ICCI: A Brief History

ICCI has evolved since its founding in 1994 to reflect the focus of practitioners and clients today. Founded as The International Board for Career Management Certification, the certification body represented a desire for the then unregulated outplacement industry to assure organizational and individual clients that that services were of high ethical and professional quality.  As the career management profession has adapted to meet clients’ needs, the ICCI has expanded its certification criteria through updating competencies and ethical standards to assure that certified practitioners represent excellence and ethics in all aspects of their career development and management services.

ICC International certification is distinguished and unique in that it utilizes a portfolio review process based on the practitioner’s education, experience, competence and adherence to ethical standards.

It represents international service standards and competencies for career management professionals who may be located anywhere in the world. Many applicants are members of ACF International or ACP International, but membership in other career services organizations is not required for certification. They may be independent service providers or employees within government, the private sector, educational institutions or agencies. The Institute examines the competencies, experience and education of applicants who work in the career field, and it operates within the broad description of career professionals as defined by the Areas of Specialties.

Since its inception, the Institute has operated as a not for profit institute completely separate from training and membership organizations.  It is a stand-alone body managed by its independent Board of Governors, working towards the goal of maintaining and improving standards of practice that consumers can trust. 

The original standards which were based on 20th Century criteria were  revised and expanded beyond outplacement to reflect the growing diversity of career management and career coaching practices. See current Career Management Competencies.  In 2010 the Board of Governors instituted a four-year certification update policy for all ICCI Certificants that assures the buying public that their providers are up to date and continue to learn, contribute and adhere to the highest industry standards.


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