I am just getting started with my new coaching practice and believe it would be great to connect with other Christian Life Coaches, so how can I find them?
The fastest way to stay connected to Christian Coaches is by becoming a member of ICCA, the largest group of Christian Coaches in the world. You can also follow our ICCA members through our Twitter account, www.Twitter.com/CoachAlliance since there is a direct connect feature to other Christian Life Coaches. Follow insights on the ICCA YouTube channel, www.Youtube.com/coachalliance. Read about all the benefits of membership through our website, www.ICCAonline.net Another great way to connect with other Christian Life Coaches is by attending our conferences so you can meet with the speaking team and other Christian Coaches in person. Find details on the next national or world conference at www.AACC.net
Can you be a Life Coach without a Masters degree?
You do not need a Master’s degree to be a life coach, but you do need to offer highly skilled insight. If a degree equips you to guide your coaching clients to a greater level of success you will stay busy. However, if your degree is totally focused on educational goals without touching on reaching personal potential in life then it may not be necessary and might even be a distraction because people pay for results – not degrees.
My goal is to be a Christian Life Coach and I’m wondering if you make a living at it?
I’m not sure how much annual income you would need, but the average life coach bills at over $100 per session, which is about an hour of time. Coaching can provide extra income, but not enough to replace a full time job at first. We strongly recommend you keep your day job to provide financial stability as you build your new coaching practice.
How to get certified as a coach in my state?
Coaching is not like counseling because coaches aren’t given a license, instead they achieve certification based on the amount of training and credentials they earn. IICCA offers a 4 part credentialing process to become certified as a professional life coach and you can begin the process by visiting www.ICCAonline.net to get started today.
Can I just begin my training as a Christian Life Coach without being certified?
Sure, but there are significant advantages to being trained by skilled Christian professionals. Plus being affiliated with a major group of Christian Coaches like ICCA gives you immediate credibility in the professional community. The new ICCA coach training programs are designed for busy professionals, and make sure to join the International Christian Coaching Association to keep up with the rapid changes in the field of coaching. It’s easy to join, just visit www.ICCAonline.net for tips needed to build your business as a life coach.
Is the ICCA affiliated with the ICF?
The International Christian Coaching Association is not associated with the International Coaching Federation. We are the largest distinctly Christian organization for Christian Coaches in the world. We respect the work of ICF but differ greatly in our orientation and application of Biblical principles to reaching life’s potential.
Do the Life Coaching courses 101 and 102 meet the criteria to be credentialed through the International Coaching Federation?
No, the life coaching training courses offered through AACC and Light University are not part of the curriculum for ICF. Our coaching team respect the work of ICF and accept their training as credit for those seeking credentialing to become fully certified and credentialed through AACC and its affiliates.
I just completed the second life coaching course and wonder if there are other coach training courses coming out soon?
Yes! Light University is offering a number of new Christian Coach training programs, including Leadership Coaching, Parenting Coaching, Pre-Marital Coaching, Divorce Coaching, Health Coaching, Grief Coaching, Hope Coaching and many, many more. There are over 200 hours of specific training for Christian Life Coaches for you to choose from as you narrow your coaching niche.
One goal I have is to become a certified life coach to be able to provide a second stream of income for me and my family. Because I am a pastor of a local church, coaching could fit alongside my pastoral ministry is this a realistic plan?
Good news! Coaching can provide you with another income stream based on your areas of gifting and is a great option for busy ministry professionals to use in adding value to others, while generating extra income for their family.
I would like to continue to the Master Life Coach level through AACC. Do you have any info on it?
I’ve got good news for you! Light University and ICCA have partnered together to provide many new options to allow you to move forward and achieve new levels of certification as a Christian Life Coach, from the basic level all the way to becoming a professional Master’s Level credentialed coach.
Will the AACC pre-conference coach training sessions help me coach parents?
