How to become a life coachArfaq Hussain
What courses would suit you
This article looks more closely at what type of qualification / courses to become a life coach would be best suited to you. If you’re interested in the career options of becoming a professional life coach, then this article could help you decide your path.
What type of life coach can I be?
As life coaching varies enormously, your first step in selecting a life coaching course is to have some degree of personal insight as to exactly what, and who, you want to be as a coach. Further insight will of course be gained throughout the course, but knowing what is important to you is essential for picking a suitable course.
Life coaching is not regulated, so you have a personal responsibility to increase your coaching skills for your potential clients as much as possible, whilst also referring to your own life skill for inspiration. You can undergo coach training and get coach certification and past of your personal development and your continuing professional development from some recognised coaching bodies before you begin working with clients.
You may, in fact, find that embarking on a personal journey of life coaching will help you in this endeavour. Not least, it enables you to discuss the situation with someone ‘in the know’.
What are the formal accreditation bodies in the UK?
It’s important to understand that not all coaching qualifications are created equally. To be sure you choose one which is worth more than the paper it’s written on, you want to choose a life coaching course that is professionally accredited. There are practical coaching, professional organisations within the UK, who’s coaches are working face to face with clients after studying with them – rather than just relying on ‘life experience’ to offer advice to clients, these coaches, some of whom have studies for a postgraduate degree, can say they are qualified as life coaches when they advertise their services on social media and beyond.
In the UK, we recommend that you choose a life coaching course which is accredited by both the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Association for Coaching (AC). These are the two main professional bodies governing the self-regulated coaching profession. To choose a life coaching course accredited by the ICF and AC ensures you receive an excellent training.
Life coaching courses accredited by both the ICF and the AC are actually very rare. You can search for ICF accredited life coaching courses – be sure you choose one which you like the look of, it’s going to be hard work so you may as well enjoy it.
Where can I find life coach courses?
Once you have some insight into your own coaching goals, and understand ICF and AC accreditation, it is time to do your homework by looking Online at the various courses available to you. This course is likely to cost you a fair amount in the short term until it pays for itself, and therefore you need to choose wisely.
A quick online search will leave you looking at around £8000 for a life coaching diploma. Whilst you can certainly find more affordable life coaching courses you really do need to settle down in front of your laptop or tablet for some serious Online research.
No matter, you are investing a significant sum on to your life coaching qualification so you need to do your homework and check what you are getting for the fee. This means you need to have a clear understanding of what the course covers, its theoretical approaches, and its balance of theoretical and practical learning.
In addition, it is essential to look at the support – do you have access to your own mentor for example? Do you have access to a support network with other students? Also take care to look at the number of accredited hours. The DPTC, for example, offers around double the required number of accredited hours.
What else do I need to do before becoming a life coach?
Embarking on a life coaching course and career is a huge step; you need to get some opinions from those in the know. There are a number of different ways you can do this. You could join an online coaching forum such as the Coaching and Mentoring Network and ask the opinions of those who are already qualified.
Finally, it is important to select a life coaching course that works for you and fits in with your life and lifestyle. The vast majority of people choosing to become a life coach as a secondary career. As such, there are still bills to be paid, and restrictions to work around. Therefore choose a course which flexibly suits your needs, perhaps mixing both live training at weekend sessions, with online and offline study too.
So there you have it – a simple guide to becoming a life coach! If you’ve decided it’s the right move for you and you’d like to talk the decision over with me in more detail to get some personal guidance, don’t hesitate to use the contact details in this website to get in touch.