Life coach certification requirements vary depending on the institution and type of certification. Students must typically complete in-class, online or self-paced training, fulfill a specific number of paid or volunteer coaching hours, and pass a written or oral exam.Continue Reading
Compare various institutions to find those accredited by recognized life coach organizations, such as the International Coach Federation or the Association of Coach Training Organizations. Beware of programs that have not have been accredited since the training offered may be out-of-date or substandard.
Life coach institutions typically offer multiple certification programs, such as associate certified coach, professional certified coach and master certified coach. Some institutions offer industry-specific coaching programs, such as human capital coaching, lean coaching and medical leadership coaching. Choose a program that complements your current career goals or a program that explores a new field to increase future employment opportunities.
Life coach certification can take six months or longer to complete depending on coursework, coaching hours required and the number of exams. Some organizations offer multiple ways to complete coursework. In-class meetings, teleconferences, webinars and workshops allow students to complete coursework at their own pace.