About competency frameworks and Updates about SN/K-258 Norsk Standard for Coaching

As you all know, the Competencies standard was published earlier this year and now the time has come for the next standard. The webinar will be conducted in Norwegian as the standard has only a Norwegian version.

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Thursday 2 March 2023 17:00 – 18:30 Central European time

The Evolution of Mentoring – a snapshot in time (and Canada)

with Doug Lawrence, TalentC®

Through a common friend, I first met Doug in Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada) where he lives and has worked as officer at the HQ of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Before Regina, he worked and lived in far-away First Nations indigenous communities.

He now runs TalentC ® a mentoring services and training company that cooperates with Sir Richard Branson’s Caribbean program and American Corporate Partners.

For more background: https://speakerscanada.com/keynote-speaker/doug-lawrence/

Doug will cover:

1) How it is to work with indigenous people: where mentoring has been used, the results and benefits, and how partnerships work;

2) Mentoring in Canada: where it was, where it is, and where it needs to be;

3) Trends in business: value/outcome of mentoring, customized mentoring programs, mentoring HR about mental health and more. Plus, he will talk about the need for competence frameworks, his own journey to certification, and how he uses different approaches to reach a many as possible (incl. podcasts).  

About the Mentoring Series

It was our ambition to have 10 great speakers in the Mentoring Series and Doug fits that ambition perfectly. After this we will have 3 more, ending with how to combine mentoring projects with tacit knowledge management beginning of September from the https://go-tkm.org conference. I’m on the expert group and will be joined by Fisher Yu from China and possibly others.

All webinars are available to EMCC members.

After three long years and a few conflicting interests, the first standard in Norwegian Standard for Coaching was approved by Standard Norway and is now available to the general public from https://www.standard.no/nettbutikk/sokeresultater/?search=NS11251

An English version will be available during February.

In all of this, I want to salute Standards Norway for putting up money when ours was gone; and in particular Thomas Oscar-Andersen for his professional and hard work on our behalf!

What happens next?

The Delivery standard is well underway and expected to be out for hearing during March. We do not expect controversies, but it a) builds on a similar Italian standard, b) has ISO 20700 Services as a reference for deeper specifications, and c) it must specify an overall contract framework as well as guide individual coach-coachee contracting. We also wanted to simplify the overall standard such that individual contracts can either be standalone or part of a larger set of contracts.

Our aim was to make the standard easy to use, practice-based, and applicable to writing invitations to tender and not just contracting – this we believe will make the standard more useful and accepted. Users, not lawyers should be in the driving seat of the contents of coaching assignments.

Some legal questions will remain outside of the standard, as in Norway, consumer protection exists for products but not for services. The standard is being written to cater for issues of jurisdiction as many of us work with contracts that are not at home in Norway.

The Certification standard is underway and could reach public hearing before Summer. It will stipulate conditions for two possible certification paths: (1) taken independently with an organisation authorised by Norwegian authorities, or (2) taken through a coaching school that has authority delegated from the first.

The Training standard will stipulate conditions such as faculty, procedures, audits, examiners, and documentation for such courses.

The idea of standardising contents has been abandoned as an impossible task (pending formal decision to change the mandate). This could instead be compensated by two features, that will probably be enough:

  1. The Competencies standard requires 30 ects credits or 1/2 year full-time study including self-study – which brings it in line with a basic bachelor course or vocational training. In Norway, it is expected that many such courses will seek approval from NOKUT and the necessary staff and audits are then under control.
  2. We were asked to provide examples of evidence-based literature as an appendix to Competencies. We have therefore assembled reading lists from coaching schools and organisations, mainly textbooks; this can be used for independent study and preparation for certification.

International and ISO

The English version of the Competencies standard will undoubtedly be considered outside of Norway, as will the Delivery standard. But the whole set of standards has been supported already by ICF and EMCC, which makes it likely that there is enough interest to continue towards a global standard with ISO.

Interest in the standards have so far come from many countries – the result of ISO will then be translated into a new version of the standard that Norway must adopt. In any case, it now seems we have achieved something that in 2021 looked like doomed to failure, again.

In practice, this means that the Norwegian Standard for Coaching will be presented to ISO together with the Italian Delivery standard for further work. Standards Norway will most probably be asked to staff the ISO secretariat and as far as I know, they are ready to do so.

Time to celebrate!

After more than 2 years of working groups, discussions, and committee meetings, one failed attempt, and almost running out of money…finally, the Competencies standard has been released for public consultation. Here is the official link (Norwegian website): http://enquiry.standard.no/Home/Details/10609

Deadline for the hearing is 10 September 2022, so join the EMCC consultation and get the documentation now!

We want your feedback!

The recordings and documents from 02 July (Saturday) are now available by registering with the link above. You will also hear about the positioning for all four standards (Competencies, Certification, Training and Delivery).

