The first step is to choose a program from the list of available Credentialing Certificate programs, and register for your first course.
Credentials in the coaching profession are awarded by outside agencies after you have completed certain requirements, including coach training and coaching experience hours, as well as an examination. The two most widely recognized credentialing bodies are the International Coach Federation [ICF], and the Center for Credentialing and Education. ILCT is one of a handful of schools approved to offer training by both organizations, which means you can use the same classes for each.
As an Accredited Coach Training Program, all ILCT courses meet not only the requirements for each of the ICF credentials but also can be used as Coaching Continuing Education Units.
The Center for Credentialing and Education offers the Board Certified Coach credential, primarily for those who hold a graduate degree in the social and behavioral sciences.
For those with a doctorate degree (MD, JD, PsyD, Ph.D. etc.) or a master’s degree in counseling, you can obtain your BCC with as few as 30 hours of coursework.
Those with a Master's in the other social and behavioral sciences (education, psychology, social work, business, etc.) would complete 60 hours of coach training to qualify for the BCC.
For those with a Bachelor's degree, the BCC requires 120 hours of coach training from a CCE approved program.
Do I need a credential in order to work as a coach?
In general, the answer is No. At this time, there are no states that require you hold a coaching credential in order to practice – the same is true of most countries, so obtaining a credential really becomes a personal and business decision.
Two exceptions –
Many pursue credentialing, in part because it helps to validate their professional level of training, and is a way to distinguish themselves, especially when marketing.
This 30-hour training program is for those with a master's degree in counseling, licensed counselors, a NCC, or doctorate degree
This 60 hour training program is for those with a master's degree in the social and behavioral sciences.
Certified graduates of the ACTP may apply for an ACC or PCC credential.
Graduates of ILCT's ACTP may apply for an ACC or PCC credential, depending upon the number of coaching experience hours