Chartered Business Coach® (ChBC®)

ChBC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world. As a highly coveted, world-class distinction, ChBC positions you as being among the best of the best in the business coaching profession worldwide. ChBC demonstrates your significant impact and influence with your senior expertise, specialized knowledge and professional competence to take on the most challenging business coaching engagements.

Overview

Chartered Business
Coach® (ChBC®)

Demonstrate your significant impact and influence with your senior expertise, specialized knowledge and professional competence and take your place among the top of the field as a chartered business coach. 

As the first-ever chartered status for business coaching professionals, WABC’s Chartered Business Coach (ChBC) credential is the industry’s most coveted credential designed exclusively for elite business coaches. 

Chartered-level business coaches are senior business coaching professionals who have achieved senior expertise, specialized knowledge and professional competence. As a leading member of the business coaching community, ChBC affords you the opportunity to share your learning and confirm your role as an influential thought leader in the field. Regardless of what professional role you have (e.g., leader, manager, internal or external business coach, external consultant), if you’re doing business coaching, WABC offers different training options via WABC Accredited (Level 4 – ChBC)® programs to become a ChBC, based on your level of experience.

Once you earn ChBC, you will also become part of our global community, where professional business coaches from across the globe come together to enhance their skills, expand their professional networks and influence the business coaching industry more broadly.

ELIGIBLE CANDIDATEs

ChBC is Designed for Chartered Business Coaches

ChBC gives you a superior competitive edge, and tells the market you have achieved a very senior level of specialized knowledge and professional competence to apply business coaching in a wide variety of contexts.

The ChBC credential is for individuals who are extremely experienced in business coaching, who support leaders on the most complex business challenges, and who want to position themselves at the top of business coaches in their field.

Because WABC credentials specifically prepare you for coaching to support businesses or organizations, an appropriate professional background from working within businesses and organizations is essential to ground your training in real-world situations. Your professional experience is the foundation for pursuing a WABC credential.

On average, ChBCs have a minimum of 15-20 years of business coaching experience, and a minimum of 20-25 years of business and organizational experience.

ChBC may be right for you if:

  • You want to take your place among the very top business coaches in the world today
  • You’re a senior leader or manager heavily utilizing business coaching, or
  • You’re an internal business coach who works at senior levels of management and provides the same level of expertise expected of senior external coaches within the confines of your own organization (you may have gained experience across a range of organizations), or
  • You’re an external business coach who works across a range of organizations and at senior levels of management, and
  • You have a minimum of 5 years of senior and intensive business coaching experience, plus a minimum of 7 years of business and organizational experience, and
  • You also possess:
    • The ability to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of business coaching, professionalism, leadership and significant achievements in the field, and a commitment to contributing to your and others’ professional development
    • The ability to evidence significant profile within the field
    • A reflective ability to meet the high assessment standards.

TOP BENEFITS

Why ChBC

CREDIBILITY

Gain credibility with a specialized and highly coveted, world-class distinction

CONTRIBUTE

Contribute your senior expertise, specialized knowledge and research to the business coaching profession

INFLUENCER

Take your place among the best of the best and broaden your impact as an influential business coach

LEARNING OUTCOMES

What You’ll Know How to Do

As a ChBC, you embody the highest level of professional practice, and contribute significant influence and leadership within organizations and the business coaching industry.

By engaging your specialized knowledge and professional competence, you’re able to apply business coaching in a variety of contexts, the outcomes of which may be unpredictable. 

You also exercise substantial personal autonomy along with significant influence, leadership and contribution within your organization, the profession or academic settings.

As a ChBC, among other things, you’ll know how to:

  • Demonstrate your specialized knowledge and elite professional competence
  • Illustrate your use of broad sources of critical information and original knowledge
  • Apply business coaching in a wide variety of contexts, the outcomes of which may be unpredictable
  • Exercise substantial personal autonomy and significant influence, leadership and contribution within your organization, the profession or academic settings
  • Self-reflect and synthesize learnings gathered throughout your professional development, including career-spanning experiences, influences, leadership, and education
CREDENTIAL PROCESS & PROGRAMS

Your 4 Steps

STEP 1

Ensure ChBC is the Right Credential for You

The credential you choose will be based on your previous coaching experience, skill level, ambition, professional development goals and your client needs. Not sure if ChBC is right for you? See Compare Credentials for further guidance.

STEP 2

Enroll in a WABC Accredited Program

WABC Accredited (Level 4 – ChBC) programs and options are available for you to earn ChBC. The WABC Accredited program provider will determine your eligibility and suitable program option during an initial screening interview.

Upcoming WABC Accredited Programs

Start Date Provider Program Format Location Language

New program coming in later 2024.
Contact WABC if you would like to be added to a wait-list.

TBA TBA TBA TBA English
STEP 3

Earn ChBC

To earn ChBC, you must meet these requirements:

  • Pass a screening interview with a WABC Accredited (Level 4 – ChBC) program instructor, and
  • Have at least five years of business coaching experience, and
  • Meet minimum WABC membership requirements for ChBC (currently WABC Full Member), and
  • Be a current WABC member in good standing, and
  • Successfully complete a WABC Accredited (Level 4 – ChBC)   program. Completion includes submitting a self-directed portfolio project (or other suitable deliverable) and passing a final examination by an Assessment Board.
WABC MEMBERSHIP
  • Learn about ChBC and membership in our FAQS 
  • Learn more about WABC Membership at JOIN WABC
STEP 4

Maintain ChBC

To provide ethically sound and expert guidance, professionals in all areas of practice must keep up to date on the latest research, evidence and opinion on how to effectively serve their clients’ needs.

A clear professional development strategy allows business coaches to stay relevant and innovative in providing the best possible expertise to their clients.

As a professional certification credential, you have a few ongoing requirements to maintain your credential that are designed to complement your coaching practice as an opportunity for learning and growth.

As a ChBC, you must:

  • Maintain your WABC membership: Join and renew your membership every year to remain in continuously good standing, and
  • Re-certify your ChBC: Submit and pass your Professional Development Record (PDR) five years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited (Level 4 – ChBC) program, and every five years after that.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Learn Even More

Getting Your Credential

What are all the fees associated with earning my ChBC?

Earning your ChBC involves the following fees:

  • WABC Accredited (Level 4 – ChBC) training program (fees are set by the training provider)
  • WABC membership*
  • Your ChBC certificate*

*These fees may be included in the training program pricing. Otherwise, you can find the WABC fees in JOIN WABC.

Maintaining your ChBC:

Please see “Maintaining Your Credential” below.

What do you mean when you say “no prerequisite credential required?”

Each WABC credential is intended to be a stand-alone credential, which enables business coaches to pursue the credential that is right for their ambition, professional goals and client needs at any point in their careers.

Our non-linear training approach is purposefully designed to suit the diverse needs of business coaches with flexible and responsive learning options and credentials.

If the program I completed was recently accredited by WABC, am I eligible for a ChBC credential?

If your WABC Accredited (Level 4 – ChBC) program was recently accredited by WABC, check with your program instructor on your eligibility for ChBC.

How long after completing my WABC Accredited (Level 4 – ChBC) program do I have to join WABC to be granted my ChBC?

You have one year from your graduation date to become a WABC member, as long as you meet the minimum WABC membership requirements for ChBC.

What if my WABC membership expires before I complete my program? Can I still get my ChBC?

If you were already a WABC member while taking an WABC Accredited (Level 4 – ChBC) program but allowed your membership to lapse prior to program completion, you’ll be required to rejoin WABC and pay the associated fees before receiving your ChBC.

Maintaining Your Credential

What is certification?

Certification is a voluntary process by which a nongovernmental body recognizes an individual who has successfully met predetermined qualifications. As an advanced, evidence-based credential, ChBC falls within this type of qualification

What is unique about a professional certification credential?

It is the most rigorous level of professional credentialing available for individuals. Professional certification credentials that follow industry best practice require validation, carry re-certification requirements and are subject to revocation. ChBC adheres to these best practices.

Why do I have to re-certify my ChBC?

ChBC is a professional certification which means it is a “working or applied” credential. Unlike certificates and degrees which transfer knowledge and skills, professional certifications measure how an individual uses knowledge and skills in real-life situations. By certifying that the holder is able to currently practice at a certain level, certification maintains public trust in the delivery of service.

For a professional certification credential to remain valid, the holder must stay relevant with current practice and theories. That’s why it’s a certification best practice for holders to meet ongoing requirements, such as continuing professional development, to maintain their certified credentials.

Are there fees to maintain my ChBC?

In order to maintain your ChBC credential, there are two ongoing requirements which both require fees:

As a ChBC, you must:

  • Maintain your WABC membership: Join and renew your membership every year to remain in continuously good standing (fees depend on member level), and
  • Re-certify your ChBC: Submit and pass your Professional Development Record (PDR) five years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited (Level 4 – ChBC) program, and every five years after that. There are fees associated with reviewing your PDR.
What if I plan to take a sabbatical?

Taking a sabbatical during your career may affect your ChBC credential.

Can my ChBC credential be revoked?

Yes, your ChBC credential can be revoked under certain circumstances.

Promoting Your Credential

How should I list my ChBC credential?

ChBC may be listed in several ways. Please log in to your dashboard for further guidance and access to applicable WABC logos.

How can I promote my ChBC credential?

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

COMPARE CREDENTIALS

All WABC Credentials

Each WABC credential is intended to be a stand-alone credential. The credential you choose will be based on your  previous coaching experience, skill level, ambition, professional development goals and your client needs.

PRACTITIONER
RCC
ADVANCED
CBC
MASTER
CMBC®
ELITE
ChBC®
Level of Credential Level of Credential Level of Credential Level of Credential
RCC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world.

