Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
There are great reasons why you should get certified as a coach. Some of these reasons are:
1) Going through the certification process will give you proven tools and techniques to help your coaching business or career succeed.
2) Obtaining your certificate in coaching will establish legitimacy and boost your reputation as a coach. Not only will our programs provide you with the knowledge, tools, and techniques to succeed as a coach, but they will also add a layer of professionalism and legitimacy.
3) Earning your coach certification from the Certified Coaches Federation opens your doors up to a larger community of coaches and increases your connection to fellow coaches and peers.
There are many ways to achieve certification. If you have decided that you would like to be certified with the Certified Coaches Federation, we make it very simple for you.
Step 1: Determine which method of learning you would like. We offer both live and self-study training programs.
Step 2: Register for the course you would like to take. Once you have paid in full, you will receive access to your course materials and any relevant follow-up information, via email.
Step 3: Complete the course and submit your final assignment, if applicable.
Step 4: When your assignment has been deemed satisfactory, a coach will reach out to you with the next steps, and your certificate will be mailed to you (within North America).
It's that simple!
Life Coaches provide tools to help their clients live their lives to the fullest. Through the introduction of new perspectives and techniques, which reveal hidden potential and identify limiting beliefs that sabotage growth, effective Life Coaching creates an arena to build new and expanding, constructive beliefs.
Life Coaches support their clients to identify their strengths and weaknesses and then provide strategies for personal development based on their client's strengths. Through this process, Life Coaches can, AND DO, focus and guide their clients to create an individualized plan of action to turn their intentions into reality!
Life coaches help their clients identify good habits, which move their lives forward, and bad habits which hold them back. Moreover, it's the coach's responsibility to provide the necessary guidance and support to facilitate their client's objectives.
Life coaches aren't counselors or therapists; they are not usually qualified to diagnose or treat mental health matters. The Certified Life Coach’s primary role is to provide a strategy and support system for their clients to achieve their goals.
Many companies now offer the services of a Certified Life Coach to employees who may be laid off or who are transitioning to retirement. Many leading divorce attorneys pay for a one-hour consultation with a Certified Life Coach for clients who are experiencing the breakdown of a marriage. It's just good business to provide this kind of service.
Business Coaching is for professionals, executives or organizations who are seeking to achieve professional goals and optimize effectiveness. For Business Coaching, the emphasis is on business expansion, productivity and career development. A Certified Business Coach also takes into consideration work and life balance concerns when working with professionals.
Our Business Coach Certification Program allows executives and corporations to measure their return on investment, usually, within weeks!
Successful completion of the Certified Coaches Federation's Life Coach and Business Coach Training Course gives you the confidence, knowledge and skills (both as a Certified Coach and as a business professional) to go out and help others accomplish their goals and turn their professional and career aspirations into reality.
There are many coaches who take advantage of the flexible nature of coaching.
You may choose to coach part-time or full-time, as it works best with your schedule, as a complementary revenue stream or career path.
The CCF regularly hosts a free masterclass on How To Become A Life Coach. Here, you can learn the secrets to becoming a life coach and making a difference in the world.
This free webinar is the perfect way to get your questions answered, and learn new answers for questions you may not have thought of! This masterclass is perfect for those who are intrigued by coaching and want to make the world a better place.
The Certified Coach Practitioner course is designed to give you what you need to *start* coaching one-on-one. We’ve streamlined it to focus on what just you need to know.
We believe your life and work experience counts towards your ability as a coach, so our training intends to value that and integrate that.
Our philosophy is that the Certified Coach Practitioner course is not the *end* of your education, but rather *the beginning* so while we hope you’ll continue with us, we encourage you to deepen and broaden your coach education however and whenever possible.
The Certified Coach Practitioner benefits by gaining clarity, structure, process, language and tools to use in the coaching process and this provides the coach with a firm platform for their coaching practice. And once certified, the coach can further develop their coaching skills by being part of a like-minded professional community. Find out about the CCF's memberships.
Are you naturally inclined towards a coaching conversation, whether personally or professionally? Then you'll want to explore the Certified Coach Practitioner course as your first step to coach certification.
A Certified Leadership Coach is a coach whose clients work within leadership roles, like executives, managers, entrepreneurs, and CEOs. a Leadership Coach usually helps the client enhance & improve their productivity and performance skills as well as guide them on a clear path to becoming a more effective leader.
With a Certified Leadership Coach designation, you can lean into coaching one of the most lucrative submarkets within the overall coaching marketplace, that of leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs.
If this sounds like your style of coaching, click here to learn what the CCF can offer you!
A Certified Group Coach Practitioner is a coach who has decided to leverage their coaching time to make a bigger impact to a greater number of people.
You may have started your coaching journey running one-on-one coaching sessions with your clients. As a Group Coach, you can offer your sessions in a seminar, workshop, membership, or webinar format, and maximize the time you spend customizing your coaching programs.
Group Coaches focus on the 'how' of coaching.
Ask yourself this: How can I impact and support more clients through my coaching services?
The answer is to become a Group Coach.
Attending the live portion of the training can take as little as 2 days. In the self-study version, there are around 13 hours of video recordings.
