European Quality, Global Recognition

EMCC, through its accreditation processes for both training providers and professional coaches, sets today the highest industry standards for Coaching and Mentoring practitioners and Training Programmes across Europe.


European Quality Award (EQA) & European Individual Accreditation (EIA)

The European Quality Award (EQA) & European Individual Accreditation (EIA) offer the framework that enables:

  • Purchasers of coaching services to understand the quality of what they are buying and to make appropriate choices for their respective needs.
  • Professional Coaches to demonstrate that they are working against rigorous and demanding standards.
  • Individuals who wish to train as coaches to select programmes with confidence that the content is of high quality, relevant to and recognised by the market they wish to enter.
  • Coaching & Mentoring Training Providers to design their programmes reflective of highest industry standards and to gain recognition for their quality.

EQA & EIA have been originally created using as a basis the extensive competency research conducted by EMCC but both got much further than this to define the levels of practice, the different contexts, learning through self-reflection on top of the demonstration of competencies themselves.

The growth and development of coaching in Europe is dynamic and evolving, hence, these standards provide the starting point rather than the end. Through ongoing consultation with stakeholders, including buyers, practitioners, professional bodies and institutions these standards are continually assessed and revised to respond to the organic nature of our profession. Evidence to that is the fairly recent revision of European Individual Accreditation (EIA v2) on June 15th 2012.

HCA has already trained 6 assessors in order to ensure that both EQA & EIA can be available to coach training schools and coaches in Greece and the launch of EIA & EQA in the greek market is planned for the end of year 2013.

European Individual AccreditationEIA v2

Building on the development and ongoing application of competence, European Individual Accreditation (EIA) offers individuals the opportunity to become accredited coaches, gaining recognition for their professional and successful practice.
On June 15, 2012 EMCC launched the revised European Individual Accreditation (EIA v2) at the heart of which remains the recognition of coaches and mentors who successfully maintain a professional level based on EMCC Competence Framework. EIA v2 continues to ensure a rigorous process that represents a valuable investment for mentors and coaches and label of quality excellence for their clients and sponsors. The EIA v2 continues to distinguish between four levels:

Foundation ● Practitioner ● Senior Practitioner ● Master Practitioner

The EIA is valid for 5 years at which point renewal is required.

EQA- European Quality Award

EMCC’s European Quality Award (EQA) offers the market place the much needed framework to enable the quality of coaching & mentoring services to meet and be recognised for meeting high quality standards of the profession. EQA ensures that successful students meet the research-based competence standards presented in the EMCC Competency Framework. Coaching & Mentoring training organisations may apply for their programmes to be awarded at one of four levels:

Foundation ● Practitioner ● Senior Practitioner ● Master Practitioner

The EQA is valid for 2 years at which point renewal is required.

Individuals who wish to train as coaches/mentors 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. Once an individual is an EQA certificate holder, he/she may apply for a European Individual Accreditation, using the (version 2) revised application process. 

To see how EQA and EIA work together to support raising standards in coaching and mentoring please click here.

Further information about the EQA & EIA can be obtained from

  • EMCC Competence Framework (produced from evidence based research)
  • List of EQA providers – The list contains the details of all EQA holders and the type of award granted