The first step in becoming a certified coach is to complete coach-specific training that is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and aligned with their standards.
The ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative manner that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
In order to be that partner, one should first commit time, energy, and resources to invest in their skill development. Coaching is a game changing experience that dramatically adjusts people’s paradigms, habits, and perspectives. It allows people to create tremendous positive change in their personal and professional life, therefore, coaching is a career path that needs to be taken seriously.
The second step in the journey is to complete a designated number of coaching hours. In order to do that you are encouraged to create a plan of action to practice and experience coaching as much as possible. Becoming a certified coach is like learning a new language; it requires repetition and practice. Offer your coaching service to as many people as you can, regardless of the niche, and in time you will feel more confident in your abilities.
The next thing as crucial as practicing is to partner with a mentor and get supervision on your Professional coaching competencies. Find a mentor that will help you refine your coaching capabilities and improve them to align with ICF’s competencies and code of ethics.
The next phase is to demonstrate an understanding and mastery of the ICF definition of coaching, Code of Ethics, and Core Competencies. There will be an oral and written assessment process for you to demonstrate this knowledge.
The FLOW’s ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) is a professional coach certification training program that includes mentoring as well as both oral and written assessment components built into the program. Therefore enrolling in the ACTP program will help you to become a certified coach easier than other avenues, as the program itself is structured almost in alignment with all the steps of certification.
If you would more information or have questions, connect with one of our FLOW Coaching’s program administrators.
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