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3 Types of Coaching Certifications (Definitions & Differences)
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3 Types of Coaching Certifications (Definitions & Differences)

Coaching has become a fast-growing field over the past decade and there is a lot of information out there about coach training and certification, and it can be a bit confusing. So what is the difference between being accredited and being certified? How do I know which certification is right for me?

In this blog, we will breakdown the various certifications that are out there so you can understand which is right for you.


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A Coaching Certification Program

A certification program is one that requires you to complete a program that has an established set of core competencies; that evaluates you on your proficiency within these competencies; that has been audited by an accrediting agency; and that requires the institute delivering the program to be approved as an accrediting agency.

In fact, according to the 2010 Sherpa Industry Study,  "76% of HR professionals and coaching clients are now saying that formal training and recognized certification are either important or absolutely essential."

A Coaching Certificate

A certificate program is typically a certificate of completion – meaning that you’ve completed the course work and have potentially been evaluated on what you’ve learned.  While it can be extensive, this is not necessarily a certification and is not typically recognized by an industry association.

A Certifiable Coach

A certifiable program is one that certifies you in a new profession for $99 - $899.  It’s incredible to think about, but nonetheless, because of the growth of coaching, there are those that are looking to cash in on the marketplace and its consumers.  Buyers beware.  There are some good programs out there that will help you learn about coaching, but watch out for those that represent that they “certify” you.

Actually, in the case of the latter two, the only one doing the “certifying” is the company itself.  It’s not an industry recognized credential by any association.

iPEC Accreditation 

At iPEC, we’ve been accredited by the International Coach Federation (the governing body and largest coaching association globally) since 2002.  We passed our accreditation on our first application at a time when most programs were being turned away for not meeting the requirements and competencies of the profession.  We’ve been sanctioned to provide you with your industry-recognized certification. We have also been approved for recertification credit hours via the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).

This isn’t simply about the quality of our training; it’s about the quality of YOUR training.  We’re here to support you to be the most masterful and successful coach that you can be.

We’re here to serve.  Just ask.

If you're not ready to chat but you want more information on Professional Coaching, take a look at our Guide to Researching the Cost of Becoming a Certified Professional Coach. 

About Luke Iorio - President

Bruce D Schneider is iPEC's founder and the author of the books Relax, You're Already Perfect, Uncovering the Life of Your Dreams: An Enlightening Story and the blockbuster book, Energy Leadership: Transforming Your Workplace and Your life from the Core. His groundbreaking theory of consciousness levels led him to create the transformational Core Energy Coaching™ process, as well as iPEC's proprietary Energy Leadership Index™ assessment.

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