Are there any specific legal requirements to become a life coach? If so, what are they and where can they be found?
There are No Legal Requirements to Become a Life Coach
There’s no specific legal requirements or regulations that must be followed when becoming a life coach. It’s a wide open field and anyone can call themselves a life coach. But, if you were looking to hire a life coach, would you hire just anyone?
Or would you look to find the most qualified coach? One would fits what you are seeking, but who has earned a certification, been trained, and has exhibited the professional qualities desired in a coach. You want a life coach who treats coaching as a professional field, just like medicine, the law, or counseling – all of which require extensive training and have many legal requirements.
The Essential Requirements When Becoming a Life Coach
Though there are no set laws to follow and no legal state or federal guidelines to comply with, but there are a few essential requirements to become a life coach who attracts clients and succeeds in the profession.
Training and Certification
You don’t have to be trained and certified, but you should be. That paper hanging on the wall means something – it means that you have undergone training to learn the needed skills, theories, and tools that will help you find positive outcomes for a wide range of clients. Also, training should never end – as long as you are a coach, you should pursue more education. Additional certifications don’t hurt, either! Training and certification – not legally required, but essential requirements to become a life coach.
Ethics and Honesty
Are you ethical? Are you honest? We all have our definitions of ethical and honest, and though they may differ slightly, they are fairly universal in meaning. You can learn and adopt the ethics of a professional coaching association, and merge them with your own general framework of ethical behavior and conduct. You use the highest standards of ethics and honesty when dealing with each and every client and in every aspect of your business.
Dedication and Commitment to Clients
If you are in coaching for the money, you will probably not end up making much money. However, if you are in coaching because you have a burning desire to help others reach their goals and dreams, then you will probably become a successful coach. One of the most important requirements to become a life coach who succeeds is an absolute dedication and a strong commitment to the success of your clients.
You aren’t a friend or a foe – you are more of an objective partner with your clients. You must maintain objectivity so you can see and understand their issues, and so you can create a plan to incorporates their strengths while diminishing their weaknesses. Objectivity is one of the keys to finding outcomes that work for your clients!
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