The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the professional body for coaches, which provides a regulatory framework for coaching and coach training programs. The Core Competencies are are an industry sanctioned set of skills and knowledge required to be an effective coach.
The two key ways the competencies are used are:
1. By Coach Training Schools to accredit their programs
Coach training schools can apply to the ICF to have their programs accredited. One of the things they have to demonstrate is that their curriculum maps across the Core Competencies.
2. By the ICF to credential individual coaches
The ICF assesses coaches against the Core Competencies and then awards "designations" At the introductory level you can be designated with an ACC credential (Associate Certified Coach) followed by PCC (Professional Certified Coach) and then MCC (Master Certified Coach)