I have been considering several life coach training programs. What does this course offer that might help me decide if it is a match to my intentions?
Am I too (young) (old) to start coaching?
Certainly not! Participants in our programs span age ranges from early twenties to late sixties and beyond. Age matters not in coaching. Skill, intention, presence, and service supersede years, few or many.
I do not intend to become a professional life coach. Instead, I would like to use life coaching skills in my current profession. Would the training still be appropriate for me?
Many students who participate in the program do not intend to become a professional coach. We have salespeople, real estate agents, teachers, and massage and reiki healers, for example, who deepen or expand their practice by applying the skills taught in the training.
I either have no coaching-related experience, or I have had training or certification in other programs. Would either of these situations be a barrier to my success in this program?
There are no previous experience or credential requirements for this program. Our student population includes psychologists, single mothers, attorneys, massage therapists, doctors, executive coaches, engineers, teachers, artists, financial planners, actors, and CEO’s. Some of our students have coaching certificates from previous trainings, and wish to expand their repertoire of skills and/or incorporate a holistic approach to coaching. Each students begins from the place where he or she stands, and advances to higher skill levels.
I wonder if I could be qualified to be a coach. I am still working on my own issues. How can I justify putting myself in a position to coach others?
Your intention and desire to help others puts you in the perfect position to coach. That said, most life coaches-in-training face some doubt about their ability to become a coach. This program clearly and directly addresses and serves to offset any sense of unworthiness or lack of confidence. Building skill and confidence are the two most crucial elements of the training.
I live in a foreign country or distant place from where the program’s retreat will be held in Hawaii. Do I have to attend the retreat to participate in the program?
The in-person retreat is one of the most important elements of the training, reported by many students as a highlight of the course. At the retreat you will connect with the other students and enjoy many interactive skill-building sessions. For that reason we do require all participants to attend the retreat. We have had students come from Australia, Europe, Asia, and many places around the globe, to their satisfaction and delight.
Same goes for work commitments. We ask that you schedule your participation in the training over a time period that is in harmony with your other obligations.
Do I have to stay onsite for the retreat?
We ask that all participants stay onsite for the retreat. There you will connect with the other students and be immersed in an atmosphere conducive to mastering life coaching principles. Many of the teachings are deepened in conversations during free time and over meals. We enjoy a natural environment creating a sense of mutual support and camaraderie. We have found that commuting from another accommodation can be distracting and incongruent with the purpose of the retreat.
What time of day do the webinars occur?
The webinars occur at 5:00 PM Pacific Time, 6:00 PM Mountain, 7:00 PM Central, and 8:00 PM Eastern time, U.S. time. Click here to determine what time the webinars occur in other time zones. We regularly have students participate from Europe, where the webinar time is late at night. These students, while making an extra effort, report very positive results. Webinars are 75 minutes in duration, are recorded and downloadable.
How do I get onto the webinars?
You can access the webinars via computer, mobile device, or telephone. We use the Zoom application, a very user-friendly program.
Is this program accredited by the International Coach Federation?
This program is not affiliated with the ICF or any other similar body. The unique nature and content of the program, founded on holistic principles, may or may not fall within the guidelines set by other organizations, and in many cases goes beyond them. This program stands on its own merit of high integrity, underscored by the results it generates. If you feel that getting certified by an affiliated program is important to you, we encourage you to join one. If you would value a unique training that will change your life and the lives of your clients, this program offers that. For most coaching clients, getting results from their coaching experience is a more crucial criterion than the organization that approved the coach. We invite you to consult your intuition as to what life coach training program is most appropriate for you.
How much time is required to get my certificate?
Over a period of six months:
Can this program help me clarify what client population I would like to coach?
This program will help you identify any niche population you might serve. Some specific kinds of clients and themes previous graduates have gone on to work with include: women, relationships, career choices, life transitions, cancer patients/care, parenting, business, time management, entrepreneurism, and many more. If you do not wish to identify a niche population, you can certainly serve anyone.
What follow-up do you offer to graduates to help build their coaching practice?
What’s the difference between the certificate program and the non-certificate program?
If you are in the certificate program, you will need to meet an attendance requirement, report on a number of practice coaching sessions, pass a final exam, and demonstrate to the instructor’s satisfaction that you have mastered basic life coaching skills. (See certificate requirements above.) If you are not in the certificate program, you will not be required to meet the above requirements. The program does not lend itself to casual participation. If you are not in the certificate program, your sincere and consistent involvement is still called for.
What can I ultimately do with my life coach training and/or certificate?
Some graduates become full-time coaches; others coach part time. Many incorporate coaching skills into their current career. Some coaches apply their training to seminar leadership and consulting. Some use the skills more casually during the course of their personal and family relationships. Others enjoy the benefits for their own personal and spiritual growth.
When can I start earning money as a coach?
Some students begin to receive payments from appreciative clients as early as the third month of their training program. What you charge your clients, when, and how you set up your payment structure is up to you. The training includes guidance in this area.
Is there anyone for whom this program is not appropriate?
Is there any other way I can find out more about the experience this program offers?
We will be happy to put you in touch with one or more graduates who will share their experience with you and answer any questions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for contact information. Your conversation implies no obligation.
You will also get a stronger sense of the material and energy of the course by reading one or more of Alan Cohen’s books, particularly: I Had it All the Time, Dare to be Yourself, and/or Why Your Life Sucks and What You Can Do about It. See books.