July 20, 2010

Life Coaching Colleges

Life coaching colleges are another option if you are seeking an industry recognised qualification before going on to practise as a coach.
But selecting the correct programme can be a difficult decision as there is a large and varied amount of choice on the market –some colleges offer home study, online coaching courses, hybrids of distance learning and classroom study or fulltime face-to-face lecture hall  attendance. All of which must present a slightly confusing picture for people choosing from this array of providers and accrediting bodies.

So it is important that Life coaching colleges offer the highest standards for both coach practitioners and training course providers and operate with the highest ethical standards giving peace of mind to those people looking to hire a coach or invest in their own coach training for the first time.
But some students will already have considerable experience of life coaching and just wish to study in order to be certificated by any means so there are different markets to satisfy.

There are life coaching colleges which have come on the market recently which offer inexpensive, self-contained, self-study diplomas and certificates in life coaching to satisfy that market.
But there are so many training courses accredited in different ways so an element of caution is required even when the term ‘college’ appears in the marketing material as the above method of distance learning is not suitable for every type of learner and that is one reason that our PSG Diploma in Life coaching was structured in such a way as to incorporate all the best elements of each type of study.
Yes, the diploma covers the necessary theoretical aspects of coach education but also recognises that theory alone cannot produce a first class coach.

As Life Coaching is essentially a practical activity – it follows that a balanced course of training must be grounded in sound practical experience with role play as an essential component.
This is why PSG concentrate on the practice/feedback model of coach development with respect to work-based assignments with proper regard for evidence requirements.
The PSG course will develop your own coaching strengths and show you how this can be implemented into your training and then furthermore into the actuality of  practicing as a coach.

We have ensured the syllabus topics are carefully mapped to international coaching occupational standards – standards which have been carefully developed in consultation with employers and accreditation bodies – thereby ensuring the Diploma qualification is suited to the requirements of the business world as well as servicing the needs of the individual client private market.

July 14, 2010

Life Coaching Schools

Life Coaching Schools: There are many life coach schools, academies and colleges throughout the UK (mainly in London) which are accredited and some which are not.
Should the school’s accreditation make a difference to you when you make your final choice of study?
It is a matter of opinion but with life coaching becoming an attractive career-change choice during the past five years or so, many of you will be seeking the right advice regarding training and certification.

Most clients will look to see whether the Life coaching school is providing quality coaches who have had the necessary formal training and will then decide to use their services if they develop a rapport with the coach and experience a tangible benefit from their initial free trial session with him/her.
That’s the reality.

How important is the Life Coaching school’s accreditation? If we can apply some perspective here and ask just what is the most important concern to a prospective client?
They will probably state their most important criteria is how can the coaching school help them in the particular area that they want to pursue as a career in coaching.
And because the better paid coaches generally work in a niche, those niches are such that they are personally developed by the coach independently of any training they might receive. So their success is built on a slightly different criteria.

And that is where the PSG life coach courses bring a measure of reassurance to their clients as they have a such a strong reputation regarding the variety of their syllabus as regards different coaching niches.
This is allied to a strong accreditation through the reputable ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) in Scotland and LBCAI (Life and Business Coaching Association of Ireland). Successful completion of the diploma programme will entitle clients to membership of other high level coaching organisations and associations.

Since coaching is a relatively new profession many new life coaching schools have come into existence. But because there are no universal standards for the life coaching profession, there are no universal standards for those schools.
Therefore to make a sound choice the client should make the effort to verify that the school’s philosophies align with their own and ensure that the syllabus covers the desired market segment.

July 6, 2010

Life Coach Certification

Life coach certification? Become a qualified life coach and join one of the fastest growing professions in the UK!  Well that is what the Ads say anyway but who would actually benefit from acquiring a Life coach certification qualifications?
Well, they are intended primarily for individuals who wish to make the formal transition to coaching as an additional or new profession.

Life coach certification therefore will be beneficial for those whose everyday job puts them in contact with people but who would not think or consider calling themselves coaches; people such as human resources managers, advisors, NLP practitioners, counsellors and mediators, mentors and others including senior managers of small businesses who may wish to inspire and coach their colleagues and staff towards success.
These types of people are already realizing that their current professional activities already involve coaching and want to work permanently in an environment where people wish to change their lives positively.

Life coach certification  was needed, because “coaching” began as a helping activity, that was initially unregulated. Many training courses became accredited in different ways so it is important when considering Life coach certification in Scotland – that the learner should confirm that the provider is committed  to a National Occupational standard.
The PSG  Diploma Scotland in Life and Executive coaching certification more than fulfils that basic criteria, in that it is a nationally recognised Life coach certification qualification and is accredited by bodies such as the Institute of Leadership and Management, (Scotland) and FETAC (Ireland).
Every student taking the Life coach certification Diploma course receives learner support in the form of studying membership of both Association for Coaching (AC) and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), who helpfully provide each learner with a strong library of qualification support, from reading lists and study guides to regular feedback on Coaching sector news developments and job opportunities.

Life coaching or Life coach certification are not regulated in the Scotland nor is it likely to be in the near future primarily because coaching is not defined as a medical or therapeutic profession. Any responsible person can set up as a life coach and indeed many therapists and counsellors, former business managers and others have already done so. Nevertheless, Life coach certification is an increasingly important constituent in a private practioners toolbox in order to attract clients and demonstrate that you have a coaching knowledge base.

From a potential employers perspective – Life coaching certification bestows an important accreditation which enhances a CV and informs them that the job candidate has embarked and successfully completed a rigorous course of study which qualifies them to interact, coach and train people within all types of organisations.


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