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1. What are the reasons for so many different places to get certified?
2. What is behind the different accreditations and what is the Center for Coaching Certification’s approach to accreditation?
3. How come the cost varies so much?
4. What is the reason the amount of time it takes to get “certified” vary so much?
5. How do I decide which Certified Professional Coach or Certified Master Coach class to take?
6. Which skills really matter to effectively coach?
7. What is the difference between Life and Executive Coaching?
8. What difference does certification make to me?
9. How do I know if I would be a good Coach?
10. Realistically, what are the opportunities for a Coach?
11. How long does it take to build a Coaching business?
12. If I do not want to Coach as a business, what does this program do for me?
13. How do I know who the trainer is for the class I want?
14. Where are the face-to-face classes held?
15. Are the classes approved by the International Coach Federation?
16. How does ICF membership work?
17. How is ICF membership different from ICF credentialing?
18. Do training organizations give the membership or credentialing?
19. What is the difference between an ASTP program and an ACSTH program?
20. How does ICF credentialing work?
21. How long between the CPC and the CMC classes?
22. What is the difference between CPC, CMC, CCS, ACC, PCC, and MCC?

1. What are the reasons for so many different places to get certified?

Coaching is one of the fastest-growing industries because the return on investment clearly demonstrates the value. As a result, many different certification programs have sought to meet the demand. Because no government oversight yet exists, it is important to investigate both what is taught in a coach training program and the ability of the instructor to effectively teach the material. The International Coach Federation, ICF, approves training programs based on coaching-specific content. The International Association for Continuing Education and Training, IACET, authorizes offering Continuing Education Credits based on quality process for designing and delivering training.

Choosing the right program for you is about choosing what makes sense given your background, experience, budget, time, location, and the training focus on developing the 11 Core Competencies for a Coach as published by the International Coach Federation.

The Center for Coaching Certification offers ICF-approved training with the Certified Professional Coach program, the Certified Master Coach program, the Certified Coach Specialist program (for Business, Career, Executive, Life, and Wellness), a 30-hour Coaching Practicum class, and the ACC Mentor Coaching. CCC will continue to be there to answer your questions, provide information on the practical aspects of coaching, and support your coaching work. In addition, our graduating coaches have the option of posting a listing on www.FindaCertifiedCoach.com, writing a chapter in the Coaching Perspectives book series, guest blogging, and guest presenting an online webinar.



2. What is behind the different accreditations and what is the Center for Coaching Certification’s approach to accreditation?

With so many organizations offering certification, the International Coach Federation, ICF, has taken the lead to self-regulate the coaching profession. The Center for Coaching Certification program is approved by the ICF, and the Center for Coaching Certification is also accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, IACET, to offer CEUs. AICI approved the Professional coach program.

The Center for Coaching Certification offers certification that is specifically designed to develop the 11 Core Competencies. All of the training programs are approved by the International Coach Federation and support earning a credential.



3. How come the cost varies so much?

Each business offering services chooses what to charge based on their expenses and their desired profits; costs vary because each business chooses their rate.

The Center for Coaching Certification recognizes that the majority of our students are already business professionals seeking to enhance their communication and training skills. We dispense with beginner material and cut to the heart of the coaching process with practical, user-friendly, coach trainer-supervised sessions in live, online classes combined with a coaching practicum completed either online or face-to-face, affording us the opportunity to charge less than the majority of coach training programs while emphasizing quality instruction, and affording you the opportunity to invest wisely in your continuing education.

The Certified Professional Coach program cost is $1695, the Certified Master Coach program is $1895, the Certified (Business, Career, Executive, Life, or Wellness) Coach Specialist programs are $1995, the Coaching Practicum class is $1895, and the ACC Mentor Coaching is $1000. Handouts and class materials are included.



4. What is the reason the amount of time it takes to get “certified” vary so much?

Because coaching remains self-regulated, the gold standard for training hours is the International Coach Federation, ICF, and they require 60 hours to become a member. Each coach training organization determines whether they will apply for ICF approval, what type of coaching they focus on, and how many hours of training they will offer. All Center for Coaching Certification programs are approved by ICF.

The Center for Coaching Certification recognizes that your time is valuable, so our programs are designed to maximize your current education and experience with practical application. Offering multiple programs gives you control over your budgeting and schedule to move through training and credentialing.

By combining the Certified Professional Coach and the Certified Master Coach programs you will complete the 60 hours required by the ICF for membership and with the ACC Mentor Coaching for the first level of credentialing too – the ACC. The advanced training options are for those pursuing the PCC or MCC credentials with the ICF.

Extensive resources and follow-up information are provided to expand your knowledge and support the career goals you have for your coaching.



5. How do I decide which Certified Professional Coach or Certified Master Coach class to take?

When you are getting started, the Certified Professional program is the first step and it is a pre-requisite for the Certified Master Coach program. A total of 60 hours of coach training is required for the advanced training programs. Choosing which dates for each of the programs involves several considerations:

At the Center for Coaching Certification we encourage you to call and speak with the instructor to gain an understanding of the program and ask questions to ensure that we are the right fit.



6. Which skills really matter to effectively coach?

The International Coach Federation, ICF, publishes 11 Core Competencies for a coach. The Center for Coaching Certification programs are designed to develop and enhance these skills.

An effective Coach establishes trust, co-creates the coaching relationship, listens well, understands how to work effectively with different personalities, utilizes the power of language, asks questions, and adheres to a strict Code of Ethics and Core Values.

The Center for Coaching Certification masterfully covers each of these topics in our training program, allowing you both to learn during classes and to apply this knowledge in trainer-supervised coaching sessions during your coaching practicum experience.