As a highly respected global credential, RCC raises your credibility and positions you as a practitioner business coach with specialized business coaching skills. RCC enables you to support a range of business-oriented and organizational goals and objectives.
CBC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world.

As a highly respected global credential, CBC positions you as an advanced business coach with specialized business coaching skills. CBC enables you to support a wider range of business-oriented and organizational goals and objectives.
CMBC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world.

As a highly esteemed, world-class distinction, CMBC positions you at the leading edge of your field in both expertise and training. CMBC enables you to confidently tackle complex goals that may impact broader business and organizational outcomes.
ChBC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world.

As a highly coveted, world-class distinction, ChBC positions you as being among the best of the best in the business coaching profession worldwide. ChBC demonstrates your significant impact and influence with your senior expertise, specialized knowledge and professional competence to take on the most challenging business coaching engagements.
Eligible Candidates Eligible Candidates Eligible Candidates Eligible Candidates
  • You have no business coaching experience and are looking to start your career in coaching, or
  • You have some business coaching experience but have never taken a formal evidence-based business coach training program and now wish to consolidate your practice fully with best practice, or
  • You’re a senior leader or manager wishing to engage with leadership coaching, or you are moving to a development role within your organization or to freelance work as a business coach, or
  • You’re an internal business coach developing your practice, or
  • You’re an external business coach who works with clients within limited areas of service, or
  • You’re an external consultant wishing to enhance your coaching offer, and
  • You have a minimum of 7 years of business and organizational experience.
  • You have some business coaching experience and want to enhance your client services, and
  • You’re a senior leader or manager wishing to engage with leadership coaching, or you are moving to a development role within your organization or to freelance work as a business coach, or
  • You’re an internal business coach who works beyond the level of manager-ascoach and provides the same level of service expected of external coaches within the confines of your own organization (e.g., coaching to key areas of the organization outside your own line management responsibility), or
  • You’re an external business coach who works with clients within limited areas of service, or
  • You’re an external consultant wishing to enhance your coaching offer, and
  • You have a minimum of 7 years of business and organizational experience.
  • You have extensive experience with business coaching and want to position yourself as a high performer in your industry, and
  • You’re a senior leader or manager wishing to engage with leadership coaching, or you are moving to a development role within your organization or to freelance work as a business coach, or
  • You’re an internal business coach who works at senior levels of management and provides the same level of service expected of external coaches within the confines of your own organization (you may have gained experience across a range of organizations), or
  • You’re an external business coach who works across a range of organizations and at senior levels of management, or
  • You’re an external consultant wishing to enhance your coaching offer and often work across a range of organizations and at senior levels of management, and
  • You have a minimum of 5 years business coaching experience, plus a minimum of 7 years of business and organizational experience.
  • You want to take your place among the very top business coaches in the world today, and
  • You’re a senior leader or manager heavily utilizing business coaching, or
  • You’re an internal business coach who works at senior levels of management and provides the same level of expertise expected of senior external coaches within the confines of your own organization (you may have gained experience across a range of organizations), or
  • You’re an external business coach who works across a range of organizations and at senior levels of management, and
  • You have a minimum of 5 years of senior and intensive business coaching experience, plus a minimum of 7 years of business and organizational experience, and
  • You also possess:
    • The ability to demonstrate an indepth knowledge of business coaching, professionalism, leadership and significant achievements in the field, and a commitment to contributing to your and others’ professional development
    • The ability to evidence significant profile within the field
    • A reflective ability to meet the high assessment standards.
Program Duration & Hours (approx.)Program Duration & Hours (approx.)Program Duration & Hours (approx.)Program Duration & Hours (approx.)
DURATION
1.5–3 months

HOURS
Up to 75–150 total learning hours
DURATION
4.5–9 months

HOURS
Up to 300–600 total learning hours
DURATION
12–24 months

HOURS
Up to 1200–1800 total learning hours
DURATION
3–12 months

HOURS
Up to 900 total learning hours
Program Options AvailableProgram Options AvailableProgram Options AvailableProgram Options Available
  • Full length
  • Fast track
  • Assessment only (this will be less than the duration and hours shown above)
  • Full length
  • Fast track
  • Assessment only (this will be less than the duration and hours shown above)
  • Full length
  • Fast track
  • Assessment only (this will be less than the duration and hours shown above)
  • Full length
  • Assessment only (this will be less than the duration and hours shown above)
Program Modes Available Program Modes Available Program Modes Available Program Modes Available
Many modes available depending on program enrolled in (e.g. in-person, virtual, blended)Many modes available depending on program enrolled in (e.g. in-person, virtual, blended)Many modes available depending on program enrolled in (e.g. in-person, virtual, blended)Many modes available depending on program enrolled in (e.g. in-person, virtual, blended)
Program Supervision Program Supervision Program Supervision Program Supervision
Appropriate supervision is providedAppropriate supervision is providedAppropriate supervision is providedAppropriate supervision is provided
Program Completion DeliverablesProgram Completion DeliverablesProgram Completion DeliverablesProgram Completion Deliverables
  • Written assessment
  • Performance assessment
  • Written assessment
  • Performance assessment
  • Written assessment
  • Performance assessment
  • Self-directed research project
  • Self-directed portfolio project (or other suitable deliverable)
  • Final examination by an Assessment Board
Re-certification RequirementsRe-certification RequirementsRe-certification RequirementsRe-certification Requirements
There are no requirements to maintain your RCC credential
  • Remain a WABC member in good standing as, at least, a WABC Affiliate Memberand
  • Submit your Professional Development Record (PDR), including client input, for approval five years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited® program option, and every five years thereafter
  • Remain a WABC member in good standing as, at least, a WABC Full Member and
  • Submit your Professional Development Record (PDR), including client input, for approval five years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited® program option, and every five years thereafter
  • Remain a WABC member in good standing as, at least, a WABC Full Member and
  • Submit your Professional Development Record (PDR), including client input, for approval five years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited® program option, and every five years thereafter
WABC Standards WABC Standards WABC Standards WABC Standards
Legal Legal Legal Legal
WABC reserves all rights in connection with the Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) credential, including the right to change the requirements of RCC credential, and to replace RCC credential.WABC reserves all rights in connection with the WABC Certified Business Coach (CBC) credential, including the right to change the requirements of CBC credential, and to replace CBC credential.WABC reserves all rights in connection with the WABC Certified Master Business Coach (CMBC) credential, including the right to change the requirements of CMBC credential, and to replace CMBC credential.WABC reserves all rights in connection with the Chartered Business Coach (ChBC) credential, including the right to change the requirements of ChBC credential, and to replace ChBC credential.
THE MARK OF DISTINCTION

WABC Accredited® Means Better Business Coaching

When you earn any of WABC’s credentials for business coaches—RCC, CBC, CMBC® or ChBC®—you will enroll in a WABC Accredited program. All WABC Accredited programs undergo rigorous independent initial assessment, and providers are regularly reviewed to ensure they continue to meet our standards of excellence. This ensures their programs continue to be relevant to the market and meet our exacting global standards for business coach training programs.

ChBC TESTIMONIALS

In Their Own Words

YOUR NEXT STEPS

Chartered Business Coach®

ChBC® positions you as being among the best of the best in the business coaching profession worldwide.

Become a ChBC®

Let’s get started!

Find a listing of our programs below or reach out to us if you’d like some further guidance.

Explore All WABC Credentials

If ChBC® isn’t quite the right fit for you, we’ll have a WABC credential that is.

Whether you are beginning your coaching journey (RCC), enhancing your professional services (CBC), mastering coaching specialties (CMBC®) or taking on the most demanding coaching assignments in the market (ChBC®), WABC has a credential to suit your ambition, professional goals and client needs.


WABC Certified Master Business Coach® (CMBC®)

CMBC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world. As a highly esteemed, world-class distinction, CMBC positions you at the leading edge of your field in both expertise and training. CMBC enables you to confidently tackle complex goals that may impact broader business and organizational outcomes.


Overview

WABC Certified Master
Business Coach® (CMBC®)

Expand your expertise and tackle a broader range of business and organizational challenges and contribute findings to the business coaching field. Set your extensive experience and skills apart as a master business coach who can serve senior-level clients in a variety of industries. 

WABC Certified Master Business Coach (CMBC) is a highly esteemed, world-class distinction that tells the industry you are at the leading edge of your field in both expertise and training. CMBC enables you to confidently tackle complex goals with non-fixed outcomes that may impact broader business and organizational outcomes. CMBC also affords you the opportunity to contribute your knowledge and research to the business coaching profession and establish yourself as a leader in the business coaching community. 

Regardless of what professional role you have (e.g., leader, manager, internal or external business coach, external consultant), if you’re doing business coaching, WABC offers different training options via WABC Accredited (Level 3 – CMBC)® programs to become a CMBC, based on your level of experience. 

Once you earn CMBC, you will also become part of our global community, where professional business coaches from across the globe come together to enhance their skills, expand their professional networks and influence the business coaching industry more broadly.


ELIGIBLE CANDIDATEs

CMBC is Designed for Master Business Coaches

CMBC gives you a distinct competitive edge, and tells the market you’ve progressed beyond general coach training to build master-level specialized business coaching skills that support a broad range of non-fixed business-oriented and organizational goals and objectives.

The CMBC credential is for individuals who are very experienced in business coaching, who want to achieve mastery and possibly specialize, and who want to position themselves as a business coaching leader in their field.

Because WABC credentials specifically prepare you for coaching to support businesses or organizations, an appropriate professional background from working within businesses and organizations is essential to ground your training in real-world situations. Your professional experience is the foundation for pursuing a WABC credential.

