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How to Become a Life Coach: 5 Steps to Greatness

Becoming a life coach is a great career path to take if you enjoy helping people reach their greatest potential. Find out how to become one!

Do you love helping people to become the best version of themselves?

Are you the friend or the person in the group that everyone turns to when they need some guidance?

If you answered yes to these, then you may be the ideal candidate to start training to become a life coach. But before we launch into what goes into training, it’s important to address the following question:

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What Does a Life Coach Do?

There is some confusion around the difference between a life coach and a therapist.

A therapist spends many years getting an education and a degree to help people recognize their deep-seated psychological patterns of behavior and how they are negatively impacting their lives.

Meanwhile, a life coach helps those for whom there is some tangible goal such as losing weight, finding more creativity, or spending more time with family.

A life coach is trained to ask the right questions that allow their clients to recognize they already know the answers. Then the coach and client work together to formulate a plan.

The client is accountable to the coach when goals aren’t met. But the coach is also the person with whom he or she will celebrate the many successes.

Life coaching is a rewarding career. But to become a certified life coach, you’ll need to complete the following steps:

1. Educate Yourself

Depending on the program you choose, you could be spending upwards of $15,000 and 6-12 months of your life getting your certification. So it’s wise to check with online and offline sources to get an insider’s view of the industry and what it really means to be a coach.

2. Choose Your Program

Once you’ve determined you want to take the plunge, the next step is to find the right program. While there over 1,000 programs, you can narrow your choices by insisting on only those accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF).

From there, it’s a matter of how much you can afford, whether you wish to do it virtually or in-person, and what level of coach you wish to achieve.

3. Earn Your ICF Credential

Once you’ve completed the training, worked with a mentor coach, and logged in all your necessary hours of volunteer coaching, you’ve earned your ICF credential as an Associate Certified Life Coach.

From there you can decide whether you want to train further to become a Professional Certified Life Coach, then a Master Life Coach.

4. Join a Life Coaching Association

Making connections in any industry is always a huge benefit. And there are many life coaching associations. Stick with the independent ones versus those that are part of or promoting a training school.

Once again, the ICF has one of the most well-known and offers many benefits. Especially to those just starting out.

5. Start Coaching

There are countless opportunities.

Some coaches open their own businesses, while others work with coaching service providers or are paid a salary to work in a corporate environment.

Once you start training, you’ll recognize the niches to which you’re most drawn. From there, the sky’s the limit!

Embark on a New Career

No matter who you are or where you live, you could find great reward in becoming a life coach.

After all, everyone could use a little help now and then.

And if you’re toying with other career options, be sure to check out the rest of our career tips blog.