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Coaching Certification – What On Earth Is It, Is It Important, And Who Are The Players?

Hang around life coaches and it won’t be long before you hear talk about the International Coach Federation (ICF) and life coaching certification. What, you ask, is certification? And…how does one get certified to help people with their lives?

To answer that…we first need a little background.

A (very) brief story of the Origins of Coaching

The phenomenon called ‘coaching’ really began in the early 1990s when Thomas Leonard – a product of the 1970s Human Potential movement – invented the life coaching profession and founded the first training program, CoachU.

Leonard was instrumental in creating the International Coach Federation (ICF) – the largest coaching professional association today (and the main certifying body) – as well as the International Association of Coaching (IAC).

What is this thing called ‘certification’ anyway?

Life coaching certification is a process through which a coach demonstrates the willingness and ability to meet certain standards of the profession. Certification is NOT licensing.

As of the current moment, you are not required to get certified to coach and many (including myself) think it’s largely a waste of time and money especially for coaches just getting started. Continue reading