Clarity on ICF Minnesota Membership
Based on the membership survey results and comments received, we want to clarify some things about membership in ICF.
1) If I am and ICF Global member am I automatically an ICF Minnesota member?
a. No. When you join ICF Global you affiliate yourself to a chapter.When you have done this, ICF MN receives about $30 per member from Global. Because of this, the ICF Minnesota Membership is less expensive than the Colleague Membership.
2) Why do I have to pay to be an ICF MN member?
a. All of our costs for running our organization including venues, food speakers, operations costs like insurance and technology, when split among all members are approximately $215 per member. The ICF MN membership is $139.00. We are able to cover the other costs through non-member funds when they pay for events, through sponsorships, advertising, etc. ICF is a non-profit. As a chapter we are operating at a slight profit which is invested back into the chapter the next year.
3) What types of membership are there in ICF MN?
a. There are 4 types-
i. Full Member- is also an ICF member
ii. Colleague- is NOT an ICF Global member
iii. Student- an affordable way for students to get the benefits of ICF MN while they are working on their certification.
iv. Corporate- this is a membership for a company or organization.
b. For more information on each membership, including the costs and benefits, please visit https://www.icfminnesota.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=907122&module_id=280989
4) Why should I be an ICF Global Member?
a. Associations bind professions and professionals together. An involved professional is a member of his or her professional organization. By joining and maintaining membership in ICF, coaches inform others that they are part of an influential voice that is shaping the future of coaching around the globe. ICF Global membership opens up a world of opportunity for professional development, networking and leadership in our profession from the local to GLOBAL level.
b. ICF Global creates ethical standards for coaches around the world. Ethical Standards are ICF’s top priority and allow coaching to have global standards.https://coachfederation.org/icf-ethics
c. ICF Global is the Gold Standard in coaching. ICF Global’s credentials- ACC, PCC, and MCC are the only coaching credentials that are recognized WORLD WIDE. More and more companies are requiring that their coaches have ICF credentials in addition to a coaching school credential. When you are a member of ICF Global, you get a large discount off of your credentials. You save $200 being a member. Membership costs $245 and that cost has held steady for the past 3 years.https://coachfederation.org/icf- credential
d. ICF Global is constantly scanning and getting involved in the legislative process in the U.S. to keep coaching its own profession rather than being considered part of the Psychological profession. This is EXTREMELY important for all coaches.
e. ICF Global offers continuing Professional Developmenthttps://coachfederation.org/icf-credential/professional-development, it offers the most complete research and articles for the coaching profession. They do Global Coaching studies (4 from ’07-’19), Consumer Awareness Studies 3 from ’10-’17) and Academic Research.
If you are an ICF Global member, you have access to this research and can use the information in your marketing materials, quoting the sourcehttps://coachfederation.org/research, If there are any other questions about membership, please firstname.lastname@example.org.