If you’ve found this article from a Google search, I assume that you are already familiar with what a life coach is. Even if you are, reading my article “What is a Life Coach” will provide you with valuable information on what exactly a life coach does, how coaching contracts work, what typical coaching formats look like and how you might want to focus your business as you consider becoming a coach.
This article is geared towards the logistics on what you can do to become a life coach and start your own business.
What Credentials do I Need?
At the risk of turning people off to life coaching in this article, I am going to give you the facts about people that are calling themselves coaches. Truth be told – there are NO job requirements to become a coach. Sounds scary huh? Put a sign up, print some business cards, call yourself a life coach and you are good to go. Pretty easy business to build eh?
Lets take a bit of a closer look here. What I am really saying is that by law, no professional certification is required for someone to call him or herself a life coach – or coach (often the word ‘life’ is either omitted or replaced with a different word such as ‘executive’, ‘wellness’, ‘lifestyle management’ or ‘business’). So unlike a psychologist, a physical therapist, registered dietician, a contractor, or a lawyer, the state and country (USA) does not recognize a life coach as a credentialed profession. Therefore, no license is required to call yourself a coach (at least as of the date this article is posted) UPW 2020.
Lets look at some other examples of similar professions that might fall into the same category. How about that big one of ‘consultant’. There are lots of consultants out there consulting on everything you can think of – typically a consultant needs no license to be a consultant, just experience doing so. Similar to a coach, a consultant with no experience at all can draft up a business card and start doing business. Of course the big question is whether or not you’d be able to sell anyone on your services given that background. A computer consultant would probably have trouble selling themselves if they knew nothing about computers!
Before Calling Yourself a Coach…
If you are intending to call yourself a coach, please understand what it means to give yourself that title. Without government regulations, I admit you can stake your claim at coachhood with relative ease, however its a discredit to the professionals with years of experience and training if you simply use the word as an allure for clients and in any way you are misrepresenting what the coaching profession is all about. I’d suggest reading a coaches code of ethics to see if what you are offering could truly be considered coaching.