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Your Acceptance of Our Terms of Membership
Published: December 2, 2002
Last Updated: February 27, 2013

Our Terms of Membership will be updated as our organization evolves. We reserve the right to change our Terms of Membership at any time, and at our discretion. If possible, we will notify you of any major changes. However, it is your responsibility to check back here regularly.

Article I: Name and Office

Section 1. Name
The name of this Association is Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC). The Association is operated and owned by WABC Coaches Inc. (called “WABC" from here on).

Section 2. Office
WABC’s principal office is in the province of British Columbia, Canada. We may establish other offices, inside or outside British Columbia, as required by law and as determined by the WABC President/CEO.

Article II: Core Ideologies

Section 1. Purpose
To unify business leadership throughout the world.

Section 2. Values
WABC honors six values:

  1. Highly responsive, adaptable and profitable practices
  2. Our people
  3. Corporate integrity
  4. A spirit of progress and relentless self-improvement
  5. Exemplary membership care and service
  6. Courage

Section 3. Mission
To develop, advance and promote the emerging profession of business coaching worldwide.

Section 4. Vision
A business coach working with every business, organization and government worldwide.

Section 5: Ethics
The WABC Code of Business Coaching Ethics and Integrity sets the highest standard in the industry. Our Code contains three parts:

  • Business coaching definition
  • Principles
  • Safe harbor conciliation and adjudication process 

Article III: Membership

Section 1. Individual Membership Category
We offer two membership levels for individual practitioners:

  • WABC Affiliate Member
  • WABC Full Member

The WABC President/CEO may at times set out requirements for other categories, levels, classes or designations of membership that carry different rights and conditions.

Section 2. WABC Affiliate Member
WABC Affiliate Member is our entry-level membership. It recognizes emerging, new and part-time external and internal business coaches.

You are eligible for WABC Affiliate Membership if you:

2.1   Are transitioning into a business coaching practice or are practicing part-time* as an external or internal coach, in alignment with the WABC Business Coaching Definition;
2.2 Are providing, or will provide, business coaching services (one-on-one or group coaching) and possibly other related services and activities (e.g., business coach training, speaking engagements, publishing and/or research about business coaching);
2.3 Have, or will put in place, appropriate business coaching service agreements with your business coaching clients, coachees and/or business coach training participants;
2.4 Have less than 3 years of business coaching experience, though you may have more (includes coaching in the private, public and nonprofit sectors);
2.5 Have at least 7 years of business or organizational experience (includes coaching and non-coaching work in the private, public and nonprofit sectors);
2.6 Have a reputation for integrity and sound character;
2.7 Agree to abide by the WABC Terms of Membership, the WABC Code of Business Coaching Ethics and Integrity, the WABC Professional Standards for Business Coaches, the WABC Terms and Policies and any other standards, terms, conditions, rules, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines that may be adopted; and
2.8 Meet other requirements that may be established from time to time by WABC.

Your application must include a current résumé/CV or outline verifying your background experience. Please also familiarize yourself with our credential verification process.

* Means you intend to provide business coaching services over the next year, or are in the first 3 years of a business coaching practice, or have fewer clients than required for WABC Full Membership.

Section 3. WABC Full Member
WABC Full Member is our advanced level of membership. It recognizes individuals who are experienced external and internal business coaches and who are active practitioners in the field.

You are eligible for WABC Full Membership if you:

3.1   Are actively engaged in business coaching as an external or internal coach, in alignment with the WABC Business Coaching Definition;
3.2 Are providing business coaching services (one-on-one or group coaching) and possibly other related services and activities (e.g., business coach training, speaking engagements, publishing and/or research about business coaching);
3.3 Have appropriate business coaching service agreements with your business coaching clients, coachees and/or business coach training participants;
3.4 Have at least 3 years of business coaching experience (includes coaching in the private, public and nonprofit sectors);
3.5 Have at least 7 years of business or organizational experience (includes coaching and non-coaching work in the private, public and nonprofit sectors);
3.6 Have provided business coaching services to at least 15 recipients in the last 3 years;
3.7 Prove, with verifiable references, that you have provided business coaching or business coach training to 5 recipients in the last 12 months. Your 5 references can come from:
  • EITHER 5 business coaching clients and/or coachees
  • OR 3 business coaching clients and/or coachees plus 2 business coach training participants
You can gather these 5 references yourself or ask your employer (or the person managing your coaching contract) to submit declarations about your references. Instructions and templates to fulfill this references requirement will be provided.
3.8 Have a reputation for integrity and sound character;
3.9 Agree to abide by the WABC Terms of Membership, the WABC Code of Business Coaching Ethics and Integrity, the WABC Professional Standards for Business Coaches, the WABC Terms and Policies and any other standards, terms, conditions, rules, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines that may be adopted; and
3.10  Meet other requirements that may be established from time to time by WABC.

