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Aside from being able to learn alongside our incredible students and faculty, other advantages of training with The Institute for Life Coach Training include:
That’s okay. Making the decision to become a coach is the beginning of a journey into a new profession, a time to learn and explore the possibilities. So, even though our website highlights the different alternatives available to our students, that’s more to show the possibilities than a something you need to decide before you begin.
This is your journey – we are honored to be a part of it and will be there to support you, through our courses, free informational calls, and our staff are always available to partner with you on whatever path you choose. And isn’t that what coaching is all about?
While there currently are no states which license coaches, we believe that in order to best serve your clients, some coach training is necessary so that you can be a competent and confident coach. Through our program you can take a course which provides you with all the tools you need to be a coach [The Foundations course], elective courses that allow you to specialize in an area you are passionate about, as well as the opportunity to become a credentialed coach by highly recognized coaching orgaanizations.
A recent study conducted by the ICF found that 89% of clients who had been in a coaching relationship reported that it was somewhat or very important to them that their coach had coach specific training.
For those in the helping professions who already have the requisite skills for effective coaching (such as listening, building rapport, encouraging, facilitating change, empathy and objectivity), some formal coach training is still necessary to understand and maintain distinctions between coaching and other helping professions. Additionally, many professional state licensing boards require that you receive training if you are adding a new modality to your approved scope of practice.
If you hold a Bachelor’s degree, an advanced degree, or have experience working with others, you are certainly qualified to join our program and we would love to work with you.
If you are not currently a helping professional, or hold a degree, you may still be qualified to join our program. We look for students who have strong communication skills, and a passion to work with others.
If you have questions about your eligibility, or which program is right for you, we encourage you to contact Ellen Neiley Ritter, our Dean of Students at 888.267.1206 ext. 101, to discuss your interest in coaching and whether our program would be a good fit.
The majority of our courses are taught through teleconferences or video conferences, meaning that you call into a specific telephone number, enter an access code, and join your instructor and fellow students in an interactional and often lively discussion during set times for each class. They are fun, enriching, and often life changing. You can listen to a previously recorded class here.
We keep our classes small so that you will have many opportunities to coach and be coached by your classmates. There are usually at least 4 students in each class, with most classes having a maximum of 12.
We also offer numerous Self-Directed courses which are done on a computer, working at your own pace. These courses are electives and do not compromise a complete program leading to credentialing.
ILCT's classes are presented in English. ILCT also has an international training program which is conducted live a few times each year in Italy; these classes are in Italian.
While ILCT does not qualify for the federal financial aid packages, we offer interest-free payment plans that work with our students' budgets. The most common payment plan divides the costs for the class over the length of the class, so, for example, with the Foundations course, this would mean 5 equal monthly payments. Need another plan? Just let us know.
ILCT offers discounts to those who work for federal, state and local governments, as well as those who have served in the military.
We are approved by the MyCAA program, a program for the spouses of active military which provides funding to cover the training necesary for a coaching credential.
We also offer discounts to those who are working for non-profit organizations and for groups of 4 or more who are looking for coach training. Contact Ellen with any questions.
A new session of our Foundational and Coach Approach courses begins every month except December. Since we have students from across the globe and country, we vary the times of the course, so you will want to find one which fits best into your schedule.
We also offer the Foundational Course for Christian Coaches twice year, usually in March and September. While identical in terms of focus, materials, and level of learning as our Foundational course, this course was created for pastors, lay ministers, and others who are committed to incorporating their faith into their coaching practices, using Scriptures and prayer.
Most of our elective and advanced courses are scheduled numerous times throughout the year and the Self-directed courses are available all year long. Information on frequency, etc. can be seen on each course page, as well as an opportunity to be notified when a course you want is listed or goes on sale.
There are two main components for any professional coaching credential:
Coach Training Hours– the hours you receive after successful completion of recognized coach-training courses.
Client Coaching Hours– the hours you accumulate working as a coach.
The BCC and the ICF credentials both require that you apply, and once accepted, pass an examination before being awarded the credential. Depending on the credential, they may also require professional endorsements, mentor coaching, etc.
Yes. ILCT is one of a handful of programs that have consistently been accredited by both the International Coach Federation and the Center for Credentialing & Education.
Yes. For those who have a coaching credential from ICF or CCE, our classes are approved for CEU’s and can be used to renew your credential.
Additionally, for licensed professionals, you may be able to receive CEU’s as well, if your state Board recognizes NAADAC. ILCT is a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, Provider #107268, and is responsible for all aspects of its programming.
While certification is not a requirement to be a coach, many of our students pursue professional certification to expand and add credibility to their practices. We offer a number of certification programs, including the Life Coaching Specialist, Executive and Business Coaching Specialist, Christian Coaching Specialist, Career Development Coaching Specialist, Relationship Coaching Specialist, and Wellness Coaching Specialist certification programs. Each of these certification programs includes the Foundational course (40 hours) and 40 hours from the electives in your specialty, allowing you to truly focus on and create a practice which reflects your passion in a certain area.
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