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Life Coaching Code of Ethics

As a professional Life Coach, I acknowledge and agree to honor my ethical obligations to my coaching clients and colleagues and to the public at large. I pledge to comply with the ICF Code of Ethics, to treat people with dignity as independent and equal human beings, and to model these standards with those whom I coach.

Professional Conduct at Large

I will conduct myself in a manner that reflects positively upon the coaching profession and I will refrain from engaging in conduct or making statements that may negatively impact the public’s understanding or acceptance of coaching as a profession.

I will accurately create, maintain, store, and dispose of any records of work done in relation to the practice of coaching in a way that promotes confidentiality and complies with any applicable laws.

Professional Conduct With Clients

I will construct clear agreements with my clients and will honor all agreements made in the context of professional coaching relationships. 

I will ensure that, prior to or at the initial session, my coaching client understands the nature of coaching, the bounds of confidentiality, financial arrangements and other terms of the coaching agreement.

I will accurately identify my qualifications, expertise, experience, and certification as a coach.

I will not intentionally mislead or make false claims about what my clients will receive from the coaching process or from me as their coach.

I will be alert to indications that the client is no longer benefitting from our coaching relationship, and I will respect the client’s right to terminate coaching at any point during the process. If I believe the client would be better served by another coach, or by another resource, I will encourage the client to make a change.

I will take all reasonable steps to notify the appropriate authorities in the event a client discloses an intention to endanger self or others. 


I will respect the confidentiality of my client’s information, except as otherwise authorized by my client, or as required by law.

I will obtain agreement from my clients before releasing their names as clients or references, or any other client identifying information.