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Qualifications for Business Coaches
Candidates and holders of this credential only
Type of Qualification:
Degree: Graduate degree*
Level of Qualification:
Name of Qualification:
Doctor in Professional Studies (Business Coaching)
November 30, 2011
Open | Accepting applicants
WABC's Commitment to Excellence
The Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC) is the first global professional association representing the business coaching industry. Since its inception in 1997, WABC has dedicated itself to raising the profile of business coaching—still an emerging profession—and to differentiating it from coaching in general.
How? Through our principled approach of engaging in disciplined self-regulatory activities to increase public trust in our industry worldwide as it develops. We've identified our emerging profession. We've conducted groundbreaking investigations into what defines a competent business coach. We've further defined and standardized the activities and competencies of business coaching.
The results? WABC has done more than any other organization to identify the tasks, qualities and skills of the business coach. WABC's activities set the gold standard for business coaching and help decision-makers around the world when they screen, hire, train and evaluate business coaches.
The Doctorate in Professional Studies (Business Coaching) is a logical step in WABC efforts to continually raise the profile of business coaching. The first doctoral program designed specifically for business coaches, this DProf offers one of the richest learning experiences you’ll encounter outside your professional practice.
About the DProf
The Doctor in Professional Studies (Business Coaching) is the professional equivalent of a PhD. It involves the same assessment methods and criteria as a PhD, and graduates of both programs can call themselves "Dr," but there are some key distinctions. Unlike the PhD, the DProf in Business Coaching focuses on practice-related research. It places business coaches and their practice at the center of the research project, enabling candidates to undertake research that's unique to them and their work environment.
The DProf in Business Coaching is for senior business coaches who bring the highest level of professionalism and critical analysis to their practice.
Purpose of Qualification
The Doctor in Professional Studies (Business Coaching):
- Sets global academic standards for senior business coaches through a doctoral degree, and clearly identifies these standards for buyers of business coaching
- Provides a fully accredited, rigorous assessment process that recognizes education, professional development and research in business coaching at the doctoral level
- Promotes the highest-caliber research and leadership in business coaching practice for the benefit of the public and coaching clients
- Contributes to the definition, development and self-regulation of the business coaching profession
Type of Qualification
The DProf is a fully accredited doctoral degree.
The DProf in Business Coaching is offered and awarded by Middlesex University, based in the UK.
There are no residency requirements for this degree program.
How to Earn the DProf
You are an ideal candidate for the doctorate if you actively practice as a senior professional business coach, creating and adapting innovative practices to meet the needs of a varied client base. Specifically, you must meet these requirements:
- Be a WABC Full Member in good standing;
- Have at least five years of business coaching experience (external or internal coaching or a combination of both);
- Hold WABC's ChBC, the Master of Arts in Professional Development (Business Coaching) or equivalent experience, training and qualifications;
- Pass an admittance interview with a senior faculty member; and
- Successfully complete the Doctorate in Professional Studies (Business Coaching) program.
How to Maintain the DProf
There are no requirements to maintain this degree.
How to List the DProf
Candidates in this program may list their candidacy as DProf Candidate or DProf in Business Coaching Candidate.
Market Your DProf: Keeping in mind the listing guidelines above for candidates, here's some general guidance on how to reference your DProf in your materials (e.g., marketing and promotional material, résumés) when you wish to provide a fuller description of this degree that includes recognition of WABC who brought you this opportunity:
[Name] is a DProf Candidate or DProf in Business Coaching Candidate in the Doctor in Professional Studies (Business Coaching) program offered by Middlesex University (United Kingdom) in partnership with the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC).
Graduates of this program may list the degree in full as Doctor in Professional Studies (Business Coaching). They may list it by initials as DProf or DProf in Business Coaching. Graduates may also use the title "Dr" with their name.
Market Your DProf: Keeping in mind the listing guidelines above for graduates, here's some general guidance on ways to reference your DProf in your materials (e.g., marketing and promotional material, résumés) when you wish to provide a fuller description of this degree that includes recognition of WABC who brought you this opportunity:
[Name], DProf or DProf in Business Coaching, is a graduate of the Doctor in Professional Studies (Business Coaching) program offered by Middlesex University (United Kingdom) in partnership with the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC).
Dr [Name] is a graduate of the Doctor in Professional Studies (Business Coaching) program offered by Middlesex University (United Kingdom) in partnership with the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC).
Please Note: WABC members who hold any educational degrees, or any professional designations from organizations other than WABC, must have these credentials (now and in the future) verified by WABC if they wish to list them in any materials that display WABC trademarks (e.g., WABC name, logo, designations). This requirement applies to members' own materials (e.g., marketing and promotional material, résumés, business cards, website, email signature block) that contain WABC trademarks as well as to WABC materials (e.g., website, member correspondence). For full details, refer to our Use of Designations Policy, Trademarks and Logo Use Policy and Logos and Guidelines.
What's Your Next Step?
Learn more. Get more details in the DProf in Business Coaching brochure.
Get in touch. Contact WABC.
All universities in the UK are accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Middlesex University is regularly assessed by this body and must carefully monitor and manage the standards of all its departments, programs and courses.
*Is Middlesex University accredited?
Yes. Based in the United Kingdom, Middlesex University was created through the amalgamation of a number of long-established colleges. It has approximately 22,000 candidates studying on campus and around the world, and 2500 staff. Middlesex is the largest provider of programs for global candidates in the UK.
You can view the QAA review and audit reports on the QAA website.
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WABC and Middlesex University reserve all rights in connection with the Doctor in Professional Studies (Business Coaching) degree, including the right to change the requirements of the doctorate and to replace the doctorate.