What is a Coaching Contract?

A Coaching Contract protects all parties from misunderstandings, unprofessional and undignified conduct. It sets out the professional and ethical expectations of a coach, and their expectations of the client. A contract needs to be agreed, understood and entered into in a positive spirit by all parties.

A typical contract will include;

  • location, frequency and length of session.
  • Goals, roles and accountability of each party.
  • Legal and financial aspects, such as payment terms and cancellation fees and how either party may withdraw from the coaching arrangement.
  • Review dates, with agreed measurements and timescales.
  • A Coaching Code of Ethics should be made clear to the client.

The ultimate aim of a contract is to pave the way for a rich, highly rewarding learning experience, where all parties see the end results-one where communication and openness are a common thread throughout.

refs; Passmore and Van Nieuwerburgh

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