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14 Questions to Consider

14 Questions When Considering a Coach Training Program

With numerous options available, we understand that finding the “right” coach training program can feel a bit overwhelming, even confusing. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to explore various programs and identify what you’re looking for in a program (e.g., online training option, ICF accredited, etc.). With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 15 critical questions you should ask the admissions/enrollment departments when exploring a coach training program. Here are our answers. 

Credibility & Longevity

How long have you been training coaches?

We have been training passionate people to become professional coaches since 2009.

How many coaches have you trained?

We have trained over 3,000 coaches in over 50 countries in Academic Life Coaching, Executive Life Coaching, and Wellness Life Coaching.

What organizations or companies have you provided training for to their teams?

From the University of Oklahoma to Virginia Peninsula Community College (formerly Thomas Nelson Community College) to North Georgia Technical College, we have worked with a wide variety of Universities and Colleges to train faculty and staff. In addition, we have worked with multiple companies & organizations to train their employees, including IBM and Nike employees. 

What resources are available to graduates/alumni of your program?

Graduates and alumni of any Coach Training EDU program have lifetime access to their course resources, including any new additions to the textbooks and workbooks. In addition, our graduates continue to network, connect, and practice through regular Power Hours, private social media groups and have the opportunity to be a guest on our Coaching to Flourish podcast as well as participate in our Graduate Stories initiative. We also offer opportunities for current coaches and graduates to pitch guest blogs and community workshops. Graduates have the unique opportunity to be a part of our Coach Directory, as well as utilize our Coach Theory app.

Program Information

What coach specializations do you offer?

We offer the Essential Life Coaching program for those interested in receiving a foundational education that can be applied to any niche. In addition, we offer three specializations: Academic Life Coaching for those who would like to work with students up to and through college, as well as the Executive Specialization add-on (self-paced) for those who would like to work with executives and other leaders, and the Wellness Specialization add-on (self-paced) for those who would like to work with individuals in creating a healthy lifestyle.

What is the structure of your program? (e.g., program length, frequency, and duration of each class, training platform, etc.)

Our 1.0 and 2.0 courses meet once a week for two hours over six months. Our Group Mentor Classes meet once a week for one hour over eight weeks, and our advanced courses vary from 8 - 16 weeks. Our 1.0 and 2.0 courses are led by two trainers to provide diverse coaching perspectives, and all of our courses are live and interactive via the Zoom platform.

What support is provided to me if I want to build a coaching practice?

All coaches who enroll in any of our programs receive access to our complimentary “Build Your Life’s Work Self-Study,” which provides critical resources for building a coaching practice, such as determining a niche, building a website, marketing your practice, and deciding on pricing. In addition, we offer a Biz Launcher course, which meets once a week for one hour over 12 weeks. This course is live and interactive via the Zoom platform.

Who leads the training? What is their background?

All of our trainers are certified coaches through the ICF and certified trainers through Coach Training EDU. Their professional backgrounds vary from education to corporate leaders, to fitness instructors, and they join us from all around the world.

To what degree does your program rely on positive psychology?

Our curriculum is heavily based and influenced by positive psychology. Our most recent updates to our text include over 80 citations of the most recent research in the field.

To what degree are the prices on your website fully inclusive of what is necessary to receive a certification?

The pricing you see on our pricing page is true and accurate for our program. There are no hidden or additional costs to receiving an Associate, Professional, or Master certification as described.

Accreditation & Licensing

Is your institution accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF)?

Yes, Coach Training EDU has been accredited by the ICF since 2016. 

What is required for me to receive certification through your institution as well as through the ICF?

For an Associate Coaching Certification through Coach Training EDU, you will need to complete a 1.0 course and a Group Mentor Class.

For a Professional Coaching Certification through Coach Training EDU, you will need to complete a 1.0 course, a 2.0 course, and a Group Mentor Class.

For a Master Coaching Certification through Coach Training EDU, you will need to complete a 1.0 course, a Group Mentor Coaching Course, a 2.0 course, and two to three advanced coaching courses (depending on course length).

When you complete the above certification requirements, you are set up for success with the ICF credentialing process. After completing one of the programs above, you will need to complete a credentialing application with the ICF and complete the ICF Credentialing Exam for certification with the ICF. You will not need to submit recorded coaching sessions to the ICF, as that is built into our program. As an accredited organization of the ICF, they honor that as part of our process.

How does your program support me through the entirety of this process?

Not only do you have a rich opportunity in class to ask questions, practice, and engage around the coaching concepts, you also have access to your trainers outside of class for additional support. In addition, our support team is readily available to problem-solve with you and encourage you along your journey.

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