Choosing to become a life coach is exciting, revealing, and, at times, a little nerve-wracking. By its very nature, you’ll be coming to life coaching as a new career from elsewhere – from business, psychology, teaching or another walk of life. You are likely to have a roof over your head that still needs your pennies, possibly some dependents too. You, therefore, need to know that you can embark on training to become a life coach in a reasonable timeframe, without compromising on the training or experience you need to be a successful coach.
How Quickly Can You Train to be a Life Coach?
There are a huge number of life coach training courses and programmes that you can choose from, some will claim to give you the skills you need in lightning time. However, it’s essential to know that not all training to become a life coach is created equally – in fact, there are vast disparities in the type and scope of training, and therefore, how long it takes.
However, do consider this: Given the nature of a life coach, do you think those skills and self-development can happen overnight? Do you actually want to embark on coaching others before you’ve developed yourself?
The reality is that in order to have success and confidence as a life coach it takes undergoing a change in yourself. This combination of dedicated coach training combined with your life-acquired skills and attributes to date is what will stand you in good stead in the coaching profession.
You owe it to yourself, and your future clients, to ensure you choose an in-depth coach training course which is delivered in a realistic time frame, and in a flexible manner.
The Type of Life Coach Training
This means you’ll need to do some homework about what you want from the process of training to be a life coach. Back to the premise that not all training is created equally, this can be a complex process. However, you can quickly eliminate the charlatan trainers from the bunch by only looking for International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Association for Coaching (AC) accredited life coach training courses.
The ICF and AC are the professional bodies who stipulate the most comprehensive and in-depth requirements of trainee coaches. They are also the most respected professional coaching bodies in the UK.
The Diploma in Transformational Coaching
Training to become a life coach, as well as being accredited by the ICF and the AC, should combine a mixture of training and development methods. The Diploma in Transformational Coaching at Animas is delivered over a period of approximately five months, which enables you to develop from core coaching principles and foundations to advanced practice. Qualification and assessment then take place over a subsequent period of 6-12 months depending on your coaching hours.
That said, it’s broken down into five modules (each requiring two days of direct learning) which don’t have to be undertaken in ‘one hit’ if you need to complete the course over a longer period of time.
Additionally, the Diploma in Transformational Coaching is also delivered through a range of methods including face-to-face, tutorial-based, online, and mentoring. We also don’t believe that training to become a life coach is necessarily best served in the confines of a classroom. Learning is a continuous journey as we gain more experience through life. Therefore, as part of the Diploma, you get lifetime access to resources, supervision, and our highly regarded community membership.
The nature of the Diploma in Transformational Coaching is that you get the firm foundations and confidence (and accreditation) you need in a relatively short space of time which enables you to start working with clients and continuing your ongoing coaching development. Furthermore, it’s possible to do this alongside your current role knowing that you aren’t short-changing yourself.
You can find out more about our Diploma in Transformational Coaching here, or get in touch to discuss your training to become a life coach on 0330 900 5555.