7. What is the difference between Life and Executive Coaching?

Executive Coaching is a term used when working with professionals in a corporate setting, Business coaching indicates work with small to mid-sized businesses, Career Coaching focuses on career specifically, Health and Wellness Coaching is through health care services or for individual focus, and Life Coaching generally addresses personal interests such as lifestyle, personal goals, and relationships. CLICK HERE FOR EXECUTIVE, CLICK HERE FOR BUSINESS, CLICK HERE FOR CAREER, CLICK HERE FOR LIFE, or CLICK HERE FOR WELLNESS to see a list of the related topics/areas of practice for each of these popular coaching professions.



8. What difference does certification make to me?

Certification offers three key benefits: credibility among your clients and potential clients, coaching tools and support, and professional development.

As with any profession, training makes sense and ensures you have the tools to step up as a certified, professionally trained Coach who supports results for your clients!

Increasingly membership in and credentialing with the International Coach Federation, ICF, is a determining factor for insurance rates and also for being hired as a coach.



9. How do I know if I would be a good Coach?

If you are asking this question, it indicates you are interested in learning how to be effective, which generally means you can become a good Coach.

The Center for Coaching Certification works with you to identify and develop your coaching skills under the supervision of a professional coach trainer.



10. Realistically, what are the opportunities for a Coach?

As in any profession, opportunity is based on the possibilities you create through hard work, networking, and results.

The number of jobs that request or require coaching is growing and coaching is a leadership competency.

As a business opportunity your success will be built on your business planning and marketing.

The Center for Coaching Certification gives you the tools to coach clients effectively, the resources for business planning, and marketing support to pursue clients in your area of expertise.



11. How long does it take to build a Coaching business?

The amount of time varies based on your efforts, your network, your experience, and your willingness to learn. For some that want to build a Coaching business, it takes a few years. Others are successfully meeting their goals within months.

The Center for Coaching Certification offers support through the web-based searchable directory of coaches www.FindaCertifiedCoach.com, the opportunities to get published and present, plus with webinars and monthly calls offering marketing insights and business tips to develop your coaching career goals.



12. If I do not want to Coach as a business, what does this program do for me?

Coaching is a core skill for leaders. Additionally, people skills and communication skills are the number one deficiency in the workplace today. This program teaches and enhances these skills, offering you the opportunity to exceed expectations in your career field.

The Center for Coaching Certification offers coach training to a vast number of diverse professionals who simply want to enhance their skills, from sales professionals to attorneys and CEOs, from health care professionals to small business owners and NPO employees, from professional trainers or speakers to HR professionals. In short, anyone working in any industry, interacting with clients or employees, benefits from the skills developed in coach training.



13. How do I know who the trainer is for the class I want?

The team bios are available at https://www.CoachCert.com/about/ccc/team-bios.html#ourteam
Feel free to call or email and ask too.
The trainers are available to you for a conversation in advance of the class.


14. Where are the classes held?

The Certified Professional Coach class is offered either completely online or in a blended learning approach with both online and face-to-face classes. Once class size is known, a meeting room near the airport in the listed city is confirmed. The goal is an airport hotel so that there is a shuttle service for those flying in plus the greatest number of local transportation options. When the meeting room is finalized the trainer will notify all participants of the location.

The Certified Master Coach, Certified Business, Career, Executive, Life, or Wellness Coach Specialist, and Coaching Practicum programs are completely online.

All online classes are live and very interactive. Attendance and participation are required per the International Coach Federation, ICF, and IACET standards.



15. Are the classes approved by the International Coach Federation?
Yes – all Center for Coaching Certification programs are approved by the International Coach Federation, ICF.


16. How does ICF membership work?

The information on membership in the International Coach Federation, ICF, is available on their site at http://www.coachfederation.org

Currently the ICF requires 60 hours of training that meets their criteria plus all members agree to be accountable to the Code of Ethics. The Certified Professional Coach and Certified Master Coach programs combined meet this requirement.



17. How is ICF membership different from ICF credentialing?

Membership in the International Coach Federation, ICF, is much like saying you have a degree and credentialing is much like saying you have a masters or doctorate. If you compare it to other professional membership organizations, the credentialing means advanced levels of both training and experience.

Visit https://www.CoachCert.com/mission-vision-ethics-core-values.html for a step-by-step explanation of training, membership, and credentialing.



18. Do training organizations give the membership or credentialing?
The International Coach Federation, ICF, controls their own membership and credentialing. Training organizations support individuals in completing the ICF requirements to achieve membership and/or a credential. Training programs may or may not be approved by the ICF to check first. All Center for Coaching Certification programs are approved by ICF.



19. What is the difference between an ASTP program and an ACSTH program?

The ACTP programs package all the training hours and the mentor coaching together plus you are a student while you are seeking and doing paid coaching work to complete the required coaching hours with your clients.

ACSTH programs are typically more affordable as a package and empower you to manage your schedule and budget by choosing which segments of the program you enroll in and when you complete them.



20. How does ICF credentialing work?
The information on earning a credential with the International Coach Federation, ICF, is available at www.CoachFederation.org. More specifically, click for details on the levels of credentialing: the ACC, the PCC, or the MCC - a note: most coaches start with earning membership and then the ACC.



21. How long between the CPC and the CMC classes?

This is up to the individual. Some go straight from one class into the next while others wait between classes. Typically, the considerations include time and budget.

It is important to note that both the CPC and the CMC classes are required for International Coach Federation, ICF, membership and that ICF membership is a minimum standard today for individuals marketing themselves as a coach.



22. What is the difference between CPC, CMC, CCS, ACC, PCC, and MCC?

These are certifications through the Center for Coaching Certification.

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