ICF Coaching Accreditation
When it comes to Accreditation for Executive Coaching, Leadership Coaching, Team Coaching, and Group Coaching for Coaches (these are more of B2B Corporate coaching engagements), having an ICF Coaching Accreditation will make a huge difference.
There are many coaches in the market these days, and many of them pose as Transformational Coaches, Life Coaches, and Peak Performance Coaches when they are not even properly trained and don’t even understand what coaching is, but just want to latch on to the branded words for some mileage.
ICF coaching refers basically to ICF Certified coaches who have undergone an International Coach Federation (ICF-USA) approved training program (bare minimum 60 hours of approved ICF ACSTH training program), would have been mentored by an ICF Mentor Coach, would have coached for 100 hours, and would have cleared an ICF exam. All these steps ensure that the ICF Certified Coach is a trustworthy coach (from client’s perspective) with some skills, knows about coaching (client’s perspective), and can leverage that tag to make sure that a business pitch (coach’s perspective) to a potential client has weightage.
ICF Certified Coaches are the de-facto standard when it comes to corporate coaching. Most of the corporate select coaches based on a specific coach selection criterion, and one of them most of the time is an ICF credentialed coach. ICF Coaching tag ensures that the coaches have leverage in the market space, and, they are assured that they are not put into the same category of non-credentialed coaches, which is going on in the market and creating havoc.
There is a joke in the coaching industry in India. ‘Why not to become a Life Coach?’ – Go to any coffee shop, you can see around five people (Barely 20 something old) sitting there, trying to chit chat in accented (possibly won’t even have travelled outside India) sophisticated English, browsing on their apple machines, and sipping Cappuccino. They will be the Life Coaches, without any proper training. They would have copied the tag by watching some of the movies that have portrayed Life Coaching as being fancy, and we have New Generation Z Life Coaches, who have not even started their life properly yet thinking it is cool to be a Life Coach, as it means “Giving guidance to people”
Coaching industry in India has evolved in last five years with more people looking forward to becoming ICF Coaches, because those who are serious about coaching want to segregate themselves from the rest. They also want to make it clear to potential corporate clients that they mean business, and can deliver as well.
If you are looking forward to becoming an ICF Coach, then make sure that you have a plan in place, and one of them can be to become serious about getting trained in ICF Coaching. Considering the inflow of non-credentialed coaches in the market is going to increase in due course of time, it might be a good idea to plan this well and get a head start with your Coaching plan.
If you are looking forward to take your coaching (If you are yet to become an ICF Coach) journey to next level, or are just starting in Coaching industry, then do plan to become an ICF Certified Coach.