Tilburg, Netherlands, December 05, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC) has awarded Ton de Graaf of the Netherlands, the prestigious Chartered Business Coach designation. This international credential, the first ever chartered-status designation for business coaches and the industry’s most advanced credential, is reserved for the world’s most senior coaches. Chartered Business Coaches have completed the WABC Accredited (Chartered Level) program and have achieved a record of excellence and leadership in their field.
Chartered Business Coach is the third and highest level in WABC’s three-tiered certification program for business coaches. Certified credentials, the most rigorous type available to individual professionals, are based on strict guidelines—they require validation, must be renewed and can be revoked if necessary.
Wendy Johnson, WABC president and chief executive officer, comments, “The Chartered Business Coach designation is as good as it gets. This credential singles out the world’s top business coaches, the ones who have the most experience, skills and training. A Chartered Business Coach is at the pinnacle of our emerging profession—a leader, an influencer, an example to us all.”
Ton de Graaf is the founder and president of Quest Coaching Netherlands, a Dutch company that has specialized in Business and Executive coaching. Quest Coaching also focuses on the "people" side of business, providing developmental coaching, consulting and management training. Clients have included the Fortune 100 companies and Global 500 companies.
“Business and executive coaching is the perfect avenue for what I do best – working one-on-one with people in a supportive, goal-directed professional relationship.”
Business coaching, which includes niches such as corporate and executive coaching, is one of the fastest-growing professional services in the world. WABC has represented business coaches and their clients since 1997, and is the first international association dedicated exclusively to the industry. Says Ms. Johnson, “Our goals at WABC are to set the highest international standards for business coaches, to create a lifelong ladder of learning for our members, and to build and maintain public trust in our industry. Offering rigorous professional designations for business coaches satisfies all of these goals.”
The Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC) is the first international professional association dedicated exclusively to business coaching and the only association of its kind to require advanced qualifications for membership. WABC’s mandate is to develop, advance and promote the emerging profession of business coaching worldwide.
Since it was founded in 1997, WABC has seen its membership grow steadily. The hundreds of internal and external coaches who belong to WABC work with entrepreneurs, managers, CEOs, presidents and business professionals from all industries in the public, private and non-profit sectors. WABC members come from over 20 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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