WABC Global Standard:
Qualifications for Business Coaches
Candidates and holders of this credential only
Type of Qualification:
Level of Qualification:
Name of Qualification:
Registered Corporate Coach (RCC)
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 Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) designation is a global credential intended for those professionals with limited previous experience with formal focused training in coaching skills or with some experience that they wish to consolidate fully with best practice. We identify practice in this context to be the application of technical skills within common scenarios while working with clients on their skills and competencies.
Business coaches at this level may be senior managers wishing to engage with leadership coaching, those moving to a development role within their organization or to freelance work as a business coach, or internal coaches developing their practice, or external consultants wishing to enhance their coaching offer. They will often be operating within specific industries or disciplines (e.g., IT, business development) and to a fixed agenda that's directly related to business outcomes.
Purpose of Qualification
- Sets global standards for those with limited previous experience with formal focused training in business coaching skills or with some experience that they wish to consolidate fully with best practice, and clearly identifies these standards for buyers of business coaching
- Provides an independent, robust, transparent assessment process that recognizes appropriate education for practitioner business coaches at this level
- Contributes to the definition, development and self-regulation of the business coaching profession
Type of Qualification
RCC is an independent, evidence-based designation (no prerequisite credential required**).
RCC is awarded by WABC, headquartered in Canada.
Benefits of RCC
Three top benefits of RCC:
#1—RCC is an evidence-based qualification
RCC is the product of rigorous research, development and testing. As an evidence-based designation, RCC is guided by relevant global standards developed by WABC through extensive study and industry consultation. The WABC standards undergo a comprehensive annual review to ensure that they stay relevant and continue to set the highest global standards for business coaches at this level.
#2—RCC is business coaching focused
RCC designation, and the training leading to it, are built around a coaching-specific curriculum that's current, rigorous and based on thoroughly researched business coaching competencies. RCC signifies that you've gone beyond general coach training to build the specialized competencies and skills of a business coach.
#3—RCC is publicly valued
Standards-based designations like RCC help establish business coaching as a profession worthy of public respect and trust. RCC tells the marketplace that business coaching professionalism and excellence matter to you, and in this way you'll boost the prestige and professionalism of your practice and advance the credibility of the industry.
Routes to RCC
WABC Accredited (Level 1 - RCC) Programs - Available
Level 1 programs are those suitable for RCC. (Learn more about WABC Accredited programs in the “More Information” section below.)
Independent Portfolio - Not Available
This route is intended for those professionals who seek to engage in an independent approach rather than through a formal WABC Accredited program. This route is not currently available for RCC.
How to Earn RCC
You are an ideal candidate for RCC if you have significant business or professional experience, and if you can work independently, grasp complicated concepts easily and draw on personal experiences to deliver practical applications. Specifically, you must meet these requirements:
- Pass a screening interview with a WABC Accredited (Level 1 - RCC) program instructor;
- Successfully complete a WABC Accredited (Level 1 - RCC) program; and
- Be a current WABC member in good standing*** (the minimum membership level required for RCC is currently WABC Affiliate Membership) (you have one year from the date you graduated from the WABC Accredited (Level 1 - RCC) program to become a member).
- It's very common for candidates to join WABC during the program. If you have joined during your program and then allow your WABC membership to expire before you complete the program, you will be asked to rejoin WABC and pay the applicable new member fees before receiving the designation.
- If the Level 1 program you completed was recently accredited by WABC, check with your program instructor or WABC for more details about your eligibility for RCC.
How to Maintain RCC
There are no requirements to maintain RCC. Therefore, RCC cannot be revoked.
How to List RCC
Current holders may list this WABC designation in full as follows: Registered Corporate Coach™ or as initials without periods as follows: RCC™ or both ways as follows: Registered Corporate Coach™ (RCC™).
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 about the WABC Accredited (Level 1 - RCC) programs available.
Get in touch. Contact WABC.
**What do you mean when you say "no prerequisite credential required?"
*What is unique about RCC designation?
Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) is intended for those professionals who have limited previous experience with formal focused training in coaching skills or have some experience that they wish to consolidate fully with best practice. While not as rigorous as a certified designation, RCC offers the benefits of a business coaching designation based on life and business experience. For those wishing to further develop and expand their business coaching skills and services, WABC also offers certified designations at three levels: CBC, CMBC and ChBC.
This means you do not have to possess other WABC or non-WABC credentials in order to pursue RCC. Instead, you need to meet the requirements as explained in the "How to Earn RCC" section above. This further speaks to another unique aspect of WABC's suite of designations for business coaches—coaches can seek to earn the designation(s) that is right for them at any point in their careers.
What are WABC Accredited programs?
WABC provides program accreditation for qualified third-party programs. For programs to become accredited by WABC, they must successfully pass WABC's rigorous program accreditation process including review and assessment by independent Accreditation Decision Boards. Learn even more about WABC Accredited.
Other WABC programs
Qualifications for Business Coaches
WABC reserves all rights in connection with the Registered Corporate Coach™ (RCC™) designation, including the right to change the requirements of RCC designation, and to replace RCC designation.