Choosing a Coach Training Certification (How To!)

Here are 5 questions to ask when you’re choosing a coach training certification program.

1. Is it accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF)?

Is accreditation important to you? How long has the program been accredited? 

So when you’re choosing a coach training certification, you want to find a program that’s accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) will affect the price, length of program and quality of the curriculum. The ICF is an organization that provides guidelines, accountability and enforceable standards of conduct for all members and ICF credential holders. 

“If you are serious about developing your coaching business, an ICF Credential is the best way to set yourself apart by demonstrating your knowledge, skill, and commitment to high ethical and professional standards” Source: ICF website 

Inner Glow Circle’s Coach Training Program is ICF Accredited with all of our Trainers have their Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential through the ICF. We believe in the value of the certification process and are committed to upholding the standards and ethics of the ICF. 

Interested in learning more about the certification process? Book a call to find out if this program is a good fit for you.

2. What’s covered in the curriculum?

What skills will you learn? When will you learn them? How is the curriculum structured? Do you need a textbook or is it strictly online? Is business training/development included in the curriculum? When will you learn these skills? How many people are in each class? Will you be lost in the shuffle or have individualized support? 

Each coach training program has its own distinct curriculum and should be reviewed extensively before committing to any course. But, ICF Accredited programs look very different than non-accredited programs. ICF Accredited curriculums uphold the values, ethics and standards of the ICF. They ensure that the highest quality resources and training are offered to the students. Therefore, the program trainers are also ICF Certified, guaranteeing that the program is delivered in integrity. 

However, in a non-ICF Accredited Program, the curriculum is varied and there is no governing board to review the material that is delivered. The content and quality vary greatly from program to program, as does the cost. You can find non-accredited weekend programs online for as little as a couple of hundred dollars to in-person training all the way to $10,000+. 

CEO Katie DePaola, COO Liv Chapman and Director of Training, Kelly Curtis have spent countless hours on Inner Glow Circle’s Coach Training curriculum. Most importantly, they have worked closely with the ICF to make sure our curriculum is not only up-to-date but also comprehensive and one-of-a-kind. 

3. How long is the coach training course?

How long is the program? Is it broken up into sections? Is there a break in between sections? How long before I can begin taking clients?

As you’re choosing a coach training certification,  you’ll find there are many programs to choose from, all varying in curriculum, community, coaching style, investment and length of time. How long do you want to be in training? 

For instance, there are weekend courses that offer a certificate at the end as well as 12+ month-long programs that will leave you personally and professionally transformed. So, if you’re considering a longer-term course, how long will it be before you’re able to confidently coach clients? What will you be learning in the first 3-6 months and will that training allow you to start working as a coach, or will you have to wait until you’re farther along in the course?

What if you got the coach-specific training you needed within the first three months of the program so you could get hired right away?

Inner Glow Circle’s Coach Training Program is a 6-month program that includes both coach-specific training as well as business and marketing training and development. Within the first three months, we teach you the skills to confidently show up as a coach. The remaining three months cover business development skills. We encourage our students to practice their coaching skills by taking on clients (paid or pro bono) within the first month of training. However, your coaching hours include partner coaching with a classmate, to refine your coaching skills while in training!

4. Is the business development part of the curriculum?

Will I walk away with a coaching business when I’ve completed this program? Will I learn the business side of things in this training? Where can I go for additional support? Do I have to take extra classes to gain the business skills I need to have a coaching business? 

When choosing a coach training certification, oftentimes people overlook a crucial part of becoming a coach: becoming a business owner. As we were creating our coach training program, we realize that if a training program doesn’t give you the tools you need to walk away from the program with a fully functioning (or as close to it as possible) business, it’s an incomplete program and does not fully serve the needs of our students.

Inner Glow Circle recognized the needs of new coaches and incorporated the business and sales training into our 6-month program. The entire program complies with the ICF’s Core Competencies to make sure you’re getting the highest quality of training. 

The first three months give you the training you need to be a coach. You learn how to ask powerful questions and how to take a stand for your client. For example, you’ll learn the difference between coaching, therapy and mentoring. You’ll walk away knowing who is uncoachable and how to refer out when necessary. 

After that, the remaining three months will give you the training you need to be a business owner: how to create a signature program, personal branding, how to build and market your online coaching business, and how to structure sales calls and coaching calls.

5. Is there a community aspect of the program or am I going to be all alone?

How important is it to you to have a community to reach out to as you’re going through coach training? How would it feel to have a community of like-minded people across the world? Is it important to you to have a diverse group of people around you? 

One of Katie DePaola’s favorite sayings is, “Work FOR yourself, not BY yourself.” You don’t have to do this alone. 

In fact, you can’t. 

Inner Glow Circle recognized how important it was to be surrounded by like-minded people. IGC started as a community for entrepreneurs. 

When you choose Inner Glow Circle’s coach training certification, you’ll get lifetime access to The Circle, included in the cost of your tuition so you can hop on coaching calls led by the Mentors/Trainers within the community throughout the month for additional support. We are excited to support you as you go through the program!

Want to learn more about our Coach Training Certification Program? Sign up for an Admissions call with us and we’ll help answer any of your questions!