So you want to become a life coach? That looks to be an interesting phenomenon at this point, with any number of entry paths.
If you search online and look at the Google ads for guidance about what the marketplace looks like, the ads indicate training can be short and sweet, two days for example, for your certification.
Or the training can be much longer, more expensive, and more rigorous.
If you have a related undergraduate or graduate degree, coaching certification apparently can be a little bit easier, but an undergraduate degree is a four year proposition, and a Master's in counseling is another 2 years if you go straight through, for example.
Coaching is a phenomenon that is market driven at this point. The International Coach Federation (ICF) claims to be the largest coaching credentialing and support organization in the world, and defines coaching "as partnering with clients in a thought provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
The ICF has three levels of accreditation.
Associate Certified Coach-Requires 60 hours of coach specific training and 100 hours of coaching experience with at least eight clients.
Professional Certified Coach-Requires 120 hours of coach specific training and 750 hours of coaching experience with at least 25 clients.
Master Certified Coach-Requires 200 hours of coach spefic training and 2,500 hours of coaching experience with at least 35 clients.
The ICF also sets objectives for ethical and professional behavior.
If your are seeking to become a coach, the ICF model might be a good benchmark for you in measuring the various programs.
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