“Finding the right coaching course can be challenging, and at times a bit overwhelming” – we hear this oh so often and we totally get it. There are dozens of courses and colleges popping up, offering you the world from “become a coach for next to nothing” through to “become a coach in a few weeks”.
Beyond the gorgeous images and amazing offers it’s so hard to know what you will actually learn, how you will learn it, whether your qualification will be credible, and if so whether you will know how to coach with confidence in real-life. In short, which course will ensure you can be a coach who will change lives?
We have over 20,000 students from around the globe, and they’ve all been in your position. We’ve loved coaching them towards the decision that is best for them, so, we thought we’d create a checklist with the questions they have said were most helpful in making their choice.
#1 - Most asked question – stress
The most asked question is essentially around stress. It goes something like this:
Assessments can also be a source of stress for many. Hence our second most asked question!
#2 – Assessments
So many of us have had ‘not so great’ experiences with exams and assessments in the past. Due dates, lengthy essays, unnecessarily detailed reports or submissions, stressful exams… argh. You spend more time preparing for the assessment than you do preparing to actually work with clients. A well-qualified coach does not need to have sat exams that assessed them on specific topics at a specific time. A skilful coach will have been able to apply their knowledge and build their competence during their training. This does not need to (and we believe should not) be stressful.
So, here’s a few questions you might want to ask:
#3 – Credibility
“When I finish the course will I have a qualification that’s recognised by a peak industry body?”
We love it when we get asked this question, it’s a vitally important one to ask. Weekly, we have graduates from other programs come to us because their training didn’t teach them how to actually coach (beyond theory), and/or they aren’t eligible to join an industry body and gain insurance.
Reputable college’s will state their approvals, accreditation bodies, and recognised authorities with pride. They should be a shining example of not just your learning but of the opportunities available to you once you graduate.
A great college, will include requirements for pro-bono hours and sessions. You might start with friends, family and other students and you may end up with paying clients in this process.
Any college who rattles off the latest stats on the growth of the health coaching market to impress you and give you the impression you’ll make lots of money instantly is likely to be in the ‘if it’s too good to be true it usually is’ basket.
#4 – Support
“What ongoing support do you provide me once I graduate?”
The main message...
While there are many considerations, these are the most important questions we get asked. In your journey to select the right course consider questions that will delve behind the veneer of a website or prospectus to ensure you’re making the best choice and informed decision for you. A good…. no, a great college ensures:
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