We are in the coaching profession; We represent coaching and coach education and training to the public. Therefore it is our responsibility to use the correct language about who we are. This dictionary clarifies many common terms often misunderstood or misspoken.

This dictionary includes:

  • Coaching Associations. SUN is aligned with (ICF – International Coaching Federation and ACTO – Association of Coach Training Organizations)
  • Roles in Success Unlimited Network (SUN) – Educator/ Trainers, Graduates and Participants and Graduates in our programs, 
  • ICF credential levels of mastery for individuals (ACC, PCC, MCC), and programs (Level 1 – (60 hours – ACC credential path) and Level 2 (125 hours – PCC credential path) and Level 3 (200 Hours – MCC credential path) that are accredited
  • Those who support our continuing development as coaches, mentors, and supervisors)
  • Ethics and law.

International Coaching Federation (ICF), is the world-wide professional coaching organization that awarded accreditation to the SUN 125-hour Coach Training and Certification Program in 2000 and this esteemed accreditation is in force to the present. ICF mission – ICF exists to lead the global advancement of the coaching profession. ICF definition of coaching is: partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

ICF Values are: Professionalism, Collaboration, Humanity and Equity

Association of Coach Training Organizations (ACTO) is a community of professionals who bring coach training to aspiring coaches around the world – to create the future of the coaching profession. ACTO Values are: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, Intellectual Property, Accountability, Transparency, Stakeholder awareness, Ethics and Respect, Cultural awareness and engaged relationships and Fostering a spirit of “coopetition

ROLES in Success Unlimited Network (SUN)

Educators/Trainers instruct about the SUN materials and have completed a 3-year SUN Coach Educator program including being mentored while educating 3 students until they graduate as a Certified SUN Coach. The Educators are the community of support and guidance for SUN. There are different levels in the career ladder of being a SUN Educator depending upon number of years of SUN experience, number of graduates, contribution to the profession and service to the planet, etc. They are in order of seniority: Master SUN Coach Educator, Experienced SUN Coach Educator with at least 8 years SUN educating experience, full SUN Coach Educator and those who are on the path to being a SUN Educator. There are 7 SUN Educators around the globe as of September, 2022 and we offer English, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew and German.

Certified SUN Coaches have graduated from the ICF-accredited 125-hours SUN Coach Education/Training and Certification Program (Level 2) and have been mentored while coaching 3+ clients. Some SUN coaches went through our Advanced SUN Coach program (now being revised as The SUN Path). These coaches already have certification from an ICF accredited program and a PCC credential and want to become part of SUN. The Advanced program takes them through the experience of using our SUN methodology and included mentoring with 3 clients using the SUN mindset and approach. As of January, 2024, SUN has graduated 329 Certified coaches and over 33% hold an ICF credential.

Participants (formerly called CITs Coaches-in-Training) are coaches studying and experiencing any one of the SUN programs: Level 2 (125 hours), Level 1 (60 hours).


Upon graduation from a school or program you receive a certificate. This certificate is given when you have successfully completed our education, including mentoring of your 1st 3 clients. It is a step on the path towards a credential.


A credential is given by an association such as ICF and requires:

  1. Education (Level 1= 60 hours); (Level 2= 125 hours); (Level 3= 200 hours)
  2. Coaching experience (a minimum number of hours coaching clients) ACC=100, PCC = 500, MCC = 2500
  3. Number of clients ACC= 8; PCC = 25; MCC = 35
  4. Mentoring – 10 hours included in the certification
  5. Passing the proctored ICF Credentialing Exam, on-line or in person.  Only taken once

ACC = Associate Certified Coach

PCC =  Professional Certified Coach

MCC = Master Certified Coach

To comply with the education and mentoring requirement, SUN graduates need to provide ICF with your SUN certificate of completion. As part of our curriculum we require that you work with at least 3 clients, so you will have accrued some coaching experience. How much more is up to you.


SUN is an accredited educational organization with two main Programs: Level 1,  a program that meets the ICF professional standards of 60 hours of coach education and Level 2 with 125 hours of coach-specific education. Our Educators, curriculum, methodology, etc. have undergone close scrutiny to ensure that we meet or surpass all standards.


There is another form of ICF approval for education.

CCEU (Continuing Coach Education Unit) credits are awarded to ICF-approved programs with 1-30 hours.

40 hours of CCEUs are required every 3 years to maintain your credential – 24 must be in core competencies of which 3 of must be in Ethics.

COACH MENTORING (included in Level 1 and 2 education)

Mentor Coaching for an ICF Credential consists of coaching, observation and feedback in a collaborative, appreciative and dialogued process based on an observed or recorded coaching meeting to increase the coach’s competency in coaching, in alignment with the ICF Core Competencies.

COACHING SUPERVISION is a collaborative learning practice to continually build the capacity of the coach through reflective dialogue for the benefit of both coaches and clients. It focuses on the development of the coach’s capacity through offering a richer and broader opportunity for support and development. Coaching Supervision creates a safe environment for the coach to share their successes and failures in becoming masterful in the way they work with their clients.

A PROFESSIONAL COACHING RELATIONSHIP includes a contract/agreement defining responsibilities between client and coach (and sponsor if appropriate), such as a 3rd party involved in arranging/paying for services, e.g., a boss or HR Department in business or a parent/surrogate that spans at least 3 months.

CoP = Community of Practice = 10 ICF areas of focus to meet with colleagues who share those interests.


Ethics are rules that identify minimal standards of conduct created by a profession (coaching), credentialing organizations (e.g., ICF), and Professional Membership Organizations (e.g., ICF).

Laws are created, adopted and enforced by governmental bodies (legislators and elected officials) to protect the public by defining who can provide services and have a title.

EIS = Ethical Interpretive Statements are examples and explanations of our Code of Ethics language. The EIS Committee gathers information in between Ethics Code Reviews to stay abreast with cultural variations and real scenarios and recommends its findings to the Code Review Team.

DEIJB = diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, belonging

LGBTQ = lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer

BIPOC = Black, indigenous persons of color