Diploma in Transformational Coaching FAQs
If you are considering studying with us on our flagship course, the Diploma in Transformational Coaching, then we recommend starting with the main course page if you haven’t already.
This page answers the most frequently answered questions we get about our diploma course. But if you can’t find what you are looking for, or would just prefer a chat, then please do reach out to us in the office on 020 3826 6290.
In transformational coaching, we are not interested only in increasing performance or reaching a goal, though we may look to do either or both. We are concerned more with enabling a client discover and explore the beliefs and values that shape how they experience the world. In other words, we look at the unique worldview and meaning-making process that makes this person who they are, and is producing their behaviour and results.
Transformational coaching has a powerful heritage from the earliest philosophers trying to answer the question of what it means to live well, through to modern ideas such as social constructionism, postmodernism and cognitive-developmentalism.
We are living in an exciting time for coaching when the old, hard lines that defined it as about improving a given performance have long broken down and where its future lies in creating a transformational space for any individual to take a step back from their experience of life and explore what their part is in shaping it as it is.
After completing the course, you will be awarded with the Diploma in Transformational Coaching.
Our Diploma in Transformational Coaching is accredited by the two largest and most important coaching bodies in the world, the International Coach Federation and the Association for Coaching.
International Coach Federation (ICF)
By completing the course, you have completed 123 ACSTH! What does this mean? It means that you will be recognised by the ICF as having 123 Approved Coach Specific Training Hours which what they call training on the core skills to become a coach. Without training around core coaching competencies, you cannot be credentialed with the ICF and so our training provides the gateway to international recognition.
To give some context of 123 hours, when you seek your credentials with the ICF after qualification, you need 60 hours of ACSTH training. In other words, you gain more than twice the required hours of training with us to become a credentialed coach recognised by the ICF.
Association for Coaching (AC)
Our Diploma in Transformational Coaching is also accredited by the Association for Coaching (AC) as an Accredited Diploma in Coach Training. The Association is the largest professional coaching body in the UK and offers exceptional credibility as you go on to build your private practice either within the workplace or the personal coaching field.
What this means to you after you qualify
Although the coaching profession is not yet regulated, buyers and clients are becoming increasingly smart about seeking how professional, competent and qualified coaches. It’s how you set yourself apart in an unregulated space. By gaining recognition of your training in this way, you are set to become a professional coach with real credentials and real credibility.
A potential client may not have heard of Animas as a training school, but they will have heard of the ICF and AC. We give you the skills, experience and space to learn, they give you the credibility that will take you a long way in to coaching.
There are two components to our training; the live weekends and the home study. While we require your attendance in full for the weekends of live training, the home study can be done online from anywhere in the world – as long as you have a good wifi connection! We have many students in our community who are not based in London – some have flown in for training from as far away as Turkey, Denmark and Chile.
Our course is an ACSTH accredited course with the International Coach Federation. The accreditation we have been awarded is based on the live training which we deliver in person. For this reason, we require your attendance at all 5 of our weekend modules in order to qualify with us.
If you are planning to study with us and are travelling to do so, then you will need to plan to stay in London one weekend per month over a course of 5 months.
The home study part of your training is all possible from anywhere in the world. Your 40 hours of practise coaching can be done face-to-face with local clients in your home town, or via Skype with clients anywhere in the world.
You will have 4 hour-long sessions with your personal mentor. These are usually done by telephone or Skype.
There will be many webinars available to you along your coaching journey with us. These are hosted by GoToMeeting and again, you can log in to these from where ever you are.
There are 2 pieces of written work for you to submit to our student forum. This is also an online task. We also ask you to contribute to discussions on our forum and to start conversation threads of your own.
