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Where can one become a certified business and/or life coach?

I am looking for doing it online as I currently live in Romania.

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Brendon Burchard, founder of High Performance Academy, has a Certified High Performance Coaching Certification that is the absolute best coaching certification out there.

He basically hands you a world-class 12-Session coaching business in a box, and trains you on all the teachings, and the psychology/thought process behind the coaching practice.

If you're new to coaching this will get you up to speed fast.

If you're a veteran or have some experience w/o certification. You can interweave your own style/practice into the program too.

Not to mention, the community of certified HP coaches is great, people are open with what's working for them and sharing their successes and helping others that are struggling.

This certification can be applied to business coaching & life coaching.

You have to attend High Performance Academy or Purchase the online version of the course as a pre-requisite. Which you should probably do anyways before you invest in the certification to ensure you're aligned with and passionate about the High Performance theories and methodologies.

You can get some free training here to get a taste:
http://highperformanceAcademy.com

When the registration opens up again for High Performance Academy, you'll get an email. Or you can reach out to me and I can connect you directly with Brendon's Staff to register.

John Maxwell also has a coaching program that if I were looking at coaching programs, I would look into that one as well.

I don't know anything about it, but I know John Maxwell's books are rock-solid and his coaching program probably is too.

Hope this helps!

Good luck to you!


Answered 6 years ago

There are several things to consider when you're contemplating becoming a life and/or business coach. What type of certification are you looking to achieve? The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the internationally recognized accreditation body for certifying coaches with several different levels of life coaching. The coaching industry is still relatively unregulated so be careful which websites/programs you choose to use. I'd suggest doing some research for a program that will fulfill the ICF accreditation requirements and then when you've gotten your courses done, you can apply and take the ICF exam for your coaching certification.

This is a personal decision and it will be up to you to decide, what fits your needs. You may want to also think about what areas do you want to coach in? What is your coaching space? Do you know about creating businesses, are you an expert in something? There are so many areas of coaching and honing in on what makes you unique in the coaching space can go a long way in helping you decide which coaching program fits your requirements.


Answered 6 years ago

I find the credentialing to be a bit "fuzzy math" where people who have done well financially have acquired "certifications" by various education centers or training. I work in addiction medicine and consult for mental health and addiction referral as well as facility training. I also do spiritual advisory and found myself in that position when a few high profile folks sought my help. Singer Tori Amos is one. She has publicly thanked me in liner notes.

That said.. My experience as a NCAA Division I collegiate athlete at a school that competed for the national championship and have experiencing playing sports at an international level, paramedic and the very elite fight paramedic gig, my own experience in addiction and the interesting spiritual work I do for several high profile artist.... I thought about certifying myself. But the vast majority seem shiney and pretty and can't carry the same weights my medic license and recommendations from folks like Tori, I decided to forego it.

My work speaks for itself.


