COACH SCHOOL SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Reputation, Credibility and Values

Schools them selves are not accredited, just their training programs. So, a quick background check is important to determine the schools industry credibility and longevity.

  • How long have they been in operation (are they a newcomer or established)?
  • Has the training undergone quality testing by an independent peak body (eg. ICF)?
  • Does the school have a visible community of coaches, who are they, how are they using coaching?

  • Certification and Credential Pathways

Not all coaches need a coaching credential, but we highly recommend they complete a certification. It 's a recognized statement of attainment that indicates you have been assessed as having the industry recognized skills and expertise required to practice as a coach.

  • Coaching is a global profession. Will your certification be recognised globally?
  • Do the programs and certifications match your coaching goals, and allow for a change of goals?
  • Does the certification pathway to further study or to a credential such as ACC, PCC or MCC

  • Your Coaching Model

Your coaching m odel defines who you will be as a coach. It tells the world who you will coach, where you will coach, and how you will coach.

  • Does the school use a 'cookie cutter' one size fits all model, or do you create your own unique coaching model?
  • Is there business support or training that can help you connect your coaching model to your business plan?

  • Program Delivery and Curriculum

Training can be delivered online, F2F or via a blend of both.

  • How do you access classes and course materials?
  • Where does the real time learning and interaction between faculty and students happen?
  • Does the school teach just one niche, or do they teach you to coach across a rangeof niches so you can apply your skill to any coaching scenario or situation?
  • How often is the curriculum reviewed to be sure it's current?
  • Is there just one study path, or can you customise it for your own work / life balance (eg. what if you need to miss a class?)

  • Students and Graduates

One of the best ways to get to know a school is to ask or review those who have been there before you.  Schools will often boast thousands of graduates.  But, quantity means nothing without quality, so research the following...

  • Is there an active community and how do they connect (classroom, forum, in person etc)
  • Are the networks you will make global or local (or both)?
  • Is Peer Coaching included, or an additional cost?
  • Who are the schools graduates? Are they active coaches? What did they think of their training experience?

  • Faculty and Expertise

The team you will come into contact the most at any school is the faculty. They will deliver your learning.

  • Are the faculty certified trainers and credentialed coaches?
  • Can you connect with faculty outside the classroom?
  • How long have the trainers been on faculty?
  • Are the faculty connected to industry?

  • Tuition and Learning Guarantees

Cost is not always a determination of quality or value for money, but it can be a guide. Before you make any decisions....

  • What's included, and what's not included?
  • How does the tuition compare with other local or global schools?
  • Are there payment plans or are there savings for paying in full at time of enrollment?
  • Is there a satisfaction or learning guarantee in case you find that school is not for you?

  • Support, Accountability and Structure

Training is a substantial investment of your time, energy and money. It's vital there is a ROI and that you be able to move through the program with ease, and maximise your learning opportunities.

  • Who and where do you go if you need help?
  • Is support automated or are there real people, who know the business, on hand if needed
  • who decides the pace you study (eg. can you fast track or take your time)?
  • What happens if you need to take a break from your studies, or need longer than expected to complete?
  • How will you track your progress?*
  • If you miss a class one week, how do you make it up?

Next...

Choose the Program That Best Fits Your Training Goals and Budget

When choosing a program it's important to consider how you would like to learn (which might be different to how you have learnt before), what pathway options are available to for further study or credentialing, program value for money,  and  how the program will fit your lifestyle.  To help you make these key decisions, we've shared some insights into our program.  Take the Program Selection Quiz to find the program best for you.

Program Selector Quiz