Open and exploratory
We have a philosophy that we never know best. We might have more experience of coaching, which is why you’re training with us, but that doesn’t mean we have all the answers or that you might not have better ideas than us. That’s why we think of our course as being less about training (think about dog-training!) and more about learning facilitation. We believe that you are the best source for understanding the experience you have of what we offer you. Our training is not about telling you what is right or wrong, good or bad, effective or ineffective, but for creating the space in which new possibilities are learned, tried out, played with, explored and discussed. Our view is that whilst we have knowledge and skills around coaching to communicate to you, you are ultimately in charge of how you absorb and use this. Our training is open, exploratory and respectful of what you bring in to the space.
Small Group Learning Experience
The maximum intake on to our diploma is 18 with “wiggle room” for up to 21 people, to cater for students who miss a session due to illness or pre-agreed non-attendance. Working with small groups allows you to interact more closely with the course leader and your fellow students and ensures we get to know your individual journey and how the ideas, skills and knowledge are landing with each member of the group. Set up in a U-shape without tables, we create a warm, relaxed and barrier-free space in which you can engage with the learning directly rather than sinking in to course books or writing copious notes!
Break-outs to play with new skills and ideas
Coaching is, ultimately, a relational and practical skill which is best experienced in the act of doing it rather than just hearing or reading about it. Throughout the course, you’ll encounter many sessions in which you’ll work in pairs and triads to try on the new skills you’re learning. With guidance on what you’re “playing with”, you’ll be able to try the new ideas, models or skills to see how they feel and what you take from them. This is how we build your practice muscles! Whether you’re just starting on the Foundations course and trying out the GROW model for the first time or you’re deep in to the course and working with more complex ideas and practices, you’ll be given time and space to practise the skills and to reflect upon them in your smaller break-out group.
Whole group reflections
After any break-out practice session (as described above), we’ll reflect, as a whole group, on what you took from exercise including what worked, what you found difficult and what questions are bubbling away for you. By exploring as a whole group we take the learning from the break-out groups and make it available for everyone so you’re learning from each other.
Many training programmes are attached to what their input must be to achieve prescribed learning outcomes. Whilst this has a use in some kinds of training, we are more interested in surfacing the learning that is emerging within the group and within you. Coaching is an intensely human experience – it’s not like teaching the use of spreadsheets! We believe that what you take from each module is likely to be unique to you and potentially far more valuable than any predefined learning we want you to have. Our training is built around creating a respectful, safe space for you to share what you’re learning and to enable that to be explored in terms of what this does for your coaching. An overarching quality within the training is the space for you to surface what you’re taking from it and how it feels for you. Afterall, isn’t that what coaching is also based on?
This is a little tricky to answer in an FAQ, since the person best qualified to answer the question is you. But it may help to tell you what we look for in a DTC student, so you can ask yourself the right questions.
Experience and background
The Diploma in Transformational Coaching has been designed to provide you with core coaching skills that are essential to anyone who wishes to work with coaching clients. This is aimed at those with little or no background in human change work, and so is very suitable for career-changers.
If you have a genuine interest in the human mind and helping people to reach their own answers, then you sound like our sort of person. While it is true that some of our students will have prior experience in an HR role or will have taken previous psychology-based courses, it is also true that many of our students come from an unrelated background.
We are proud to have trained over 600 students to date from a wide range of careers and life experiences. There is no educational prerequisite to be accepted onto the course. We will have a conversation with you on the phone before offering you a place on the course, just to make sure that your expectations for training with us are in line with what we are offering.
In terms of your learning experience you can expect small class sizes (around 21), a warm community feel, and a friendly team in the office should you need us.
If you are looking to pursue your ICF ACC further down the track, then you will be pleased to know that our Diploma holds 123 ACSTH hours with the ICF. You can learn more about individual credentialing by visiting the ICF website here. Animas is also the first coach training school to offer a standalone programme for ICF credentialing and support. You can find that here.
This will vary a lot from person to person, and it’s great to have that flexibility too. This is very much adult learning, aimed at people who work a full-time job and/or have childcare responsibilities, so the home study hours are left up to you to manage for yourself.
We say as a general rule of thumb, about 5 hours per week adds up to a good amount of study time to get you through the course.
