Do you want to become a coach, but you’re not sure how to choose the right coaching course? Some things to consider will be unique to your circumstances, preferences and aspirations and we’ve set out some questions to ask yourself to help think this through. Other factors, however, are things we recommend everyone looks out for. Let’s look at those first.
The Must Haves…
Look For Course Accreditation And Credentialing
Firstly, make sure the course carries accreditation from at least one of the major professional coaching bodies. You’ll want to look out for accreditation from at least one of the following bodies: International Coach Federation (ICF), Association for Coaching (AC), European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) or the CIPD.
With accreditation of coaching courses becoming ever more important as a sign of quality and standards, you should ensure for your own peace of mind and for your future clients’ that you are enrolling on an accredited course that can lead to gaining professional credentials as a coach
Ensure It Requires Real-Life Client Work
It Should Include Observation And Supervision
It Ensures You Embed The Coaching Skills Over Time
Ensure It Has A Rigorous Qualification And Assessment Process
Some Questions To Ask Yourself:
Why Do I Want Coach Training?
How Might I Like To Work As A Coach?
Not everyone knows what exactly they’d like to do with coaching at the start of their journey, and that’s fine. Part of your journey through training and starting up is often about identifying the kind of client you want to work with and the way you enjoy coaching.
For instance, if you are absolutely committed to a specific coaching niche, such as wellness or spirituality, you might find a programme that is specific to that and ideally suited to you.
Typically, most new coaches are open to what lies ahead in which case a broad-based curriculum that introduces you to key approaches that would work in a range of contexts would be the way to go. It’s worth noting that some of the more simplistic approaches to coaching (represented by a focus only on the GROW model) are perfectly adequate for basic performance coaching in the workplace but they rarely meet the complex needs of personal coaching. For this kind of deeper work, and the ability to coach clients on whatever they bring to the session, a more integrative and transformative course like our Diploma in Transformative Coaching would be right you.
What Training Or Skills Do I Have Already?
Are you starting coach training from scratch? Or have you had training, and are looking to master your coaching, or build specialist skills and expertise? Perhaps you have coaching hours under your belt, and wish to become credentialed, or a qualified supervisor to help others be effective coaches?
Knowing where you are in your journey is clearly important. Perhaps what you’re looking for is not a core coaching course but specialist coaching skills – these can often be shorter and less expensive than a full programme. Our Specialist Short Courses are a great example of this type of training.
What’s Important To Me In A Training Environment And Learning Journey?
Think about the best and worst learning environments you’ve been in. Each coaching school will have a distinct training style which may be more or less suited to you. Things to consider here include:
The size of the group. Our group size is around 18 but we know some training organisations who have over 100 people in a room. Do you like that buzz and energy or do you prefer a more focused group?
Is the training online or live classroom based? Is there is a blended approach which includes some of both?
Is there a much writing or private study? Is it academic or practical and reflective?
Is it chalk and talk or do you get to practise, reflect, play with ideas?
Where Does It Take Place Geographically?
How Much Can I Spend?
How much do you want to invest in developing this skill? To answer this, you might want to start with the first question: Why do I want coach training? What will being a qualified coach create in your life?
Of course, as with much in life, you get what you pay for and you can choose anything from a very low-cost online course little or no support and practice right up to a multi-tens of thousands executive masters.
We have always aimed to provide a very high-quality, highly-accredited programme at an affordable rate for individuals who are funding themselves.
All of our course fees are on the course pages, as well as options for finance for anyone wanting to spread the cost.