I could give you a list of some of the best coach training programs. I could, but I won’t.
The best or the worst of anything is very subject. There are some criteria that can be used to determine if a coach training program is good or bad, but to determine if something is the best (or the worst) also depends on who is asking the question (or looking for the answer).
Only You Can Determine the Best Coach Training Program
What is the best program for you? Well, that depends on many different factors. Only you can decide which is the right program for your needs. Selecting a coaching program is a very personal decision. You need to do a little self-analysis before you begin, and the search for programs that fit your needs.
Finding the Best Coach Training Programs
Ready to become a coach? Ready to find a new coaching niche? Or, just ready for additional coach training? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, here are a few factors to consider when looking for the best coach training programs:
- What’s your specialty? What segment of coaching are you considering? Find training programs that emphasize the segment or niche you plan to coach.
- What’s the cost? If you have unlimited funds, you can skip this factor. Most of us are a bit short of unlimited when it comes to funds, so the price of a program is definitely a factor. There are many great coaching programs that won’t put max your credit card.
- What’s the schedule? Most programs offer online training, but it is best to check the schedule to make certain it fits your needs.
- What’s the schedule, again? Some people learn better by going at the own pace online, while others might learn better in a classroom or seminar environment (in-person). Which type of learner are you? You want to get the most bang for your buck, so make sure to select a program that fits your learning style.
- What’s their reputation? Do your due diligence on any program you are considering. Finding the best coach training programs begins with weeding out the ones with problematic reputations.
- Do they offer mentor coaching and follow up? Some of the best programs offer good mentor coaching and also offer follow up even after you graduate and earn your certification.
Rely on the The International Coach Federation
The International Coach Federation (ICF) has become the gold standard for the life coaching industry and promotes the advancement of the coaching industry as an honest and ethical profession. They have developed rigorous standards for schools to follow in order to receive an ICF accreditation. Use them in your search for a coaching program.
When you choose programs that have been accredited by the ICF, you are selecting reputable programs – good programs. If those good programs meet your needs (budget, schedule, learning style, specialty), then you have a list of the best coach training programs.
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