On average, CMBCs have a minimum of 10-15 years of business coaching experience, and a minimum of 15-20 years of business and organizational experience.

CMBC may be right for you if:

  • You have extensive experience with business coaching and want to position yourself as a high performer in your industry, and
  • You’re a senior leader or manager wishing to engage with leadership coaching, or you are moving to a development role within your organization or to freelance work as a business coach, or
  • You’re an internal business coach who works at senior levels of management and provides the same level of service expected of external coaches within the confines of your own organization (you may have gained experience across a range of organizations), or
  • You’re an external business coach who works across a range of organizations and at senior levels of management, or
  • You’re an external consultant wishing to enhance your coaching offer and often work across a range of organizations and at senior levels of management, and
  • You have a minimum of 5 years business coaching experience, plus a minimum of 7 years of business and organizational experience.



TOP BENEFITS

Why CMBC


CREDIBILITY

Gain credibility with a specialized and highly coveted, world-class distinction

CONTRIBUTE

Contribute your senior expertise, specialized knowledge and research to the business coaching profession

INFLUENCER

Take your place among the best of the best and broaden your impact as an influential business coach




LEARNING OUTCOMES

What You’ll Know How to Do

As a CMBC, you can fully explore and contribute to the business coaching dialogue by engaging with current approaches, methodologies and research-informed theories and best practice of business coaching, including that of related disciplines. You will also engage critically with research and design your own evidence-seeking project. 

By engaging your master-level skills and expertise, you may be accountable for critical analysis, diagnosis, design, planning, execution and evaluation of business coaching activities and you may also choose to specialize.

You’ll also be able to provide business coaching to an open client agenda that may have a more indirect impact on business and organizational outcomes.

As a CMBC, among other things, you’ll know how to:

  • Identify, analyze and evaluate broad sources of critical information, concepts and original knowledge
  • Choose appropriate approaches in a wide range of applications
  • Support a broad range of non-fixed business-oriented goals and objectives
  • Collaborate, lead and enhance others’ practices or beliefs with the support of complex action plans
  • Self-evaluate your impact on a client’s organization effectively



CREDENTIAL PROCESS & PROGRAMS

Your 4 Steps


STEP 1

Ensure ChBC is the Right Credential for You


The credential you choose will be based on your previous coaching experience, skill level, ambition, professional development goals and your client needs. Not sure if CMBC is right for you? See Compare Credentials for further guidance.


STEP 2

Enroll in a WABC Accredited Program


WABC Accredited (Level 3 – CMBC)® programs and options are available for you to earn CMBC. The WABC Accredited program provider will determine your eligibility and suitable program option during an initial screening interview.





Upcoming WABC Accredited Programs

Start Date Provider Program Format Location Language

New program coming in later 2024.
Contact WABC if you would like to be added to a wait-list.

TBA TBA TBA TBA English


Upcoming WABC Accredited Programs

Start Date Provider Program Format Location Language

New program coming in early 2024.
Contact WABC if you would like to be added to a wait-list.

TBA TBA TBA TBA English


Upcoming WABC Accredited Programs

Start Date Provider Program Format Location Language

New program coming in later 2024.
Contact WABC if you would like to be added to a wait-list.

TBA TBA TBA TBA English



STEP 3

Earn ChBC


To earn CMBC, you must meet these requirements:

  • Pass a screening interview with a WABC Accredited (Level 3 – CMBC) program instructor, and
  • Have at least five years of business coaching experience, and
  • Meet minimum WABC membership requirements for CMBC (currently WABC Full Member), and
  • Be a current WABC member in good standing, and
  • Successfully complete a WABC Accredited (Level 3 – CMBC) program. Completion includes passing a written and performance related assessment and submission and acceptance of a self-directed research project.

WABC MEMBERSHIP

  • Learn about CMBC and membership in our FAQS 
  • Learn more about WABC Membership at JOIN WABC


STEP 4

Maintain ChBC


To provide ethically sound and expert guidance, professionals in all areas of practice must keep up to date on the latest research, evidence and opinion on how to effectively serve their clients’ needs.

A clear professional development strategy allows business coaches to stay relevant and innovative in providing the best possible expertise to their clients.

As a professional certification credential, you have a few ongoing requirements to maintain your credential that are designed to complement your coaching practice as an opportunity for learning and growth.

As a CMBC, you must:

  • Maintain your WABC membership: Join and renew your membership every year to remain in continuously good standing, and
  • Re-certify your CMBC: Submit and pass your Professional Development Record (PDR) five years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited (Level 3 – CMBC) program, and every five years after that.





FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Learn Even More

Getting Your Credential


What are all the fees associated with earning my ChBC?

Earning your CMBC involves the following fees:

  • WABC Accredited (Level 3 – CMBC) training program (fees are set by the training provider)
  • WABC membership*
  • Your CMBC certificate*

*These fees may be included in the training program pricing. Otherwise, you can find the WABC fees in JOIN WABC.

Maintaining your CMBC:

Please see “Maintaining Your Credential” below.


What do you mean when you say “no prerequisite credential required?”

Each WABC credential is intended to be a stand-alone credential, which enables business coaches to pursue the credential that is right for their ambition, professional goals and client needs at any point in their careers.

Our non-linear training approach is purposefully designed to suit the diverse needs of business coaches with flexible and responsive learning options and credentials.


I understand that I need to do a self-directed research project as part of my WABC Accredited (Level 3 – CMBC) program. What kind of research projects are accepted?

Your program will offer you a range of options to meet the research project requirements (e.g., a small literature review, a collaborative inquiry or action research, a case study, or an in-depth research project).

You may either: 

  • Submit a previous research project that you completed before enrolling in your program, or  
  • Submit a new research project which you will complete during your program.

For your previous research project to be accepted, it must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be on a business-coaching related topic, and 
  • Conform to the research options and considerations as explained by the training program provider, and
  • Have been completed within the last five years.

While enrolled in your program, you will have access to full guidelines for how to meet the research project requirements.


If the program I completed was recently accredited by WABC, am I eligible for a ChBC credential?

If your WABC Accredited (Level 3 – CMBC) program was recently accredited by WABC, check with your program instructor on your eligibility for CMBC.


How long after completing my WABC Accredited (Level 4 – ChBC) program do I have to join WABC to be granted my ChBC?

You have five years from your graduation date to become a WABC member, as long as you meet the minimum WABC membership requirements for CMBC.


What if my WABC membership expires before I complete my program? Can I still get my ChBC?

If you were already a WABC member while taking an WABC Accredited (Level 3 – CMBC) program but allowed your membership to lapse prior to program completion, you’ll be required to rejoin WABC and pay the associated fees before receiving your CMBC.



Maintaining Your Credential


What is certification?

Certification is a voluntary process by which a nongovernmental body recognizes an individual who has successfully met predetermined qualifications. As an advanced, evidence-based credential, CMBC falls within this type of qualification.


What is unique about a professional certification credential?

It is the most rigorous level of professional credentialing available for individuals. Professional certification credentials that follow industry best practice require validation, carry re-certification requirements and are subject to revocation. CMBC adheres to these best practices.


Why do I have to re-certify my ChBC?

CMBC is a professional certification which means it is a “working or applied” credential. Unlike certificates and degrees which transfer knowledge and skills, professional certifications measure how an individual uses knowledge and skills in real-life situations. By certifying that the holder is able to currently practice at a certain level, certification maintains public trust in the delivery of service.

For a professional certification credential to remain valid, the holder must stay relevant with current practice and theories. That’s why it’s a certification best practice for holders to meet ongoing requirements, such as continuing professional development, to maintain their certified credentials.


Are there fees to maintain my ChBC?

In order to maintain your CMBC credential, there are two ongoing requirements which both require fees:

As a CMBC, you must:

  • Maintain your WABC membership: Join and renew your membership every year to remain in continuously good standing (fees depend on member level), and
  • Re-certify your CMBC: Submit and pass your Professional Development Record (PDR) five years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited (Level 3 – CMBC) program, and every five years after that. There are fees associated with reviewing your PDR.


What if I plan to take a sabbatical?

Taking a sabbatical during your career may affect your CMBC credential.


Can my ChBC credential be revoked?

Yes, your CMBC credential can be revoked under certain circumstances.



Promoting Your Credential


How should I list my ChBC credential?

CMBC may be listed in several ways. Please log in to your dashboard for further guidance and access to applicable WABC logos.


How can I promote my ChBC credential?

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





COMPARE CREDENTIALS

All WABC Credentials

Each WABC credential is intended to be a stand-alone credential. The credential you choose will be based on your  previous coaching experience, skill level, ambition, professional development goals and your client needs.

PRACTITIONER
RCC
ADVANCED
CBC
MASTER
CMBC®
ELITE
ChBC®
Level of Credential Level of Credential Level of Credential Level of Credential
RCC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world.

As a highly
respected global credential, RCC raises your credibility and positions you as a practitioner business
coach with specialized business coaching skills. RCC enables you to support a range of business-oriented
and organizational goals and objectives.

CBC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world.

As a highly
respected global credential, CBC positions you as an advanced business coach with specialized business
coaching skills. CBC enables you to support a wider range of business-oriented and organizational goals
and objectives.

CMBC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world.

As a highly
esteemed, world-class distinction, CMBC positions you at the leading edge of your field in both
expertise and training. CMBC enables you to confidently tackle complex goals that may impact broader
business and organizational outcomes.

ChBC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world.

As a highly
coveted, world-class distinction, ChBC positions you as being among the best of the best in the business
coaching profession worldwide. ChBC demonstrates your significant impact and influence with your senior
expertise, specialized knowledge and professional competence to take on the most challenging business
coaching engagements.

