Life Coach Courses
||Life Coach Courses are springing up everywhere. Correspondence
courses, residential courses, assessed and un-assessed. Actually,
it's worrying how easy it is to "qualify" these days -
it means the public perception of life coaching goes down,
because anyone can part with some cash, stick up a sign, and start
to take money from "clients".
I hope that you are here because you're looking to become a top
notch life coach. You want to live your life by helping people
to live theirs in happier ways, and you want to acquire the very best
skills to bring to your clients.
It that's you, then this page will help you to choose your course.
Before your Life Coach Training Starts - Make Sure Coaching is for You!
You really like the
idea of becoming a life coach. Working from home, being your
own boss, helping others for a handsome living. What's not to
But do you know what the day-to-day reality is? The coach
training organisations will tell you it's all wonderful and you
have what it takes. But do you? Wouldn't it be better to find
out now rather than on the far side of paid fees and invested
That's where my book comes in, and you could have it (e-book)
within the hour.
This page is about life coaching courses, and you can read more below. However, before you even think about spending money on a course, why not have a taste of what's it's like after you've qualified?
Click the image on the right to find out more about my E-Book,
which will give you an honest picture of the challenges and rewards
of being a life coach.
Choosing your Life Coach Course
OK, down to it. How should you choose your life coach course?
I won't recommend one. I trained a long time ago, and I'm not up-to-date,
but I'll tell you how I would choose my life coaching training today,
knowing what I know.
Ask Mr Google
Google works tirelessly to weed out the crud in its
search listings, and so a simple search for "life coach
course" or "life coach training" will get you
a lot of high quality hits. You may even have found this page
that way. A website appearing high up in the listings has
managed to please Google in a whole raft of ways, so this
is a reasonably good indication, but recognise that Google
cannot assess their quality as life coach trainers. Still -
I would start there.
A Quality Website
Look at the websites and see what you think. See
if it looks generally credible. It’s good if it’s
clear on what it does, how it does it, and how much it charges.
It’s good if it showcases its trainers and explains
their experience and qualifications to train. It’s
good if it includes a members’ area (showing it supports
existing clients). Size isn't the main thing, but if it’s
large, it probably got that way by not screwing up too badly
A good reputation.
These days it’s easy to Google anything,
so take each trainer you're considering, and see what the
web has to say about them.
Here are some coaching
training organisations. I don't control which ones appear, but
be on the lookout for the things I'm talking about!
Life Coach Assessments
This one is a biggie. Practical Coaching Assessments
are, in my view, essential. If any training body is prepared
to qualify someone without seeing or hearing them coach a
real person, then I would not trust that body, nor anyone
qualifying through them. How can they possible "pass"
someone without it? It's dangerous, and it's deceitful and
The Overall Effort Required to qualify should be substantial
– maybe 200 hours, and it should include extensive relevant
reading, tested, say, through the writing of marked essays.
It should include perhaps 10 hours of coaching practice.
Accreditation means that the course is examined
and considered worthy by some body whose views we consider trustworthy.
In the UK there is no one body that does this, but your trainer
should be accredited by at least one of them. At the time of writing,
the ODLQC and the ILM offer this kind of accreditation.
- Speak to them
Phone up the training organisation. If they don't provide a phone
number, there's an alarm bell right there. If they do, but can't or
wont provide a trainer you can speak to, then there's another. Prepare
a set of questions beforehand and assess the quality of their answers.
Speak to Students
Speak to some students if you can, to find out what they
thought of their training and their treatment more generally.
If the training body you’re considering passes all of these
tests, then I would be inclined to think they’re OK. If you
can, pay in installments as the course progresses, and if you become
un-satisfied, raise the issues and look for a resolution.
When you've completed these steps you'll be much better placed to make
your decision. And when you do, pay by credit card which may give you
more consumer protection.
Finally, if/when you complete your training, please write to me to tell
me about your experiences. This is such an important area that I've
decided to make a web area where coaches can help would-be trainees
to select the best couch training course for them.
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