Many career coaches obtain certifications to improve their baseline skills and stay up to date with trends. Certification can also help emphasize your professionalism and dedication to detail when speaking with potential clients about a partnership.
Common certification programs are typically approved by the International Coaching Federation, a nonprofit organization that provides respected training programs for career coaches in virtually every field.
University of Phoenix (UOPX) does not offer specific certification for career coaching. However, it does have a Certificate in Leadership and Management, which teaches useful skills such as influential leadership, integrative business practices and change management.
Helpful certification programs not aligned with UOPX include:
- Associate Certified Coach (ACC): Baseline coaching certification program that requires more than 60 hours of coaching education and more than 100 hours of coaching experience.
- Professional Certified Coach (PCC): Baseline coaching certification program that requires more than 125 hours of coaching education and more than 500 hours of client experience.
- Master Certified Coach (MCC): High-level coaching certification program that requires an active or previous PCC credential and more than 200 education hours and upward of 2,500 hours of client coaching experience.
Whichever program you decide to pursue, look for one that helps you grow your skills. Certification programs with mentor coaching, performance evaluation and regular exams are often well equipped to help you gain skills and knowledge that will better help you help future clients.
Find a job
Once you’ve completed your education and gained experience in the field, you should be ready to begin your professional career in coaching. Though this can take time, your network and professional knowledge can help grow your potential client leads.
Make sure to take full advantage of your network. The connections you’ve made while obtaining a degree, completing certification or gaining industry experience can be useful when looking for employment. The people you’ve met can help you identify open positions, provide client or job opportunities and even teach new abilities to close skills gaps.
If you intend to work independently, you’ll need to attract and retain your own clients. As you connect with working professionals in different industries, look for employees with big goals who are working below their potential. These individuals often make great coaching clients.
In other cases, you might need to advertise your services to land new clients. You can pay for advertisements on popular websites or use social media to expand your reach. Some career coaches choose to write blogs or create useful videos that demonstrate their knowledge and capabilities.