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New phase of EMCC standards research announced

The European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) has announced that it is entering the second phase of its Standards Research Project.

In the first phase, the EMCC's panel identified a wide set of key competencies for coaching and mentoring professionals. Now the EMCC is asking the rest of the industry - and its clients - to help refine these findings further.

"The opinions of coaching/mentoring practitioners, academics, trainers, programme managers and other key consumers of coaching and mentoring services are all very important and all of these groups are invited to take part," said project director Pauline Willis.

She added: "Results of this research will support the professionalisation of the coaching and mentoring industry. They will also be of specific practical value to a range of organisations, training providers, universities and professional bodies, both within Europe and internationally who use EMCC research outputs to inform the development of Standards for Coaching and Mentoring practice."

The results of the research will be announced at the EMCC's annual Standards Workshop on June 15 and will also be published in a range of academic and practitioner-focused journals, as well as on the EMCC's website,

This latest tranche of research takes the form of an online survey. EMCC members will be able to access it through the EMCC using their allocated usernames and passwords. Non-members are equally welcome to take part and anyone interested in participating should contact Pauline Willis at

Willis urged: "Anyone wishing to take part should act now as the closing date for completed questionnaires is February 10."

She added: "Any professional coach or mentor completing the questionnaire will also receive a CPD certificate in recognition of the time and effort they have spent. They'll also have the satisfaction of knowing they will have played an important role in shaping the future of the coaching and mentoring industry and may also find that taking part in the research will also be useful in reflecting on their own development agenda."

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