Yes because every time you attend an AACC or ICCA coach training session you are gaining the new skills necessary to more effectively reach your core clients. Some of our training sessions are for specific coaching niches, but all are useful to build your coaching practice. Plus, every AACC or ICCA sponsored coach training session counts toward your Christian Coach Continuing Education for future coach credentialing and certification.
What is the market for coaching new moms or new parents?
It is excellent, because young mom’s and dad’s, as well as newly empty nest moms are often looking for skilled coaches to guide them through the process of managing this major life change. This is a GREAT niche group to specifically target because of the new baby boom going on across the United States. Plus the popularity of television programs like “Super Nanny” or “Nanny 911″ have shown that young moms are DESPERATE for coaching on how to be successful as parents. This is a fantastic niche to serve if it fits your life story.
Do I need liability insurance to begin coaching?
I don’t know many life coaches who carry malpractice liability insurance since coaching isn’t regulated as a high risk type of activity. Coaching is a positive and proactive way to help people achieve results; while clinical counseling is often dealing with life-altering or life-threatening situations and carries a significantly higher risk for harm to the client, which is why most counselors are required to carry malpractice and liability insurance. Not so for professional coaches.
Which conferences should I attend to learn more about life coaching?
There are thousands of organizations who offer coach training, so it comes down to what type of coaching you want to specialize in. Once you narrow down the type of coaching you will be offering, then you can simply do an Internet search on your topic to research and find the best group to equip you to help others. The largest group offering distinctively Christian Coaching is the International Christian Coaching Association, (ICCA), and you can find out more at www.ICCAonline.net or be watching for more information from Light University or AACC about their many new Christian Coach training modules. Also, AACC offers some of the best trainers in the world during their annual conferences with a full coaching track bringing together some of the best known speakers in the field of Christian Coaching. Plan on attending the next event to take your skills as a Christian Coach to the next level.
How can I find a coach in my area?
Since a great deal of coaching is done via technology, it’s not really necessary to actually have a coach in your region unless you are trying to gain specific skills that require face to face training, (like public speaking). However, if you want to have a more personal coaching experience in your area, simply do an Internet search on the type of coach you are seeking. Many coaches offer video coaching via www.Skype.com or Oovoo.com as an alternative to telephone coaching so there is a more personal touch by seeing one another during the coaching process even though they may be located halfway around the world.
How do I know if a coach is a good fit for my stage of life?
Coaching is about results, so it is essential to find the right coach to meet your needs and give you the guidance to succeed. Once you find two or three names that seem to be a good fit based on your Internet search, schedule a free consult to interview each coach by asking key questions like;
“What is your coaching approach, and how might that be different from other coaches?”
“What are your fees and are there any contracted time limits or can I go session by session?”
“Are you a certified coach or part of any larger coaching organization?”
“How much experience do you have and how long have you been coaching?”
“What type of success have you personally seen in the clients you coach?”
Remember, if a coach is ethical they will answer your questions directly at no cost and if they are not a good fit to meet your needs, they should simply state that fact up front so you won’t end up wasting time with the wrong person and can move on to seek a better fit.
What do you have to do to become a fully credentialed life coach?
There are many steps to achieve the highest level of credentialing as a Christian Coach. You need to download an application which outlines all of the criteria to become a fully credentialed Life Coach by visiting our website at www.ICCAonline.net
What are the legal requirements to become a certified life coach?
Currently there aren’t any state, federal or even international laws that regulate coaching. And from my research there never will be any legal requirements to become a certified life coach. However, there are many ethical requirements to not coach outside your life story and coach training; and of course the primary legal requirement of never mixing coaching with professional counseling or therapy is essential to respect since that could be confusing or even dangerous to a client and would be against the law in every single state in the US.
What can you charge as a Life Coach?
Coaching fees vary based on training, experience, credentialing and skill set. A beginning coach might charge $75 per session, which is usually conducted via telephone. Experienced executive coaches might charge upwards of $500 per session, or a little less when bought in a ‘package’ or bundle of coaching hours
I don’t want to waste time joining groups that are unstable, so which Christian coach organization will outlast the others?
