Should You Become a Life Coach?

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The work of a life coach can be immensely rewarding - both emotionally and financially. It helps transform the way you look at life and positively impacts those around you. 

If you are wondering if it's the right path for you, ask yourself these three questions first:

  • Do I feel passionate about helping others improve their quality of life and pursuing their own solutions? 
  • What skills and knowledge do I have to achieve this or start a coaching business?
  • What more do I have to offer? 

Generally speaking, you don’t need any academic or formal qualifications to become a life coach. Individuals who enter this field often do so because of their love for helping others. 

They provide guidance or offer sound advice. If you are such a person, friends and family might have told you before, ‘thanks, that's excellent advice’.

The coaching world has little regulation around the world;essentially anyone can become a life coach regardless of education, background or age. 

You can apply your coaching skills to a vast range of situations: 

  • Finance coaching
  • Career coaching
  • Relationship and family coaching
  • Spiritual coaching
  • Mental health coaching
  • Health and wellness coaching

The only thing is, clients might not take you seriously without any certification. Why?

An ICF accredited coach training program sets universal goals and standards for coaches to achieve. It also highlights your higher knowledge of coaching tools and applied skill level. This will boost your credibility and can show clients you are a professional with fantastic experience and skills.

If you don’t believe us, here are a few findings from the 2016 ICF Global Coaching Study and 2017 Global Consumer Awareness Study:

  • 77% of coach practitioners met clients who expected them to be credentialed or certified.
  • 83% of consumers who had a coaching relationship believe it is essentialfor coaches to hold a credential.
  • Clients are more likely to recommend a coach who has a credential as opposed to one without.

It’s time to find your niche and get certified! 

What Kind of Training Do You Need?

As you scout out a training program, you want one that is ICF certified

The International Coach Federation is the largest organisation in the world of professionally trained coaches. 

This allows you to enjoy the credibility of being part of the world's biggest community of professionally trained coaches. You can capitalise on networking opportunities, marketing education and cutting edge business development. 

The ICF’s Accreditation service determines curriculum standards to ensure coach training programs are consistent among coaching professionals. An ICF member has to complete 60 hours of specified training to meet ICF standards. 

ICF accredited training programs undergo a rigorous review process to ensure you get high-quality training. All coaching courses must align with the ICF definition of coaching, Code of Ethics, and Core Competencies

There are three levels of coach credentials offered by the ICF: 

LevelRequirements 
Associate Certified Coach
  • (at least) 60 hours of training
  • 100 hours of coaching experience
Professional Certified Coach
  • (at least) 125 hours of training
  • 500 hours of coaching experience 
Master Certified Coach
  • (at least) 200 hours of training
  • 2500 hours of coaching experience

Why Choose The Life Coaching College?

Our programs and courses are all about you and the personal goals you’d love to achieve. Our services give you access to a variety of coaching courses, diplomas, and subscription services you can choose depending on your needs. 

Here's what you get with The Life Coaching College: 

Certification

The Life Coaching College offers you ICF certification once you complete your courses which are internationally recognised. We have the broadestrange of courses and certifications in Australia. This covers all levels of coaches, from complete beginners to advanced practitioners. 

Flexible and interactive learning

With flexible learning, you can study from the comfort of home and at a time that is most convenient for you. You also get to choose your level of involvement. 

We provide a blend of online and in-person training throughout Australia to provide our students with multi-faceted training options.

How serious are you about coaching? If you want to be completely immersed in coaching content, you can even choose to be coached personally by our certified coaches. 

Personal growth and development

With the topics covered in our courses, such as - facing your fear, emotional management or building resilience, you will become empowered and capitalise on your individual strengths.

You will also learn how to: 

  • Communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Build your personal awareness.
  • Take responsibility for your words and actions.
  • Improve your overall performance.
  • And help your clients do the same!

Affordable payment options

We offer a discount of 10% if you’d like to pay upfront for our courses. Alternatively, we also provide interest-free payment plans to help you budget your expenses.

FAQs on ICF life coaching

How do I become a certified ICF coach?

Certified coaches have met rigorous experience and education requirements. It demonstrates a coach's commitment to coaching excellence. 

You can do this in four simple steps:

  • Enrol in a coach training program that meets ICF’s standards.
  • Meet the designated coaching experience hours.
  • Team up with a mentor coach.
  • Show your understanding and mastery of ICF’s definition of coaching, core competencies and code of ethics.

How many ICF coaches are there?

According to the ICF membership fact sheet of January 2018, there were 18,696 coaches in 114 countries (The numbers often fluctuate).  

ICF has over 130 chapters and is in 70 differentcountries. These are local communities of members of the ICF. Each chapter has occasions that allow members to build relationships, network, and develop professionally. 

Coaches in a local area can launch and maintain an ICF chapter. 

What is the ICF definition of coaching?

The ICF was founded in 1995 and is the leading global organisation that seeks to advance the coaching profession by providing independent certification, setting high standards, and creating a network of credentialed coaches. 

The ICF defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential.”