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How do you Become a Life Coach? Everything you need to know.

by | May 13, 2021 | Life Coaching

Life Coaching is a field in transition. Life Coaches work with clients (typically 1-1) to help them lead more fulfilling lives (with specialties including health and wellness, breath work, meditation, transitions, and more). And while, anyone can say they are a life coach, truly great coaches (and one’s that build successful businesses), are constantly studying and working to improve both their self-growth and their expertise in whichever coaching field they choose to pursue.

So, if you’re thinking about making the leap into life coaching, this post is for you.

 We’ll cover:

  • The range of specialties (niches) that exist within the Life Coaching field.
  • Accredited programs to help you begin your coaching career.
  • Approaches to go from a beginner coach to a more experienced coach.
  • The average time it takes to get “certified” as a coach and to build a coaching practice.
  • Introductory ideas on how to get clients and grow your business.
  • Additional resources to read as you consider becoming a Life Coach.

1. Getting Started: The Different types of Life Coaches

Most Life Coaches get their start by completing an accredited Life Coaching certification program.

These programs help you learn the basics of what it takes to be a coach, which includes:

  • Understanding you strengths, weaknesses, and triggers so you can show up fully with clients.
  • Learning how to be present during 1-1 coaching.
  • Frameworks and tools for effective coaching.
  • Extensive live coaching and professional feedback.
  • Extensive demos and didactic training from master coaches.
  • More.

When deciding on what coaching program, to enroll in, we highly recommend you attend the “fundamentals” or 101 course of many different programs to understand how each program works and what makes them unique. Similar to selecting a college or university to attend, you want to find a program that is right for you both in terms of program culture and coaching specialty.

Speaking of specialty, the direction the world of coaching is going is that of niche specialists.

Here at CoachRally, we envision a world, where anyone, anytime, can hire an exceptional coach to help them overcome challenges and achieve life goals (from fitness goals, to relationship goals, to breathing or sleep improvements).

Here are a few of the types of life coaches that are becoming more popular:

  • Relationship Coaches
  • Sleep Coaches
  • Breath and Movement Coaches
  • Mindfulness and Meditation Coaches 
  • Sex Coaches
  • Life Transition and Career Change Coaches

What is powerful about this new world of coaching is that once you become an expert in your specialty, you can operate as an entrepreneur combining different tools and modalities to create a unique value proposition for your community of clients.

For example, some Sleep coaches combine a knowledge of meditation and self-reflection, with a degree in psychology, and experience in a particular field (such as the medical field) to create custom programs on meditation and sleep for doctors. One you develop strong skills as a coach, options for focus and specialization are extensive.

Tip: Our strong recommendation is to think about what coaching specialty you’re interested in (why are you getting into this field?) and then seek out a certification program that offers strong coaching fundamentals as well as a bent toward your specialty of interest. Once your fundamentals in place you can supplement your learning with additional online or in-person courses (or books and other readings) to hone or further define your specialty.

Key Action: Attend a fundamental or 101 courses for your top coach course selections to find the one that is right for you.

2. Complete a Life Coaching Certification Program

As noted above, the first step in learning to coach is completing a program that teaches you the core skills of being a coach, from showing up effectively, understanding your clients, asking powerful questions, and developing frameworks and tools to help people grow in a deep way.

Each of these programs varies in length, right now the industry standard is a “Core Curriculum” that includes 4-5 modules, each typically 3-days long, with recommended reading and activities in between.

Some training programs can be completed within 4-5 months; meanwhile, other programs run for 1-2 years. What’s most important is that you’re not a coach until you develop your own confidence and skill in being able to create an impact for clients, usually indicated by a dedicated base of clients who happily refer new folks your way.

Tip: Check out our list of the best life coaching certification programs to explore what’s out there and find one that is right for you.

3. Hire Clients and Get Hours

After completing whatever coaching course you have taken, the next step required to become a certified life coach (by the ICC) is to accumulate and record coaching hours. The ICC requires x hours (master level), y hours (Super Mario level), etc. In addition to having completed an approved program. This step of the process takes most coaches around a year to complete; however, this is not required to use your new life coaching skills and work with clients.

Key Action: Review the ICC certification guidelines to understand what programs are ICC approved and how many hours are required if official certification is a goal of yours.

4. Build Your Practice

After completing whatever coaching course you have taken, the next step required to become a certified life coach (by the ICC) is to accumulate and record coaching hours. The ICC requires x hours (master level), y hours (Super Mario level), etc. In addition to having completed an approved program. This step of the process takes most coaches around a year to complete; however, this is not required to use your new life coaching skills and work with clients.

Key Action: Review the ICC certification guidelines to understand what programs are ICC approved and how many hours are required if official certification is a goal of yours.

5. What’s next?

 

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