Eligible Candidates Eligible Candidates Eligible Candidates Eligible Candidates
  • You have no business coaching experience and are looking to start your career in coaching, or
  • You have some business coaching experience but have never taken a formal evidence-based business
    coach training program and now wish to consolidate your practice fully with best practice, or
  • You’re a senior leader or manager wishing to engage with leadership coaching, or you are moving
    to a development role within your organization or to freelance work as a business coach, or
  • You’re an internal business coach developing your practice, or
  • You’re an external business coach who works with clients within limited areas of service, or
  • You’re an external consultant wishing to enhance your coaching offer, and
  • You have a minimum of 7 years of business and organizational experience.
  • You have some business coaching experience and want to enhance your client
    services
    , and
  • You’re a senior leader or manager wishing to engage with leadership coaching, or you are moving
    to a development role within your organization or to freelance work as a business coach, or
  • You’re an internal business coach who works beyond the level of manager-ascoach and provides the
    same level of service expected of external coaches within the confines of your own organization
    (e.g., coaching to key areas of the organization outside your own line management
    responsibility), or
  • You’re an external business coach who works with clients within limited areas of service, or
  • You’re an external consultant wishing to enhance your coaching offer, and
  • You have a minimum of 7 years of business and organizational experience.
  • You have extensive experience with business coaching and want to position yourself as a
    high performer in your industry, and
  • You’re a senior leader or manager wishing to engage with leadership coaching, or you are moving
    to a development role within your organization or to freelance work as a business coach, or
  • You’re an internal business coach who works at senior levels of management and provides the same
    level of service expected of external coaches within the confines of your own organization (you
    may have gained experience across a range of organizations), or
  • You’re an external business coach who works across a range of organizations and at senior levels
    of management, or
  • You’re an external consultant wishing to enhance your coaching offer and often work across a
    range of organizations and at senior levels of management, and
  • You have a minimum of 5 years business coaching experience, plus a minimum of 7 years of
    business and organizational experience.
  • You want to take your place among the very top business
    coaches in the world today, and
  • You’re a senior leader or manager heavily utilizing business coaching, or
  • You’re an internal business coach who works at senior levels of management and provides the same
    level of expertise expected of senior external coaches within the confines of your own
    organization (you may have gained experience across a range of organizations), or
  • You’re an external business coach who works across a range of organizations and at senior levels
    of management, and
  • You have a minimum of 5 years of senior and intensive business coaching experience, plus a
    minimum of 7 years of business and organizational experience, and
  • You also possess:
    • The ability to demonstrate an indepth knowledge of business coaching, professionalism,
      leadership and significant achievements in the field, and a commitment to contributing
      to your and others’ professional development
    • The ability to evidence significant profile within the field
    • A reflective ability to meet the high assessment standards.
Program Duration & Hours (approx.) Program Duration & Hours (approx.) Program Duration & Hours (approx.) Program Duration & Hours (approx.)
DURATION
1.5–3 months

HOURS
Up to 75–150 total learning
hours

DURATION
4.5–9 months

HOURS
Up to 300–600 total learning
hours

DURATION
12–24 months

HOURS
Up to 1200–1800 total
learning hours

DURATION
3–12 months

HOURS
Up to 900 total learning hours

Program Options Available Program Options Available Program Options Available Program Options Available
  • Full length
  • Fast track
  • Assessment only (this will be less than the duration and hours shown above)
  • Full length
  • Fast track
  • Assessment only (this will be less than the duration and hours shown above)
  • Full length
  • Fast track
  • Assessment only (this will be less than the duration and hours shown above)
  • Full length
  • Assessment only (this will be less than the duration and hours shown above)
Program Modes Available Program Modes Available Program Modes Available Program Modes Available
Many modes available depending on program enrolled in (e.g. in-person, virtual, blended) Many modes available depending on program enrolled in (e.g. in-person, virtual, blended) Many modes available depending on program enrolled in (e.g. in-person, virtual, blended) Many modes available depending on program enrolled in (e.g. in-person, virtual, blended)
Program Supervision Program Supervision Program Supervision Program Supervision
Appropriate supervision is provided Appropriate supervision is provided Appropriate supervision is provided Appropriate supervision is provided
Program Completion Deliverables Program Completion Deliverables Program Completion Deliverables Program Completion Deliverables
  • Written assessment
  • Performance assessment
  • Written assessment
  • Performance assessment
  • Written assessment
  • Performance assessment
  • Self-directed research project
  • Self-directed portfolio project (or other suitable deliverable)
  • Final examination by an Assessment Board
Re-certification Requirements Re-certification Requirements Re-certification Requirements Re-certification Requirements
There are no requirements to maintain your RCC credential
  • Remain a WABC member in good standing as, at least, a WABC Affiliate Memberand
  • Submit your Professional Development Record (PDR), including client input, for approval five
    years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited® program option, and every
    five years thereafter
  • Remain a WABC member in good standing as, at least, a WABC Full Member and
  • Submit your Professional Development Record (PDR), including client input, for approval five
    years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited® program option, and every
    five years thereafter
  • Remain a WABC member in good standing as, at least, a WABC Full Member and
  • Submit your Professional Development Record (PDR), including client input, for approval five
    years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited® program option, and every
    five years thereafter
WABC Standards WABC Standards WABC Standards WABC Standards
Legal Legal Legal Legal
WABC reserves all rights in connection with the
Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) credential, including the right to change the requirements of RCC
credential, and to replace RCC credential.
WABC reserves all rights in connection with the WABC
Certified Business Coach (CBC) credential, including the right to change the requirements of CBC
credential, and to replace CBC credential.
WABC reserves all rights in connection with the WABC
Certified Master Business Coach (CMBC) credential, including the right to change the requirements of
CMBC credential, and to replace CMBC credential.
WABC reserves all rights in connection with the
Chartered Business Coach (ChBC) credential, including the right to change the requirements of ChBC
credential, and to replace ChBC credential.


THE MARK OF DISTINCTION

WABC Accredited® Means Better Business Coaching

When you earn any of WABC’s credentials for business coaches—RCC, CBC, CMBC® or ChBC®—you will enroll in a WABC Accredited program. All WABC Accredited programs undergo rigorous independent initial assessment, and providers are regularly reviewed to ensure they continue to meet our standards of excellence. This ensures their programs continue to be relevant to the market and meet our exacting global standards for business coach training programs.


CMBC Testimonials

In Their Own Words



YOUR NEXT STEPS

WABC Certified Master Business Coach®

CMBC® positions you at the leading edge of your field in both expertise and training.



Become a CMBC®

Let’s get started!

Find a listing of our programs below or reach out to us if you’d like some further guidance.



Explore All WABC Credentials

If CMBC® isn’t quite the right fit for you, we’ll have a WABC credential that is.

Whether you are beginning your coaching journey (RCC), enhancing your professional services (CBC), mastering coaching specialties (CMBC®) or taking on the most demanding coaching assignments in the market (ChBC®), WABC has a credential to suit your ambition, professional goals and client needs.





WABC Certified Business Coach (CBC)

CBC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world. As a highly respected global credential, CBC positions you as an advanced business coach with specialized business coaching skills. CBC enables you to support a wider range of business-oriented and organizational goals and objectives.


Overview

WABC Certified
Business Coach (CBC)

Enhance your full professional scope and access a broader and deeper range of competencies and knowledge as an advanced business coach.

In this increasingly competitive industry filled with un-credentialed coaches, it’s time to set yourself apart as an advanced business coach. 

WABC Certified Business Coach (CBC) is a highly respected global credential that enhances your business coaching skills and gives you the knowledge and competencies to significantly advance your practice. 

Regardless of what professional role you have (e.g., leader, manager, internal or external business coach, external consultant), if you’re doing business coaching, WABC offers different training options via WABC Accredited (Level 2 – CBC)® programs to become a CBC, based on your level of experience.

Once you earn CBC, you will also become part of our global community, where professional business coaches from across the globe come together to enhance their skills, expand their professional networks and influence the business coaching industry more broadly.


ELIGIBLE CANDIDATEs

CBC is Designed for Advanced Business Coaches

CBC tells the market you’ve progressed beyond general coach training to build advanced, specialized business coaching skills that support a wider range of fixed business-oriented and organizational goals and objectives. 

The CBC credential is for individuals who have some experience in business coaching and want to advance their skills to the next level of professional development.

Because WABC credentials specifically prepare you for coaching to support businesses or organizations, an appropriate professional background from working within businesses and organizations is essential to ground your training in real-world situations. Your professional experience is the foundation for pursuing a WABC credential.

CBC may be right for you if:

  • You have some business coaching experience and want to enhance your client services, and
  • You’re a senior leader or manager wishing to engage with leadership coaching, or you are moving to a development role within your organization or to freelance work as a business coach, or
  • You’re an internal business coach who works beyond the level of manager-as-coach and provides the same level of service expected of external coaches within the confines of your own organization (e.g., coaching to key areas of the organization outside your own line management responsibility), or
  • You’re an external business coach who works with clients within limited areas of service, or
  • You’re an external consultant wishing to enhance your coaching offer, and
  • You have a minimum of 7 years of business and organizational experience.



KEY BENEFITS

Why CBC


CONTRIBUTE

Contribute your senior expertise, specialized knowledge and research to the business coaching profession

CREDIBILITY

Gain credibility with a specialized and highly coveted, world-class distinction

INFLUENCER

Take your place among the best of the best and broaden your impact as an influential business coach




LEARNING OUTCOMES

What You’ll Know How to Do

As a CBC, you can dive deeper and develop your range of options and applications to coach successfully in a business or organizational environment, aligned with research-informed best practice. 

