Train To Be A Life Coach
What Training To Become A Life Coach?
When someone is interested in becoming a life coach, the most common question they ask is what training do I need to become a life coach? While it's true that not all life coaches go through specific training, deciding on how much training you would like to have before starting your business can be an important factor.
The good news is with the growing industry of coaching there are many options for those who want to specialize in Life Coaching, and there are also some great online courses available. We've looked into the different types of certification programs out there, their length and price points so you too can make an informed decision about your future as a successful Life Coach!
Types of Training & Certification Options:
Self-study programs do not require classroom time and are typically self-paced. Most courses consist of reading material, tests, certificates, workbooks and/or audio CDs. The length of study can vary depending on how much time is spent each day studying or completing assignments. Although many people enroll in this type of program with the hopes to become a life coach, the main focus is on NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). According to Wikipedia "NLP is an approach to communication, personal development, co-ordination and relationships." NLP training can be beneficial when learning how to communicate with clients during coaching sessions but it's important that you also have an understanding about coaching skills if you want to use them in your business.
Traditional Coaching Certification Programs:
Certified Coach (CC) – There are many coaching certification programs that can be completed online, over the phone or as a classroom course. The length of each program varies and you will be expected to complete several courses and projects before becoming certified. Typically students become certified after completing between 8-12 week training modules where they learn about the coaching model, goal setting and client session planning. During this time you would also create your client manual which clearly outlines information such as fees, business plan and how to set up an appointment schedule. Some coaches find it beneficial to work with a coach while studying for their certification exam in order to gain more clarity on their individual goals. Once you've passed the CC exam you will have the option of joining a professional coaching association – these organizations allow their members to gain referrals from other coaches and attend educational seminars.
Certified Coach Practitioner (CCP) – This is an advanced certification that builds upon the knowledge obtained from completing a Certified Coaches Program. You would be expected to have already been practicing as a life coach for at least 2-3 years before taking this course, and many coaches find it beneficial to complete both the CC and CCP courses together in order to become proficient with all levels and stages of coaching. If you choose to complete both certifications within one year, some schools may offer up to 50% off on tuition costs. Students typically spend 160 hours studying online modules where they learn about ethical considerations, goal setting and focus for advanced clients. They are also required to complete 4-6 practicum hours with an advanced client where they plan and present sessions using the coaching model. Once you've successfully completed all coursework you will need to pass a comprehensive exam in order to become certified. The CCP professional designation is recognized within the International Coach Federation (ICF) as well as other coaching organizations around the world.
Master Certified Coach (MCC) – This program was created by the International Coach Federation (ICF) to help students develop their coaching skills at a more advanced level than the CC or CCP courses already offer, especially if you want to take your career as a Life Coach into Master Coaching levels. You would typically need to already be practicing as a coach and be able to present several years of experience before applying for this course. The curriculum includes advanced training in life coaching theory, models and philosophies as well as written, oral and practical assessments. Once you've completed the program you will need to write a Master Coaching Project (MCP), where you create your own personal breakthroughs based on what you've learned during your studies – these can then be presented to potential clients.
There are many benefits that come with becoming a Life Coach – the career provides endless opportunities for people who are passionate about helping others reach their highest potential, and the variety of different coaching models enables Life Coaches to gain clients in all areas of life.
If you want to become a Certified Coach there are several advantages that come with pursuing training online instead of entering an in-person course – firstly, you can work around your own schedule so you don't have to give up time outside of work or family responsibilities. Secondly, most schools offer flexible payment plans so certification won't cost as much as it would if you were paying for all courses upfront. A third advantage is that some schools offer coaching clinic hours where students can learn how to set up client sessions and complete mock assessments under professional supervision – this will help them decide whether coaching is for them.