Of course, there are the weeks that you will have a weekend of live training with us too, and those weeks will require more time.
Overall, the most time-consuming parts of the course are the live training weekends, and the 40 hours of coaching practise in your own time. The other work; the essays, webinars, mentor calls and forum interaction are all easy to manage and just take an hour here and there around your existing schedule.
There are two components of the course; the live training and the home study.
The time to finish your live training is 5 months. This is based on you attending all the modules in the recommended order and time frame. We teach 5 weekend-long modules, once per month for 5 months.
There are of course some exceptions such as a student falling ill and needing to defer a module. If this should be the case for you then we will book you into the next intake of this module with space available.
We will always endeavour to rebook you as you must attend all 5 modules in order to reach the ACSTH requirements from the ICF, and therefore to graduate with us.
The time to finish your home study is ultimately down to you, but we can give you the average completion time as an example.
Most students finish the whole diploma in 9 or 10 months. You can take longer if you need to, there is no cut off date.
This 9 to 10 month timescale incorporates the live training too. The home study begins from your first weekend of training with us. We will encourage you to start your practise coaching log after you have attended your first weekend module, and to keep up the good work in between each month’s module.
At the end of your 5 weekend modules of live training you will have some home work left to do, and once this is completed you can submit your work to us for assessment and qualification.
The 40 hours of practise coaching that we ask you to do for your qualification with us is something that we will encourage you to get started on from your first weekend of training with us.
This is part of your home study and the times at which you do this part of your work are entirely up to you. We find that evenings and weekends work best for most people.
To give you an idea of how most students manage this, we find that many students start with one client for a session once per week. Further along your studies as you gather steam and are more confident, you might have weekly sessions with two or three clients depending on how much time you have free.
If you would like to read more about practise coaching and some tips on where to find clients, this article on our Knowledge Bank might interest you:
Our training is based on a solid grounding of psychological theory and is underpinned by an experiential approach to learning. But it’s not scary, we promise! And there are no exams or live assessments.
The written work you are asked to submit is reflective rather than academic, meaning that it doesn’t need to be Harvard Referenced or structured in a specific way. We are simply looking for you to reflect on your learning.
The most important piece of work you will submit for your assessment is your recorded coaching session. This is a voice-only recording – no video – and you get to choose which recording you submit. We recommend recording several of your sessions so you can choose your favourite one that best represents you as a coach.
Nobody ‘fails’. We may ask you to resubmit if you haven’t met all the passing criteria in your first submission. But we will provide you with feedback to help you resubmit successfully.
You will also have four telephone or Skype calls with your Animas Mentor to help you with any study concerns. And of course there is the whole community to chat to on the Forum for support and encouragement.
You will have access to:
Robert is the Head of Training at Animas and leads the Foundations, Cognition and Paradigms modules of the Diploma in Transformational Coaching. With a strong focus on working with people’s narratives, Rob helps individuals and groups discover what they really want and helps uncover the stories they tell themselves to remain stuck, lost or confused. As a former actor, Rob infuses his training with energy, fun and dynamism whilst ensuring that you learn the skills and ideas that will ensure you become an exceptional coach.
Peggy leads the Transactions module of the Diploma in Transformational Coaching as well as our Certificates in Relationship Coaching and Wellness Coaching. Outside of Animas, Peggy runs her own therapy school, Salus Academy, where she teaches NLP therapy and hypnotherapy. If this wasn’t keeping her busy enough, Peggy runs her own holistic clinic and a booked-solid coaching and therapy practice based in North London working with individuals struggling with life and relationship issues.
Marcus leads the Presence module of our Diploma in Transformational Coaching. As a coach, Marcus draws upon person centred practices, use of self and, spaciousness and silence to helps clients feel in to what’s going on within themselves and their situtation. Outside of Animas, Marcus runs a practice working with people in their post mid-life moment who feel lost or ready for a new start. With compassion and kindness combined with acute observational skills, Marcus helps people take the journeys they need to in order to become the person they want to be.