Equipped with at least one business coaching model and a robust theoretical underpinning based in best practice, your advanced skills enable you to deliver against a wider set of business and organizational objectives.

As a CBC, among other things, you’ll know how to:

  • Describe, identify and apply different coaching theories and philosophies
  • Identify an appropriate approach from a range of reasonable methodologies
  • Support a wider range of fixed business-oriented goals and objectives
  • See potential impacts beyond your immediate context and create more complex action plans
  • Self-evaluate and reflect with impacts to your personal and professional development



CREDENTIAL PROCESS & PROGRAMS

Your 4 Steps


STEP 1

Ensure ChBC is the Right Credential for You


The credential you choose will be based on your previous coaching  experience, skill level, ambition, professional development goals and your client needs. Not sure if CBC is right for you? See Compare Credentials for further guidance.


STEP 2

Enroll in a WABC Accredited Program


WABC Accredited (Level 2 – CBC)® programs and options are available for you to earn CBC. The WABC Accredited program provider will determine your eligibility and suitable program option during an initial screening interview.





Upcoming WABC Accredited Programs

Start Date Provider Program Format Location Language

New program coming in later 2024.
Contact WABC if you would like to be added to a wait-list.

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Upcoming WABC Accredited Programs

Start Date Provider Program Format Location Language

New program coming in later 2024.
Contact WABC if you would like to be added to a wait-list.

TBA TBA TBA TBA English


Upcoming WABC Accredited Programs

Start Date Provider Program Format Location Language

New program coming in later 2024.
Contact WABC if you would like to be added to a wait-list.

TBA TBA TBA TBA English



STEP 3

Earn ChBC


To earn CBC, you must meet these requirements:

  • Pass a screening interview with a WABC Accredited (Level 2 – CBC) program instructor, and
  • Meet minimum WABC membership requirements for CBC (currently WABC Affiliate Member), and 
  • Be a current WABC member in good standing, and
  • Successfully complete a WABC Accredited (Level 2 – CBC) program. Completion includes passing a written and performance related assessment.

WABC MEMBERSHIP

  • Learn about CBC and membership in our FAQS
  • Learn more about WABC Membership at JOIN WABC


STEP 4

Maintain CBC


To provide ethically sound and expert guidance, professionals in all areas of practice must keep up to date on the latest research, evidence and opinion on how to effectively serve their clients’ needs.

A clear professional development strategy allows business coaches to stay relevant and innovative in providing the best possible expertise to their clients.

As a professional certification credential, you have a few ongoing requirements to maintain your credential that are designed to complement your coaching practice as an opportunity for learning and growth.

As a CBC, you must:

  • Maintain your WABC membership: Join and renew your membership every year to remain in continuously good standing, and
  • Re-certify your CBC: Submit and pass your Professional Development Record (PDR) five years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited (Level 2 – CBC) program, and every five years after that.





FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Learn Even More

Getting Your Credential


What are all the fees associated with earning my ChBC?

Earning your CBC involves the following fees:

  • WABC Accredited (Level 2 – CBC) training program (fees are set by the training provider)
  • WABC membership*
  • Your CBC certificate*

*These fees may be included in the training program pricing. Otherwise, you can find the WABC fees in JOIN WABC.

Maintaining your CBC:

Please see “Maintaining Your Credential” below.


What do you mean when you say “no prerequisite credential required?”

Each WABC credential is intended to be a stand-alone credential, which enables business coaches to pursue the credential that is right for their ambition, professional goals and client needs at any point in their careers.

Our non-linear training approach is purposefully designed to suit the diverse needs of business coaches with flexible and responsive learning options and credentials.


If the program I completed was recently accredited by WABC, am I eligible for a ChBC credential?

If your WABC Accredited (Level 2 – CBC) program was recently accredited by WABC, check with your program instructor on your eligibility for CBC.


How long after completing my WABC Accredited (Level 4 – ChBC) program do I have to join WABC to be granted my ChBC?

You have one year from your graduation date to become a WABC member, as long as you meet the minimum WABC membership requirements for CBC.


What if my WABC membership expires before I complete my program? Can I still get my ChBC?

If you were already a WABC member while taking a WABC Accredited (Level 2 – CBC) program but allowed your membership to lapse prior to program completion, you’ll be required to rejoin WABC and pay the associated fees before receiving your CBC.



Maintaining Your Credential


What is certification?

Certification is a voluntary process by which a nongovernmental body recognizes an individual who has successfully met predetermined qualifications. As an advanced, evidence-based credential, CBC falls within this type of qualification.


What is unique about a professional certification credential?

It is the most rigorous level of professional credentialing available for individuals. Professional certification credentials that follow industry best practice require validation, carry re-certification requirements and are subject to revocation. CBC adheres to these best practices.


Why do I have to re-certify my ChBC?

CBC is a professional certification which means it is a “working or applied” credential. Unlike certificates and degrees which transfer knowledge and skills, professional certifications measure how an individual uses knowledge and skills in real-life situations. By certifying that the holder is able to currently practice at a certain level, certification maintains public trust in the delivery of service.

For a professional certification credential to remain valid, the holder must stay relevant with current practice and theories. That’s why it’s a certification best practice for holders to meet ongoing requirements, such as continuing professional development, to maintain their certified credentials.


Are there fees to maintain my ChBC?

In order to maintain your CBC credential, there are two ongoing requirements which both require fees:

As a CBC, you must:

  • Maintain your WABC membership: Join and renew your membership every year to remain in continuously good standing (fees depend on member level), and
  • Re-certify your CBC: Submit and pass your Professional Development Record (PDR) five years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited (Level 2 – CBC) program, and every five years after that. There are fees associated with reviewing your PDR.


What if I plan to take a sabbatical?

Taking a sabbatical during your career may affect your CBC credential.


Can my ChBC credential be revoked?

Yes, your CBC credential can be revoked under certain circumstances.



Promoting Your Credential


How should I list my ChBC credential?

CBC may be listed in several ways. Please log in to your dashboard for further guidance and access to applicable WABC logos.


How can I promote my ChBC credential?

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





COMPARE CREDENTIALS

All WABC Credentials

Each WABC credential is intended to be a stand-alone credential. The credential you choose will be based on your  previous coaching experience, skill level, ambition, professional development goals and your client needs.

PRACTITIONER
RCC
ADVANCED
CBC
MASTER
CMBC®
ELITE
ChBC®
Level of Credential Level of Credential Level of Credential Level of Credential
RCC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world.

As a highly
respected global credential, RCC raises your credibility and positions you as a practitioner business
coach with specialized business coaching skills. RCC enables you to support a range of business-oriented
and organizational goals and objectives.

CBC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world.

As a highly
respected global credential, CBC positions you as an advanced business coach with specialized business
coaching skills. CBC enables you to support a wider range of business-oriented and organizational goals
and objectives.

CMBC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world.

As a highly
esteemed, world-class distinction, CMBC positions you at the leading edge of your field in both
expertise and training. CMBC enables you to confidently tackle complex goals that may impact broader
business and organizational outcomes.

ChBC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world.

As a highly
coveted, world-class distinction, ChBC positions you as being among the best of the best in the business
coaching profession worldwide. ChBC demonstrates your significant impact and influence with your senior
expertise, specialized knowledge and professional competence to take on the most challenging business
coaching engagements.

Eligible Candidates Eligible Candidates Eligible Candidates Eligible Candidates
  • You have no business coaching experience and are looking to start your career in coaching, or
  • You have some business coaching experience but have never taken a formal evidence-based business
    coach training program and now wish to consolidate your practice fully with best practice, or
  • You’re a senior leader or manager wishing to engage with leadership coaching, or you are moving
    to a development role within your organization or to freelance work as a business coach, or
  • You’re an internal business coach developing your practice, or
  • You’re an external business coach who works with clients within limited areas of service, or
  • You’re an external consultant wishing to enhance your coaching offer, and
  • You have a minimum of 7 years of business and organizational experience.
  • You have some business coaching experience and want to enhance your client
    services
    , and
  • You’re a senior leader or manager wishing to engage with leadership coaching, or you are moving
    to a development role within your organization or to freelance work as a business coach, or
  • You’re an internal business coach who works beyond the level of manager-ascoach and provides the
    same level of service expected of external coaches within the confines of your own organization
    (e.g., coaching to key areas of the organization outside your own line management
    responsibility), or
  • You’re an external business coach who works with clients within limited areas of service, or
  • You’re an external consultant wishing to enhance your coaching offer, and
  • You have a minimum of 7 years of business and organizational experience.
  • You have extensive experience with business coaching and want to position yourself as a
    high performer in your industry, and
  • You’re a senior leader or manager wishing to engage with leadership coaching, or you are moving
    to a development role within your organization or to freelance work as a business coach, or
  • You’re an internal business coach who works at senior levels of management and provides the same
    level of service expected of external coaches within the confines of your own organization (you
    may have gained experience across a range of organizations), or
  • You’re an external business coach who works across a range of organizations and at senior levels
    of management, or
  • You’re an external consultant wishing to enhance your coaching offer and often work across a
    range of organizations and at senior levels of management, and
  • You have a minimum of 5 years business coaching experience, plus a minimum of 7 years of
    business and organizational experience.
  • You want to take your place among the very top business
    coaches in the world today, and
  • You’re a senior leader or manager heavily utilizing business coaching, or
  • You’re an internal business coach who works at senior levels of management and provides the same
    level of expertise expected of senior external coaches within the confines of your own
    organization (you may have gained experience across a range of organizations), or
  • You’re an external business coach who works across a range of organizations and at senior levels
    of management, and
  • You have a minimum of 5 years of senior and intensive business coaching experience, plus a
    minimum of 7 years of business and organizational experience, and
  • You also possess:
    • The ability to demonstrate an indepth knowledge of business coaching, professionalism,
      leadership and significant achievements in the field, and a commitment to contributing
      to your and others’ professional development
    • The ability to evidence significant profile within the field
    • A reflective ability to meet the high assessment standards.
Program Duration & Hours (approx.) Program Duration & Hours (approx.) Program Duration & Hours (approx.) Program Duration & Hours (approx.)
DURATION
1.5–3 months

