The Importance of Earning a Coaching Credential
You’ve become a coach!
Congratulations on joining a rewarding and rapidly growing profession.
One of the most important decisions you’ll need to make is whether to earn a coaching credential.
This was a very important decision in my coaching development and I have achieved and maintained my PCC (Professional Coach credential) as well as becoming a CMC (Certified Mentor Coach) with inviteCHANGE.
Choosing to pursue a coaching credential is both a personal and professional investment.
You’ll want to make your decision carefully.
It’s also likely that obtaining a credential will increase both your professional credibility and confidence.
According to an International Coach Federation’s (ICF) Consumer Awareness Study, 83% of individuals who have participated in a coaching relationship believe it’s important for a coach to possess a credential or credential. Additionally, respondents who have worked with a certified or credentialed coach are 15% more likely to recommend coaching to others.
We’ve learned that the best credential programs are quite rigorous. Most require you to complete comprehensive training, work closely with a mentor coach and/or a supervisor, and demonstrate your coaching skills first hand. A well-structured credential process will provide you with the opportunity to hone the skills you need to assist your clients in achieving their goals.
As the coaching profession continues to grow, the expectations of our clients are increasing. Your ability to demonstrate state-of-the-art coaching skills will significantly impact your ability to retain satisfied clients and increase your “word-of-mouth” marketing.
Once you’ve decided to earn a credential, your next step is to identify the program you want to attend. There are multiple factors to consider when making this important decision such as the level of credential you would like to achieve, your coaching specialty, your preferred training format, and the cost structure that fits your budget.
You have the ability to research and compare schools from all of the major accrediting bodies in the coaching industry as well as read reviews from coaches who have completed credential training programs.
We know how challenging it can be to find the coach training program that is right for you. ICF is dedicated to providing coaches the resources needed to make this important decision.
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As much as having a credential is a personal choice, I feel it is important from a personal integrity standpoint not to mention letting your prospective clients and the world know you are a professional.
Looking forward! Garry
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