Where To Start Becoming A Life Coach

Where To Start Becoming A Life Coach

Becoming a life coach can be a wonderful and rewarding journey. So read on for lots of independent information to help you decide if a lifecoaching career is for you.

What does a certified life coach do?

In pure life coaching, using careful questioning and feedback, the coach guides a willing client to identify and achieve their goals and outcomes and break through any obstacles or "stuff" that is getting in their way. 

Depending on the background and qualifications you bring to coaching, you may also offer mentoring or advice in a specialized niche such as business, corporate or even health coaching. You can read more about specialties and niches.  

I've also put together a Checklist of Coaching Skills and Aptitudes for you to see what else is involved in becoming a professional life coach.

How do I go about becoming a life coach?

Of course you can just tell the world you have become a life coach - and yes a lot of people do this.

Life coaching is not a registered, licensed profession such as psychology, so there is nothing to stop you just getting some fancy business cards printed, hanging out your shingle and setting up shop. Or simply adding the word "lifecoach" to your list of qualifications.

However, although related to consulting, mentoring and therapy, the coaching process has different purposes, and requires different skills and perspectives than any other helping profession.  You can read comparisons and differences here.

So my recommendations for becoming a credible, professional coach are:

1. Get Some Coach Specific Training:

Becoming a life coach can be fun and rewarding

I can't emphasize enough that I believe it is a "must" to have some specific training with a life coaching course offered by a reputable Life Coaching School that fits your needs.

It will help you get some credible coaching qualifications and certification even if they just add to those you already have in a related discipline.

When considering any training, I recommend you use my checklist of the questions to ask before enrolling and also consider the benefits of choosing an accredited life coaching program.

2. Get Some Support:
Once you have finished your coach training, there are many benefits in using Coaching Supervision or Mentoring.

A trained mentor or supervisor can help you set up your practice, advance your skills and keep you on track with the integrity of your coaching.

For more support and to further your career, you might also consider joining an independent Life Coaching Association  (that is one not attached to a particular training school) that offers recognised credentialing for coaches and accreditation for trainings. 

3. Decide How and Where You Will Coach
As you will discover, there are many different types of coaching environments and opportunities for to explore. You can read about them in Life Coaching Jobs and Opportunities.

Your choice of who and where you would like to coach may be based on not only your preference but on the background and experience you bring to to the profession.

4. How are you going to deliver your coaching?
In the section "ways you can deliver your coaching" we discuss the pros and cons of the ways you can work with a client (face-to-face, by telephone or online) with lots of useful information to help you decide the best way for you.

5. Just do it!
So this and the many other pages of information listed in our site map should all get you started on your quest of becoming a life coach. Enjoy your exploration and follow the links to the many other resources.

A book I highly recommend is Take Time for Your Life by Cheryl Richardson who was one of the first trained "professional" coaches back in the late l990's.

It is written as a self-help book so you might enjoy and benefit from doing some of the processes yourself as well as getting a handle on the essence of the many ways you can help your clients after you become a life coach.


SBI!

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