Certified Associate Member

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Appropriate for: 

Certified Associate membership may be suitable for those establishing their coaching practice or for those with established leadership, executive and/or professional roles but where executive coaching is a significant but not principal priority within their practice. Also, people who have executive coaching, executive team coaching or supervision experience in the past and who are currently in a role that is involved with coaching / supervision and wish to maintain a professional link with the field of coaching / supervision as it develops.

Criteria Guidelines summary for Certified Associate Membership

Practitioners who have at least two years’ experience of either establishing their practice, or practising within a wider working practice and professional identity, as an executive coach, team coach or supervisor. (Note – this relates to their normal working week however executive coaching, team coaching or supervision on a voluntary basis is welcomed as appropriate experience).

They are required to provide portfolio evidence to include:

  1. Professional standards of learning together with any formal, recognised qualification in a relevant subject; OR portfolio evidence of an equivalent level of Professional standards of learning of the knowledge and understanding relevant to the executive coaching, team coaching or supervision context;
  2. Understanding and application of ethical and boundary management considerations in coaching;
  3. Significant (i.e. a minimum of five years) executive business experience personally (e.g. line management and / or consultancy) in addition to experience as an Executive Coach, Team Coach or Supervisor;
  4. Applicants will also have to articulate, as required, the detailed rationale / philosophy of their practice and model of working;
  5. Evidence of and commitment to continuing personal professional development including self-awareness and supervision;
  6. Demonstration of an interest in and some manner of contribution to the executive coaching, team coaching and supervision profession.
  7. Reflection on professional practice and evaluation of professional practice;
  8. Acceptance of and intention to abide by APECS Ethical Guidelines;
  9. An undertaking to comply with any UK or other requirements or those governing the geographic area in which they work;
  10. Applicants will be required to provide references from 2 referees and a statement from their supervisor confirming supervisory arrangements.


  1. “Executive” is defined as ‘a person who has a level of leadership responsibility (financial / operational / people) and / or responsibility for policy formulation and / or who makes a senior level individual contribution in the organisation’.
  2. APECS refers to CPPD by including the term ‘personal’ in the normal use of the phrase as a way of emphasising how it is often a very personal choice people make about how they develop their work and capabilities in this field.


The Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision (APECS) is the top level professional membership body for executive coaching, supervision, and advisory services to corporate organisations.

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  • The Membership Secretary
  • membership@apecs.org
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