There are thousands of groups that offer coach certification or coach training so it’s important to be part of a group that is big enough to bring more value to the table for you as a coach and for your future coaching clients. Many coaching organizations are here today and gone tomorrow, so it is important to belong to a group of trusted professionals who will be around for decades. ICCA was founded by leaders from AACC, the largest and most trusted group of Christian Counselors in the world. AACC has made a long term commitment to the success of ICCA, which is already the largest group of Christian Coaches in the world. When you join ICCA you are part of this massive group of Christian Coaches who are dedicated to helping one another become more successful.
It’s confusing that some groups charge over ten thousand dollars to become certified as a coach, what’s with that?
Any group can charge whatever they want to join them, or become certified by them since it’s not a regulated profession. The value is based on what that group does to help equip and train you to help others. ICCA and Light University offer the best value for Christian Coach training anywhere in the world.
How long does it take to become certified?
There are multiple levels of Christian Coach Certification offered through the credentialing process from the International Board of Christian Life Coaches, from 50 hours to over 200 hours. The length of time it takes varies person to person based on your motivation to complete the process. Some people take 2, 3 and even 4 years to reach their master level of certification, others can achieve this highest level in less than 2 years based on their motivation to achieve a more professional status.
What are the advantages of being part of a major organization like ICCA as a Christian Coach?
Being part of a recognized international group gives instant credibility and that’s essential to protect your integrity and professionalism. What you don’t want is to be affiliated with a small group that doesn’t have the resources necessary to equip and empower you to achieve maximum results as a Christian Coach. ICCA is already the largest group of Christian Coaches in the world and when you join you become part of the most trusted name in Christian Coaching
Who hires Life Coaches?
Executives, parents, pastors, college students, people facing mid-life career change, business people, busy mom’s, single parents, people going through transition and this list could go on and on. Basically, people who want to achieve greater success by reaching their potential to be their best in living out God’s design for their life.
I need clients and haven’t had a paying client in a year. How come my marketing isn’t working?
Many coaches have a great heart to help people but forget they need to get paid for offering a professional service. Coaching as a profession is growing, but still is a relatively new profession, so it may be that you need to market differently. For instance, offering community education seminars to teach life skills, while educating local leaders about the value of Christian Life Coaching. It is also very important to be part of a professional association dedicated to your success as a Coach. The International Christian Coaching Association is the world leader in offering business building tips to connect you to clients who would be a good fit. I believe that someone is looking for your help right now, but without strategic approaches to connect they can’t find you. Joining our group is easy, simply visit, www.ICCAonline.net for membership details.
Starting a new coaching business is a little harder than I thought. What do you need to do to be successful in this type of business?
It is tough to start any new business so I recommend that you chec out the many free marketing and small business consulting resources from SCORE, http://www.score.org/index.html as well as the Small Business Administration, www.sba.gov/ because these organizations offer hundreds of small business building tips at no cost to guide you toward greater business success. Also, since starting a new business can be discouraging at times, let me encourage you to reach out to more seasoned coaches for their advice and guidance. You can stay connected to other Christian Coaches through our Twitter account. www.Twitter.com/CoachAlliance .
In one of the coach training DVD’s you talked about an author tag to give marketing information out in every single email; can you give me an example of this?
An Author or expert tag is simply a short paragraph that describes the type of value and services you offer. It should tell about you, your coaching niche and give contact information.
Here’s an example of the one I use for you to pull ideas from in developing your own author tag.
Positive Results- Dwight Bain is dedicated to helping people achieve greater results as a Certified Life Coach and Nationally Certified Counselor in practice since 1984 with a strategic focus on managing major change. He is a corporate trainer for over 2,500 business groups on the topic of making strategic change to overcome major stress- both personally & professionally. Bain partners with the media, corporations and non-profit organizations to make a positive difference in our culture. Access more coaching resources designed to save you time by solving stressful situations by visiting his counseling blog with over 300 complimentary articles and special reports at www.LifeWorksGroup.org