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Episode 25: Coaching Certifications: What You Need to Know

This week I'm doing a deep dive into a topic I get a ton of questions about - coaching certifications. Because honestly, the process can be a bit confusing. So today I'm going to break down the basics behind coaching certifications, and the key factors you should be aware of when deciding whether to become a certified coach.
Coach with Clarity Podcast Lee Chaix McDonough

25: Coaching Certifications: What You Need to Know

Before we get into today's show, I want to say thank you. I'm really glad to say that I'm doing much better now but those first few weeks after my surgery were pretty rough and I cannot tell you how much the outpouring of love, concern, and support I received from you meant to me and how that helped me in my recovery process.

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Show Notes

Before we get into today's show, I want to say thank you. I'm really glad to say that I'm doing much better now but those first few weeks after my surgery were pretty rough and I cannot tell you how much the outpouring of love, concern, and support I received from you meant to me and how that helped me in my recovery process. This community has been such a bright light for me and it's my honor to show up every week and serve you through the podcast.

This week we're back to normal and I'm going to do a deep dive into one of the most common questions I get asked, which is about coaching certifications. I know many of you are interested in becoming a certified coach and because it is a self-regulating profession, the process can be a bit confusing.

There is such a wide variability in the types of certification programs, the investment to obtain them, and the requirements for each. So today I'm going to break down the basics behind coaching certification, and the key factors you should be aware of when deciding whether to become a certified coach.

Hopefully, by the end of the show, you will have a little more insight and a little more direction about what is the right path for you.

Topics covered

  • The key terms you need to understand before choosing a coaching certification
  • Why there is so much variation in the types of coaching certifications available
  • Differentiating between certification and credentials
  • What it means for you to be a credentialed coach
  • Why a coaching credential may be more important to you than a certification
  • The two main organizations that offer coaching credentials
  • Questions to ask yourself to determine whether you need a coaching credential
  • Why I chose the International Coach Federation (ICF) credentialing path
  • Where does accreditation fit in on your certification journey?
  • Why the Center for Credentialing & Education's BCC credential is more commonly chosen by therapists and counselors
  • Three types of credentials offered by the ICF
  • ICF credential requirements
  • The differences between the three ICF application paths to becoming a credentialed coach

Resources mentioned

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TRANSCRIPT

Well, hey there friend. Welcome to another episode of the Coach with Clarity podcast. I'm your host, Lee Chaix McDonough, and as always, I am so honored to have you joining me for another episode. 

I want to start off today's show first by saying thank you. 

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