Can You Become a Board Certified Coach (BCC) Without a College Degree?

Is a college degree required to become a board certified coach (bcc) through the CCE?  The answer is YES.  The CCE is the only coach credentialing organization at this time that requires individuals seeking certification to possess at least a bachelor’s degree. 

The Center For Credentialing & Education 

The Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) offers credentialing, assessment, and business support services that help their credential holders, partners, and clients enhance their professional credibility and advance their individual and organizational goals. The CCE is considered the gold standard for career facilitation. The organization was established in 1995 as an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC and it is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

In the coaching industry, neither certification nor a college degree is legally required to work as a professional coach. Still, certification is highly recommended, and some organizations or clients require it.  CCE establishes the BCC credential wholly on college degrees, coach-specific training, and the passing of a multiple-choice test. They believe there is a strong correlation between the level of education and coaching effectiveness.  And so, the decision to make college degrees or any additional training a requirement for certification is at the discretion of the credentialing organization. 

BCC Credentialing Requirements For Aspiring Professional Coaches 

To become a board certified coach (bcc), the CCE has mandated the following requirements:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or higher in any field (sealed official transcript from the educational institution or with their application). A bachelor’s degree is the minimum level of education approved by the Board of Directors at CCE. They also require that the institution or program be accredited by an accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education.
  • Training: Completion of a minimum of sixty hours of professional coach training from a national or regional coach training program.
  • Experience: Minimum of thirty hours of post-degree coaching experience working with individuals, groups, or organizations. Experience form completed by a professional coach, supervisor, or colleague.
  • Examination: Exam must be completed before the BCC credential can be awarded.
  • Endorsement: One professional endorsement. Endorsement form completed by a professional reference
  • Fees: $279 application review fee. $40 annual maintenance fee for certificate holders.
  • Continuing Education:  Recertification requires confirmation of seventy clock hours of continuing education. These CEUs will have to be accrued within the student’s five-year recertification cycle, as determined by CCE.  

CCE-Approved Board Certified Coach (BCC) Training Providers 

The Center for Credentialing & Education has partnered with a few colleges and universities around the United States and other countries to offer the board-certified coach (bcc) certification to aspiring coaches with expertise in mental health and the human services field in general.

Here is a list of some US-based approved and training providers for individuals who prefer attending accredited universities and colleges for their coach training.

  1. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, is a CCE-approved coach training provider for the following 120-hour course: Family Life Coaching.
  2. Brigham Young University, Rexburg Idaho, is a CCE-approved BCC coach training provider for the following 120-hour course: Family Life Coaching.
  3. Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a BCC founding CCE-approved coach training provider for the following 40-hour course: Financial Coaching.
  4. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, is a CCE-approved BCC coach training provider for the following 60-hour course: Coaching Conversations.
  5. Lewis University, Palatine, Illinois, is a CCE-approved BCC coach training provider for the following 128-hour course: Professional and Executive Coaching Certificate.
  6. Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California, is a BCC founding CCE-approved coach training provider for the following 120- (or more) hour course: Evidence-Based Coaching.  
  7. Life University, Marietta Georgia, is a BCC CCE-approved coach training provider for the following programs: 210-hour course: Coaching Psychology Program.

The Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential according to the CCE  is a mark of distinction for credential holders and a source of credibility for their clients. And so for any person or persons seeking to obtain a certification with the CCE and you have at least a bachelor’s degree from an approved state or accrediting agency, then you might want to consider one of their approved training providers for your coach training. 

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Margaret K. Olubiyi
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Writer, Coaches Training Blog community

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