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Life Coaching Certification – Fact or Fiction

Thinking about hiring a life coach? Should you hire one that is certified? What does it mean if a life coach has his/her certification?

I don’t know about you, but when I hear someone is certified I just naturally feel like that person must know more than someone who is not.

But what is important to know right off the bat is that, that is not necessarily true about many things, including life coaching certification.

But I will leave the decision up to you. You decide if the certification is fact or fiction. Does it make the life coach better at his/her job?

To start us off, there is no FDA of life coaches. There is no governing body requiring life coaches to have any type of certification. What that means is that any credentials the life coach you want to hire may have means nothing to you. You have no reference to compare one set of credentials to another.

OK let’s put that aside for a moment and just talk about what these certification programs offer. So what does a certification program offer exactly? Well that is the next piece to think about. You see, different programs offer different things.

So, one life coach might have more skill in one area, while another life coach who took a different program may have more skill in a different area. That makes it rather hard to decide if one is better than another.

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So if having credentials doesn’t really help you, why would someone want them? Well, just like anyone else, it is more for self-validation. They want someone to recognize their skills and abilities. The desire for certification shows a lack of self-confidence.

Now, let’s go the other way. Let’s look at a life coach with no credentials. How would you even begin to decide who might be potentially a good match for you? Well, one could argue that a person truly meant to be a coach will have a natural gift to coach clients. And in talking with them you will feel that emanate from them.

You will feel the self-confidence and the positive energy that they must possess in order to be good at what they do. You can also ask for references. Talk to other people they have worked with and see what they experienced with them.

Well, there you have it a look at both ends of the spectrum. We looked at a life coach with a certification and what that means, and we looked at a life coach without any type of certification and what that means.

So, having that knowledge now, you will need to decide what is important to you, and what you are looking for and decide if the life coach you hire should or should not have some type of certification.

Just remember the facts; no one requires certification, also keeping in mind the fiction; you do not have to have certification to be good at being a life coach. So, ultimately you have to decide if a life coaching certification is what you want your life coach to have.

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