Life Coach Certification

Life Coach Certification

Life Coach Certification FAQ

What is coaching?

Coaching itself is a process of partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. I would say that coaching is a mutual process, in course of which we teach the client and at the same time learn something from him/her.

What Is a Life Coach Certification?

Life Coach Certification is a a diploma or degree that states that you are certified for life coaching. Nowadays it is issued by a number of organizations.

What organizations can grant you with a Life Coach Certification?

Currently there are several organizations, both profit and non-profit ones that can give you a Life Coach Certification. Some of them are very big companies with lots of branches across the world.

International Coach Federation
The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the largest worldwide resource for professional coaches, and the source for those who are seeking a coach. They are a non-profit organization formed by individual professionals who practice coaching around the world.

CoachVille is the original global community for Coaches with over 25,000 members in over 70 Countries. This organization was founded in the early 90's by Thomas Leonard.

Other organizations
Some universities that have received ICF accreditation are considered as training schools for life coaches now. Besides, in some countries there are government regulations that impact the industry. For example, in Australia the Government offers a workplace training life coach certification. Some schools like for example The Life Coaching Academy have managed to meet the criteria to become what's called a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), so they can now offer you what is called Certificate IV Certification. They claim that their program is the only one in the world to currently have Government recognition. If you're considering corporate work, check for the equivalent in your country, as it might get you some bonus points.

Do I Need a Life Coach Certification to Start Coaching?

Have you already got some training in a related field? Are you a business trainer, consultant, speaker, counselor, fitness trainer, or financial planner? Maybe, you've been coaching unofficially for all your life? If any of this applies to you, you may not be keen on 2 years of further study - 2 years, which ignores your prior training.
But the truth is that you do not need to be certified to begin coaching. This means that you can begin coaching without certification.

How Can I Get a Life Coach Certification?

In Coachville, they don't even look at any training you do - they simply examine you on your skills. You choose which training you want to do with them, and when you decide you're ready, you just sit the exam.
The ICF, on the other hand, does not recognise any non-specific coaching training. And even specific coaching training must be demonstrated to be “aligned” with the ICF competencies. So this may not be the best course if you're already highly skilled and averse to training from scratch.
These are mostly non-profit organizations that issue life coach certificates. However, no one is the undisputed king of life coach certification yet. This independence is important for the body committed to maintaining the gold standard for certification.
So we have the ICF which doesn't train, and a lot of schools which do train. Some schools have the ICF rubber stamp so you can get both the school's certification and the ICF's certification (their course is called an ACTP). Some schools don't have the stamp but are close enough that you can still submit your training to the ICF at the end (called the Portfolio track to accreditation). And some (not many) still ignore the ICF.
At this stage, let's summarise your choices:
a) Forget about accreditation until you have 1,000 hours of paid coaching under your belt (by which time you may not care if you're accredited or not.)
b) Pick a school whose training inspires you and get their accreditation
c) Go the other way around, and set your heart on the ICF accreditation, and pick a school accredited by the ICF - and whose training inspires you - to end up with a school accreditation and ICF accreditation.

Life Coach Certification

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Good Vision In a Downpour

good vision in downpour

Here is a good Personal Effectiveness tip I got by email today just a couple of minutes ago, from Shane Norris, who is a good friend of mine. The message was originally composed by Terri Ross, so all the credits go to that person.
I hope this useful tip will save some human lives. Please, tell your family and friends about it.

How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour. We are not sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily. This method was told by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it.. It is useful...even driving at night.

Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad...... In the event you face such a situation, just try your SUN GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle! All of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain.

Make sure you always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car, as you are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but also might save your friend's life by giving him this idea..

Try it yourself and share it with your friends!??? Amazing, you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling.? You can see where the rain bounces off the road.?

It works to eliminate the "blindness" from passing semi-trucks spraying you too.?
Or the "kickup" if you are following a semi or car in the rain.? They ought to teach that little tip in driver's training. It really does work. This warning is a good one!

I wonder how many people know about this ~

A 36 year old female had an accident several weeks ago and totaled her car.
A resident of Kilgore, Texas she was traveling between Gladewater & Kilgore. It was raining, though not excessively, when her car suddenly began to hydro-plane and literally flew through the air. She was not seriously injured but very stunned at the sudden occurrence!

When she explained to the highway patrolman what had happened he told her something that every driver should know - NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL ON. She thought she was being cautious by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain..
But the highway patrolman told her that if the cruise control is on when
your car begins to hydro-plane and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an airplane. She told the patrolman that was exactly what had occurred.

The patrolman said this warning should be listed, on the driver's seat sun-visor - NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY, along with the airbag warning. We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and drive a safe speed - but we don't tell them to use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry.

The only person the accident victim found, who knew this (besides the patrolman), was a man who had a similar accident,totaled his car and sustained severe injuries.

NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow youto set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on. If you send this to 15 people and only one of them doesn't know about this,then it was all worth it. You may save a life, perhaps even your own.

Martinelli Investigations, Inc.

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