Become a Life Coach Without Waiting for National Coaching Certification

When people ask how to become a life coach before they get enough hours to apply for national coaching certification, they often really mean, “How do I get clients that pay me so I have some credibility and can tell people that I am a coach?” What they are also wondering is, “Who is going to pay me to be their coach?” and “how will I step into the role of a life coach?”   The Credibility Gap, And National Coaching Certification A lot of new coaches ask me “Who will believe me?” … [Read more...]

Coaching Certification

Coaching certification in my mind is an essential part of coaching mastery. While some would argue that coaching training is enough, consider that coaching is now a booming industry which means competition is increasing for a market that is still relatively small. By that I mean that there are still many individuals and companies who either don’t know about coaching, do not understand the value versus consulting, or have used unqualified poorly trained coaches with resulting experiences that … [Read more...]

Coaching Certification…Do I need it to become a coach?

Do you need coaching certification to become a coach?  Fortunately, the answer is no.  I say that because the ICF (International Coaching Federation), which is the primary certifying body for coaches worldwide, will not even look at your application until you have at least 250 hours of PAID coaching under your belt, and that’s for the first level.  Think about it.  If you are just starting out and coaching 10 hours/week... you are very fortunate.  But even at this rate, it will take at least 6 … [Read more...]