Frequently Asked Questions:


 
Michael Boyle, C.M.B.C.
Marlton, NJ USA
 
Amy Williams, C.C.R.C., M.S.L.C., C.T.M.C.
Martasville, MO USA
 
 
 
 

The fact that you have come this far implies that something inside you is interested in the concept of coaching. A little voice down deep within you acknowledging a desire to help others. Coaching skills are very portable, allowing you to practice from almost any location in the world and at any time.

Coaching is an incredible profession! From obtaining your first client, to diversifying into a full-time Coaching practice with multiple income streams, Express Coaching™ e-distance learning program will methodically walk you through each of the precise steps necessary to assist you in reaching your specific career goals. Below, are some of the questions that we are more commonly asked.


 
Daphne de la Torre, C.L.C.
Sunnydale, CA USA
 
 
 


Q: How do I know if Coaching is right for me?

A: Ask yourself the following questions and if the answer is YES, then LIFE Coaching IS right for you:

* Do you like people?
* Are you a good listener?
* Do you easily develop a rapport with others?
* Do you like to take pride in other’s success?
* Do you enjoy helping others?
* Do you want to make a difference in the world?
* Do you want financial independence?
* Do you want to continue to grow spiritually?
* Do you desire to work at a job you love?

Q: What is the typical income of a coach?

A:    The International Coach Federation estimates that there are approximately 16,000 part-time and full-time coaches worldwide, with an average annual income ranging from $35,000 to $100,000 and up. Certain specialty coaches earn considerably more.

Q: What type of individuals become coaches?

A:    People who want to contribute; people committed to personal growth; people valuing freedom and independence in their career choice. A career in Coaching is perfect for the individual man or woman who desires to make a difference in people’s lives while maintaining a high standard of personal excellence in his or her own life.

Common backgrounds of today’s Coaches: Consultants, Mental Health Professionals, Managers, Trainers in Development, Human Resource Professionals, Financial Consultants and CPA’s, Professional speakers, Sales Persons, Fitness Instructors, Holistic Practitioners.

Q: Is coaching like counselling?

A:    Coaching is NOT like therapy or counselling although Coaching does draw from a diverse range of disciplines. Coaching is more concerned with results rather than understanding or processing. Therefore, there is a strong focus on action. Coaching makes its focus on the future rather than the past.

Coaching is about working under the assumption that every individual that we are coaching already has all the answers that they require within his/herself. The primary job of the Coach is to help the client tap into the deep resource that they already own to find the appropriate answers to the areas of their life that is just not working for them. It is very important to remember that the Coaching Session is an ‘advice-free zone.’

Q: Are there any prerequisites to becoming a coach?

A:    There are no prerequisites to becoming a Coach. However, there are some MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

* Our programs are designed for self-directed, mature adults;
* a student must be of legal age of consent;
* Proficiency in English;
* Good written skills;
* Willingness to help others;
* Freely expresses openness;
* Embodies empathy, compassion toward others.

If you have questions about your eligibility to become a coach, please contact us and we will be happy to speak with you.

Q: Why is your course tuition so reasonable?

A:
We have made it our policy to use the Internet as well as other electronic technologies as our primary vehicle for the delivery of our training programs. This means that it isn’t necessary for us to charge exorbitant tuition in order to maintain a physical campus.

With this in mind, we offer condensed accredited coach training aimed to serve you better, faster, and for less money than any other training program of comparable quality.

We also believe that charging higher tuition prices to keep students in training longer than necessary is not conducive to fair practice. We believe in providing the very best, state of the art training at a fair and reasonable price to you, the student.

Q: What are my program learning options?

A:
Express Coaching believes strongly that everyone’s style of learning is different. This primary belief is why we have made both the Certified LIFE Coach and Master SPIRIT LIFE Coach programs available in a format suitable to most individuals.

As our student, you receive your training through convenient, relaxed, interactive teleclasses. If you live in a physical locale that does not permit you to take part of our teleclasses due to the time-shift, you can study via pre-recorded lecture format that makes you feel just like you were there! It’s convenient and easy. Please note that distance training is only accredited through the Certified Coaches Alliance and not through the International Coach Federation.

Q: Is accreditation a must?

