Any suggestions for professional coaching training programs?
I am seriously considering adding "Professional Coaching" to the list of services I provide. There are many training programs out there -- is there anyone who has gone through a training program that they would recommend (or recommend staying away from)?
Mary Ann, I can strongly recommend the programmes from CoachU and Corporate CoachU - you can go through them at your own pace, you meet many not only interesting but also like-minded people there - be it faculty or other students. The programmes are mainly via teleclass and do require you to be disciplined and self-motivated around this direction. While I agree with others that it is not the programmes which make for a good coach I strongly believe that there are too many 'black sheep ' in the profession and that - going forward it will pay off to be a member of an organization like the ICF (I myself am a member) and become accredited - there are already a number of companies who are looking for accreditations and not just for a 'become-coach-on-a-weekend' qualifications. I must also add that adhering to a professional code of ethics and be able to refer to it is valuable. Best of luck and do get in touch if you need further info - Claudia
Hi Mary Ann ~
As a coach, I echo the wisdom of Tiffany and several others: while coaching as a profession is fairly new and unregulated, prompting people everywhere to jump on the bandwagon, the call to service that defines coaching is something innate. I was doing this work in my personal life and with clients long before it had a formal name; I studied social work in college because of my desire to serve others to help them improve their lives. This certainly doesn't mean you can't learn a great deal and become a terrific coach through training, just that the motivation to do so is different.
In my case, I attended a coaching school "on the back end", primarily to learn how to turn what I was already doing into a business model. I then got certified through the ICF (International Coach Federation) http://coachfederation.org Today the process is more arduous, which means one needs a deeper commitment to fulfill all the requirements for certification. But in almost 17 years, no one has ever asked me what coaching school I attended or whether I'm certified — what people want to know is whether you can help them.
All the very best to you ~
Mary Ann, first I'd ask your motivation for venturing into Professional Coaching. This is not a service to offer just to offer. There needs to be a commitment and a passion for coaching. I'd encourage you to explore the coaching profession more. Explore the International Coaching Federation's web page. If you're in a city with a local coaching chapter attend an event or two and network with professional coaches, see if this really is for you. If so, then definitely invest in a quality program. Don't look for something that will just allow you to meet the minimum requirements but rather one that will really polish your skills. It should have plenty of opportunities to engage in coaching as part of the training. ICF has a list of certified programs/providers that may provide a start.
Hello Mary Ann , I was in charge of training programms for nearly 4 years , In fact its a very good services to provide , It depends on professional coach, the background & the experience - Training market is very wide - you can plan your training programms yearly & accordingly all activities can be well organized , It covers all aspecs of business & you can gain good money .
Fire me an email, I have a coaching company that is expanding and would love to meet you. There is no cost and we have a full 52 week lesson plan to walk your clients through. Danagvc at gmail.com is my email.
Most of these programs can be quite expensive in terms of money and the time required to complete them. There are a whole host of institutes out there and the numbers are growing becasue of the demand from people who want to be coaches.
I recieved my training from a private company as part of a franchising agreement. Whomever you select, do your research. Narrow down your selection and speak to people who have actually taken the program.
Decide what type of coaching you want to pursue. All coaching is not alike. Life, relationship, marital coaching is very different from business or executive coaching. Sure, there are basic tenants to the coaching process but what your clients will want to know is what do you specialize in and what outcome can they expect.
Finally, ask yourself if adding 'professional coaching' is a good match for the other things you provide. This industry is growing about 18% a year with over 40,000 people in the US calling themselves some type of coach. A crowded field to be sure.
Before you invest in training and certification, be sure you know what you want out of it. Without a real focus on building your coaching practice, the whole investment might never pay out.
Find a local who has mentored people like you and businesses like yours. Be sure they will spend "real" time with you and get references (stress on plural.) You may get some good leads at local colleges.
Hi Mary Ann,
What you ask depends upon several factors and your specialty, size of target market, results and outcome drivers. Like the answers from previous respondents having an offline discussion is optimal.
I am a not a coach but have evaluated several programs in my executive management consulting practice. If you would like to engage further I'd be happy to shares my insights with you.
Thank you, Mary Ann.
Hi Mary Ann,
Accredited coach training programmes are hugely valuable not only in developing your skills but in gaining you credibility with you potential clients. There are a lot of courses out there but a good first step is to look at the trainers and courses recognised by the International Coaching Federation.
I have been on a number of different programmes and continue my professional development by attending a number of short courses each year.
There is a move to make the profession of coaching into a recognised and credible profession and this will only be achieved if there are minimum standards and a clear qualification route. Signing up for a course would be a wise investment to make and one you will not regret.
Personally I have trained with Adler International Learning and can very highly recommend the faculty staff, the course and the support they offer.
Very happy to discuss the different schools and courses, career paths and how coaching fits into a continuum of consulting, mentoring, training, facilitation and the caring professions.
HI Mary Ann -- I agree with Ed and I'm happy to talk about this off-line. I'm sorry to say -- the "newness" of this profession has provided for lots of programs that aren't worth their weight - or your time and money. Love to talk more about this with you and offer you some suggestions for a positive (and productive) experience.
IN my 9 years of coaching, I have never once been asked about qualifications or training programs.
If you have the expertise that your target market needs, then start communicating and delivering valuable content via LinkedIn, Facebook, twitter and other social media. Start contacting your network to see if you can help them solve a problem that you can fix to get a testimonial.
I am not a "Coach" but I do coaching every day. So to start with I will say you can tighen up the branding on your profile here on MosaicHUB to be a bit less casual. But to your question, your investment into your profession by becoming "certified" as a coach is a value add you can leverage when prospecting for new business. I think Ed and Vidya probably have better opinions on the opportunities. Some people in your role also seek training in popular names like Bob Proctor and the like, seek advice and choose what fits you well.
Hi Mary, To start offering Coaching as an offering, it helps build credibility by having the right credentials and references.
You can look for getting your certification from Coaching & Leadership International - http://www.coachingandleadership.com/, the PCMK methodology is an excellent one and I have personally benefitted and so are my clients.
As regards the training programs, you need to decide on whom you want to focus on -
mid level managers, senior management etc and design a curriculum that meets the requirement of the organization. Or are you considering programs for individuals looking at self development by getting to know themselves better. We could discuss this in detail via a one-one chat.
All the best.
Mary Ann, as a professional coach I can tell you that my experience with my training program was not all I had hope it would be. This we can discuss privately. More important however is the intent behind this as coaching is vastly more than one of several services we offer. As a coach I'd be remiss if I did not ask you more questions. I'd be happy to have this discussion with you.