Recently, I read an article reporting shady life coaching business practices, and bringing into question the lack of regulation in the coaching industry. Posted by NBC News, the article acknowledges that “while illicit activity can happen in any industry, life coaching is particularly susceptible because it is unregulated and anyone can say they’re a life coach establish a practice. [sic]” Advice for prospective new clients includes “The International Coach Federation certifies coaches at three levels — ACC, PCC and MCC. These are the credentials to look for.”
As the author of The Complete Guide to Christian Coach Training the most asked question I hear is “do I have to be credentialed?” Most asking this question wonder if credentials are required in order to practice as a life coach and the answer is “no, not today.” For many coaches, this is a welcomed answer. But as the article points out, there are ways regulation could be helpful to potential clients. Additionally, the public view of the coaching industry (and potentially my coaching business and yours) isn’t helped when non-regulation can understandably be seen in the shady light described in the NBC News article.
When Christian coaches ask me this question, I encourage them to consider the vision God has given them for their business or ministry. How will credentials enhance the vision God has put before you? Keep in mind, credentials reflect excellent training and mentoring that advances your skills and increases the gifts and services with which you can bless the clients God has assigned to you.
I encourage all coaches to research and become aware of credentials available through the International Coach Federation. Pray through decisions about credentials. Look at your credentialing opportunities in light of the unique vision to which God has called you.
- Research the International Coach Federation (ICF) credentials at www.coachfederation.org.
- Check out the professional development opportunities at Christian Coaches Network International (CCNI) at www.christiancoaches.com.
- Read my book – The Complete Guide to Christian Coach Training – 2016 edition – which simplifies your efforts, shortens your research, and profiles 13 top Christian coach training programs – many of which offer training that leads to ICF credentials. Get help right now, right here.
- Hear me speak on Empowering Impact with Coach Training, Credentials and Professional Development at the Clarity Telesummit next week, February 24 and 26. Dr. Betsy Lavin has invited me to join seven other speakers to offer Christian coaches resources for gaining focus and clarity as you develop your coaching business. It’s free – sign up here.
Thank you Linda for all you do to help Christian coaches. And thank you for speaking at next weeks Clarity Summit for Christian Life Coaches. You’re message will bring clarity to certification and credentialing questions that many coaches face these days. I hope all of your readers will join us!
You’re welcome, Betsy! Thank you for inviting me to speak at the Clarity Summit – I look forward to joining you and the other wonderful speakers for a great time of inspiring and equipping coaches!
Thank you at last for answering a question that’s been bugging me. Keep up the good work Linda!
Thank you so much for answering this questions. One other question, if you desire to be certified but are not financially able to at this moment, what approach would you take to start coaching while saving to take certification courses?
Paula, for more on training, certification/credential and starting a business/ministry, go to this page: https://www.christiancoachingresources.com/resources-and-answers/