HOURS
Up to 75–150 total learning
hours

DURATION
4.5–9 months

HOURS
Up to 300–600 total learning
hours

DURATION
12–24 months

HOURS
Up to 1200–1800 total
learning hours

DURATION
3–12 months

HOURS
Up to 900 total learning hours

Program Options Available Program Options Available Program Options Available Program Options Available
  • Full length
  • Fast track
  • Assessment only (this will be less than the duration and hours shown above)
  • Full length
  • Fast track
  • Assessment only (this will be less than the duration and hours shown above)
  • Full length
  • Fast track
  • Assessment only (this will be less than the duration and hours shown above)
  • Full length
  • Assessment only (this will be less than the duration and hours shown above)
Program Modes Available Program Modes Available Program Modes Available Program Modes Available
Many modes available depending on program enrolled in (e.g. in-person, virtual, blended) Many modes available depending on program enrolled in (e.g. in-person, virtual, blended) Many modes available depending on program enrolled in (e.g. in-person, virtual, blended) Many modes available depending on program enrolled in (e.g. in-person, virtual, blended)
Program Supervision Program Supervision Program Supervision Program Supervision
Appropriate supervision is provided Appropriate supervision is provided Appropriate supervision is provided Appropriate supervision is provided
Program Completion Deliverables Program Completion Deliverables Program Completion Deliverables Program Completion Deliverables
  • Written assessment
  • Performance assessment
  • Written assessment
  • Performance assessment
  • Written assessment
  • Performance assessment
  • Self-directed research project
  • Self-directed portfolio project (or other suitable deliverable)
  • Final examination by an Assessment Board
Re-certification Requirements Re-certification Requirements Re-certification Requirements Re-certification Requirements
There are no requirements to maintain your RCC credential
  • Remain a WABC member in good standing as, at least, a WABC Affiliate Memberand
  • Submit your Professional Development Record (PDR), including client input, for approval five
    years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited® program option, and every
    five years thereafter
  • Remain a WABC member in good standing as, at least, a WABC Full Member and
  • Submit your Professional Development Record (PDR), including client input, for approval five
    years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited® program option, and every
    five years thereafter
  • Remain a WABC member in good standing as, at least, a WABC Full Member and
  • Submit your Professional Development Record (PDR), including client input, for approval five
    years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited® program option, and every
    five years thereafter
WABC Standards WABC Standards WABC Standards WABC Standards
Legal Legal Legal Legal
WABC reserves all rights in connection with the
Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) credential, including the right to change the requirements of RCC
credential, and to replace RCC credential.
WABC reserves all rights in connection with the WABC
Certified Business Coach (CBC) credential, including the right to change the requirements of CBC
credential, and to replace CBC credential.
WABC reserves all rights in connection with the WABC
Certified Master Business Coach (CMBC) credential, including the right to change the requirements of
CMBC credential, and to replace CMBC credential.
WABC reserves all rights in connection with the
Chartered Business Coach (ChBC) credential, including the right to change the requirements of ChBC
credential, and to replace ChBC credential.


THE MARK OF DISTINCTION

WABC Accredited® Means Better Business Coaching

When you earn any of WABC’s credentials for business coaches—RCC, CBC, CMBC® or ChBC®—you will enroll in a WABC Accredited program. All WABC Accredited programs undergo rigorous independent initial assessment, and providers are regularly reviewed to ensure they continue to meet our standards of excellence. This ensures their programs continue to be relevant to the market and meet our exacting global standards for business coach training programs.


CBC Testimonials

In Their Own Words



YOUR NEXT STEPS

WABC Certified Business Coach

CBC positions you as an advanced business coach with specialized business coaching skills.



Become a CBC

Let’s get started!

Find a listing of our programs below or reach out to us if you’d like some further guidance.



Explore All WABC Credentials

If CBC isn’t quite the right fit for you, we’ll have a WABC credential that is.

Whether you are beginning your coaching journey (RCC), enhancing your professional services (CBC), mastering coaching specialties (CMBC®) or taking on the most demanding coaching assignments in the market (ChBC®), WABC has a credential to suit your ambition, professional goals and client needs.





The Value of Business Coaching for Individuals

By leveraging their experience, skills and knowledge, a WABC business coach partners with people to identify gaps and strengths within themselves, their teams and their businesses and organizations to access new insights, unblock their performance challenges and seize new opportunities.



SUPPORTING AGILITY AND RESILIENCE

Enhance Your Performance and Achieve Business Goals

As the business world accelerates in complexity, it is paramount for business leaders and individuals to identify opportunities quickly and shift to meet new performance demands.

Adaptability, agile decision-making, resilience, managing paradoxes and building accountability are just a few of the key issues that people face to succeed in an environment of unprecedented global change.


Setting a strategic course and rising to meet these evolving
needs takes disruptive thinking, a learning mentality and the
sustained commitment to change at every level of an
organization. Yet aligning business priorities and individual
performance presents challenges that flex organizational
muscles in new ways.

As leaders and managers seek interconnected
development strategies to equip individuals with new skills,
business coaching can support the activation of individual
and team performance towards organizational goals.


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New Insights & Seizing Opportunities

Business Coaching Drives Higher Performance and Tangible Business Results

At its most fundamental, business coaching takes an individual, team or organization from where they are now, to where they want to be.

By leveraging their experience, skills and knowledge, a qualified business coach partners with people to identify gaps and strengths within themselves, their teams and their organizations to access new insights, unblock their performance challenges and seize new opportunities.

DUAL-FOCUSED FOR RESULTS

Business Coaching is a Distinct Discipline

Business coaching is a distinct discipline that addresses the needs of both the individual and the organization they work within.

A business coach may go by many names, including executive coach, leadership coach, corporate coach, organizational coach or SME coach, yet each one is focused on achieving desired business goals—those shared by both the individual and their organization, no matter the client. This dual focus separates business coaching as a distinct practice from all other kinds of coaching.


Business coaching can be performed in any type of business, organization, or institution. By nature, business coaching is a disruptive, collaborative and supportive role designed to enable change, drive desired results and increase accountability.


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Business Coaches Can Help

All Organizations, Roles, Levels & Industries



BENEFITS OF BUSINESS COACHING

Address Your Diverse Needs

Business coaches are strategic partners who build your business and operational success. Among the broad array of service offerings, business coaches may help:


Navigate the toughest challenges in organizational leadership

Streamline business processes and systems

Rejuvenate business growth

Improve morale

Build interpersonal competencies

Direct and support organizational change

Prioritize goals and develop strategies to achieve objectives within set timeframes

Collaborate to create and execute personal/business development plans

Enhance organizational capabilities

Deliver feedback

Develop skills and knowledge base

Conduct needs analyses

Deal with conflict

Develop and interpret performance assessments




WABC Advantage

We Hold Ourselves to a Higher Standard

At WABC, we believe that business is a potent force for solving social problems, and we are committed to building the credibility of business coaching as a global industry.

As the first global organization to create evidence-based standards for business coaches, we expect all WABC credential holders and members to adhere to our standards including the WABC Professional Standards for Business Coaches and WABC Code of Business Coaching Ethics and Integrity.

These standards are not only essential to how we conduct our business, but how business coaching should be performed at the highest professional standard.



TARGETED BENEFITS OF BUSINESS COACHING

Driving Results at Every Level


For Leaders

Lead with Courage and Clarity


Navigate ambiguity and quickly evolving market conditions with the support of a trusted, safe confident and sounding board. Business coaches help leaders find or reclaim their resolve, courage and confidence to face issues head on, challenge the status quo and transform how organizations are run, including future-proofing the business model your company is built on. Clarify your vision, align your organization, and embrace considered change for sustainable success.


For Managers

Transform Your Teams for the Better


Foster enhanced productivity, greater collaboration and improved engagement with your employees and within teams. Better align your objectives with your organization’s strategic priorities, and build transformative action plans to best your measures of success.


For Consultants

Mobilize Your Clients Towards Action


Determine your client’s needs more clearly and help them realize the strategies, priorities and initiatives for success. Identify the root cause of leadership and structural issues to better address challenges and facilitate business-model changes and organizational transformation. Activate the perspective and behavioral changes to align your client’s business around common goals.


For HR Professionals

Enhance Corporate Culture and Employee Wellness


Foster an aligned corporate culture to better support employees and effectively deliver on business strategy. Attract and retain top-tier talent while you improve employee engagement and satisfaction and create more healthy workplaces. Propel behavioral shifts to guide individuals in achieving personal and professional success.


FOR INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONAL SPECIALISTS

Stimulate Your Clients’ Personal and Professional Growth


Strengthen adaptability and boost resiliency in businesses and organizations. Further your clients’ ability to integrate their holistic selves and make choices that align with organizational goals and their professional aspirations. More effectively synthesize client business goals and create actionable plans to achieve them. Communicate the value of mental health within a business environment.




Frequently Asked Questions

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How did business coaching begin?

We believe there are three broad categories of coaching in the marketplace today: sports, personal and business.

Business coaching is used as an umbrella term to include all types of business and organizational coaching. Thus, business coaching includes both internal and external coaches who work as business coaches, corporate coaches, executive coaches, leadership coaches, organizational development coaches and many more.

