To Certify or Not to Certify

Do you need to be accredited to be a coach?

There are many schools of thought on this question. I believe it’s crucial to align your work as a coach, with a professional body, such as the International Coaching Federation.

I think there are three main reasons.

  1. Accountability. I believe that professional occupations such as being a coach, require rigor, specialized training, experience and accountability. To become certified with a professional body, there are schools, programs with strict requirements that must be fulfilled. While anyone can call themselves a coach, and get a certificate after completing a short online course, being part of a professional body, holds coaches accountable. I want to be held to account for what I know and how I practice my coaching.
  2. Ongoing Learning. When someone is certified as a coach, they are committed to ongoing learning and mentorship. I want to sharpen the tools I use with clients, and I also want to continue to understand how it feels as a learner. How can I ask leaders and teams to step into that vulnerable place of learning, without being willing to join them there?
  3. Transparency. When a coach belongs to a professional body, their qualifications will set them apart from others. Having the assurance that your coach is well trained and part of a larger system of accountability, is a great start as you begin the relationship.

Every year, I commit to new learning, dedicating resources (time and money) and setting new intentions. My learning includes conferences, new training such as Systemic Team Coaching, and mentor coaching where my skills are observed and critiqued to improve the work that I do.

Coaches create a sacred space.

Wouldn’t you want to know that your coach is well trained, well resourced, and accountable for the work they are embarking on with you and your team?

Read more about my background as a coach and the work I have done here.