You decide you want to become a coach - woohoo!
But as soon as you start looking into getting certified, you quickly realise there are HUNDREDS of options out there.
What’s the difference between all the coach training programs? Which one is best? How should you pick a coach training school?
It’s important to get all the answers to this before you go out there and start training. Coach certification programs can cost over $10,000 and take 2-3 years to complete. So we want to make sure you know what to look for before you invest your precious time and money!
So today we’re going to look at the different coach certifications options out there. We’ll break down and compare the options, so you can pick the best one for you.
There are 3 main coach certifying bodies out there - International Coach Federation (ICF), Meta-Coach Foundation (MCF) and the International Coach Guild (ICG).
Each of these organisations provide different levels of certification. Let’s take a look at what these are.
There are 3 certifications you can achieve with ICF - Associate, Professional and Master Certified Coach. Below is a snapshot of the requirements at each level.
MCF also has 3 levels of credentials - Associate, Professional, and Master Certified Meta-Coach. Again the difference between these 3 are the number of training hours you’ve undertaken and coaching experience you’ve had. Below is a snapshot of the requirements at each level.
ICG has 4 Levels of Credentials - Certified, Advanced, Master and Professional Coach. Each level differs in the number of training hours, client references and written essay assessments required. Below is a snapshot of the requirements at each level.
Now that we’ve had a quick overview, let’s look at the Pros and Cons of each certification.
Now that we’ve had a look at the 3 certifying bodies, and the pros and cons for each - which certification should you choose?
We recommend you pick either the International Coach Federation (ICF) or Meta-Coach Foundation (MCF).
We wouldn’t go with ICG because they are not as internationally recognised as the other two, have less training organisations available and you cannot achieve ICF or MCF certification with your ICG training.
Instead, if you’re looking to get quickly certified, learn some basic coaching skills and can easily get some paid coaching experience to meet certification - ICF would be the way to go.
However, if you want more comprehensive skills - which would help you feel more confident with your clients and achieve better results - go with MCF.
MCF train and benchmark you on a more comprehensive set of coaching skills, so you know you’ll be getting solid coach training. You can also achieve ICF certification, with your MCF training. Plus, you can get certified before you get paid clients, which is what most new coaches want before they start their business.
Now I would love to hear from you...which coach training certification did you pick or are you considering? Leave a comment below.
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