While there are no specific educational requirements for becoming a life coach, courses and programs are offered by various for-profit and non-profit educational institutions. These options often lead to voluntary professional certification.Programs are of varying length, and some are offered online or through university extension departments. In addition, some private organizations offer in-person or self-directed courses on life coaching techniques. Courses aim to provide students with techniques and skills that can help them guide their future clients toward professional or personal goals.
Courses for life coaches will focus on such important concepts as:
- Motivation techniques
- Cognitive approaches
- Behavioral approaches
List of Common Courses
Personal and Professional Life Coaching Course
This course introduces students to basic knowledge, procedures and skills used in life coaching. It examines principles of Adlerian psychology combined with human development and mental health practices. Students learn how to develop coaching relationships with their clients, as well as how to provide a supportive environment for clients to pursue their personal and professional goals. Students practice and demonstrate coaching methods, in addition to developing their own unique coaching techniques that they can apply in professional settings. Course topics typically include fear management, client vision identification, questioning and goal planning.
Life Purpose Coaching Course
A life purpose coaching course provides students with techniques needed to assist their clients in living their lives with purpose. Students discuss ways to motivate their clients to live more purposeful lives, such as promoting courage and social interests and identifying needs and wants. The course also examines ways life coaches can discuss their client's lifestyles and assist them in claiming responsibility for their own actions.
Developing a Coaching Relationship Course
Aspiring life coaches taking a coaching relationship course learn about the tools, structures and skills required to develop relationships with their clients. This course discusses all aspects of coaching, including managing time limits, forming agreements, building trust, creating sessions, planning goals and bonding with clients. Life coaching students also learn to design a space where their clients will feel welcome, safe and comfortable.
Life Coaching Interaction Course
In this course, students gain feedback and supportive criticism from instructors through live sessions. Instructors offer suggestions for improvement in students' coaching techniques, as well as providing positive reinforcement when they demonstrate proper techniques.