Becoming a Certified Professional Coach CPC through the ICF is probably one of the most significant investments you can make in your professional career as a life coach.
Coaching And The Role of a Certified Professional Coach (CPC)
The ICF’s most widely accepted definition of coaching states that coaching involves partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching is focused on the future and moving from the present situation to a future that the client or individual desires.
A certified professional coach CPC typically works as an independent business owner and can also be employed in healthcare facilities, private organizations, educational institutions, and more. Through ICF, an experienced or professional coach has met stringent education and experience requirements and has demonstrated a thorough understanding and practice of the coaching competencies that set the standard in the industry. Coaches provide accountability to help their clients build on their core goals or aspirations for positive life change. The coach’s role is not that of an expert but instead is that of a person who is focused on helping the individual (client) unlock their own potential.
According to the ICF,
Coaches credentials through the ICF help improve lives, relationships, and business performance. They make a real and measurable difference in people’s lives, which is why they are passionate about ensuring their coaches and the institutions that train them are well-equipped to do their jobs. Professional Coaches honor the client as the expert in their life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful, and whole.
The coach’s responsibility is to:
- Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
- Encourage client self-discovery
- Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
- Hold the client responsible and accountable.
- This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.
How to Become an ICF Certified Professional Coach
You can become an ICF Certified Professional Coach CPC by first of all seeking out an ICF accredited or approved ACTP or ACSTH training program. These programs deliver foundational coach-specific training to prepare students or applicants to become credentialed coaches. ICF professional coaches are known to represent the highest quality in coaching.
Finding an ICF Accredited Training Provider
To locate an ICF approved training program to begin your coach-specific training, you may use their Training Program Search Service (TPSS) and search by the training provider’s name. The TPSS directory makes it easy for people to browse their list of available program types and allows them to search for accredited coach programs using specific criteria. Once you have identified a training program on the directory you are interested in, you can reach out directly to the training program provider for more details about their program. You can access the page via this link. Training Program Search Service (TPSS).
ICF offers three credentials: Associate, Professional, and Master Certified Coach, and if you are genuinely interested in becoming a Certified Professional Coach CPC through the ICF, you may want to check out the details on how to begin the credential process through one of these pathways.
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Margaret K. Olubiyi
Writer, Coaches Training Blog community