishes you as a professional mentor/coach, with sound underpinning knowledge and the ability to demonstrate your ability against demanding and rigorous standards. Specifically it:

• provides users/buyers of mentoring/coaching services greater certainty of your competence and ability  • raises personal credibility and professional standing 
• demonstrates that you are continually developing and always improving your mentoring/coaching ability
• raises the credibility and standards of our profession 
• is more than a qualification – it recognises that as an EIA holder you are able to apply good practice in mentoring/coaching 
• provides a framework for personal development

It is recognised that achieving the EIA accreditation requires commitment and hard work from applicants. It needs a professional approach for a professional and meaningful accreditation and applicants say that the process of working towards their accreditation is both affirming and developmentally useful.

For more information and to apply please go to EMCC International website by following this link.

European Quality Award - EQA

EMCC’s European Quality Award (EQA) offers the market place the much needed framework to enable the quality of mentoring/coaching services to meet and be recognised for meeting high quality standards of the profession. Mentoring/coaching training organisations may apply for their programmes to be awarded at one of four levels:

Foundation ● Practitioner ● Senior Practitioner ● Master Practitioner

A list of EQA Providers can be downloaded here.
Individuals who wish to train as mentors/coaches can select from the list of EQA Providers with confidence that the content of the training is of high quality and recognised by the market they wish to enter.

European Supervision Individual Award - ESIA

The European Supervision Individual Award (ESIA) is an internationally recognised accreditation that demonstrates that an individual practising as a professional mentor/coach supervisor has the appropriate level of knowledge and the ability to apply it effectively in his/her practice.

For more information click here

European Supervision Quality Award - ESQA

The European Supervision Quality Award (ESQA) is an internationally recognised accreditation for mentoring/coaching supervision training programmes. Programmes attaining the ESQA are recognised by the EMCC as having met stringent professional standards.

For more information click here

International Standards for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes ( ISMCP)

The International Standards for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes (ISMCP) is an independent accreditation awarded to organisations designing, delivering and evaluating mentoring and/or coaching programmes either ‘in-house’ or externally. It is an integral and essential step on the path to establishing the professional credibility and status of good mentoring and/or coaching programme management, ensuring programmes are:

  • thoughtfully designed
  • systematically managed
  • significantly contributing to the development of participants, strategic drivers of the organisation and wider stakeholder objectives

EMCC aims to develop the Standards continuously, incorporating changes that reflect the wider range of innovations in application and method of mentoring and coaching, and the diversity of approaches arising from different cultures and contexts. We do this by engaging with practitioners and academics in the field, internationally. Therefore, the emphasis of this award is to raise standards whilst acknowledging existing excellence.

What does the ISMCP offer?

The purpose of the ISMCP is to provide a consistent and globally accepted benchmark of good practice in mentoring and coaching programme management. Organisations will benefit by:

legitimising their mentoring or coaching programme against a recognised standard
strengthening and improving the mentoring or coaching programme through rigorous assessment
continuing to build the business case for mentoring or coaching, influencing key stakeholders
identifying opportunities to promote mentoring or coaching development activity internally and/or externally.

Why is the award important for your organisation?

Your organisation will benefit in many ways through applying for and achieving the award, including:

an audit check on quality, allowing your organisation to reflect on its processes, procedures
and outputs
assurance that your programmes are of an agreed standard and benchmarked against best practice
feedback elicited through the ISMCP process can lead to programme development and improvements
marketing opportunities for your programmes stemming from a successful application process
your reputation for being an organisation leading and managing mentoring and/or coaching programmes to a high standard.

If you are interested in ISMCP please contact: 


More details on ISMCP accreditation can be found on this short webinar