contains a comparison of coaching certifications as well a more
detailed description of the different experience levels of Coach
of Certification Programs
is a young profession that is growing quickly. One of the growing
pains in our profession is the challenge of establishing norms for
what constitutes a Certified Coach. The following table illustrates
the dramatic difference in the hours involved in obtaining certification
from 3 different coaching schools. The first school* has gone through
the process of obtaining accreditation from the ICF. The other
two ( who will remain nameless), have not.
quality of the training your coach has received will affect the
quality of coaching your get. You deserve to work with the best
coach for your needs.
*( The ICF accredited school used for this illustration happens
to be CTI - The Coach Training Institute. For a complete listing
of all the ICF accredited schools go to ICF
|Component of Certification
||ICF Accredited School*
||Coach School 1
(Not ICF Accredited)
|Coach School 2
(Not ICF Accredited)
|In Person Training (hours)
|Small Group Telephone or Web-based
|Directed Self-Study (hours)
|Supervised coaching sessions
||9 sessions with 3 different Certified Coaches
|Minimum Client Coaching Hours
|Minimum time with a Mentor Coach
Central we only refer clients to experienced professional coaches
who have distinguished themselves within their profession to be
the very best at what they do. (Literally the top 10% of their profession.)
These coaches are further divided into 2 levels of training and
experience. All our coaches are members of the International Coach
Federation and are bound by the ICF's ethical and professional practice
Coaches - These are our most
highly trained and experienced coaches, the top 3% of the Profession.
Coach has completed basic and advanced coaching courses and graduated
from an ICF accredited school, has worked with a Mentor coach for
at least 3 months, completed a rigorous ICF accredited certification
process including multiple supervisions (in which their coaching
is supervised by a more senior coach) with at least 3 coaching instructors,
passed a written and oral examination, and has been coaching for
at least 2 years.
Coaches also possess world class expertise in a number of specific
coaching disciplines such as leadership training, relationship skills,
coach training, marketing, practice building, career transitioning,
emotional intelligence, marketing, business development, team building,
Certified Coaches - This is a true Professional Coach, fully trained,
Coaches, all Certified Coaches have completed basic and advanced
coaching courses and graduated from an ICF accredited school, have
worked with a Mentor coach for at least 3 months, completed a rigorous
ICF accredited certification process including multiple supervisions
with at least 3 coaching instructors, and have passed a written
and oral examination. While not as experienced the Mentors, each
Certified Coach has been coaching for at least 1 year.
coaches are screened by Coach Central staff, and are expected to
maintain an unblemished record of delivering solid service and value
to their clients and commit to ongoing professional development.
Client satisfaction levels are routinely tracked and used to re-qualify
coaches. We are very picky about who we choose to invite into associating
with Coach Central. We only want kind, smart, people with integrity,
who are passionate about what they do and are as highly trained
and experienced as possible.
are some observations on the key features of the best coach
training programs. These are our opinions arising out
of the experience of having sampled a multitude of the coach
training programs ourselves and having worked with many other
coaches. We find:
person training is far more powerful than distance, web-based,
or audio-tape learning.
process whereby a new coach has their coaching supervised
by a variety of Certified Coaches provides exceptionally
valuable feedback and learning, and creates better coaches.
some people come to coaching with great gifts and relevant
experience, it does take about a year of training to learn
and master the specific set of skills that constitutes
ICF has taken on the challenge of granting accreditation to
coaching schools. Thus far only 11 schools (out of the
many hundred) have achieved accreditation. For a complete
list of these schools, please see the ICF site at: ICF ACCREDITED
SCHOOLS. Finally, even among these training schools
there are significant differences in coaching philosophy,
training approach, course content, and the quality of instructors.
Anyone considering coach training would be well advised to
do their homework.
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