Graduation and Certification Requirements
With differences between both passing the certification requirements and graduation requirements, it’s important to know the difference and be sure you’re on the correct path for your goals.
The primary method of assessing your progress is completing at least three coaching overviews and earning a passing score. Overviews are typically an hour long and conducted via Zoom. To prepare, you will need to record the audio (and if you have, video that’s even better) of you coaching a 20 minute coaching session. In the overview, you’ll listen to the recording with your trainer who will give you feedback.
The first coaching overview is graded only on completion. Your assessor will give you a score. However, the assessment is not comprehensive and does not assess the entire coaching skill set. It is designed to give you an idea of how well you are developing your coaching skills, as well as useful feedback to improve your coaching.
To pass a 1.0 class, you need to complete all three overviews and earn a “Meets Standard | Associate Level” in each of the standards in either overview two or three.
For 2.0 Coach Training, you need an “Exceeds Standard | Professional Level” in each area.)
If you earn a passing score in the second overview, you are still required to complete the third overview. However, the score of the third overview is only for your information. You are encouraged to send in overviews which you feel represent your best coaching.
You are allowed as many attempts as necessary to meet the requirements. You may complete a fourth overview at no charge if you have not yet met the necessary standard. You may schedule as many additional overviews as needed for $75 per overview.
The three different sections you will be scored on are:
- Professional. A coach sets ethical coaching agreements with clarity and cultural awareness. The central aspects of this competency are establishing clear expectations between the coach, client, and sponsor (if present), maintaining confidentiality, designing an alliance, and addressing accountability.
- Empathetic. A coach actively listens empathetically, using imagination and intuition while staying curious and attuned with a client to pick up on even subtle shifts in a client’s emotion. An effective life coach asks questions designed to provoke insight rather than gather information for the coach’s sake.
- Empowering. A coach sees the client as the expert in their life, inviting the client to be proactive and craft both the coaching session agenda and eventual following action steps. In this sense, a coach is a guide, empowering the client’s own leadership. A coach offers expert knowledge with curiosity to empower the client as well as adapts coaching tools to fit the client’s unique situation.
- Curious. An effective coach continues to stay curious, even when clients experience strong emotion or realize epiphanies. This competency shows in a coach’s skill to dig for a deeper agenda in the TIME model, or asking clients to give a name to an empowering perspective or new insight. A coach uses Powerful Questions which are short and open-ended (usually starting with what, why, or how), and the coach invites the client do most of the work of uncovering insights in a coaching session.
- Courageous. A coach sets a safe space and demonstrates connection and vulnerability while also at times being fierce and sometimes asking uncomfortable but priceless questions. Effective coaches model courage during coaching sessions to set the stage for their clients to do the same.
- Confident. A coach is confident in the client, inviting the client to do much of the work of exploring ideas and emotion in a coaching session. A coach trusts the coaching process and embraces pausing and silence while holding space for the client to arrive at useful action steps. Strong coaches show confidence that their client can build appropriate accountability.
- Inspiring. An effective coach helps clients discover inspiration within themselves and use it to power their journey of self-development. A coach inspires clients to take bold actions between coaching sessions while balancing learning with action steps by designing ways to help clients stay accountable and follow through on action steps.
To graduate from the course, you need to:
- Attend 22 of 24 classes. If you have missed more than 2 classes, you will need to make up the needed hours outside of class by watching your class recording and attending a Coaching Power Hour. The Coaching Power Hour is held once a week. It’s free and each power hour plus watching the recording counts as one make up class. You can also watch the recording of your class, submit three takeaways to your trainer, and then schedule a 40 minute coaching session (20 minutes of coaching and 20 minutes as the client) with a fellow class member. Due to the importance of in-person training, only 4 sessions can be made up in this way.
- Complete the three Overviews. To pass a 1.0 class, you need to complete all three overviews and earn a “Meets Standard | Associate Level” in each of the standards in either overview two or three. For 2.0 Coach Training, you need an “Exceeds Standard | Professional Level” in each area.) Coach Overview Assessment RubricIf you earn a passing score in the second overview, you are still required to complete the third overview. However, the score of the third overview is only for your information. You are encouraged to send in overviews which you feel represent your best coaching.You may complete a fourth overview at no charge if you have not yet met the necessary standard.If a coach in training has not received a passing score on the fourth overview and is seeking certification through the program, they can request additional overviews for $75 an overview, as well as request a different assessor(s) for subsequent overviews.
* For more information on these guidelines, please refer to the student agreement.
Requirements to Earn Your Certification after Graduation
To earn your certification at either the Associate or Professional Level, you need to:
- Meet the Course Graduation Requirements. If you have received a letter of completion, you’ve already accomplished this step.
- Attend seven of eight Group Mentor Coaching Sessions. If you signed up for the Associate or Professional Package, Group Mentor Coaching is included. New groups start every other month. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
- Logged 10 Hours of Coaching Outside of Class. These hours can be with a paying or practice client.
There is an ‘Apply for Certification’ link on your course materials webpage that will guide you through the process of uploading your coaching log and confirming the address where you want your certificate sent. Once you meet those certification requirements, Congratulations! You’ve reached a significant milestone in your coaching journey!