WABC Affiliate Member

Elevate your professional development and your reputation with the support of WABC’s global community. WABC Affiliate Membership is our professional entry-level membership and is ideal for emerging, new and part-time active business coaches.

Overview

WABC Affiliate Member

WABC Affiliate Membership is our professional entry-level membership for individuals. It recognizes those who are emerging, new and part-time business coaches and who represent many professional roles (e.g., leader, manager, internal or external business coach, external consultant). It’s also suitable for those who can’t quite meet the requirements for higher membership.

Once you are accepted as a WABC Affiliate Member, you can upgrade to higher levels of membership once you qualify and at any time during your membership term or at the time of your renewal.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

WABC Affiliate Membership is Designed for Newer or Part-time Business Coaches

WABC’s individual memberships are professional level. Even though WABC Affiliate Membership is entry-level, because of our specialized work as business coaches, an appropriate professional background from working within businesses and organizations is essential to ground your business coaching in real-world situations. Accordingly, your professional experience is the foundation for pursuing all WABC membership levels.

You are eligible for WABC Affiliate Membership if you:

  • Are transitioning into a business coaching practice or are practicing part-time* as a business coach, in alignment with the WABC Business Coaching Definition;
  • Are providing, or will provide, business coaching services (e.g., one-on-one or team coaching) and possibly other related services and activities (e.g., business coach training, speaking engagements, publishing and/or research about business coaching);
  • Have enrolled in or successfully completed an appropriate formal evidence-based business coaching training program or assessment (WABC Accredited® programs highly preferred)**;
  • Have, or will put in place once you are accepted as a WABC member, appropriate business coaching service agreements with your business coaching clients, coachees and/or business coach training participants;
  • Have less than 3 years of business coaching experience, though you may have more (includes coaching in the private, public and nonprofit sectors);
  • Have at least 7 years of business or organizational experience (includes coaching and non-coaching work in the private, public and nonprofit sectors);
  • Have a reputation for integrity and sound character;
  • Agree to abide by the Terms of Membership, the WABC Code of Business Coaching Ethics and Integrity, the WABC Professional Standards for Business Coaches, the Terms and Policies and any other standards, terms, conditions, rules, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines that may be adopted; and
  • 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 Policy.

*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.
** If you have not enrolled in or successfully completed an appropriate formal business coaching training program or assessment (WABC Accredited routes highly preferred), then you may be asked to participate in a membership eligibility interview.

KEY BENEFITS

Why WABC Affiliate Membership

CREDIBILITY

Gain credibility with acceptance as a WABC member

VERIFIED

Enhance your professionalism by getting your credentials verified for inclusion in our Verify a Credential/ Member and WABC Business Coach Locator directories

EXCLUSIVITY

Access our member- exclusive content and events

KNOWLEDGE

Build your knowledge and practice with thought-leading ideas and research to help you become a more effective and sought-after business coach

BUSINESS COACH LOCATOR

Grow your professional reputation with a promotional profile page in our global WABC Business Coach Locator directory

COMMUNITY

Belong to our global community where members enhance their skills, expand their professional networks and influence the business coaching industry more broadly

Frequently Asked Questions

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Becoming a WABC Member

Do I need a coaching credential to become a member of WABC?

As the business coaching industry has evolved, having an evidence-based business coaching credential is often expected by diverse clients in markets around the world. Virtually all current WABC members hold at least one WABC credential because our clients understand that our work is specialized and requires the right experience, skills and knowledge. Currently WABC offers two levels of membership for active business coaches at various stages in their careers.

WABC seeks to have an inclusive member community, and base our requirements on business experience, coaching experience and references. If you wish to be considered for membership and do not hold a WABC evidence-based business coaching credential, you may still apply for membership and must participate in an in-depth membership interview to further assess your eligibility and ability to meet WABC’s core standards and policies.

Can I continue my membership if I leave my current organization?

Yes. Your WABC membership is connected to you as an individual, not your organization, and is fully portable should your employment change and you continue to meet WABC’s eligibility requirements.

How long is my membership term?

The membership term is valid for one year from the date your application is approved and your full payment is processed.

Memberships are required to be renewed on an annual basis.

Is there a money back guarantee if I don’t like the membership offerings?

You may request a refund of your membership fees, less the applicable administrative fee, within the first 30 days of membership at any level with these exceptions and conditions:

  • If you joined to obtain the Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) credential, no refund is available.
  • If you joined to obtain the WABC Certified Business Coach (CBC), WABC Certified Master Business Coach® (CMBC®) or Chartered Business Coach® (ChBC®) credential, a refund is available, less the applicable administrative fee, within the first 30 days of membership. The CBC, CMBC or ChBC will be denied (if it has not been granted yet) or revoked (if already earned).

Since WABC has historically had an extremely low rate of new member withdrawal, members requesting refunds are asked to participate in a short exit survey.

There are no refunds available for renewing members.

Can I promote my WABC membership?

After you become a WABC member, you’ll get access to a digital badge to easily verify and promote your membership on websites, email signatures and other marketing materials.

Getting Your Credential

Do I need to be a WABC member to maintain my credential?

