As in any profession, opportunity is based on the possibilities you create through hard work, networking, and results. With that being said, the number of jobs that request or require coaching skills is growing because coaching is a leadership competency. Additionally, a growing number of organizations employ coaches for their team members.
Additionally, coaching is a business opportunity. Some professionals, such as consultants or trainers, offer coaching as an additional service. Many provide coaching through a part-time or full-time business. Success with coaching in your business will be based on your planning, budgeting, marketing, networking, managing, and follow-through. The Center for Coaching Certification offers graduates support for building their coaching business through the web-based searchable directory of coaches www.FindaCertifiedCoach.com, the coaching firm www.Coach-123.com, the assessment dashboard for giving assessments at wholesale, the opportunities to get published, guest blog, be a podcast guest, guest present, social media, an online discussion group, plus with continuing education webinars and monthly calls offering marketing insights and business tips.
Being a coach starts with training. At the Center for Coaching Certification the tools and techniques to coach clients effectively are provided in your coaching certification program. Additionally, resources for business planning and marketing are provided to all graduates.
In addition to coach training, the gold standard for being a coach is membership and a credential with the International Coaching Federation, ICF. Information is available on their site at http://www.coachingfederation.org Currently the ICF requires 60 hours of training that meets their criteria to become a member plus all members agree to be accountable to the Code of Ethics.
An analogy for understanding membership and credentialing: Membership in the ICF is much like saying you have an associate’s degree, earning the ACC credential is much like saying you have a degree, the PCC is like a master’s degree, and the MCC is like a doctorate. If you compare it to other professional membership organizations, credentialing indicates advanced levels of both training and experience. Visit https://www.coachcert.com/about/faqs/how-to-become-a-coach.html for a step-by-step explanation of training, membership, and credentialing.