A:
First we must clarify a common misconception. The term “accreditation” is applied to a program, while the term “certification” is applied to an individual. To follow though with this theme, the Express Coaching program is accredited through the International Coach Federation (ICF) as “Approved Coach Specific Training Hours.” Graduates of an approved program become a certified coach.

Accreditation assures you, the prospective student, that the program has been assessed and reviewed for its inclusive content of the eleven core competencies and ethical standards as recognized and adopted by most world-wide coaching organizations.

Graduation from an accredited program may not be necessary for the life coach to begin and maintain a successful professional practice, however, an accredited program is considered the program of choice as the quality of the program is carefully scrutinized on an ongoing basis.

Q: Are there any extra program costs?

A:
No, there are no extra program costs. Your course includes everything you need to successfully complete your coaching Certification with a guarantee of no hidden extras. Tuition includes all course materials, notes, supplemental reading and resources. Tuition fees include all sales.

Upon graduation, however, alumni are required to enter into affiliation with the Certified Coaches Alliance.

How the Certified Coaches Alliance (CCA) plays a part in your International Coach Certification:

Our graduates must align with the Certified Coaches Alliance (CCA), in order to activate their International coaching designation. Unlike other affiliation bodies, the CCA is not in place to govern or mandate the manner in which you perform your coaching practice.

The CCA acts as the oversight separation of power between Rhema International Training Group Inc. and affiliated schools of training to ensure that program guidelines are adhered to and by issuing final examinations and examination scores for pass or fail as an impartial observer. Upon graduation and affiliation the CCA will represent your International coach certification on the global stage.

The Importance of a Governing Body:

In existence since 2004, the CCA is well respected Internationally for their professional standards and profile. No longer are prospective clients and potential employers asking only if a coach has been certified through a respected program, they are also inquiring if a coach is aligned with an organization that upholds a professional “Code of Ethics and Standards.” Alignment to a body that provides and upholds a cohesive “Code of Ethics and Standards” is imperative to the success of any coach within today’s marketplace and shows the coaches professional observance to be held accountable.

Government offices now mandate that any coach considered through the hiring process be formally trained, certified and under the auspices of a professional body governed by a “Code of Ethics and Standards.” A vast number of community organizations, for profit and not-for-profit societies are following this lead.

Current Affiliation Fees are as Follows:

  • $54.00 for each 2-years;
  • $79.00 for each 3-years and
  • $299.00 USD for Enduring Certification which requires no ongoing renewal.

Q: How long will it take to complete my program?

A:
The guidelines for completion of the Certified LIFE Coach program is 6-months.

Students undertaking the the Master SPIRIT LIFE Coach program are expected to complete their program within 8 months.

We have some flexibility when indicators suggest that a student has current life issues that will slow his or her progress. At any time should you find that you are not able to keep up to the study schedule, we ask that you speak with the Chief Learning Officer so that arrangements can be made to assist you to complete the program in accordance to your current situation.

Q: Is there one coaching model I must adhere to?

A: Absolutely not. We firmly believe that the face of coaching is an ever-evolving profession.

We do not favour any particular Coaching model over another. Our program, however, will teach you the accepted ‘standard of practice’ model. We encourage our students to continue to develop his or her discipline as they so choose based on their particular background, strengths and interests.

Q: Do coaches specialize?

A:
Although many Coaches prefer to keep their options open, a great many coaches do choose to specialize and focus on a particular niche’ in the marketplace.

Business, organizational, health and fitness, relationship, career, confidence, self-esteem, and finances are just a few areas of specialty that we can mention here. The list is endless and you are only held by your imagination and your interests.

Deciding on if a specialty niche is right for you, and discovering just what that niche should be is part of your learning experience in the program.

Q: Once I graduate, must I join a governing body?

A:
To date, there is still no ‘one’ accepted regulatory body for the life coaching professional. We have put a great deal of time and effort into creating an allegiance with an affiliation body that is both highly respected with low cost affiliation fees associated with ongoing certification fees.

Our graduates must align with the Certified Coaches Alliance (CCA), in order to activate their International coaching designation. Unlike other affiliation bodies, the CCA is not in place to govern or mandate the manner in which you perform your coaching practice.