The first research papers on business coaching can be traced to performance improvement for sales teams in the 1930s. Business coaching is a hybrid profession informed by related disciplines including coaching, psychology, organizational development, management science and consulting, human resource management, ethics, applied theology, adult learning and training and development. The interdisciplinary nature of business coaching makes it more challenging to define its body of knowledge.

Who uses business coaches?

Business leaders, owners, CEOs, entrepreneurs, directors, managers and high potential talent use business coaching. Anyone who has a business-related personal or professional objective and is ready to take action can be a coachee.

What’s the difference between a business coach, a life skills coach, a mentor, a consultant or a therapist?

business coach engages in meaningful communication with individuals in businesses, organizations, institutions or governments, with the goal of promoting success at all levels of the organization by affecting the actions of those individuals. 

life skills coach (also referred to as a personal coach) collaborates with their coachee in a highly interactive working partnership for the purpose of assisting the coachee to clarify what they really want from life. Life coaches are seen as strategic partners to enhance life satisfaction.

Together, the life skills coach and coachee work on setting more effective personal goals and new strategic actions, staying focused and accountable so that the coachee may lead a more successful and satisfying life. The coach and coachee co-design a direction and the coachee commits to taking action to succeed. Accountability in coaching is shared between the coach and the coachee.

mentor is usually an older and/or more experienced person who provides advice, guidance and support to a younger and/or less experienced person for the purpose of personal, professional, spiritual or life growth. In business settings, those groomed for advancement are often formally or informally mentored by senior executives. Mentors are seen as experts and show protégés “the ropes.”

consultant provides advice or expert knowledge to a client in a particular field or discipline. It’s predominantly one-way communication, with accountability on the consultant for delivering on the outcome. The client is expected to implement the consultant’s recommendations. Business consultants are seen as experts and advise on business issues.

counselor or therapist focuses on psychosocial issues and/or psychological disorders with an emphasis on the diagnosis and analysis of the client/patient. The focus is exclusively on the client/patient and there’s a low possibility that the counselor or therapist will request feedback. Counselors or therapists are typically seen as experts and try to heal psychosocial dysfunctionality.


Your Next Steps

Choose Excellence for Your
Professional and Organizational Goals

Business coaching offers myriad ways to achieve your peak professional performance and organizational objectives. Take the next step towards sustained success on your terms.



Hire a Qualified Business Coach

Search the WABC Business Coach Locator to find your qualified coaching partner in accelerating your professional or organizational achievement.



Become a Business Coach

WABC offers four levels of credentials that are designed to meet the diverse needs of practicing business coaches.

Whether you are beginning your coaching journey (RCC), enhancing your professional services (CBC), mastering coaching specialties (CMBC®) or taking on the most demanding coaching assignments in the market (ChBC®), WABC has a credential to suit your ambition, professional goals and client needs.



Recommend WABC to Your Employer

Are you a champion of business coaching within your organization and want to introduce WABC to your employer to see what’s possible?

Whether your organization has a business coaching program or is interested in building one, WABC accredits in-house programs to ensure that your employees are trained to coach using the latest research-informed best practice and global standards.



Consult with WABC to Leverage Business Coaching More Effectively

Many organizations see the value in using business coaching to unlock the potential within their organization, but don’t know where to start.

WABC offers a range of consulting and business services to identify opportunities and improve business coaching within organizations.





Registered Corporate Coach (RCC)

RCC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world. As a highly respected global credential, RCC raises your credibility and positions you as a practitioner business coach with specialized business coaching skills. RCC enables you to support a range of business-oriented and organizational goals and objectives.


Overview

Registered Corporate
Coach (RCC)

Establish a strong foundation and understand the skills of effective business coaching and apply your learnings practically as a practitioner business coach.

Exceptional business coaching begins with a confident, practical understanding. Give your skills the grounding in research-informed best practice to strengthen your abilities and effectiveness and successfully help clients, colleagues and organizations achieve their goals. 

WABC’s Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) is a highly respected global credential that builds the fundamentals of business coaching and the competencies necessary to lead with results.  

Regardless of what professional role you have (e.g., leader, manager, internal or external business coach, external consultant), if you’re already doing, or want to start doing, business coaching, WABC offers different training options via WABC Accredited (Level 1 – RCC)® programs to become an RCC, based on whether you have previous coaching experience or not. 

Once you earn RCC, you will also become part of our global community, where professional business coaches from across the globe come together to enhance their skills, expand their professional networks and influence the business coaching industry more broadly.


ELIGIBLE CANDIDATEs

RCC is Designed for Practitioner Business Coaches

RCC tells the market you’ve progressed beyond general coach training to build specialized business coaching skills that support a range of fixed business-oriented and organizational goals and objectives. 

The RCC credential is for individuals who are either beginning their journey as a business coach and may have had little or no previous experience with coaching, or who already have some business coaching experience that they now wish to consolidate fully with best practice.

Because WABC credentials specifically prepare you for coaching to support businesses or organizations, an appropriate professional background from working within businesses and organizations is essential to ground your training in real-world situations. Your professional experience is the foundation for pursuing a WABC credential.

RCC may be right for you if:

  • You have no business coaching experience and are looking to start your career in coaching, or
  • You have some business coaching experience but have never taken a formal evidence-based business coach training program and now wish to consolidate your practice fully with best practice, or
  • You’re a senior leader or manager wishing to engage with leadership coaching, or you are moving to a development role within your organization or to freelance work as a business coach, or
  • You’re an internal business coach developing your practice, or
  • You’re an external business coach who works with clients within limited areas of service, or
  • You’re an external consultant wishing to enhance your coaching offer, and
  • You have a minimum of 7 years of business and organizational experience.



KEY BENEFITS

Why RCC


CONTRIBUTE

Contribute your senior expertise, specialized knowledge and research to the business coaching profession

CREDIBILITY

Gain credibility with a specialized and highly coveted, world-class distinction

INFLUENCER

Take your place among the best of the best and broaden your impact as an influential business coach




LEARNING OUTCOMES

What You’ll Know How to Do

As an RCC, you have the practical skills to coach successfully in a business or organizational environment, aligned with research-informed best practice. 

Equipped with at least one business coaching model and a robust theoretical underpinning based in best practice, you can apply technical skills in common business scenarios while working with clients on skills and competencies.

As an RCC, among other things, you’ll know how to:

  • Understand practical and theoretical aspects of business coaching through a range of skills and approaches
  • Identify appropriate actions to take with clients
  • Support a range of fixed business-oriented goals and objectives
  • Apply coaching in a business context, including developing contracts with individuals and organizations, structuring a coaching interaction, and concluding a coaching relationship
  • Self-evaluate and reflect with impacts to your personal and professional development.



CREDENTIAL PROCESS & PROGRAMS

Your 3 Steps


STEP 1

Ensure ChBC is the Right Credential for You


The credential you choose will be based on your previous coaching experience, skill level, ambition, professional development goals and your client needs. Not sure if RCC is right for you? See Compare Credentials for further guidance.


STEP 2

Enroll in a WABC Accredited Program


WABC Accredited (Level 1 – RCC)® programs and options are available for you to earn RCC. The WABC Accredited program provider will determine your eligibility and suitable program option during an initial screening interview.





Upcoming WABC Accredited Programs

Start Date Provider Program Format Location Language

Contact Provider

Weplusnetwork Ltd

Business Coaching Lab

Blended Rome, ITALY Italian

September 9, 2024

The Hayes Approach

The Coach's Road: Business Coach

Blended Greenville, SC, USA English

Contact Provider

The Business Coaching Academy

Certified Business Coaching Programme

Virtual International English

Contact Provider

FunDaMentals Strategics Pte Ltd

Corporate Coaching Accreditation Programme Level 1

Blended Singapore, SINGAPORE English


Upcoming WABC Accredited Programs

Start Date Provider Program Format Location Language

Contact Provider

Weplusnetwork Ltd

Business Coaching Lab

Virtual International Italian

September 9, 2024

The Hayes Approach

The Coach's Road: Business Coach

Blended Greenville, SC, USA English

Contact Provider

Shift Coaching Inc.

Shift Corporate Coach Program

Virtual International English

April 16, 2024

Impact Business Coaches

The Heart of Leadership Coaching®

Blended Metro Atlanta, GA, USA English

October 1, 2024

Impact Business Coaches

The Heart of Leadership Coaching®

Blended Metro Atlanta, GA, USA English


Upcoming WABC Accredited Programs

Start Date Provider Program Format Location Language

Contact Provider

Weplusnetwork Ltd

Business Coaching Lab

Virtual International Italian



STEP 3

Earn ChBC


To earn RCC, you must meet these requirements:

  • Pass a screening interview with a WABC Accredited (Level 1 – RCC) program instructor, and
  • Meet minimum WABC membership requirements for RCC (currently WABC Affiliate Member), and
  • Be a current WABC member in good standing, and
  • Successfully complete a WABC Accredited (Level 1 – RCC) program. Completion includes passing a written and performance related assessment.

WABC MEMBERSHIP

  • Learn about RCC and membership in our FAQS 
  • Learn more about WABC Membership at JOIN WABC





FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Learn Even More

Getting Your Credential


What are all the fees associated with earning my ChBC?

Earning your RCC involves the following fees:

  • WABC Accredited (Level 1 – RCC) training program (fees are set by the training provider)
  • WABC membership*
  • Your RCC certificate*

*These fees may be included in the training program pricing. Otherwise, you can find the WABC fees in JOIN WABC.

Maintaining your RCC:

There are currently no fees to maintain your RCC credential.