Your application must include a current résumé/CV or outline verifying your background experiences and five verifiable references. Reference forms are included in the application material. Please also familiarize yourself with our credential verification process.

Section 4. Life Membership
Anyone granted Life Membership in the former National Association of Business Coaches (NABC), as per the list provided by the NABC, may keep this status in WABC in that they will be exempt from paying membership dues. This exemption will apply for as long as the individual remains a WABC member in good standing and abides by these Terms of Membership, the WABC Code of Business Coaching Ethics and Integrity, the WABC Professional Standards for Business Coaches, the WABC Terms and Policies and any other terms, conditions, rules, regulations and so forth that we may adopt. WABC no longer has a Life Membership category and will not grant any new Life Memberships.

Section 5. Approval of Members
If you are eligible for membership, you must apply according to the procedures set out by WABC. The WABC President/CEO (or a designated representative or an organziational unit) approves all applications, and reserves the right to refuse membership to any applicant for any reason, including failure to meet the membership criteria.

Section 6. Term of Membership
Your membership is valid for one year from the date your application is approved and your full payment is processed. To renew, you must pay any dues, fees or assessments required by Article V below, and complete any application or practice declaration we require. If you do not pay the renewal fee or submit the required forms within 60 days of the anniversary of your membership, your membership will be suspended in accordance with Article V.

Section 7. Rights and Responsibilities of Members

7.1

We deal with members in the English language. Our application forms and information are in English only, and any information we require from you must be provided in English. It is your responsibility to ensure that you fully understand the application form and other membership information. Failure to understand these materials is not a valid excuse for violating them, and we reserve the right to take action if such a violation occurs;

7.2 You must agree to abide by these Terms of Membership, the WABC Code of Business Coaching Ethics and Integrity, the WABC Professional Standards for Business Coaches, the WABC Terms and Policies and any other terms, conditions, rules, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines we may adopt;
7.3 You must provide the level of business coaching services required for the level of membership you are seeking;
7.4  You must keep your membership in good standing by ensuring:
7.4.1   you remain current with all financial obligations to WABC;
7.4.2   you have complied with all other obligations to WABC; and 
7.4.3 you are not the subject of sanctions or unresolved disciplinary proceedings by WABC.
7.5 We reserve the right to change membership requirements for any category, level, class or designation, or to discontinue or replace services at our discretion.
7.6 Members, as well as non-member experts and client representatives, are eligible to serve in organizational units established by WABC; 

7.7

We communicate with members primarily through email announcements and our website, so you must maintain an active email address with us; 

7.8 You must complete all brief follow-up questionnaires and member surveys during your membership term;  
7.9
Applicants for membership must carry out any agreements that we approve for all our members.
7.10

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold us, and our affiliates and agents, harmless from any claims, damages, costs and expenses. These include any claims of WABC negligence based on the following: your use of WABC material for unintended purposes, your creation of material in connection with your WABC membership, and your use of WABC copyrighted works and trademarks in ways that contradict these Terms of Membership and the WABC Terms and Policies.  

7.11 These Terms of Membership, the relationship between you and WABC, and any legal proceeding between you and WABC (whether grounded in tort, contract, law or equity) will be governed by the laws of British Columbia. Litigation between a member and WABC will be brought only to a provincial or federal court that has jurisdiction in British Columbia and that is located in the city of Victoria. All members, by agreeing to be bound by these Terms of Membership, irrevocably and unconditionally waive any defense of an inconvenient forum to the maintenance of any action or proceeding in any such court, any objection to venue for any such action or proceeding, and any right of jurisdiction because of the place of residence of any involved party.

Section 8. Censure, Suspension, Termination and Resignation of Membership
We may censure, suspend or terminate your membership at any time and for any reason. Reasons may include your violation of these Terms of Membership, the WABC Code of Business Coaching Ethics and Integrity, the WABC Professional Standards for Business Coaches, the WABC Terms and Policies or any of our other terms, conditions, rules, regulations and so forth. Other reasons include misrepresentation in your membership application or other information you supply to us, and any other conduct that prejudices our best interests.

The WABC President/CEO may set rules and policies concerning sanctions and procedures for disciplinary proceedings. This ability includes the right to suspend your membership privileges, with or without notice, if you are being investigated for any violation set out above, even while a decision is still pending.

