Which is the best life coach training?

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This is a question I get asked A LOT by clients and in my Facebook Group where I support wellness professionals start and build their own companies! With life coaching becoming a growing industry worth over $2 billion dollars globally and still completely unregulated, it is no wonder that those of us that are training want to ensure we are getting the most for our money!

There are so many things to consider, which life coaching institute is accredited, how long does it take, how much does life coaching training cost? With 1000s of coaching courses, institutes and schools out there offering every conceivable area of not only business but also personal coaching, it can get a bit overwhelming when deciding which one is best for you.

So before you make your decision I wanted to share with you my insight into the industry and my own personal experience of training as a life coach to enable you to decide which is the best life coaching training for you! And if you want to talk to me about how we can work together on your business book a call .

What is a life coach?

Firstly what exactly is a life coach and what do they do? In short, a life coach is someone who helps people attain their goals in life.

So how does this differ from say therapy? Therapy which is also sometimes known as counselling or psychotherapy is a long-term process in which a client works with a professional to diagnose and resolve problematic beliefs, behaviours, relationship issues and feelings. Therapy tends to focus on past traumas and issues to uncover and change behaviour.

The difference between a therapist and life coach is that a life coach works with a client to ascertain their goals as well as identify obstacles and problematic behaviours so that they can create an action plan to achieve their client’s desired results. A life coach enables the person receiving coaching to take control of their life and take action to steer them towards their goals and achieving them.

Is life coach training worth it?

Honestly, there is no right answer to this question.

Does life coach training help you be a more effective and better coach? 100%

However a fews word of warning about life coach training. Doing this training won’t give you more confidence, it won’t give you loads of experience and it won’t give you a profitable business at the end of it.

What will it give you? It will give you the tools to understand how to coach your clients and get the best results for them.

Which life coaching institutes/courses are accredited?

Coaching is still an unregulated industry but that isn’t to say that it won’t become so in the years to come.

Many coaches want to ensure they are part of an accreditation body. The best way to see which life coaching course and institutes are accredited is to check the accrediting bodies websites.

Here are just a few of the main accrediting bodies:

Association for Coaching

Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision (APECS)

International Coaching Federation

International Authority for Professional Coaching & Mentoring (IAPC&M)

European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)

The general public doesn’t usually ask for proof of either your certification or being part of an accrediting body. However, there are many advantages to joining an accrediting body but you do usually have to pay a fee to join most of them. So, review the benefits of each and see which is most inline with what you want to do.

How long does life coach training take?

Life coach training can take anything from 1 day to 1 year depending on which course you decide on and whether it is run over a consecutive amount of time, weekends, part-time, etc. I am a bit dubious of those promising credentials in a short amount of time because let’s face it coaching covers a lot and there is just no way you can get a full understanding of it all in a short amount of time.

How much does life coach training cost?

Again this can vary hugely from a few hundred pounds to in excess of £5000. The majority of established and accredited life coach training courses and institutes tend to have similar prices of around the £4500-£6000 mark.

Life coach training online Vs life coaching training in person

You can do your training remotely or in person with many schools. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

Life coach training online can have many advantages, you can learn at your own speed and in your own time, you don’t need to spend time travelling, you can do it from anywhere in the world but if you aren’t driven then it can be had to motivate yourself, you don’t get as much time training/practising the techniques that you would in person .

Whereas doing your life coach training in person enables you to ask relevant questions during modules, you get a lot more in-depth explanations and examples and there is more opportunity to coach your peers.

Which life coaching training is best for me?

What it comes down to is not what is the best training but determining what the best training is for you! Life coach training is so varied and can cover so many different modalities within it (everything from hypnotherapy, NLP, CBT, mindfulness, breath work, meditation to EFT techniques can be included in the modules that are taught as part of a life coaching course. So do your research on what is taught. Do you have an affinity with these modalities, do you agree with them, have you tried them or benefitted from them yourself?

With a hefty price tag to many of these courses, you want to make sure that the money invested is being utilised as best as possible. Ensure courses focus on the practical side of practising the skills you learned and that they have some support or resources to help you set up on your own afterwards.

Once you have determined what areas you want to focus on then reach out to certified coaches in this area to see what their experiences of the training was, working in this area and any other insights they may have.

One of the most important questions I asked myself right at the beginning of my journey was ‘Why do you want to be a coach’? Understanding your driving force, your why can make the difference between whether you are successful or not.

To hear the stories of established and successful wellness business professionals listen to my podcast ‘Wealth in Wellness - Stories of Success from Wellness Professionals’.


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Kimberley Barnard