Life Coach Certification Training Requirements
Q. What are the National & International Training Requirements?
The short answer: There are no license or training requirements required. The fields of life coaching and hypnotherapy are open professions and are largely unregulated. In a few regions within the US, there are minimum training requirements to practice hypnotherapy. There is absolutely none to practice life coaching. Anyone can practice hypnotherapy or life coaching.
That was the short answer. Because many organizations are willing to mislead the prospective student on this subject. And as a result, students have experienced insufficient education and have reported many horror stories to us, I am offering up a longer answer to this question.
THE LONGER ANSWER – IMPORTANT READING TO AVOID CONFUSION
Avoid Being Misled By Associations. They Make Their Money Recruiting Members.
There are some requirements to be a member of national and international hypnotherapy and life coaching associations. For example, The Association of “X”, The “Y” Federation or The “Y” Society may have established specific requirements to be met to become a member of their organization. It is important to note these requirements are made up by the association and are only relevant should a student want to be a member of that particular organization. To maintain your membership, you must pay yearly dues. While a few of these associations provide benefits such as insurance and referral services, most of these simply offer an additional certificate to hang on your wall, an occasional newsletter, and are not worth the money. Membership is not required.
Associations and schools have a symbiotic relationship. The reason schools mention their affiliation with an association is to gain third- party credibility. The reason associations recommend a school is to increase their membership.
Because there are no regulations or educational requirements, it is a common practice for organizations that teach either life coaching or hypnotherapy to create an illusion of them, and to promote that their training is either accredited by one or a number of the many associations. Even we are accredited by most of them. The organizations making claims however, their education is better as a result, or emphasize their affiliations with these associations as their main selling point, usually means that they are new to the field and may have only recently completed a training provided by or affiliated with that association. When a new school promotes that they meet certain regulations set by an association, it helps them to overcome their lack of experience and appear more credible.
Unfortunately, there are very few honest associations in this industry. Some of the larger ones have become large because they take advantage of potential students’ naivety in this subject and advertise themselves as a governing body for that field. The students that have fallen for this tend to substantiate these claims either out of continued ignorance or pride. For you to make an educated decision regarding your education, you should know the truth: There are no governing bodies or any accreditation or affiliation needed to practice life coaching or hypnotherapy. Any licensing required will be provided by a state government, not an association. Knowing this expands your opportunities and increases your chances to receive the most our of your education and investment. See below.
Some schools and associations threaten potential students that there will be regulations in the future, and of course they will be the ones to meet them. Regulations are unlikely. If there should be any in the future, membership in an association will not be required to meet them. Even a licensed professional such as a medical doctor doesn’t have to be a member of the American Medical Association. Have you ever asked your doctor if he or she is a member of the AMA? Probably not. It is likely he or she isn’t.
The simple fact is unlike the medical or psychology fields, many life coaching and hypnotherapy associations are owned by the vary schools they recommend or accredit, and the larger ones now operate similar to a multi-level marketing company.
Some of the most well-known operate similar to a multi-level marketing company. In order to be a member, you must be trained by someone who was trained by someone and so on until you reach the top of the ladder – the association’s founding school. Associations like the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and within the hypnotherapy field, the Accrediting Counsel of Hypnotist Examiners (ACHE), are examples of these.
Thomas Leonard founded the ICF to give credibility to his coaching school, Coach U, and Gil Boyne founded ACHE to promote his Hypnotism Training Institute. While there are independent associations, this is true with many associations, societies, and federations – not just these two. Thomas Leonard has since passed away and both of his entities were sold. The ICF is now owned by a company that owns many associations in a wide variety of fields of study.
Bottom-line: There are no regulations. Join an association if you feel it will provide benefits for you or your practice. If your educational investment is important, and you want to receive the most out it, make your choice out of the many schools based on the following.
How To Successfully Determine Which School To Choose
3 Great Indicators:
1. Make sure the school is licensed by a state government. Most organizations that teach life coaching or hypnotherapy are not licensed. It’s easier to just pay an association. To be licensed, a school must meet standards enforced by the US Department of Education. To maintain a school’s license, each year the school must prove it meets the minimum educational requirements for the field of study they teach, maintain regulated policies that protect the student, and supply proof of financial stability. If the school is licensed and also happens to be affiliated with an association, fine. However, unlike an association that has no control over the school, a state government does.
2. Examine the school’s curriculum, itinerary, instructors, and class size. Does it appear that their curriculum will be complete and thorough? Does the itinerary for the program appear to be extensive, or is it packed with moments of fluff to fill up time? Do their instructors have experience in the field, or did they simply decide to teach it? How many years of experience and training do their instructors have with the material? Is the number of students attending a reasonably-sized group, or are you going to be member of an audience in a show?
3. Is their curriculum approved for continuing education for complimentary professions. Life coaching and hypnotherapy are often popular subjects for continued education in the health-care field- medical professionals, nurses and massage therapists to name of few. These professions are regulated by national and state government professional licensing boards. If the school you are considering is approved for continuing education by one or more of these boards, this can provide you with a good idea of the quality of their instructors and curriculum.