We will answer questions and take notes in the 29 July (Friday) and 26 August (Friday) workshops. To make the most of our time,  please submit questions (and brief comments, if any) to standards@emccnorge.no before the meeting. We welcome all input, but if you’re an EMCC member, please add «[EMCC member]» in the subject line. This way we can better sort comments for a Joint EMCC Norway & Global report.

You have 3 ways to input comments formally:

  1. Directly. Go to the official website where you can also comment (you must create an account);
  2. Via EMCC: Attend a workshop and use the chat (we’ll extract from the chat log);
  3. Via EMCC: Send comments to standards@emccnorge.no

Register your participation now!

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Welcome to the Annual Meeting 25. May 18.00-20.00 on Zoom. We have sent the links to the above documents + the zoom link to all registered members. Contact us if you cannot find it.

Also on the agenda is our plan to use English for events and documents going forward. 

The AGM will be immediately followed by a webinar about the new Competencies Standard that has now been completed for public hearings. The hearing is not restricted to Norway, so we will translate to English and discuss broadly within EMCC Global.

Members of EMCC Norway are invited to comment by public hearing. More about this during the webinar. The plan is to have two further standards done by the Summer, namely Certification and Delivery. Paul will have more information about this. Expected to end by 20.00. Same link as the AGM.

If you plan to attend and get access to the recordings, please register here by choosing EventAGM2022.

Want to become globally recognised as coach+mentor?

EMCC Global 5-day challenge 07-11 Feb 2022

Yes, this is me, but I want to know more

This is an online workshop that meets each day for one hour, with enough personal guidance to help you write the documents you need for accreditation. If you’re certified already by e.g. ICF or have attende one of the EMCC EQA accredited courses, you may even qualify for fast-track (less documentation).

Briefly stated you have enough (or almost enough) hours of practice as mentor and/or coach; have had supervision (we can help you catch up with you hours), and have learnt and used relevant models/methods. What you now need is help to write documentation. We are committed to a high quality standard and the EU framework for Life-long Learning (EQF-LL and the Bologna process) – so we cannot dispense with documentation. What we can do is help you document prove your level of expertise. If you’re not done within the 5 days, you’ll know exactly how to finish.

An EMCC accreditation is perfect for those of us who are both coaches, mentors and trusted advisors, depending on the needs of our clients.

This is a particularly exciting offer if you are at Senior Practitioner level with training from ICF, have executive coaching courses or credits from a university. Lots of coaches come from a background in psychotherapy or coaching psychology – if that’s you, membership and accreditation in EMCC will feel like coming home (they say).

Are you only 5 days away from a highly recognised designation? Click here and dig into it.

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You’re invited to a unique briefing about coaching competencies!

I need to record course modules for the new Green Mentoring™ courses and invite you to attend the recordings for free. Due to a global audience, slides and presentations will be in English. Q&A will be edited out. You will receive Zoom links the day before the first recording.

The Norwegian Standard for Coaching is taking form so I’m including an overview.


Monday 15 Nov:  Comparing coaching, mentoring, therapy and consulting as processes. What is similar, what is different, and how do practitioners present knowledge as useful suggestions and perspectives (hint: it’s easy)? Followed by Q&A.

Tuesday 16 Nov: 4 different frameworks: ICF 2019, EMCC, Coaching Psychology and the new Norwegian Standard for Coaching, which will be proposed to ISO for global use. Followed by Q&A.

Wednesday 17 Nov: Clinical issues, ethics, how to use supervision for development and to protect yourself . How can you ethically meet with the unexpected and when to seek supervision? Using the diagnostic manuals, I will discuss the red flags and symptoms you need to respect  – it’s perhaps not what you think?


P.S. There is no nonsense or neuro-babble in these presentations. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Only days after releasing an updated definition of Supervision, and to coincide with the EMCC Global 4th Mentoring Conference, EMCC Global has the same for Mentoring!buff.ly/3nXn4kb
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– EMCC Global (@EMCCglobal)07:00 – Oct 29, 2021


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As many of you know, I am a registered clinical psychologist with HCPC UK in addition to EIA Master Practitioner and Supervisor with EMCC Global. The below is what supervision in clinical settings looks like. The short-link below lead to a collection of reports, standards and reflection on what supervision is and how it benefits you and your client.


You may look me up as ‘practitioner psychologist’ on https://hcpc-uk.org and on https://www.bps.org.uk/lists/rapps BPS Register for Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors. /All the best from Dr Paul O Olson, HCPC Reg, CPsychol, EuroPsy Reg and Clinical supervisor


Reflect, discuss, develop: the benefits of supervision



Whether you are providing or receiving supervision, it’s important that you’re able to do this safely, effectively and in a way that enables you to meet your intended learning objectives.


With this in mind, we have launched new web materials on supervision. These outline the benefits and outcomes supervision can have for your professional development, including top tips on how you can approach this in your practice.