A life coaching course will enable you to confidently pursue life coaching work with clients. However, not all courses are the same. ‘Life Coaching’ is a broad umbrella term, and as such, it can be difficult to know if you’re getting a suitable qualification, and indeed, the best bang for your buck.

There are a number of different steps you should go through as you select a life coaching course. This article will take you through those steps and explain how to select a life coaching course which is the most suitable for you, your career, and your life.

Know Yourself

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.

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’.

Understand Accreditation

Back to the premise – 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.

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 here. The Diploma in Transformational Coaching is accredited by both the ICF and AC, as well as providing an exceptional mix of theoretical and practical training, in a flexible programme. As such it makes for an ideal life coaching course for the majority of individuals.

Research

Once you have some insight into your own coaching goals, and understand ICF and AC accreditation, it is time to do your homework. 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 (such as ours at just half the cost!), they are harder to find.

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.

Speak to People

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.

In addition, you should be able to speak freely and openly with the course provider to ascertain if the course is the right one for you. In addition, occasionally you can find an opportunity to ‘try before you buy’, such as with the Animas Free Introduction to Transformational Coaching.

Choose a Course Which Works for You

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.

If you’re ready to select a life coaching course which is affordable, valuable, accredited and flexible, then look no further than the Animas Diploma in Transformation Coaching.