Since in this millennium life coaching becomes a “career choice”, many of you are looking for the right choice for training and certification. We hope that this article will answer some of your questions.
There are many excellent schools for coaches, academies and institutes. Some are accredited and some are not. Should school accreditation matter to you? In my opinion, no.
Since there are no universal standards for the profession of a life coach, there are no universal standards for schools. In addition, since well-paid coaches usually work in a niche, these niches are such that they are developed by a coach regardless of the training they can receive.
What makes the issue of accreditation particularly confusing is marketing. In some cases, accreditation is used as a marketing tool, and not as an indicator of their success. Many coaching schools are accredited only because a group of colleagues got together and decided to form a group and accredit the schools of their partners. How to find out if this is true for the school you are interested in? You really do not know and, as a rule, can not figure it out.
Many schools use accreditation as a marketing ploy to attract you and charge exorbitant rates. If you just want to spend more money, go ahead. The price really has little to do with the efficiency of materials. Secondary schools tend to work harder to please students and in many cases offer good or better training because students receive more individualized instruction from instructors.
How important is school accreditation? Let's look at it in a realistic perspective. Most importantly for a potential coaching client, can this trainer help me? Most clients check whether the coach has received formal training, but not against the background of the school. And the truth is that customers don't care if the school you went to is accredited. It just does not fit. Customers will decide to use your services if they like you, feel the connection and see that you offer the solutions they need. That's all.
Since coaching is a special and relatively new profession, and there are no universal standards, many new schools have appeared. To build a fence around the learning community and income derived from it, some schools have created organizations that accredit only their schools of their choice and virtually rule out the possibility of accrediting a new school. They will require applicant schools to show proof of ten or more years of professional success before they even consider them for accreditation. They then apply personal prejudice to school accreditation, so if the school does not fit their philosophy, they are not eligible or will not be approved.
Peer Resources ( http://www.peer.ca/coachingschools .html ), a recognized global leader in training resources for trainers, states that "accreditation" in the field of coaching currently has a number of problematic aspects, including the lack of wide distribution, a conflict of interest between reviewers and some rating schools, minimal reporting of results, and dubious or vague criteria. Although accreditation usually means that the school has been verified by an external source, this does not necessarily mean that "non-accredited schools" provide less significant or less quality programs. "
So how does a potential teaching student make the right choice? Here are a few ways:
Read student reviews
Make sure the school's philosophy is the same as yours
Contact the school to find out if they are answering your questions
Look for a school that teaches a niche or Target market is an example:
Suppose you are a Christian and prefer training that matches your faith. It will be important to choose a Christian (Bible-based) certification course. Admittedly, learning from a true biblical worldview offers few options. Most are secular programs that have been repackaged to appeal to a Christian student. Some are accredited and some are not. But this should not matter, because there is no governing body that would make a decision. whose course is the best. There are two types of accreditation for coaching schools: Christian and secular. A school offering uncompromisingly biblical content will strive for Christian accreditation and maintain these standards. Christian schools with accreditation from secular accreditation bodies are less likely to have basic biblical content, because secular groups often subscribe to new age or eastern philosophy and can influence course content and materials. In addition, a school whose leaders have a true biblical point of view will seek God's approval, while others will seek the approval of a person.
Thanks to my research and contacts with various institutions, there was only one Christian coaching school that impressed me. This is the Academy of Professional Christian Counseling and Coaching. ( http://www.pccca.org ). PCCCA offers training and certification for Christian Life Coaches and Christian Counselors. The current economy gave a significant boost to Christian trainers and consultants, while many secular trainers found themselves out of work and out of business. In difficult economic times, luxury is the first to go, but people are looking for God's guidance more than ever.
I discovered that the PCCCA adheres to its principles of faith, maintains the integrity of its programs, and consistently strives for excellence. Their programs were recently revised in 2010 for content and expanded business and marketing components that include social networks. Moreover, they offer individual training with practicing trainers, acting as trainer training instructors. The success of any coaching school depends on what they bring to the table with their skills, honesty, reasonable pay and knowledge. Add this to an excellent workout, and you get an unbeatable combination. Although PCCCA is accredited by a Christian coaching school and has received the highest recognition thanks to the Prize for Excellence, prospective students can be assured that they have no secular connections or accreditation.
Regardless of your worldview, I recommend to future instructor students not to be convinced because of stupid advertising, high fees, and accreditation. Look for the best school for you. Period.