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Life Coaching Courses to become a Successful Life Coach

Mar 31, 2021 | By Saranne Durham
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Success starts with a good investment. To be a great life coach you need a well-recognised qualification. A good life coaching course should be based on the right theoretical framework. And ideally have a practical application to give you the necessary experience to work immediately upon qualifying. SACAP’s internationally-recognised coaching courses provide a solid foundation for becoming a life coach.

The Future of Life Coaching

Increasingly, more people see the benefit of having a mentor who can help set them on the path. A life coach is ideally suited to this role. Their objective is not to delve into their client’s past, but rather to focus on the future. And in doing this, better enable their client to progress towards the achievement of their life goals. Amidst a world of constant distractions and rising stress levels, this growing demand for life coaches is going to be a continuous trend.

How to Become a Life Coach

It’s a career with a bright future, but how does one go about becoming a life coach? John Kim LMFT, author, speaker, life coach and co-founder of JRNI Life Coaching Certification and the Catalyst Life Coaching Intensive, advises that life coaching takes practice and education. It requires a foundational know-how ahead of being able to coach. Therefore, if you are serious about joining the life coaching profession, you should follow the most legitimate, credible path into the career. The first step is being trained and certified by a well-respected coach-training programme. Preferably one whose competencies are aligned with the International Coach Federation (ICF).

What do You need to take a Life Coaching Course?

If you are a people person and enjoy helping others excel, then coaching could be a great career fit for you. Coaches are people who are forward thinkers and enjoy planning for success. Often life coaches run their own businesses. Thus, being a life coach could provide you with the opportunity to structure your work in a way which maximises your own potential.

10 Traits of a Great Life Coach

  1. Being able to maintain a positive attitude
  2. Passionate about people
  3. Great listener
  4. Great verbal and non-verbal communicator
  5. Non-Judgemental
  6. Not Opinionated
  7. Observant
  8. Able to maintain a consistent high level of integrity
  9. Being able to cultivate curiosity in others
  10. Ability to challenge others in a productive and proactive manner

Why choose a SACAP Coaching Course?

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. SACAP’s unique approach to teaching and learning has advantages and benefits such as:

  • Practical experience: Courses have a combination of rigorous academic theory with practical skills, workplace experience and self-development. You are ensured to graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to make an immediate impact.
  • Psychological angle: Since SACAP is also a psychology college, coaching courses incorporate the principles of applied psychology. This provides students with additional skill sets that will serve them well in their coaching career.
  • Flexibility: SACAP’s courses are designed for working professionals. They can be pursued part time and the skills developed during the coaching courses can be applied immediately within a current profession.

SACAP Coaching Courses

The following courses on offer at SACAP will help pave the way for a career as a life coach:

Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching

  • What: This part-time, two-year diploma is a credit-bearing qualification at a NQF Level 8 (honours-equivalent)
  • Students: Are those who are interested in becoming conscious, competent and confident professional coaches
  • Focus: This course enables students to establish a theoretical grounding and a deep understanding of current coaching thinking, practices, ethics and research.  Additionally, this course assists students to uncover their signature presence, create their own coaching model and implement a practitioner research project.
  • Availability: SACAP Cape Town and Johannesburg campuses
  • Admission Requirements: A Bachelor’s degree or a professional qualification and ideally, five years of post-qualification life/work experience. Alternatively, a postgraduate qualification.
  • Accreditation: NQF8, CHE accredited, ICF, ACTP, COMENSA

Coach Practitioner Programme

  • What: 5-month shorter learning programme whose graduates are able to apply to the ICF as an associate certified coach, or to COMENSA as a coach practitioner. It serves as a pathway to do SACAP’s Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching. It’s also a direct route to the Advanced Coach Practitioner Programme.
  • Students: Ideal for working professionals looking for a foundation in coaching. Also, those with a view to becoming a professional coach practitioner or as an internal coach within their existing organisation
  • Focus: To introduce students to some fundamental coaching competencies. As well as how to draw on learnings from an Applied Psychology framework and engagements from others
  • Duration: 5 months plus Mentoring Coaching
  • Availability: SACAP Cape Town and Johannesburg campuses
  • Admissions Requirements: 3 years relevant work experience and final admission is subject to a selection process
  • Accreditation: ICF, ACSTH, COMENSA

Advanced Coach Practitioner Programme

  • What: It is the second of two non-credit bearing SACAP short learning qualifications. Students receive customised feedback from ICF on their demonstrated coaching and mentoring skills. This programme includes a coaching competency performance exam.
  • Students: Designed for working professionals who want to become conscious, competitive and confident professional coaches
  • Focus: Various models of change and adult learning principles, within a robust theoretical framework. This programme also contains a strong practical component with individualised feedback on performance.
  • Duration: 6 months part-time
  • Availability: SACAP Cape Town and Johannesburg campuses
  • Admissions Requirements: 3 years relevant work experience in addition to the successful completion of SACAP’s Coach Practitioner Programme
  • Accreditation: ICF, ACTP and COMENSA

Coaching in the Workplace

  • What: This is an internationally accredited coaching course which provides a strong framework of coaching skills. As well as practical application to implement coaching conversations effectively in the workplace.
  • Students: Designed for working professionals who want to empower others to maximize their work performance
  • Focus: The basic principles of psychology focused on gaining insight into understanding human behaviour and motivating others within a workplace. As well as practical application of core coaching competencies as defined by ICF. This programme also contains tailored individual feedback from an ICF accredited coach
  • Duration: 12 Weeks online (average of 6 hours per week)
  • Availability: Online
  • Admissions Requirements: Minimum of 3-years work experience. And currently in or intending to be in a supervisory, management or leadership position within the workplace.
  • Access Requirements: Stable internet, Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF converter, Zoom (Google Chrome is recommended)

The Path to Coaching

Are you interested in becoming a life coach? Enquire today about enrolling in one of SACAP’s internationally accredited life coaching courses. With online and part-time options, SACAP allows working professionals to augment their skills or smoothly transition into a new career without a break in employment.

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