Coach Certification: Is It Really Necessary?
Coaching feels like a new buzz word. You can't take a step left or right without coming across some sort of life or business coach—and for good reason. More and more research is being conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of coaching, especially in the workplace. It’s a powerful tool that knocks down barriers, empowers employees to take action, and improves office morale.
Whether you're curious about incorporating more coaching philosophies in your current role, are curious about starting your own coaching practice, or have been independently practicing for years, you'll eventually come to the question: “Do I really need to be certified in an unregulated industry?”
And the answer is no. You don't have to be certified before offering coaching services. You can certainly “hang your placard” if you choose to do so, but there’s a few reasons why you should consider pursuing a certification, even if you have no plans on leaving your 9-5.
1. You’ll add proven tools and techniques to your skillset.
Many of us are drawn to coaching because we feel such a profound sense of joy when our mentees make big strides. When we help coworkers change the way they think, feel, and perceive… when we help clients break through their fears and become the leader of their lives… we are happy for them, and we also feel fulfilled ourselves.
Going through a certification program will give you proven tools and techniques to help your clients succeed. You already have a wonderful foundation, but your tool box will be better equipped to handle any situation, so you can more effectively empower your clients and coworkers to move forward.
2. It will build your integrity and authenticity as a professional coach.
A certification is an easy way to stand out in an increasingly saturated market. It boosts your reputation, establishes you as a true professional, and provides an instant layer of legitimacy. Whether it’s fair or not, prospective clients and employers will assign more value to a coach who has invested in a training program. They’re quicker to trust, and will pay more for, the services of an skilled coach.
3. You’ll open the doors to a new community.
Sometimes we’re faced with situations that we don’t know how to handle. When you’re part of a community of certified coaches, you’ll have an entire circle of peers, mentors, and friends to call on when you’re feeling particularly blocked. The importance of knowing when you need support and being able to call on a community of likeminded professionals who are eager to assist cannot be understated. (It’s also a wonderful opportunity for referrals!)
The coaching industry is still fairly new in the grand scheme of established careers, but it’s rapidly booming. As the coaching field continues to grow, it’s entirely possible that certification will become the standard. Wouldn’t you like to be ahead of the curve so you can focus on what you want to be doing—empowering people to be their best self?
To wrap up, here are the biggest reasons why you should invest in an accredited coach training program:
1. You’ll gain the skills to more effectively help your clients succeed.
2. You’ll quickly establish your position as an expert, garnering more respect and opportunities.
3. You’ll be part of a larger community.
4. Certification may not be optional forever.
There are over 200 coach training programs within the U.S. Researching one that’s accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) can feel daunting, at best. Take a peek at our free “9 Key Considerations for Choosing the Right Coach Training Program” guide and see if iPEC is the best for you.