Being a life coach is one of the most fulfilling jobs in the whole world. A life coach has the ability to make life changes for another person. As opposed to the common notion, life coaching is not for everybody, and not just anyone can become an effective life coach. If you have the potential of becoming a life coach then pursue this career path. Also, you should know how to become a certified life coach since it will help you gain the confidence of potential clients.
What are the Advantages of Becoming A Certified Life Coach
After your high school graduation, what do you get? A high school diploma or certificate. After college graduation what do you get? Another diploma or certificate. When attending seminars, what do participants get at the end? Certificates. So in life coaching, what does it mean to be certified? Does it have any advantages?
In high school or college, diplomas and certificates are proof that you have complied with all the requirements needed to pass high school and move on to the next level which is college. The same goes for when a person graduates from college. The diploma and certificates signify that that certain person has completed all the necessary requirements and is ready to move on to the next level.
You may observe that some job applications require you to be either a high school graduate or a college graduate and with your diplomas as proof. The same thing goes with life coaching. More people will flock to you if you have certification.
The advantage of having a certificate is that it stands as proof that you really are a life coach. In the world today, there are a lot of “not so good people” who take advantage of other people. Anybody can claim that they are life coaches when in fact they are not. A life coach with a certificate will be more comfortable saying that he or she is a life coach since there is proof to back this up.
So how do you become a certified life coach? Although life coaching has no official governing body that approves standards, there are 3 self-appointed organizations though that take on the job. These organizations are the International Coach Federation, the European Coaching Institute, and the International Association of Coaching.
When you go for your training as a life coach, it would be best to choose a school or institution that provides training programs that are certified by the International Coach Federation. This will ensure that you will really undergo a training program of great quality that has been proven and tested through time.
There are life coaches though that, even without certificates are really doing their jobs effectively. They have built their name through referrals and good feedback from their client. But even with this kind of status, it would still be best to get certified.
This will not only give you a certified status but through the certification, training one will be able to get new information and knowledge regarding life coaching.