Benchmark leads way in training coaches
() - April 26, 2010 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - There is a growing need for professionally trained and credentialed coaches as more people experience the power of coaching. 

In the first worldwide survey conducted by the International Coach Federation (ICF), the leading global organization for coaches, over 2,000 coaching clients from 64 countries attested to have gained a solid return on investment and positive changes in both individual and organizational goal areas as a result of partnering with a professional coach.

Moreover, the study revealed that respondents greatly emphasize on the coach-specific training, credentials and certification of a coach because they recognize the significant role coaches play in helping them achieve their highest goals and potentials.

However, there are very few formally trained and certified coaches in the country. Perhaps one of the reasons that hindered hopeful coaches was the expensive cost of education, training and accreditation previously available only in countries like the US.

This scenario has changed since Benchmark Consulting was set up by managing director Julius Ordoñez, the pioneer of professional coaching in the Philippines based on ICF standards and founder of the ICF Philippine chapter.

A leading coaching, training and consulting company to date, Benchmark is the only company offering ICF-approved coaching programs to help aspiring coaches gain essential knowledge, skills, and hands-on training. 

Among these are Accelerated Coach Training Program (ACTP) and Coaching For Success, which enable aspiring coaches fulfill the education requirement, mentor training and coaching experience needed for ICF-accreditation.

On May 17-21, Benchmark will kick off this year’s first ACTP. Suitable for those who seriously want to get into the coaching profession, Benchmark’s ACTP is a four-month learning journey that immerses participants into the art and science of coaching.

This course harps on internalizing and mastering the ICF core competencies and code of ethics as well as embracing coaching as a way of life.  

ACTP has three phases. The first is a five-day intensive workshop designed to provide understanding about the principles, skills and approaches used within today’s coaching profession.

It also elaborates on human behavior and needs, coaching and the Filipino culture, personal effectiveness, managing emotions, achieving work-life integration and other insightful topics. 

The second phase jumpstarts participants’ coaching practice with actual interface with a coaching client (coachee). During the process, participants also go through one-on-one coaching and mentoring with Benchmark.

This training and practicum runs three months, giving participants ample opportunity to build and develop aptitude in bringing out the innermost potential of everyone they coach. 

The last phase is a two-day workshop to hardwire their learning and translate their know-how into competence.

In all its coaching and training programs, Benchmark utilizes engaging and non-traditional training styles which are crucial in the impact and success of the programs Benchmark conducts for its eminent roster of clients, which include ABS-CBN, World Bank, Citibank, Nestlé, Petron Corp., Monde Nissin, Philip Morris, Avon, Abbot Laboratories, and Philam Life. 

Those interested in Benchmark’s ACTP may call 812-7177 and 812-3277, e-mail at or visit

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