One of the first few things you think about when you decide to become a coach is that you are now facing the question of “do you really need to be certified to become a coach?” If the answer is yes, then, what kind of certifications do you need?
There has been some misunderstanding and miscommunication that surround the statement, “You don’t need a certificate to become a coach”
This is one of the worst pieces of advice anyone can give to a potential coach who wants to be successful. Becoming a coach means you are going to be in a position of power over someone else’s life. They have trusted you to guide them and walk alongside them throughout certain aspects of their lives.
If you do not want to take the time and effort to get certified, it might seem that you aren’t as serious about it. Certifications allow you to be a fully informed and responsible coach in the long run.
6 reasons to become a certified coach:
Reason 1: You are likely to be more successful
Research suggests professional coaches who obtained certification and training and likely to be more successful and less likely to drop out of the profession.
This is because you have already put in the hours and the money that was required to become a personal coach. This shows dedication and seriousness to stay in the profession.
Reason 2: Certifications helps you stand out
The number one pressing issue facing the coaching industry is the non-certified coaches calling themselves coaches. Certification helps you stand out from the non-coaches who are not certified or trained as coaches. Such individuals, because of lack of training can indirectly harm clients.
With a certification, it makes you a lot more desirable to potential clients as now the level of trust is heightened due to your certifications.
Reason 3: Certification increases your credibility
A survey by ICF suggests 84% of coaching clients find coaching credentials as “important” or “very important” to them. Not only that but professional coaches themselves agree that they feel more competitive after certification and likely to sign up more paying clients.
This also increases your own self-confidence in the long run as you feel that you are more seasoned and have a much bigger authority when it comes to being a coach.
Reason 4: Certification may become a legal necessity
Right now it’s not a necessity to have a certification to legally practice coaching but who knows it can change any day. If you are certified, you will save your back when it becomes a requirement to be certified to practice legally.
Reason 5: You will become a better coach
Due to the intensive training process along with the oral and written examinations, you will learn how to become a better coach. It’s not only about credentials but also the knowledge and learning that you will gain.
Reason 6: You will follow best practices
If you are interested in following and leading the industry’s best practices it comes with a coach certification. You don’t need to be following just minimum standards but want to shine in the work you are doing.
If you want to get your ICF accredited coaching certification get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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