How do I Become a Coach?
If you are considering a career as a professional coach, the International Coach Federation recommends the following four step process:
- Hire a Coach - To truly gain full knowledge and understanding of the coach-client relationship, begin your journey as a client. This step provides valuable insight into the coaching relationship and prepares you for a meaningful relationship with your clients. Additionally, hiring a coach can help you to determine whether coaching is the right profession for you. You can use our Find a Coach service to identify the right coach for you and your goals.
- Attend a Coach Training Program - ICF strongly recommends that you complete an ICF accredited coach training program to streamline your path to become an ICF credentialed coach. Formal training using ICF core competencies and code of ethics as the basis of training will prepare you for the rewards and challenges of the coaching profession. ICF accredited programs demonstrate their commitment to the highest coaching standards. Review a list of ICF accredited programs.
- Join the International Coach Federation - Let ICF be a partner on your journey to a successful coaching practice. ICF membership will provide you with networking, continuing education, and leadership opportunities through local chapters, Special Interest Groups and our local, regional, and international events. Connect with coaches from around the world and lend your voice and talents to the future of the profession. By joining ICF, you will realize your full potential as a coach. Learn about the eligibility requirements and join ICF.