Hi it’s Stacey Ashley here from @ashleycoaching, and today I’m going to talk to you about coach training.
Obviously I get asked quite a lot of questions about coach training, because we offer the Certificate IV and the Diploma of Workplace & Business Coaching and we work with lots of people who are either aspiring coaches, or already running their own coaching practice, or internal coaching program within an organisation. And they want to take their skills or their confidence to the next level.
Here’s a few tips about how to choose the right coach training for you.
The first thing is to think about what you’re trying to achieve through your coach training. Is it about getting a more expanded toolkit, increasing your coaching skill and competence? Is it about taking your confidence and your level of practice as a coach to the next level. Or is it about credibility and perhaps achieving a qualification or credentials?
By that what I mean is a qualification in Australian training framework terms, or an internationally recognised credential with one of the professional coaching bodies. That may be important if you’re operating, for example, in the government sector.
That’s the first thing. What are you trying to achieve, and which coach training ticks the right boxes for you?
The second thing to think about is how do you really like to learn? Do you like to work on your own? Do you like to work with a group, online, face to face? Again, pick up a training process that actually supports the way that you do your best learning.
Then the third thing, and I’m just going to quickly look at my notes, is to think about the who. Who’s actually going to be teaching you in your coach training programme? Is it someone that is able to offer you what you need? Whether it’s about their experience, the qualities that they bring as a facilitator, are they currently coaching. That’s one of the things that I think is so incredibly important to bring real examples that you can see how coaching is actually applied in lots of different contexts.
Of course, the other thing that’s important about the who is that coaching is a people business. Whether you’re working one on one, or with groups and teams, it’s about connection and it’s about rapport. Being able to connect with the person who’s teaching you, I think, is also a really important consideration.
I hope that that’s been helpful for you in terms of summing up some of the things to think about around your coach training. This is Stacey Ashley @ashleycoaching. Love to hear your thoughts and your own experiences of a coach training perhaps that you’ve already done, or that you’re thinking about doing in the future.
(The Certificate IV in Workplace & Business Coaching 10535NAT and the Diploma of Workplace & Business Coaching 10536NAT qualifications referred to, are delivered in partnership with our RTO Partner Open Door Coaching Group TOID 21858)