Training for Internal Coaches

External Coach Training

External Coach Training External Coach TrainingHow important is training?  As with any type of skilled work or service, training is essential.  Coaching is a very specific process and is often misunderstood.  Some think coaching is part training, part mentoring, part managing and in reality it is very different.

The American Management Association, in their Global Study of Successful Practices, shared several major findings on coaching programs inside companies, including one on training for the coaches: AMA finding on coach trainingInternal training programs are often based on common misunderstandings of coaching instead of being built on ICF’s 11 Core Competencies of a coach.AMA Correlations on coach training

Specifically, the AMA recommend external training for internal coaches to achieve the best results.AMA on coach training

What type of training for coaches is best?

  • Ensure that the training is approved by the International Coach Federation.
  • Maximize value with training that offers CEUs authorized by IACET.
  • Verify the training is specifically designed to develop the ICF’s 11 Core Competencies of a coach.

What are the resources for coach-specific training?  In addition to the Center for Coaching Solutions and the Center for Coaching Certification, the International Coach Federation at provides a list of hundreds of organizations that offer approved training programs.

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