With the goings-on in the world today, the rise in the demand for professional coaching has dramatically increased since the quarantines were implemented in 2020.
If you are sincerely considering to become a professional coach — be it a life coach, external executive coach or internal coach for your company — it is important that you be formally trained first.
Below are a few helpful criteria that can help you screen and select the best coach training program you rightfully deserve:
- Accreditation by the International Coaching Federation (ICF): This is a must as ICF is the recognized global authority of coaching and it offers the only globally recognized, independent credentialing program. To verify if the program you are attending is legitimately ICF-accredited, visit https://coachingfederation.org/credentials-and-standards/find-a-training-program
- Credibility and Experience of the Course Master: Faculty credibility is the most critical factor to consider. Best if you go for courses facilitated by an ICF-Master Certified Coach (MCC), and a recognized coaching guru with global exposure and long years of coaching experience (e.g. 20 years or more). Do not fall for celebrities, greenhorns or even self-proclaimed master coaches. Spend time to always do some careful background checks before you decide. You may verify the course master’s coach credentials here: https://coachingfederation.org/find-a-coach-0/member-directory.
- Course Delivery: The manner of how the course is being conducted matters a lot in your growth as a professional coach. Choose courses that will provide you with strong theoretical foundations based on ICF global coaching standards and provide you ample opportunities to build and sharpen your skills through supervised real and live coaching exercises. Coaching is a skill, and skills can be honed only by practicing it with the proper guidance and feedback of a coaching guru.
- Practicum and Mentor Coach Supervision: Go for a course that is truly dedicated to your development as a professional coach. A course that will provide you actual real-life opportunities to practice and grow your coaching proficiency — not classroom role play sessions and video showings alone. A course that provides you a mentor coach that will: a) handhold you during your actual coaching practice; b) listen to your coaching conversations; c) give you feedback and directions; d) not give up on you until you are ready.
These are just some of the factors that you can look into when choosing a coach training program. Your choice of program can define how you will be able to start your coaching practice so make sure to spend some time to look at the credentials of the people behind it.
Benchmark’s Accelerated Coach Training Program is led by Benchmark’s founder and the Philippines’ first ICF Master Certified Coach, Julius Ordoñez. We even raised the bar higher with our Advanced Professional Coaching Certification Course where Julius is joined by another sought-after Master Certified Coach of the West and the 5th Global President of ICF, no other than Dr. Marcia Reynolds.
Benchmark’s decades of experience in coaching has already produced hundreds of graduates all over the world. Join the roster of proficient coaches who are transforming thousands of lives and inquire about our coach training programs today.