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How to choose a Coach Training Program

Becoming a coach is a big, life-altering decision, and should be entered into with intent, knowledge and foresight.  There are many considerations to becoming a coach, and one of the most difficult to deal with is how to choose a coach training program that is right for you.  ICF has a list of over 200 Coach Training Programs to choose from.  How do you know which to select?

Do your research!  Overall, you will need to consider:

Why do you want to become a Coach?  

Understanding your reasons will help you narrow down your training options.

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Credentialing and Certification:

What's the difference?  Do I need both?  How do I get them? 

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What is the Training Like?  

What does it cost, how is it taught, is the faculty credentialed?

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Does it match my style?  

Do the program's mission and values speak to me? Will it motivate me to persist?

A word from ICF on Training Programs:


You must do your homework to ensure you are getting the best value for your journey to becoming a coach.  Download this checklist: How to Choose Coach Training.pdf to help you keep track of what is important to consider in choosing a coach training program.

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Bottom Line

After doing the research and answering questions about the program, do you really want to sign up with that program?  If you have doubts, you may want to see if they have a starter class to help you get a better understanding of their style, and if coaching is for you.

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