How To Choose A Coaching Certification Program
You might have been considering whether or not you should get a coaching certification for a while now, or how to choose the right one yet.
The truth is, there are hundreds of different elements that could play a role when you’re deciding which coaching certification program is right for you, but here’s the good news…
You don’t have to consider everything.
When you’re ready to choose a coaching certification program, you just need to hone in on a handful of needle-moving elements that can lead you straight to the right one.
So, let’s look at 3 of the most important elements you want to consider, one by one.
One of the most important things to consider when you’re thinking about a specific certification program is whether they offer some kind of mentorship as part of your certification training.
Mentorship is important as it can create a much deeper, meaningful and accelerated learning experience as a student coach.
Mentors generally guide student coaches in small groups or even 1:1. This will give you the chance to ask questions and learn directly from an experienced coach who is eager to pass on their knowledge and expertise.
This is an important element to consider if you prefer having a personalized journey, someone to support you in every step of the way, during your certification.
A third key component in evaluating a certification program that’s right for you has to do with the delivery method.
Some coaching certification programs combine in-person training with an online or digital classroom. Other programs are focused on just one of these two key delivery channels.
Some people feel like it’s impossible to focus or learn deeply in a digital classroom while others get distracted in a real-world environment.
Your job is to understand your personal learning preferences and choose the option that will allow you to maximize your potential as a student coach and eventually as a professional certified coach.
Cost is also a major factor for a lot of new coaches. If you’re just starting out in your coaching business, a certification program that costs thousands of dollars may be out of the question for you.
If that’s the case, look for other coaching programs that are lower in cost, but will still provide all the world-class coaching skills and tools you need to quickly become a great coach and start growing your coaching business.
If you already have some experience as a coach, an available learning budget for yourself, and you're looking for a certification to establish your authority and master your methodology, then investing in an offline or online certification program might be the right choice for you.
Schedule yourself some time to go through the following questions and journal your answers in a notebook or piece of paper.
These questions will help you find clarity on whether an accredited certification program is right for you:
Does the coaching certification program include a mentorship segment?
Is mentorship part of the overall cost or do you need to pay for it separately (above the price of the program)?
How will the program be delivered? Is it an online certification, an in-person program, or does it have both modalities combined?
What is your personal learning preference? And if you prefer an in-person setting, are there any available programs around your vicinity?
What is the overall philosophy of the training school or organization running the program?
Does this philosophy align with your beliefs and values?
What is the cost of the program? Is it a one-off payment or are there any payment plans available?
Can you comfortably pay for this program at this time?
What About Life Coaching Certifications?
The coaching industry has a $1 billion value in the United States alone and the estimated global revenue from coaching in 2019 was $2.849 billion.
In 2020, the search for ‘coaches’ on LinkedIn brought in over 6.28 million results!
It’s clear that this industry is one of the fastest growing markets on the planet and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Today, most of the world sees coaching in general and life coaching in particular as an urgent essential that everyone needs.
But so many individuals who become life coaches never achieve their dreams of making a living from coaching, and it’s because they don’t understand how to coach on a deep level so they can create change that lasts.
And as more coaches continue to flood the industry every single day and sophisticated clients demand more from life coaches than just coaching techniques that can be found with a simple Google search...
You need to find a way to stand out and establish a powerful, unshakeable reputation as a life coach who has what it takes to create results every time...
You need to get to the place where people can’t stop talking about you (some of the best coaches in the world got to where they are almost entirely by word of mouth!)
This is true for new coaches and it applies even if you’re an experienced coach.
To be successful as a coach, you need a proven methodology that will work no matter how much (or how little) coaching experience you have and no matter where your client is in their journey toward their goals.
Which is why, after decades of hands-on coaching work, co-founder of both Evercoach and Mindvalley, Ajit Nawalkha, created the 4-Part Life Coaching Process methodology to coach anyone at any stage of life. This coaching process includes the 4 key aspects of life that every single human being on the planet needs in order to create success and happiness.
Whether you’re just thinking of becoming a life coach or you’re already a coach with experience under your belt, this one-of-kind Life Coaching Certification program by Evercoach and Mindvalley will take you through every phase, activity, experience, tool and shift you need to become the kind of life coach who has a long waitlist of eager clients no matter what else is going on.