Why go with a Credentialed Life Coach?

The field of professional coaching has no oversight by a state licensing board.  Therefore, any individual can refer to themselves as a coach even though they have not obtained the proper training and experience.  The International Coach Federation (ICF) is an international association of personal and business coaching that is the principal governing body for this field.  The difference between a non credentialed coach and a coach who has been credentialed by the ICF is that a coach credentialed by the ICF has completed stringent education and experience requirements and has demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence in coaching. They have fulfilled coach specific training, achieved a designated number of experience hours, and have worked with a Mentor Coach.

Certification from the ICF is extremely important when considering which coach to hire. It means the coach:

  • Has received professional training from a program specifically designed to teach coaching skills in alignment with the ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics
  • Has demonstrated a proficient understanding and use of the coaching competencies as outlined by the ICF
  • Is accountable to the ethics and standards set forth by the ICF

Working with an ICF Credentialed coach ensures consumers they aren’t in a partnership with someone merely calling him or herself a coach. When you hire an ICF Credentialed coach, you can be assured your coach comes with highly recognizable, global coaching qualifications.

For more information visit coachfederation.org/training.

About the Author

Roya Kravetz is a Professional Credentialed Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), a Board-Certified Coach (BCC) with the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), a Certified Mentor Coach (CMC) with Mentor Coach LLC, and Certified Parent Educator (CPE) with the International Network for Children and Families (INCAF). While there are many life coaches out there, very few are accredited and board certified through the ICF and CCE. Roya specializes in educating and coaching individuals and families with ADHD and Executive Function challenges. She also has experience working with adoptive families who have children with ADHD. Roya has combined her professional skills with her broad cultural background to build a highly specialized national and international coaching practice based in Carmel Valley (San Diego), California. She is multi-lingual and coaches in English and Spanish.

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