Certified Professional Coach Certificate

About Coaching

What is coaching?

The International Coach Federation (ICF), which is the largest and most influential body of professional coaches, defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaches are trained to listen deeply, to observe completely, and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They believe clients are naturally creative, resourceful, and can create both powerful thinking and powerful answers for themselves. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client. The coach's job is to elicit more fully the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has and to help the client determine how to use those assets more powerfully and to greater results.

I come from a professional background where my job is to give expert opinions and/or my friends and co-workers tell me that I am good at giving advice. Will these skills give me some advantage in becoming the coach?

While these skills are excellent skills, the skills do not reflect the coaching process. Instead, as a coach, you will assist clients to create better thinking and more powerful ways of being for themselves. This practice of eliciting from clients and having clients create for themselves allows clients to engage in powerful and sustainable learning that can be replicated and used long after the coaching process ends. This process requires that you, as the coach, will have to stop giving expert opinion or advice. This is often one of the most difficult transitions for people seeking to become coaches, but once made, allows the coach to give control of learning and progress to their clients.

Why choose a career as a coach?

Coaching continues to be one of the fastest growing professions in the country. Coaches can create an individual business, join a coaching company, or seek employment as internal coaches. Those who start private coaching practices may, with sufficient effort and confidence, create a successful business that gives them an excellent income, complete control of their time, and a chance to work with clients oriented to growth, change, and achievement. Coaches can also choose to coach part-time to supplement an already existing income. In short, today's coaches have the ability to design the career and income they want in a way that best serves them and the life and business they seek to create.

Why choose to acquire coaching skills as an executive, manager, human resources professional, or consultant?

Many already accomplished leaders and professionals choose to add coaching skills to their toolboxes for working with people. They do so because a coach approach creates more powerful partnerships that yield more effective and powerful results. A coach approach improves communication, helps co-workers, subordinates, and clients gain clarity, establish self and group accountability, define breakthrough outcomes, and work in much more satisfying ways. A coach approach creates more inspiration and creativity and greater connectivity with others. Thus, most leaders and professionals find that the addition of strong coaching skills to an already excellent technical or managerial skill set increases the results they achieve personally and professionally.

Are there independent professional organizations and certifications for coaches?

There are no credentials currently required by any governmental entity in order to be a coach. There are, however, several professional organizations and credentials given by those organizations including the International Coach Federation (www.coachfederation.org), the World Association of Business Coaches (www.wabccoaches.com), and the International Association of Coaches (www.certifiedcoach.org). The decision to pursue a professional credential is individual for each coach. As with every professional, you should invest the time and energy necessary to learn about each professional organization, which organizations might serve you, what credentials they offer, and what requirements exist for each credential. You should also check frequently on websites as each organization controls the requirements for its credentials and those requirements can change.

What is the largest and most well known of these organizations?

The ICF is the largest and most well-known independent association of coaching professionals. It has a well established and respected credentialing program that has three levels of credentialing: the Associate Certified Coach (ACC), the Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and the Master Certified Coach (MCC). Each level requires progressively larger amounts of training as a coach, experience as a coach, supervision by an experienced coach of your coaching, and an increased skill level as a coach. The ICF also awards accreditation to coach training programs that have completed a rigorous application and review process and have met the ICF’s standards for quality coach training education.

Is the University of Miami’s Coach Training Program accredited by the ICF?

The University of Miami Certified Professional Coach Program has been awarded the Accredited Coach Training Program designation by the International Coach Federation. This designation now allows our certified graduates to apply for ICF Associate Certified and Professional Certified Coach credentials without having to take the ICF oral exam for these coaching credential levels.

Most importantly, the designation recognizes that the Certified Professional Coach program contains the quality material to move students to the professional coach level throughout the course of the program. With this designation, UM has been recognized as one of the elite coach training programs in the country.

Specific information on how these programs prepare you for such certifications can be found on the course FAQ's page.

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