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.

Register here:

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:

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 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

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):

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 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

Register your participation now!

Here is the annual report from 2021. This was also sent out to you in advance of the annual general meeting. It is in Norwegian, but easily translated in google translate for those who wish to read through in English. Future documents will all be written in English as promised.

As previously mentioned both here and on newsletter mail, Mariann will hold a webinar at 18.00 today! Zoom link has been sent to all members so check your inbox for more details.

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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.

As we now become more and more people who receive an accreditation, it is important to take into account that it must be maintained, and this is done via Supervision. Fortunately, we have members who are accredited/approved as Supervisors (Mariann Marthinussen and Paul O Olson)..

We will have a webinar about this with Mariann Marthinussen on June 1, at 18.00-19.00 at Zoom. Save the date. Members will automatically be forwardet a zoom link for the event.

This is for all those who are interested in accreditation or who are already accredited.

We are pleased to share with you the updated EMCC Global Guidelines for Supervision.

  • What is supervision?
  • Why is supervision important?
  • What kinds of supervision are there?
  • How much supervision do I need?
  • How may I find a supervisor?
  • How should I select a supervisor?
  • How may I train as a supervisor?
  • How may I gain accreditation as a supervisor?
  • What are the core competences of a supervisor?

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.