It’s dependent on the type of credential you hold. To maintain your CBC, CMBC® or ChBC® credential, you must meet these two ongoing requirements, which both require fees:

  • Remain a WABC member in good standing as, at least, a WABC Affiliate Member (for CBC) or a WABC Full Member (for CMBC and ChBC), and
  • Submit a record of your Professional Development Record (PDR) for approval five years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited® program option, and every five years thereafter
Can I become a WABC member before I graduate from my WABC Accredited® program?

Yes! It’s common for program participants to join WABC while they’re taking a WABC Accredited program. Please keep in mind that if you join during your program and allow your membership to lapse prior to program completion, you’ll be required to rejoin WABC and pay the associated fees before receiving the applicable WABC credential.

How long after completing my WABC Accredited program do I have to join WABC to be granted my credential?

The length of time you to have to join depends on the level of the program and credential:

  • For RCC – you have one year from your graduation date to become a WABC member (minimum level is WABC Affiliate Member)
  • For CBC – you have one year from your graduation date to become a WABC member (minimum level is WABC Affiliate Member although most members opt for WABC Full Member)
  • For CMBC – you have up to five years from your graduation date to become a WABC member (minimum level is WABC Full Member)
  • For ChBC – you have one year from your graduation date to become a WABC member (minimum level is WABC Full Member)  

In all cases, graduates of WABC Accredited programs must meet all WABC’s standards for membership at the time they submit their applications and agree to all applicable terms and policies.

APPLYING & FEES

Your 3 Steps

The general process to apply for WABC Affiliate Membership

Review Membership Requirements

Our WABC Affiliate Member Standards fully describe the requirements for this level.

Submit Your Application

We’ll first ask you some pre-qualifying questions to ensure this membership level is right for you. If it is, the application will ask you about your business coaching activities and other related information. Your application will be supplemented by an appropriate résumé or CV. (You may be exempted from providing the supplemental information. See RÉSUMÉ.)

Make Your Payment

We offer a variety of ways to make payment (e.g., credit or debit cards).

Are you currently pursuing a WABC credential?
If yes, click here.

ARE YOU PURSUING A WABC CREDENTIAL?

We look forward to having you as our member. If you are already enrolled in a WABC Accredited program to earn either RCC or CBC*, please check with your trainer or employer to determine if joining arrangements have already been made on your behalf. If you’re not sure, please Contact WABC and we’ll be happy to guide you along at this early stage and before you start the application process.

*If you are already enrolled in a WABC Accredited program to earn either CMBC® or ChBC®, you will need to join us as a WABC Full Member. As explained above, please first check in with your trainer or employer before starting the application process.

RÉSUMÉ

If you are currently enrolled in, or have graduated from a WABC Accredited program, then you are exempted from providing a résumé or CV.

APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS

Our review commences once all required information (e.g., application, résumé or CV if required) and payment is received. The full review generally takes 1 – 2 business days unless additional information is required and/or WABC is observing a bank holiday or scheduled break. See WABC’s office closure dates.

FEES

Memberships

WHEN JOINING TO EARN MEMBERSHIP ONLY

NEW WABC Affiliate Membership – US$270

WHEN JOINING TO EARN RCC & MEMBERSHIP

NEW WABC Affiliate Membership + RCC Promo Package – US$305
Available to graduates of WABC Accredited (Level 1 – RCC) programs only

WHEN JOINING TO EARN CBC & MEMBERSHIP

NEW WABC Affiliate Membership + CBC Promo Package – US$305
Available to graduates of WABC Accredited (Level 2 – CBC) programs only

MORE ABOUT MEMBERSHIP TERM AND FEES:

  • Membership term is one-year
  • New membership fee includes a one-time US$75 administrative fee as long as you remain a continuous member and in continuously good standing
  • If you’re already a current WABC member and not upgrading your membership at the time of earning RCC or CBC, you will just pay for the RCC or CBC Promo Package (US$35)
  • Renewal membership fee is US$195
  • Applicable GST/HST taxes apply to Canadian addresses only

MORE ABOUT RCC AND CBC PROMO PACKAGES:

  • Digital letter to confirm your credential including granted date 
  • Digital certificate to commemorate your achievement and share with your network
  • Digital badge to promote your credential on your website or email signature or social media platforms
  • Digital personalized verification page (linked to your badge) to enhance your credibility in the marketplace
REFUND POLICY

30-Day Money Back Guarantee

New Members

Individuals may request a refund of their membership fees, less the applicable administrative fee, within the first 30 days of membership at any level with these exceptions and conditions:

  • If the member joined to obtain the Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) credential, no refund is available.
  • If the member joined to obtain the WABC Certified Business Coach (CBC), WABC Certified Master Business Coach (CMBC) or Chartered Business Coach (ChBC) credential, a refund is available, less the applicable administrative fee, within the first 30 days of membership. The CBC, CMBC or ChBC will be denied (if it has not been granted yet) or revoked (if already earned).

Since WABC has historically had an extremely low rate of new member withdrawal, members requesting refunds are asked to participate in a short exit survey.

Renewing Members

No refunds are available.

Please review the Terms of Membership for more details.

membership TESTIMONIALS

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BENEFITS of membership

Become a WABC Member

Build your network

and access our global community

Expand your thinking

with exclusive thought leadership and resources

Contribute to the industry

and help build coaching excellence