Becoming a viable and transformational professional 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. That being said, what certification 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 Necessary?
This is a point of much debate in the industry. While technically certification isn’t required, it does behoove you as a professional to earn a professional coaching certification.
As the marketplace of coaches grows, certification will serve as a key differentiator between you and other coaching professionals. Investing in a certification training program signals to your clients that you take your work seriously and that you can be trusted.
The Benefits of Certification
With certification comes a number of benefits that can serve you and your clients well. For one, executive coaching is an evolving industry, and certification 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 helps ensure that you have the knowledge and skills, of course, to fulfill your professional obligations in the best ways possible.
Selecting Your Certification Program
One of the questions central to this discussion is pretty straightforward— which certification program should I choose?
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’s 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. 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 Certification Program
As discussed earlier, certification programs can take on many forms. Generally speaking, a certification program that will deliver a solid ROI will include the following:
- One-to-one mentoring with a dedicated coach;
- Teleclass recordings of live coaching sessions, with evaluation of the sessions by highly experienced Mentor coaches;
- Coaching within study buddy groups;
- Residential experiences that include practical and theoretical learning;
- Monthly coaching development webinars;
- And, coaching support groups.
Finally, quality 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 process can be intimidating at first. By doing your due diligence and approaching your certification training with the right knowledge in hand, you can position yourself for a successful and fulfilling career as an Executive Coach. To learn more about certification, get in touch with a specialist today to discuss how a certification program can transform your coaching career.
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