Your WABC membership automatically ends if any of the following events happen:

8.1   If you resign in writing; 
8.2 If you die; 
8.3 If you are expelled from WABC; 
8.4 Subject to Article V, Section 3, if your membership dues remain unpaid for 60 days; or 
8.5 If an assessment remains unpaid for 3 months after you have been notified of the assessment.

If you have been suspended or expelled for not paying your dues or assessments, you may, at the discretion of the WABC President/CEO, be reinstated if you pay all arrears plus an administrative fee of US$75 (or any other sum set by WABC). If you have been suspended or expelled for any other reason, you will not be refunded any money.

If you resign from membership, you will not be refunded any money once the initial 30-day refund period has elapsed (see Article V, Section 4.4).

When your membership ends, you are still obligated to pay any outstanding debts to us. When your membership ends, you have no rights or claims against us, and any representations, warranties, indemnifications or promises you made to us will continue.

Section 9. Reinstatement of Membership
If you want your membership reinstated and you still owe us money, you must first pay what is owing.

If you are an expired WABC Affiliate Member or an expired WABC Full Member, you are now considered a new applicant, and you must go through the first-time application and payment process.

Section 10. Non-transferability of Membership
WABC membership is individual. You cannot transfer or assign your membership unless the WABC President/CEO grants special permission. 

Article IV: Awards

We reserve the right to create various awards that carry different rights and conditions.

Section 1. Outstanding Contributions Award
The Outstanding Contributions Award recognizes members and non-members who have made outstanding achievements in, or contributions to, WABC or the business coaching industry. You are eligible for this award if you:

1.1   Are identified by the WABC President/CEO (or an organizational unit) as someone who has, or did have, the greatest impact and influence on WABC or the business coaching industry;  
1.2   Have a reputation for integrity and sound character;  
1.3  

Agree to abide by these Terms of Membership (if you are a member), the WABC Code of Business Coaching Ethics and Integrity (if you are a member), the WABC Professional Standards for Business Coaches (if you are a member), the WABC Terms and Policies and any other terms, conditions, rules, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines that we adopt; and    

1.4   Meet other requirements that may at times be set by the WABC President/CEO (or by an organizational unit established for this purpose).

Article V: Dues, Refunds and Finances

Section 1. Dues, Fees and Assessments
Dues, fees and assessments, and their payment dates, will be set by the WABC President/CEO.

Section 2. Membership Fees
Membership fees are due annually. To renew your membership, you must pay the fee before or within 60 days of the date it is due and complete any application or practice declaration we require.

Section 3. Failure to Pay
Regarding membership, if you do not pay the applicable dues, fees or assessments on time, unless you have been granted an extended payment deadline and which would only be considered for exceptional circumstances, your membership will expire and you will forfeit the rights and privileges of membership.

Regarding other products and services, if you do not pay the applicable dues, fees or assessments on time, unless you have been granted an extended payment deadline and which would only be considered for exceptional circumstances, you will forfeit the rights and privileges of these products and services.

In addition to the provisions in Article III, Section 9, we may establish procedures for extending payment deadlines and continuing membership privileges.

Section 4. Refund of Membership Fees

4.1  

When you first apply for membership, the annual membership fee is due at the time of application. You must also pay a one-time* US$75 administrative fee. If we receive your full payment and information by the required deadlines and your application is not accepted, we will refund the membership fee but not the administrative fee.
(*one-time as long as you remain a continuous member in good standing)

4.2 When you first apply for membership, you have 90 days to provide all the necessary information.* If we do not receive all information within this time, we will consider your application invalid, destroy all information you have submitted (except your name and contact information) and issue no refund of the membership fee or the administrative fee you have paid to that point. For the next 12 months you can apply your forfeited fees towards a new one-year membership.
(*Students and graduates of the Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) program have been pre-screened for their first year of WABC Affiliate Membership. However, they must complete the applicable application when they seek higher membership, renew their membership or seek reinstatement of their membership. Graduates of WABC Accredited Practitioner Level (CBC) and Master Level (CMBC) programs have been pre-screened for their first year of WABC Affiliate Membership or WABC Full Membership, whichever they qualify for. However, they must complete the applicable application when they seek higher membership, renew their membership or seek reinstatement of their membership.)
4.3

During the 90-day period outlined in Section 4.2, you may withdraw your application at any time. We will refund the membership fee you have paid to that point but not the administrative fee.