The CCA acts as the oversight separation of power between Rhema International Training Group Inc. and affiliated schools of training to ensure that program guidelines are adhered to and by issuing final examinations and examination scores for pass or fail as an impartial observer. Upon graduation and affiliation the CCA will represent your International coach certification on the global stage.

The Importance of a Governing Body:

In existence since 2004, the CCA is well respected Internationally for their professional standards and profile. No longer are prospective clients and potential employers asking only if a coach has been certified through a respected program, they are also inquiring if a coach is aligned with an organization that upholds a professional “Code of Ethics and Standards.” Alignment to a body that provides and upholds a cohesive “Code of Ethics and Standards” is imperative to the success of any coach within today’s marketplace and shows the coaches professional observance to be held accountable.

Government offices now mandate that any coach considered through the hiring process be formally trained, certified and under the auspices of a professional body governed by a “Code of Ethics and Standards.” A vast number of community organizations, for profit and not-for-profit societies are following this lead.

The following Certification Fees Apply:

2-years / $54.00 USD
3-years / $79.00 USD
Enduring Certification / $299.00 USD (No ongoing renewal process necessary.)

Q: How will I be graded while doing my program?

A:
Our purpose is not so much as to ‘grade you’ as it is to provide you with the right tools and the knowledge of how to use them correctly. That said, students must complete several assignments for evaluation and a final exam. Students must receive 80% or better to pass the exam. Student’s who fail to receive 80% or better on the exam will be invited to rewrite the exam within 30-days at a cost of $250.00 USD.

Upon successful completion you will receive your certificate of designation as a ‘Certified LIFE Coach.’

Q: If I cancel my program, will I receive a refund?

A:
As our course materials are provided through electronic medium and not shipped, it is considered intellectual property and is internationally protected by copyright. After a student is assigned a USERNAME and PASSWORD to the electronic download area, no refund is permitted under any circumstances.

Q: Will I receive the support that I need when doing the program?

A:
Yes. As our student you are never alone!

Students may contact the Chief Learning Officer at any time should there be any questions, whatsoever. Students also receive ongoing weekly support emails for a period of one year. This ongoing correspondence is filled with ideas and suggestions for building your business, growing your client-base and keeping you inspired. Students and graduates of the program will also receive ongoing free access to refresher teleclasses and updates for as long as you remain in good standing.

Q: Upon completion of my program do I receive a certificate?

A:
Every graduate of the program must join in affiliation with the Certified Coaches Alliance (CCA). Upon affiliation with the CCA coaches have the opportunity to choose to receive several different options of documentation of completion.

Q: Are there any associated alumni costs?

A:
It is imperative that every Coach maintain an ongoing relationship with the CCA. Your Certification as an affiliated coach of the Certified Coaches Alliance assures your International coach standing. There are several choices of ongoing affiliation:

  • $54.00 USD for each 2-years
  • $79.00 USD for each 3-years
  • $299.00 USD for Enduring Certification which requires no ongoing renewal.

A renewal process of your International coach certification standing is essential to:

•    Maintaining accurate records of all alumni currently in active service;
•    Updating of records (change of name, physical mailing address, telephone and email address);
•    Overseeing changes to coaching designations;
•    Closing files of coaches who have retired their International coach status;
•    Closing files of coaches no longer in good standing (of timely certification renewal processing);
•    Closing files of coaches who have become deceased during the current or previous reporting year;
•    Update the CCA active coach registry and to
•    inform the ICF on any internationally certified coaches no longer in good standing.

Q: Is there anyone I can address my other questions to?

A: Yes! You can reach our Director of Admissions by visiting our Contact page.

We would be happy to receive your call and assist you in any manner that we can.

Marnie Tanner, Director of Admissions is available to receive your phone call and answer your questions each Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Pacific Standard Time. We will return calls after hours should you reside in a time-zone that requires us to be flexible.

800.925.7116 Ext. 1 [Toll Free North America]
310.209.8271 Ext. 1 [Direct]

For more information, please visit our Contact page.

Q: Once I purchase my course, how soon can I begin my studies?

A: New students enter our program while other students graduate from our program each and every week.

Once you have purchased the tuition for your program of choice the process of opening your student file and putting everything in place for you to begin usually takes no more than a couple of days.