I'm considering branching into the coaching realm. What is your opinion of the best (most reputable) coaching certification?
I have 4 fitness certifications including: ACE Gold Personal Trainer, ACE Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach, AFAA Group Exercise Instructor, AFAA Step Certified Instructor and Zumba Basic liscence, and have been certified since 1989. Additionally, I have 18 years experience in the healthcare field - 10 in Community Health and 8 in Cardiac Rehabiliation and have "earned my stripes" in the fitness and health fields. I'm currently exploring a new career path to encompass whole well-being. Thank-you in advance for your help.
Do you need a certification? I too have been thinking about dipping my toes into coaching.
From what I've heard most people get into it through staying on the ball and applying a few times until they get in based on their experience in the subject.
I have been a credentially coach for over 5 years with the International Coach Federation.
After having taken the 200 hour Coach U training course, which took 2 years, I then applied for the Associate Certified Coach credential with ICF. Having passed that grueling review I attained my certification.
Here is what I see as problematic with Wellcoaches, unless they have changed their CEU policies, CEU are often not tranferrable without petitioning.
I do not recommend however going the route I went, as ICF is more alligned with corporate coaching.
I myself may consider Wellcoaches after I finish my Master's. They have alot of respect in our industry.
So make sure you throughly understand the CEU policy at Wellcoaches and how to use IDEA Conference attendance for your education.
Thankfully, I have more than opinion. I am happy to say that I've earned the Wellcoaches credential just about three years ago and it has been very instrumental to my professional growth.
Without a doubt it will be worth your time and effort. If after your earn your Wellcoaches credential please know that Wellcoaches offers a 10-month course.
I do hope you decide to take their course.
I think you should do it!!
Getting my mind ready for working out again!! I sure did miss it!! I can start again because you taught me how!! Your a fantastic person coach and motivater and I can't wait to work with you again.
If I had to Discribe you in one word it would be "AMAZING"
Your a great friend and I thank you for showing the way to a healthy life style.
Bryant, sounds like Wellcoaches is very reputable and held in high regard among our peers. I am not sure about needing certification. It just seemed like the next logical step in my career development/evolution.
I have enjoyed the program and graduates can come back for a free second year program called "Immersion" to further refine our skills.
Let me know if you have any questions.