If you’re interested in making a living helping others as a Life Coach, it’s critical that whatever training path you choose prepares you to do just that. What do we mean by training? For our purposes, a Life Coach training is the process by which someone who wants to become a Life Coach gains the skills and knowledge to help others make needed change in their lives and launch a career.
An educational training to become a Life Coach typically combines lesson-based instruction, mentorship, and hands-on learning to prepare a coach for professional success with clients in the real world. Training programs can take many shapes and forms, which we’ll get into in more detail below.
Training To Be a Life Coach: The Key to Your Future Success
Completing a Life Coach training isn’t a requirement. In fact, because the industry isn’t currently regulated, pretty much anyone can open a business and call themselves a Life Coach. But if you want to be taken seriously as a coach and you’re serious about helping others improve their lives, it’s in your best interest to complete a comprehensive training.
Completing a training program signals to potential clients and employers that you can help them get results. It will ensure that you have the knowledge and skills you need to help others get results that last. And finally, a truly exceptional training program will also give you the business training, tools, and resources to set yourself up for long-term career success.
When you complete the Life Coach training of your choosing, you should feel comfortable and confident working with clients, marketing your services, and managing the practical aspects of running a business. So, what types of trainings are out there?
Here’s a quick rundown:
This training path is gaining in popularity for a variety of reasons. Online trainings make it easier to obtain a solid education on your own schedule from the comfort of home. A flexible, viable way to prepare for a Life Coaching career without ever having to set foot in a classroom, many of today’s online trainings offer top-notch faculty, cutting-edge curriculum, engaging content, multiple learning formats, community, mentorship, and much, much more. Click here to learn more about online trainings and whether they’re right for you.
There is some confusion around what accreditation is and whether it’s important for Life Coach training programs. In a nutshell, accreditation refers to the process by which a governing body deems a school or program as meeting high standards for coach training and qualifies its graduates to coach professionally. When it comes to Life Coach training, the International Coach Federation sets the standard, so it’s best to choose a program they’ve thoroughly vetted and approved. Click here to learn more about what accreditation is and why you need it.
Dual Training Programs
Some schools, like Health Coach Institute, offer dual training programs where students can get trained in Life Coaching and other niche areas of coaching. Many of today’s coaches are moving away from the term “Life Coach” and embracing specialized titles (like Executive Coach, for example). Our dual training program trains future coaches to master the fundamentals of Life Coaching and arms them to help clients on a broader scale, if they so desire, as Health Coaches too. What this means is that our graduates can coach their clients to create change across 3 domains of well-being: physical, cognitive, and emotional.
Some universities, like the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, offer training for Life Coaches. The Georgetown University for Continuing and Professional Education offers a certificate in Leadership Coaching. However, you do need to live in the Washington D.C. area to take the training, since it’s available on-site only. But it’s worth looking into other university programs, particularly if you prefer a classroom setting.
While you are likely seeing a number of free online training programs popping up as you research various training options, we don’t recommend them as the best choice. Free trainings just don’t provide enough “meat” to prepare coaches to help their clients get real, lasting results. Nor do they offer the business or marketing training you’ll need to launch a career.
The bottom line is there are literally hundreds of Life Coach trainings around the world, so it’s important to do your homework, research in great detail what each program offers, and then consider any personal parameters you may have—for example, how much you can afford to invest. Read on for tips on how to ensure you select the best Life Coach training program for you.
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How to Select a Life Coach Training School
Selecting a Life Coach training can (understandably) feel overwhelming. There are so many competing with one another in a crowded space, it can be hard to know which ones are legitimate and which ones are just smoke and mirrors. The research-and-compare phase may feel daunting, but don’t skimp here…this important step will ultimately help you make the most informed decision for your future.
As we mentioned above, organizations like ICF can help make the process a lot easier by highlighting the trainings that meet rigorous standards for coach training. You know if you’re selecting from an ICF-approved training, you’re receiving a certain caliber of education. We also recommend checking out independent rating organizations like Better Business Bureau and Trustpilot for unbiased reviews of training programs.
Does the training program you’re considering offer the chance to speak with a grad? If so, take advantage of the opportunity to get uncensored feedback from someone who’s been through the training and ask them all your burning questions.
Last, but definitely not least, spend some time getting really, really clear on what you want from a training…
How much do you want to pay?
How do you learn best?
Is accreditation important to you?
How much flexibility do you need to fit your lessons in?
Do you want to specialize in a certain area?
Do you want a training that teaches business and marketing skills?
Do you desire mentorship?
Do you want a training that offers the chance to work with practice clients?
What type of instructor(s) do you want to learn from?
How much support will you need?
Asking yourself questions like these will create your “checklist”, which you can then use to help you determine which school is your best fit.
How do you know if a school is the right fit for you? Your excitement level is a great indication. If you feel inspired and invigorated with every word you read about the training…if you feel like you’re aligned with their mission and everything they stand for…if you’re envisioning your own future coaching career in minute detail and you can’t WAIT to get started…that’s a pretty solid indication you’re in the right place.