As an RCC, you can stay engaged with our global community as a WABC member and access exclusive thought leadership and opportunities to build your professional network for an annual fee.


If the program I completed was recently accredited by WABC, am I eligible for a ChBC credential?

Each WABC credential is intended to be a stand-alone credential, which enables business coaches to pursue the credential that is right for their ambition, professional goals and client needs at any point in their careers.

Our non-linear training approach is purposefully designed to suit the diverse needs of business coaches with flexible and responsive learning options and credentials.


How long after completing my WABC Accredited (Level 4 – ChBC) program do I have to join WABC to be granted my ChBC?

If your WABC Accredited (Level 1 – RCC) program was recently accredited by WABC, check with your program instructor on your eligibility for RCC.


How long after completing my WABC Accredited (Level 1 – RCC) program do I have to join WABC to be granted my RCC?

You have one year from your graduation date to become a WABC member, as long as you meet the minimum WABC membership requirements for RCC.


What if my WABC membership expires before I complete my program? Can I still get my ChBC?

If you were already a WABC member while taking a WABC Accredited (Level 1 – RCC) program but allowed your membership to lapse prior to program completion, you’ll be required to rejoin WABC and pay the associated fees before receiving your RCC.



Promoting Your Credential


How should I list my ChBC credential?

RCC may be listed in several ways. Please log in to your dashboard for further guidance and access to applicable WABC logos.


How can I promote my ChBC credential?

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





COMPARE CREDENTIALS

All WABC Credentials

Each WABC credential is intended to be a stand-alone credential. The credential you choose will be based on your  previous coaching experience, skill level, ambition, professional development goals and your client needs.

PRACTITIONER
RCC
ADVANCED
CBC
MASTER
CMBC®
ELITE
ChBC®
Level of Credential Level of Credential Level of Credential Level of Credential
RCC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world.

As a highly
respected global credential, RCC raises your credibility and positions you as a practitioner business
coach with specialized business coaching skills. RCC enables you to support a range of business-oriented
and organizational goals and objectives.

CBC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world.

As a highly
respected global credential, CBC positions you as an advanced business coach with specialized business
coaching skills. CBC enables you to support a wider range of business-oriented and organizational goals
and objectives.

CMBC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world.

As a highly
esteemed, world-class distinction, CMBC positions you at the leading edge of your field in both
expertise and training. CMBC enables you to confidently tackle complex goals that may impact broader
business and organizational outcomes.

ChBC is an evidence-based WABC credential held by professionals around the world.

As a highly
coveted, world-class distinction, ChBC positions you as being among the best of the best in the business
coaching profession worldwide. ChBC demonstrates your significant impact and influence with your senior
expertise, specialized knowledge and professional competence to take on the most challenging business
coaching engagements.

Eligible Candidates Eligible Candidates Eligible Candidates Eligible Candidates
  • You have no business coaching experience and are looking to start your career in coaching, or
  • You have some business coaching experience but have never taken a formal evidence-based business
    coach training program and now wish to consolidate your practice fully with best practice, or
  • You’re a senior leader or manager wishing to engage with leadership coaching, or you are moving
    to a development role within your organization or to freelance work as a business coach, or
  • You’re an internal business coach developing your practice, or
  • You’re an external business coach who works with clients within limited areas of service, or
  • You’re an external consultant wishing to enhance your coaching offer, and
  • You have a minimum of 7 years of business and organizational experience.
  • You have some business coaching experience and want to enhance your client
    services
    , and
  • You’re a senior leader or manager wishing to engage with leadership coaching, or you are moving
    to a development role within your organization or to freelance work as a business coach, or
  • You’re an internal business coach who works beyond the level of manager-ascoach and provides the
    same level of service expected of external coaches within the confines of your own organization
    (e.g., coaching to key areas of the organization outside your own line management
    responsibility), or
  • You’re an external business coach who works with clients within limited areas of service, or
  • You’re an external consultant wishing to enhance your coaching offer, and
  • You have a minimum of 7 years of business and organizational experience.
  • You have extensive experience with business coaching and want to position yourself as a
    high performer in your industry, and
  • You’re a senior leader or manager wishing to engage with leadership coaching, or you are moving
    to a development role within your organization or to freelance work as a business coach, or
  • You’re an internal business coach who works at senior levels of management and provides the same
    level of service expected of external coaches within the confines of your own organization (you
    may have gained experience across a range of organizations), or
  • You’re an external business coach who works across a range of organizations and at senior levels
    of management, or
  • You’re an external consultant wishing to enhance your coaching offer and often work across a
    range of organizations and at senior levels of management, and
  • You have a minimum of 5 years business coaching experience, plus a minimum of 7 years of
    business and organizational experience.
  • You want to take your place among the very top business
    coaches in the world today, and
  • You’re a senior leader or manager heavily utilizing business coaching, or
  • You’re an internal business coach who works at senior levels of management and provides the same
    level of expertise expected of senior external coaches within the confines of your own
    organization (you may have gained experience across a range of organizations), or
  • You’re an external business coach who works across a range of organizations and at senior levels
    of management, and
  • You have a minimum of 5 years of senior and intensive business coaching experience, plus a
    minimum of 7 years of business and organizational experience, and
  • You also possess:
    • The ability to demonstrate an indepth knowledge of business coaching, professionalism,
      leadership and significant achievements in the field, and a commitment to contributing
      to your and others’ professional development
    • The ability to evidence significant profile within the field
    • A reflective ability to meet the high assessment standards.
Program Duration & Hours (approx.) Program Duration & Hours (approx.) Program Duration & Hours (approx.) Program Duration & Hours (approx.)
DURATION
1.5–3 months

HOURS
Up to 75–150 total learning
hours

DURATION
4.5–9 months

HOURS
Up to 300–600 total learning
hours

DURATION
12–24 months

HOURS
Up to 1200–1800 total
learning hours

DURATION
3–12 months

HOURS
Up to 900 total learning hours

Program Options Available Program Options Available Program Options Available Program Options Available
  • Full length
  • Fast track
  • Assessment only (this will be less than the duration and hours shown above)
  • Full length
  • Fast track
  • Assessment only (this will be less than the duration and hours shown above)
  • Full length
  • Fast track
  • Assessment only (this will be less than the duration and hours shown above)
  • Full length
  • Assessment only (this will be less than the duration and hours shown above)
Program Modes Available Program Modes Available Program Modes Available Program Modes Available
Many modes available depending on program enrolled in (e.g. in-person, virtual, blended) Many modes available depending on program enrolled in (e.g. in-person, virtual, blended) Many modes available depending on program enrolled in (e.g. in-person, virtual, blended) Many modes available depending on program enrolled in (e.g. in-person, virtual, blended)
Program Supervision Program Supervision Program Supervision Program Supervision
Appropriate supervision is provided Appropriate supervision is provided Appropriate supervision is provided Appropriate supervision is provided
Program Completion Deliverables Program Completion Deliverables Program Completion Deliverables Program Completion Deliverables
  • Written assessment
  • Performance assessment
  • Written assessment
  • Performance assessment
  • Written assessment
  • Performance assessment
  • Self-directed research project
  • Self-directed portfolio project (or other suitable deliverable)
  • Final examination by an Assessment Board
Re-certification Requirements Re-certification Requirements Re-certification Requirements Re-certification Requirements
There are no requirements to maintain your RCC credential
  • Remain a WABC member in good standing as, at least, a WABC Affiliate Memberand
  • Submit your Professional Development Record (PDR), including client input, for approval five
    years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited® program option, and every
    five years thereafter
  • Remain a WABC member in good standing as, at least, a WABC Full Member and
  • Submit your Professional Development Record (PDR), including client input, for approval five
    years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited® program option, and every
    five years thereafter
  • Remain a WABC member in good standing as, at least, a WABC Full Member and
  • Submit your Professional Development Record (PDR), including client input, for approval five
    years from the date you graduate from your WABC Accredited® program option, and every
    five years thereafter
WABC Standards WABC Standards WABC Standards WABC Standards
Legal Legal Legal Legal
WABC reserves all rights in connection with the
Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) credential, including the right to change the requirements of RCC
credential, and to replace RCC credential.
WABC reserves all rights in connection with the WABC
Certified Business Coach (CBC) credential, including the right to change the requirements of CBC
credential, and to replace CBC credential.
WABC reserves all rights in connection with the WABC
Certified Master Business Coach (CMBC) credential, including the right to change the requirements of
CMBC credential, and to replace CMBC credential.
WABC reserves all rights in connection with the
Chartered Business Coach (ChBC) credential, including the right to change the requirements of ChBC
credential, and to replace ChBC credential.


THE MARK OF DISTINCTION

WABC Accredited® Means Better Business Coaching

When you earn any of WABC’s credentials for business coaches—RCC, CBC, CMBC® or ChBC®—you will enroll in a WABC Accredited program. All WABC Accredited programs undergo rigorous independent initial assessment, and providers are regularly reviewed to ensure they continue to meet our standards of excellence. This ensures their programs continue to be relevant to the market and meet our exacting global standards for business coach training programs.


RCC Testimonials

In Their Own Words



YOUR NEXT STEPS

Registered Corporate Coach

RCC™ raises your credibility and positions you as a practitioner business coach with specialized business coaching skills.



Become an RCC

Let’s get started!

Find a listing of our programs below or reach out to us if you’d like some further guidance.



Explore All WABC Credentials

If RCC isn’t quite the right fit for you, we’ll have a WABC credential that is.

Whether you are beginning your coaching journey (RCC), enhancing your professional services (CBC), mastering coaching specialties (CMBC®) or taking on the most demanding coaching assignments in the market (ChBC®), WABC has a credential to suit your ambition, professional goals and client needs.