Accreditation by coaching accreditation bodies is increasingly sought after in the coaching industry – particularly in the business or executive coaching field. With no formal regulation in the industry, there is a need for coaches to demonstrate credibility and provide reassurance to their clients.
Accreditation provides this and means that life coaching is a profession and individuals within the industry should be professional. This helps to develop standards, ethics, morals, confidentiality, and professionalism in the coaching industry.
To become an accredited coach, you will need to apply individually to your chosen professional body. Each have their own criteria, but all require the successful completion of approved, accredited training.
There are many life coaching training programs that are accredited with coaching accreditation bodies such as the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), The Association of Coaching (AC) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Having graduated from an accredited program makes the process of getting credentialed by coaching accreditation bodies much simpler.
Four Coaching Accreditation Bodies You Need to Know
When evaluating a coaching training program, there are a few things to look for, and one of the most important things to consider is the coaching accreditation body the program is affiliated with. Here are four of the most widely recognized coaching accreditation bodies:
1. International Coach Federation (ICF)
The ICF is the leading and globally renowned organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession. It sets high standards, provides independent certification, and builds a worldwide network of credentialed coaches.
The ICF has three levels of individual accreditation/credentialing:
• ACC (Associate Certified Coach)
• PCC (Professional Certified Coach)
• MCC (Master Certified Coach)
2. The International Association of Coaching (IAC)
The IAC seeks to provide a highly accountable professional development model for aspiring and experienced coaches, as well as professionals in other fields, so their mastery of coaching is valued and contributes to evolving human potential worldwide.
The IAC has two levels of individual accreditation:
· Certified Masteries Coach CMC (IAC)
· IAC® Master Masteries Coach (MMC)
3. European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)
The European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) exists to promote good practice and the expectation of good practice in mentoring and coaching across Europe. It is a not-for-profit organization.
The EMCC has four levels of individual accreditation:
• Senior Practitioner
• Master Practitioner
4. Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE)
The CCE is a not-for-profit organization that advances professional excellence in practitioners and organizations with assessments, business support services and credentialing.
For the coaching field, the CCE currently has only one certification:
· Board Certified Coach (BCC)
Choosing the Right Life Coach Certification
No one can tell you which life coach certification is right for you. As a rule, you must be the one who selects which path to take and how you want to get there. The differences between the coaching training schools are varied and one needs to be aware that they all have their pros and cons. However, if you make a wise and informed choice then you are halfway to your goal.
First and foremost, check out the fees that the coaching training schools charge for their courses. This is probably the most important part of choosing a coaching training program.
Time available is very important when choosing a coaching training program. You will need to check and make sure that you have the minimum amount of time that is required by the school to dedicate to class and your studies.
If a coaching training program fits with your schedule, needs and personality then there is nothing stopping you from succeeding.
Finally, you should determine if the school fits the individual needs that you have. If a school does not fit the most basic needs, then it will not be of much worth to you as a student. If you have special needs or require an aggressive course study, you should check with the coaching training school advisor to ensure that they can accommodate such a need or desire.
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