Becoming a professional life coach requires some serious thinking upfront. You need to consider how such a career can play to your strengths and about your motivations for getting into this line of work. Once you have considered these important factors, you need to handle some crucial logistics, including certification and accreditation. That being said, what certification and accreditation is right for you and which one will best serve you and your clients in the long run? Let’s run through some questions and specifics.
Is Certification and Accreditation Necessary?
This is a point of much debate in the coaching industry. While technically certification and accreditation isn’t required, it does display you as a professional to earn a professional coaching certification and be accredited with:
The International Authority for Professional Coaching & Mentoring (IAPC&M)
International Coach Federation (ICF)
Institute for Leadership and Management (ILM)
The International Regulator of Coaching & Mentoring (IRCM)
As the marketplace of coaches grows, certification and accreditation will serve as a key differentiator between you and other coaching professionals. Investing in a certified life coach training program signals to your clients that you take your work seriously and that you can be trusted.
The Benefits of Certification and Accreditation
With certification and accreditation comes a number of benefits that can serve you and your clients well. For one, life and executive coaching are evolving industries, and certification and accreditation keeps you on top of the latest developments and protocols. What’s more, it plugs you into a community of professionals with whom you can discuss and explore newer developments as they appear in the industry. This places you in the best position possible to keep up as the industry evolves. Finally, certification and accreditation helps ensure that you have the knowledge and skills, of course, to fulfill your professional obligations in the best ways possible.
Selecting Your Certified Life Coach Training Program
One of the questions central to this discussion is pretty straightforward— is the life coach training program you are looking to train with for your certification, accredited with an industry accreditation body?
Your options vary, and they can vary pretty widely. When weighing your options, consider the following:
- The ethos/focus of the program, including its vision statement
- The structure and curriculum of its program
- The level of personal involvement (e.g., one-on-one guidance, etc.)
- The school or companies accreditation
The accreditation of the school is of particular importance. Given that the coaching industry is in its infancy, these institutions serve as guideposts, signaling that institutions are taking part in a detailed conversation about process and protocols in the world of coaching. Again, and we cannot stress this enough: accreditations from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) The International Authority for Professional Coaching and Mentoring (IAPCM), and the International Coach Federation (ICF) are ways in which you can confirm the quality and validity of a program.
The Structure of a Certified Life Coach Training Program
As discussed earlier, certification programs can take on many forms. Generally speaking, a certification program that will include the following:
- Online program and course books;
- One-to-one mentoring with an accredited coach;
- Webinars or Teleclass recordings of live coaching sessions, with evaluation of the sessions by highly experienced Mentor coaches;
- Coaching within study buddy groups;
- Residential experience that include practical and theoretical learning;
- Monthly coaching development webinars;
- And, coaching support groups.
Finally, quality life coach training programs involve ongoing, post-graduate support that provides you with knowledge, room to grow and learn, and resources as your career moves forward.
Understanding the certification and accreditation process can be intimidating at first. By doing your due diligence and approaching your certification and accreditation with the right knowledge in hand, you can position yourself for a successful and fulfilling career as a Life, Executive & Team Coach. To learn more about certification or accreditation, get in touch with us today so we can help you.
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