After nearly three years of training and education, I am very excited to announce that the International Coach Federation has awarded its Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential to me.
Anyone can hold themselves out as a life coach, executive coach, wellness coach, etc., and there are no formal governmental regulations ensuring that person has any training or qualifications. This is an important point to consider when hiring a coach.
International Coach Federation (ICF) credentialed coaches represent the 'gold-standard' in coaching certification and are often the only coaches retained by governments and corporations. ICF coaches must attend 125 hours of education, be supervised by a qualified coach for 10 hours and document 750 hours of coaching with at least 25 clients. Only then can a candidate sit for exams and ultimately be credentialed by the ICF.
Regardless of who you select as your coach, I highly recommend considering a coach that has met ICF standards and earned an ICF credential.
Scott Howard is a professional executive coach and leadership coach focusing on human empowerment and maximizing potential.