Thinking about becoming a Certified Life Coach? It can be overwhelming to know where to start and what information you need to choose the best program for you. These four steps will save you hours of research, help you find the best programs out there and provide you with the clarity you need to make your final decision.
Choose an ICF Accredited Program
It can be confusing to see all the different paths and options for coaching certifications. You don’t want to sign up for something and find out you missed a component you needed to get where you want to go in your coaching education.
You may be asking yourself how you’re supposed to know if a school is reputable and credible. That’s where the ICF (International Coaching Federation) comes in. The ICF is the gold standard in coaching and ICF-accredited training programs must complete a rigorous review process and demonstrate that their curriculum aligns with the ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics.
Choosing an ICF accredited program ensures you can feel confident that the program is high quality and that the program will incorporate all components needed to get you to where you want to be in your coaching education and certifications. Life Purpose Institute prides itself as an ICF accredited program.
Take an Informational Class or Schedule a Consultation with a Program Coordinator
Most schools offer the option to take a free informational class or speak with a Program Coordinator. These offerings will walk you through what’s included and the program options, they will be able to answer your questions and help you find the best fit for you.
Don’t be shy about signing up for the class or scheduling these calls. No matter the stage in your consideration of the program, these classes and Program Coordinators are there to help you and will save you a lot of time by giving you the exact information you’re looking for. You can sign up for Life Purpose Institute’s free online Life or Spiritual Coach Training Informational Classes here or request to speak with a Program Coordinator by completing the form on this page.
Have a Informational Interview with a Certified Coach
The best way to gather the information you’re looking for is to ask your questions to someone who has already gone through the process. Research and program websites will provide you with the information, but nothing will tell you about the true experience of being a life coach or going through a program like a conversation with someone who has already been through it. Don’t have any coaches in your circle? Linkedin is a great way to connect with other coaches. If there’s a particular school you’re interested in, you can search for alumni of that program and connect with those coaches specifically to learn more about their experience.
Consider the After Support
The excitement in making the decision to get certified can often lead us to focusing on just what we need to get through the training, but what about after the training is over? When researching programs, it’s essential to consider the after support a school provides. Do they have continued education? Do they help you set up and market your business? Keep the future of your business in mind when you’re making the decision on the best program for you.