Real Results firmly believes in the coaching profession.
I believe respecting the spark of God in each person you encounter is the key to peaceful connections
The International Coach Federation (ICF), which is the largest and most influential regulatory organization for coaches, defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”* Coaching is a profession that makes a difference in the life of every client, and even in the lives of those that client touches. It is a very fulfilling career for people who enjoy working with others and who want to make the world a better place.
If you are interested in coaching as a career, there are many things to consider before you start. As with any career, it is important to approach it as informed as possible, so that you can make the right choice. Read on to learn more about what it takes to be a coach, and some ways to take that first step.
Enter this profession with eyes wide open.
- The cost of training
- The cost of running a business
- The effort and knowledge to market your services
- The time involved with running a business
- Your current skills and knowledge (to help hone in on your target market)
- Your goals as a coach (i.e., training, credentialing, community involvement, etc.)
Coaching is a relatively new profession, and is highly self-regulated. There are many people who call themselves coaches, who are not aware of exactly what a coach is. Conversely, there are many “Coach Training” facilities that promise a fabulous career for very little capital outlay. Beware of both of these.
If you are truly serious about becoming a coach, you should plan to be trained by a program accredited by the ICF. There are two types of accreditation:
ACTP: Accredited Coach Training Program
- Minimum of 125 hours coach-specific training
- Training on all ICF Core Competencies & ICF Code of Ethics
- Certification when training is complete
- Graduate eligibility for ACC or PCC (depending on coaching hours & number of clients)
- Cost: $10,000 - $15,000
ACSTH: Approved Coach Specific Training Hours
- Minimum of 60 hours of coach specific training
- Training on some ICF Core Competencies & ICF Code of Ethics
- Portfolio Application which includes an exam used for credentialing
- Cost: less than $5,000
The ACTP is the most desirable route in that the concentration is on the ICF Core Competencies, which supports ethical and effective coaching, and also that it is easier to obtain a credential from ICF. Most ACTPs offer financing, and even programs that offer modularized training, allowing you to start coaching early to start bringing in income.
Going the route of the ACSTH, or even taking a module at a time from an ACTP will allow you to spend less up front to start coaching. However, realize that as your profession matures, you will continue to develop your skills by taking classes, going to seminars and retreats, etc., which will cost additional funds. It’s easy to get addicted to learning because it supports your career growth (and it’s so much fun!)
Real Results is Committed to Excellence in Coaching!
To that end, we have created space to support coaches in the central Virginia area. We offer classes and tools designed with coaches in mind. We are proud to offer the ACTP Success Unlimited Network® (SUN) Certification Program, the ACSTH Success Unlimited Network® (SUN) ACC Credential Program, as well as other programs to introduce or increase coaching skills while gaining ICF CCEs. Browse through our selection and contact us when you find something that can help you to maximize your time and effort, and still have time to dedicate yourself to your passion: coaching.