Professional coaching is a career with a bright future. SACAP offers a range of courses that will provide you with the necessary skills and accreditation.
According to Heather Hansen O’Neill, president of Find Your Fire, and author of the bestselling books Teams on Fire! and Find Your Fire: “Business coaching can help entrepreneurs break through barriers that are holding them back and focus on the actions necessary to achieve their goals.”
She goes on to say that an increasing number of business owners are employing coaches to work with their leadership teams, believing that the boost to performance they provide will be essential in an increasingly competitive business landscape.
It’s clear that professional coaching is a career with a bright future, and business coaching in particular will be a sought-after resource, as companies look to adapt to new technologies and rapidly changing industries.
Becoming a business coach
If you’ve decided that business coaching is the career for you, the first step is to acquire some training. As Karolyne Williams, founder of SACAP’s School of Coaching, says: “The marketplace is wiser these days and seeks to separate the well-trained and experienced coaches from the fly-by-nights.” One of the ways they do this is by looking at coach training received, coaching experience and any professional coaching credentials.
SACAP offers a range of coaching courses, all of which are International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited and COMENSA aligned. Considering SACAP’s unique approach to teaching and learning, their courses provide 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 business coach, the skills you develop can be applied in your current profession.
Although there is no dedicated business coaching course, there are a number of courses that will qualify you to pursue a coaching career, while developing skills that will be applicable in the field of business coaching. These include the Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching, and the Coach Practitioner Programme.
SACAP also offers a Bachelor of Applied Social Science Degree with majors in Psychology and Business Management, which is designed to equip you with the skills you need to operate effectively in the fields of both business and psychology.
Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching
What is it A part-time, two-year, qualification that offers a solid theoretical grounding and a deep understanding of current coaching thinking, practice, ethics and research.
Availability SACAP Johannesburg and Cape Town campus
Duration Two years part-time
- A Bachelor’s degree or a professional qualification.
- Ideally, five years of post-qualification life/work experience or alternatively a postgraduate qualification.
Coach Practitioner Programme
What is it 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
- A minimum of 3 years relevant work experience.
- Subject to a selection process.
Bachelor of Applied Social Science Degree with majors in Psychology and Business Management
What is it A dynamic offering that will equip you with traditional business skills, insights into the field of psychology and an understanding of the relationship between the external business landscape and the complementary internal psychological landscape and how you can impact this interplay.
Availability SACAP Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria campus; and Online
Duration 3 years, full-time (on campus), 5 years, part-time (online)
- A National Senior Certificate (Bachelors Pass) with a minimum of 45% in English and 65% in Mathematics, not mathematic literacy, or equivalent qualification.
- A Senior Certificate (with Endorsement) with a minimum of a Standard Grade pass in English, or equivalent qualification and 65% in Higher Grade Mathematics
- An NQF Level 5 Certificate that demonstrates mathematical competency to the above levels, or equivalent qualification.
- Mature students 23 years of age may apply for SACAP’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.
If you’re interested in pursuing a coaching course, or seek additional information on the business coaching profession and what it entails, you can enquire now with SACAP.