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.

March 22, 2010

Becoming a Life coach

Becoming a Life coach is a concept that is becoming increasingly attractive to a lot of people not entirely satisfied by their current role within their organisation or indeed people considering a complete change of career.
While you’ve previously pondered on your choices on becoming a Life coach — you probably have researched websites and know a great deal of what it takes to become a good Life coach.

Becoming a Life coach may launch you into an exciting new business career but don’t quit your the “day job” right away. Don’t be impatient – it’s important that you give yourself time to develop a successful coaching background and for that you’ll require formal training.

With this in mind, the Positive Success Group Scotland, diploma in Life coaching is an ideal route to becoming a Life coach and offers a well researched and comprehensive syllabus enabling you to learn better, faster, and it also offers better value any other training program.

What kind of background is the ideal one in becoming a life coach?  Background profiles are wide and diverse. You may recognise that you are the type of person that friends and acquaintances consistently come to for advice and assistance — you are probably already “coaching” at a base level so have no fears.

You may have considerable business experience to pass on but intend to include a coaching slant as your selling point. Coaches emerge from a wide variety of backgrounds including:

  • Business management,
  • Retired trade union officials
  • Teaching profession ,
  • Counselling
  • Social care
  • Human resources and many others.

The best training ground is actual coaching in real world situations. You can immediately apply your learned knowledge directly with real clients. The PSG diploma syllabus allows you to put your new skills in context, try them out, and make them relative to your previous experience. In terms of practical work

  • Each student will undertake Observational sessions with highly experienced coaches and their client
  • Each student will deliver Peer coaching sessions with notes professionally recorded
  • Each student will deliver Pro bono coaching sessions with genuine clients in ‘real life’ situations with professional logs and records written up

The PSG diploma offers assistance in other areas to help in you becoming a Life coach in the shape of the following

Practical information on finance and funding, marketing and running a small business

Welcomed into a community of other coaches where you can share ideas, best practise but also discuss challenges and difficulties

A safe environment where you can coach and get valuable long term support and feedback about your coaching.

In summary , the process of becoming a coach is not the end of your learning. Far from it, it is an ongoing process – a journey without a defined end.
You will come to understand the term Lifelong Learning in this context as the more experience that you gain through coaching, the better you will become.
The more clients you coach and assist – the more you will realise that there is more to be done and more to learn. Welcome aboard.


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