Life coaching courses: 6 Steps to becoming a life coach

Published: October 8, 2019 / 4 Comments

Life Coaching Courses

The life coaching career has a bright future, and SACAP’s internationally-recognised coaching courses provide a solid foundation for becoming a life coach.

In a world of constant distractions and rising stress levels, more people see the benefit of having a mentor who can help set them on the path. The life coach is ideally suited to this role, being someone whose objective is not to delve into their client’s past, but rather to focus on the future, and how their client may progress toward the achievement of their life goals.

So it’s no surprise that the demand for life coaches is increasing. As reported by NCC Home Learning, the International Coach Federation had only around 1500 life coach members in 1999, but by 2013, that had risen to 17000 coaches across a total of 34 countries.

It’s a career with a bright future, but how does one go about becoming a life coach? If you are serious about joining the life coaching profession, you should follow the most legitimate, credible path into the career. That means being trained and certified by a well-respected coach-training programme, preferably one whose competencies are aligned with the International Coach Federation (ICF).

As John Kim LMFT, author, speaker, life coach and co-founder of JRNI Life Coaching Certification and the Catalyst Life Coaching Intensive, writes: “Life coaching is a craft and takes practice and education, like any other profession. You need a foundational know-how before you can coach.”

Internationally recognised life coaching courses at SACAP

SACAP offers a range of coaching courses, all of which are International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited and COMENSA aligned. SACAP’s coaching training will provide you with a solid foundation for pursuing a career as a life coach, especially considering SACAP’s unique approach to teaching and learning, which provides the following benefits:

  • Practical experience: A combination of rigorous academic theory with practical skills, workplace experience and self-development, so as to ensure you graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to make an immediate impact.
  • Psychological angle: Since SACAP is also a psychology college, they’re able to incorporate the principles of applied psychology into their coaching courses, providing students with additional skill sets that will serve them well in their coaching career.
  • Flexibility: SACAP’s courses are designed for working professionals, so they can be pursued on a part-time basis. Even if you choose not to pursue a career as a life coach, the skills you develop can be applied in your current profession.

With that in mind, the following courses on offer at SACAP will help pave the way for a career as a life coach:

Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching

SACAP’s Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching is a part-time, two-year, qualification that offers a solid theoretical grounding and a deep understanding of current coaching thinking, practice, ethics and research.

The course teaches a variety of robust coaching methods and models and how to apply them, which is valuable considering how broad the practice of life coaching can be. As John Kim points out; relationships, business, creativity and career transitions are just a few of the areas that fall under the umbrella of the life coaching practice.

Availability SACAP Johannesburg and Cape Town campus
Duration Two years part-time
Admission requirements

  • A Bachelors degree or a professional qualification.
  • Ideally, five years of post-qualification life/work experience or alternatively a postgraduate qualification.

Coach Practitioner Programme

The Coach Practitioner Programme is a shorter learning programme that serves as a pathway to continue into SACAP’s Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching, should you meet the admission requirements for that course. It also qualifies you to apply to ICF as an associate certified coach, or to COMENSA as a coach practitioner.

Furthermore, it provides a direct route into the Advanced Coach Practitioner Programme, a six month, short learning programme that qualifies you to pursue a career as a professional coach practitioner.

Availability SACAP Johannesburg and Cape Town campus
Duration 5 months, plus Mentor Coaching
Admission requirements

  • A minimum of 3 years relevant work experience.
  • Subject to a selection process.

If you’re interested in pursuing a coaching course, or seek additional information on the life coaching profession and what it entails, you can enquire now with SACAP.

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  1. Mathew


    Please forward me more information regarding the courses. Including start dates and costs


  2. moegamat Cassim Abrahams

    I complete an MBA at WArwick Univesity (UK), An complete several life coaching and recovery coaching through the auspices of U-ACT professional coaching body endores by COMENSA, I WOULD like to read for your Advanced Coaching Practitioner course, what is the total cost of the course and when is the following intake for the course the duration of the course and format of the course

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