The mission of the ICCSB is to promote excellence in coaching by validating specialized knowledge through offering a proven process for individuals to become Board Certified in their area of specialty. 

The International Coaching Certification Standards Board was formed to offer a formal accreditation process for coach training programs focusing on a specialized area of coaching, and created the Board Certification for coaches.

The ICCSB merged with the National Society of Executive & Business Coaches. The NSEBC began board certification of business and executive coaches in 1989 the first to offer board certification for coaches. 

The ICCSB increased the board certification to 5 areas of specialties and expanded that to 11 areas of specialties by 2014. The area of specialties will continue to grow as more accredited coaching programs expand.