How to Become a Life Coach: Important Factors to Consider

Are you thinking of becoming a certified life coach in the UK?  You probably have many questions at this stage, including:

What life coach qualification do I need? Is a level 3 certificate in life coaching skills and practice enough? What is the right Life Coaching course for me? Where do I find life coaching jobs? And what is the salary of a life coach? I had all these questions and many more when I first thought about becoming a life coach; I even asked myself ‘whether life coaching was right for me?’ It certainly was and if you are asking the same question then I would say don’t ignore your instinct as it’s trying to tell you something. The profession in life coaching is growing fast which tells us that the role is in great demand.  However, there are fundamental factors to consider when looking for the right life coaching course for you. Before I go on, if you are thinking about life coaching jobs and potential salaries before you have trained, it’s quite understandable, however you will first need to consider finding your niche which is an important part of growing your business. Life coaching salaries vary considerably from £40 – £200 or more, per session, which is down to the individual coach, their confidence and how they evaluate and value their service. It is hard to predict what the jobs options are if you want to become an employed life coach, however, opportunities to work privately as a life coach are plentiful. All these issues are covered on my course.  

So let’s talk about the fundamental questions.

Firstly, the life coaching course content is extremely important, do not make the mistake of thinking that every course will deliver the same content, as this is not true.  I first discovered this when I initially began training, so I switched to a course with entirely different content. The training I received laid the foundations for this course, together with my own specialist background and experience within the helping profession; as a lecturer; social worker; life coach & counsellor. Consequently if you want to learn more than the basic models and principles of coaching, then this is the right course for you. Secondly, accreditation does matter, my course is accredited by the International Authority for Professional Coaching & Mentoring, which means it has been assessed, verified and approved to a high standard, it also means that it is recognised in the UK and Internationally. Thirdly the level of qualification does matter as the lower level courses are tailored for individuals working at a different level and again this will reflect the content and target audience.  I offer a level 4 Diploma in Life Coaching, which is sufficient for anyone who wants to become an employed or self employed coach. This does mean that you will need to demonstrate that you have the basic skills, experience and aptitude, this is also important in keeping standards high.  Additionally, all my life coaching courses offer specialist training in mindfulness life coaching, which is a great bonus.  With this course, not only will you achieve a dual qualification, you will gain additional knowledge and skills in how to live a stress free life and work more creatively as a life coach, using powerful techniques in mindfulness. Fourthly and finally, my course candidate numbers are kept low and this is with very good reason to ensure that you get the full attention and support that you need.  I also provide on-going support for all my trainees after completion of qualification.  I don’t leave you at the front door; I help you inside and until you get comfortable! If you have any further questions feel free to book a consultation and we can talk it through.