4.4 Unless you are joining to obtain WABC's Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) designation, you may cancel your membership and request a refund of your membership fee (but not the administrative fee) within the first 30 days of membership. Since we have a very low rate of new member withdrawal, we will ask you to take a short exit survey.
4.5

When you are a renewing member, you have 60 days from your anniversary date to provide a completed application and payment. If we do not receive full information and payment within this time, we will consider your renewal application invalid and destroy it (if received). You will become an expired member, and there will be no refund of the membership fees you have paid to that point. For the next 12 months you can apply your forfeited fees towards a new one-year membership. An additional administrative fee will apply.

4.6 If you are an upgrading member (applying for a higher membership category, level or class), you have 60 days to provide all the necessary information and payment. If we do not receive full payment and information within this time, we will consider your upgrading application invalid and destroy it (if received). You will remain in your current category, level or class for the remainder of your membership term, and no refund will be issued of the membership fee you have paid to that point. For the next 12 months you can apply your forfeited fees towards a one-year membership at any category, level or class for which you qualify.

Section 5. Contributions
We may acquire, accept, solicit and use any contributions, donations, legacies, grants, settlements, bequests, endowments or gifts made to us by any person, firm or corporation for any lawful purpose. As WABC is not a charity, we do not provide tax receipts for gifts we receive.

Section 6. Bonding
Anyone who handles WABC funds or payments, with the exception of the WABC President/CEO, will obtain and maintain a fidelity bond at WABC’s discretion and cost.

Article VI: Meetings and Voting

Section 1. Annual Meeting
WABC members are not entitled to notice of meetings or to vote at meetings. There is no annual meeting of WABC members. Member meetings may be called if needed at the discretion of the WABC President/CEO.

Article VII: Organizational Structure

Section 1. President/CEO
The WABC President/CEO will do everything necessary to administer WABC's affairs, including:

1.1   Determining all policies or policy changes for matters such as membership, education programs, awards and designations; 
1.2 Making or having made, any contract that WABC may lawfully enter into; 
1.3 Delegating administrative powers to representatives, officers, committees, task forces or other organizational units; and 
1.4 Exercising any other powers and doing any other acts that WABC is, by law or otherwise, authorized to exercise and do.

Section 2. Organizational Units
To help achieve our objectives, we may establish special organizational units. Examples include advisory committees, councils, task forces, divisions, and regions or chapters to serve the industry’s interests, including to provide education in specialty areas. Organizational units advise and recommend on WABC initiatives, policies or procedures. The units’ activities, policies and programs must not conflict with these Terms of Membership or WABC policies.

The WABC President/CEO has sole authority for each organizational unit's policies, services, mandate, program, budget, term of operation, rules of governance and membership qualifications. The WABC President/CEO also appoints any chair of an organizational unit. The WABC President/CEO has final control and discretion over the topics, advice or recommendations of organizational units.

Section 3. Strategic Alliances and Other Affiliates
We may create, as appropriate, strategic alliances, ancillary or affiliate organizations, associations or foundations. We may also sponsor or endorse organizations. The choice of these organizations, and the terms, conditions and revocation of any alliances, sponsorships and endorsements, are at the discretion of the WABC President/CEO.

Article VIII: Miscellaneous

Section 1. Code of Business Coaching Ethics and Integrity
We may put in place any rules of professional conduct, and procedures for enacting and enforcing them, that we deem necessary for WABC.

Section 2. Notice
In those Terms of Membership that require a certain number of days’ notice of a meeting or other event, the date of giving the notice is included in calculating the date, unless otherwise provided.

To send us a notice or otherwise contact us:

2.1  

Email: Member Support during our business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard/Daylight Time. A WABC representative will normally respond within one business day;

2.2
Phone: WABC phone numbers are available in the Members' Center and in all WABC representatives' email signatures; or 
2.3 Mail: Worldwide Association of Business Coaches c/o WABC Coaches Inc. Box 215 Saanichton, BC V8M 2C3 Canada

Section 3. Limitation on Warranties
WABC has no other representations, warranties, terms, agreements or conditions concerning membership, either written or oral, besides what is in these Terms of Membership and in the WABC Terms and Policies, which supplement these Terms of Membership.

Article IX: Amendments

Section 1. Terms of Membership
We may update, revise or supplement these Terms of Membership, in whole or in part, as needed. Any changes are effective immediately upon being posted on our website. You must abide by these Terms of Membership in their most up-to-date form regardless of whether you have been notified of the changes.

Section 2. Rules and Regulations
We may set out any terms, conditions, rules, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines for the management and operation of WABC that we deem expedient.

 

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