Answered 6 years ago

Life is difficult to comprehend. Experience is not what happens to a man, it is what a man does with what happens to him. It is important to understand and embrace gratitude to live a happy and fulfilled life. One way to do that is to see the positives in every situation. Coaches help you to see that positive side. Coaches are usually consultants from outside the organisation. They often have a background in psychology, business, training, or education. Ideally, they should have a professional qualification from a reputable coaching institute but more important is their track record and experience as coaches. They may be drawn from firms of coaching consultants, retired CEOs, or other experts from universities, think tanks, and government. The coach’s aim is to improve and develop the potential of the coachee. They do this by helping the coachee achieve their personal and professional targets, to become more confident and self-aware, and to become successful in their chosen field or simply in their life. In any event coaches should be dedicated lifelong learners devoted to acquiring skills, models, and tools from other disciplines such as neuro linguistic programming and positive psychology that will enhance their ability to coach effectively.
Many line managers as part of their jobs would have a coaching role in relation to their own staff. Line managers suitable for such a role should be trusted, highly respected, have an interest in the training and development of their staff and are personally committed to lifelong learning. However, some line managers are reluctant to coach because they feel they have neither the time nor the skills needed. In many instances they do not perceive themselves as responsible for the development of others as they view this as the functional and sole responsibility of HRM. This is an attitude that is prevalent in business and needs to be changed.
Ideally a coach should have the following skills:
i. They should be optimistic about other people’s ability to change, grow and learn. They should have the ability to inspire, motivate and stimulate others by turning practical working situations into worthwhile and challenging learning opportunities.
ii. They should have excellent communication skills. These would include listening, questioning, clarifying, non-verbal communication and feedback skills. Negative feedback requires great sensitivity and diplomacy skills. Coaches should be able to reframe situations so that the client can get a different perspective on issues. They should be able to turn weaknesses into strengths and threats into opportunities.
iii. Coaches must build up rapport with their clients. Rapport is the personal chemistry that exists between people which facilitates good interpersonal relationships. This is strengthened by feelings of mutual respect.
iv. Coaches must understand themselves so that they can understand the feelings and reactions of their clients. This requires a high level of emotional intelligence so that they empathise easily with their clients.
v. Coaches must be able to diagnose problems quickly and suggest alternative ways of solving them. They can only suggest. It is the responsibility of the client to either accept or reject the suggestions offered. This is based on the sound psychological principle that people are much more likely to implement solutions that they have come up with rather than those that are forced upon them.
vi. The coach must always keep confidentiality. Discretion is necessary so that trust can be established and maintained. The coach demonstrates a high standard of personal and professional ethics by being honest, truthful, genuine, impartial and objective. Coaches lead by example and act as a role model for the coachee.
vii. The coach should understand how adults learn. They should identify and remove the obstacles to learning in the workplace. Coaches must be personally committed to lifelong learning and continuous improvement and create the same desire in others.
viii. Coaches should possess good business acumen and broad business knowledge. They should understand how business systems work and have the knowledge, expertise, and skills that the coachee needs.
ix. Coaches should have top class facilitation skills. Their role is to facilitate the learning of their clients and not to be directive in any way. The coach guides and supports the process of learning.
x. The coach should be able to set learning and work-related objectives. These can be accomplished through assignments, job rotation, reflection on work achievements and personal development activities such as private study and attendance at courses, conferences, workshops, or seminars.
xi. The coach should be confident and self-assured. A lack of confidence is quickly transmitted to the client and may in turn undermine the client’s confidence in the whole coaching process.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” At first glance, becoming a business coach seems to take just a few straightforward steps. As delineated by study.com, there are four steps to becoming a business coach.
A. Get a degree in an area of business.
B. Work and become particularly good at what you do.
C. Enroll in programs that offer business coaching certification to learn the necessary coaching skills.
D. Network yourself, build a solid reputation and create a client base.
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) offers the gold standard for coaching credentials but they do not specifically provide the certification training. They do offer a listing of agencies that will provide the certification training to their high standards. Coach training that is accredited by ICF has gone through a rigorous review process and demonstrated that its curriculum aligns with the ICF definition of coaching, Core Competencies and Code of Ethics.
The ICF offers three types of program approval for certification:
1. Associate Certified Coach (ACC).
2. This level of certification requires 60+ hours of training and 100 hours of coaching experience.
3. Professional Certified Coach (PCC).
4. This level of certification requires 125+ hours of training and 500 hours of coaching experience.
5. Master of Certified Coach (MCC).
This level of certification requires 200+ hours of training plus 2,500 hours of coaching experience.
Participants in these certification programs must complete and demonstrate the successful completion of the coursework along with coaching experience. Candidates for the certification must also successfully complete a coach knowledge assessment and have satisfactory performance ratings and a transcript. The documents are then submitted electronically to the ICF for certification approval. The ICF offers a search service to locate the agency to provide the certification training. Candidates may choose from training delivery options that include virtual, in-person, or a combination of virtual and in-person training. The World Coach Institute is also a credentialing agency for business coaches. The participant will earn a Business Coach Certificate (BCC). There are multiple pathways to business coach certification through this organization. You may choose to pursue the studies through self-study, teleclass (telephone contact), online study, and specialize with niche add-on training and coaching lessons. The credits earned will apply towards ICF certification in addition to the BCC. Colleges are beginning to offer programs that will provide a degree and credential in coaching. For example, there is the Leadership, Organizational Development and Executive Coaching Program at The Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. The program offers a Master of Science with a concentration in Executive Coaching. In addition to the academic degree, the students are awarded a professional certificate. Graduates will also qualify to apply for ICF credentials. Another example of how universities are providing extended training to professionals is found at Columbia University, which offers a coaching credential with a goal of forming a Coaching Centre of Excellence. This unique ten-month to one-year program will award the participant with a certificate that aligns to ICF standards.
Besides if you do have any questions give me a call: https://clarity.fm/joy-brotonath


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