Professional and Ethical Agreements


Certified Professionals and those seeking certification are required to uphold our Professional and Ethical Agreements and engage in the corresponding Accountability Process.

These standards set IDC professionals apart as industry leaders in both integrity and artistry. Further, this process enhances the value of certification by illustrating to the public and industry that those certified with IDC are to abide by these Agreements in order to maintain their status with IDC. 

If you feel that you have experienced a violation in these agreements from anyone who holds an active or pending certification with IDC or who is actively seeking certification with IDC, please see the instructions for submitting a complaint below.  

Submit a Report

The Professional and Ethical Agreements

  1. IDC Certified Professionals have an obligation to their profession to uphold the high ideals and level of professional knowledge as evidenced by the Certificate held. In alignment with the IDC Mission and Vision, they should also encourage the dissemination of knowledge pertaining to creating a culture of consent.  

  2. IDC Certified Professionals must not engage in any conduct or commit any act which is a discredit to the reputation or integrity of IDC or the intimacy direction/coordination profession.

  3. IDC Certified Professionals have an obligation to serve the interests of both their employers and the artists whose safety is their responsibility, and must conduct themselves with respect, honesty, and integrity. 

  4. IDC Certified Professionals are prohibited from engaging in harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law, and must appropriately manage their own bias. 

    1. Discriminatory behavior includes unjust or prejudicial treatment, microaggressions, undue expectations of labor, or any other behavior that causes harm. 

    2. Harassing conduct includes epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; denigrating jokes; and written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group that is shared in-person, by email, phone (including voice messages), text messages, social networking sites or other means. 

  5. IDC Certified Professionals cannot have sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, or reported to have been involved in any non-consensual activity at any point in their life.

    1. Sexual harassment may include unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors; sexual jokes and innuendo; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies; leering, whistling or touching; insulting or obscene comments or gestures; display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; and other physical, verbal or visual conduct of a sexual nature. 

  6. IDC Certified Professionals may not begin a sexual or romantic relationship with an individual they are working with until their contract or project is entirely over. This includes Teacher/Participant, Certified Professional and Clients (cast member, company members, etc.), and any time the IDC Certified Professional has a responsibility for the safety of an individual. 

  7. IDC Certified Professionals may not be intoxicated in any way while working. 

  8. IDC Certified Professionals may not misrepresent their legal ability to work on any project.

  9. IDC Certified Professionals may not misuse, inappropriately share or discuss with outside parties explicitly confidential and proprietary information or communications given by IDC to the certified professional community.

  10. IDC Certified Professionals may not retaliate against any individual who reports a violation of the Professional and Ethical Agreements or participates in an investigation of such reports.

Reporting a Complaint

IDC upholds high standards in artistry and safety within this industry. IDC takes all reports of harassment, violence, and/or discrimination incredibly seriously. If you or someone you know has been subjected to harassment, violence, and/or discrimination by a staff member, anyone who is certified by IDC, or anyone pursuing certification with IDC, you are encouraged to report it. IDC is committed to non-retaliation for filing a complaint. IDC has two options for reporting. 


Option 1: Reporting Form for Harassment and Discrimination. This would be an option if you do not wish to engage in the full accountability process or feel it doesn't reach the level of a violation of the Professional and Ethical Agreements, but still want to elevate an incident. This form can also be used if you are unsure of the individual’s status with IDC.

This form allows for the option to remain anonymous but that does limit our ability to take action if needed. Please Note: IDC is unable to take punitive action based solely on anonymous reports. Anonymous reports will be retained for record-keeping purposes only.

All candidates for certification with IDC are required to complete a full background check, including a criminal background check as well as review of IDC internal records and reports. Anything submitted in this form is considered in an internal background check before a trainee is eligible for certification to help us vet candidates.


Option 2: In addition to a full background check, Certified Professionals and those seeking certification are required to uphold our Professional and Ethical Agreements (see above) and engage in the corresponding Accountability Process. We recommend reviewing that process as it does come with a higher level of involvement in the process from all parties. The Professional and Ethical Agreements is a means of more deeply reviewing a report and following the Accountability Process as an actionable step.  

If IDC becomes aware of a pattern of behavior or multiple reports regardless of whether they have been reported through the Professional and Ethical Agreements reporting structure, we may elect to engage that process ourselves. 

As appropriate, and under advisement of legal council, IDC will investigate this concern and contact any necessary authorities under legal obligation. 


Last Updated: 3/13/24