Mentoring can claim a 3000 year headstart on coaching, but both are proving powerful aids to personal and organisational change and development. Thinking of a mentor might conjure up visions of a white bearded wiseman in flowing robes and sandals or Telemachus' adviser in Homer's Odyssey. The image of a coach is somewhat different: someone critically observing a top athlete, stopwatch in hand. How can either of these be of any relevance to a company on the eve of the new Millenium? Evolved from these origins, business coaching and mentoring are now widely recognised for their impact in leveraging personal and...

If you are seriously considering becoming a certified professional coach either as an external executive coach or a life coach or an internal coach for a company, you probably have been doing a lot of research already about how to become one. And since doing a formal training in coaching is the first step, it’s possible that you may have come across multitudes of coach training programs and the plethora of options can be confusing. As practicing coaches for more than 10 years now, we, in Benchmark Consulting, have seen what the industry and the profession require. The following criteria will...