Most of our certifications require the successful completion of a final assignment. On average, those taking the certification programs tend to submit their final assignment within 10 days or completing the course training.
Another 5-10 business days is required for our Master Coaches to review and provide feedback for your assignments.
To make it more affordable for you, we’ve taken our programs and separated them into exactly what you need to know. The CCP is designed to give you what you need to *start* coaching one-on-one. Some other CCF programs add things to justify the cost or length. We’ve streamlined it to focus on what just you need to know.
We believe your life and work experience counts towards your ability as a coach, so our training intends to value that and integrate that. Our philosophy is that the CCP course is not the *end* of your education, but rather *the beginning* so while we hope you’ll continue with us, we encourage you to deepen and broaden your coach education however and whenever possible.
We know life is busy and expensive, and most people can’t commit to a two year, $20,000 coaching program, so we created a “modular” way for you to get started and keep going.
AND we have tons of testimonials to back up that this is the absolute BEST two-day coach certification in the world.
There are no specific prerequisites for the Certified Coach Practitioner (CCP) course. Coaching, as a profession, has a wide range of topics and subjects, so every Coach’s experience is unique and different. Our courses are designed for individuals who are currently coaching and those who have similar coaching experiences (such as a team leader, manager, teacher, social work etc.) who are looking to improve their coaching skills. Most importantly, we are looking for individuals that have strong communication and listening skills who are passionate about helping other in their community.
If you wish to take any other certification programs, we recommend completion of the CCP course beforehand. Not only is this course our most popular course, but it is our foundational course.
You do not need to take another course to receive a certification for the CCP course. Once you have successfully completed the course and your final assignment, you will receive the Certified Coach Practitioner certification. A certificate will be issued to you upon successful completion.
We also offer a variety of other certification courses and programs. These are not required for you to receive your CCP certification.
Our Workshops & Events
For Gold and Titanium members only, the Mastermind is an exclusive workshop meeting that can help elevate your coaching goals as well as fellow coaching community members. There are different roles in the Mastermind:
Role of the "Hot Seat" occupant:
When on the Hot Seat, your role is to briefly introduce yourself and your objective. Your objective can be personal or professional, and include getting ideas, solutions, constructive criticism. It is important to be crystal clear about what you want to get from the experience. If you are going to share a goal (i.e., attract new 5 clients), be prepared to share what you have completed so far to contribute to achieving your goal.
Role of the Attendee:
When you are not on the Hot Seat, you are either observing and learning from others, or providing constructive input to the person on the Hot Seat. When providing constructive input, please ensure the input is positive, helpful, and solutions-focused. Asking questions as a coach is ideal. If you have a suggestion, do your best to phrase it in the form of a question, so replace “you should do Facebook ads” with “have you considered Facebook ads?” Remember the person on the Hot Seat is the focus for the entire group, so refrain from telling your story when you are part of the group.
Role of the Facilitator:
The facilitator makes sure the Mastermind runs smoothly and stays on track. This includes keeping an eye on the time, navigating conversations, nudging people along, reinforcing objectives, and enforcing limits on communication, if need be. The Mastermind itself is not about the facilitators, it is about you as participants, whether you are part of the group, or on the hot seat.
The CCF's Online Learning Lab is an ongoing online workshop series with the goal to make you a better coach by short, affordable, efficient, and information-packed learning experiences.
No workshop will ever be the same, but it is heavily based on how you can grow and expand as a coach in both a professional and personal capacity.
Online Learning Lab workshops are designed to help you build, sustain, and expand your mind, your career, and your business. These workshops focus on helping you be the best coach you can be with real, usable information and tools. With live online sessions for each workshop, you will receive an interactive experience, an archive of valuable info, and tools you'll use over and over again.
Coaches Connect is the CCF's members only (Gold and Titanium members) group coaching call.
The facilitator(s) offers support and help on a topic, or topics, and the meeting may include presentations, open Q&As, or free-form discussion. These meetings are a great opportunity for you to receive ongoing support within the CCF community.
The CCF's Next Steps webinar series is a live webinar presentation hosted by the CCF's CEO, Rod Macdonald. Occurring live once a month, Next Steps webinars are exclusively for those who have successfully completed the CCF's Certified Coach Practitioner course, or hold an active membership with the CCF.
The series can cover many coaching-related topics, including:
- The process of coaching,
- Defining your target marketing,
- Leading a successful first meeting,
- Ways to build your brand,
- How to deal with difficult clients,
- Keys to long-term coaching relationship,
- and much more.
The purpose of the Next Steps series is to provide a deeper and ongoing insight to different CCF-exclusive methods, tools, and techniques.
Yes! We love your enthusiasm and would absolutely love to hear more about your workshop!
We encourage inclusivity and creativity so if you have a workshop idea or presentation that you want to present to the CCF's coaching community, we have the platform for you.
As a member of the CCF, you can show your clients you care about continuing your education, professional growth, and personal growth.
Being part of a community is something that is wired into our DNA from the earliest human tribes to today. As the saying goes, “if you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.”
Now, with our new membership program, you can do both! You will be an independent coach while experiencing a sense of togetherness as a member of the Certified Coaches Federation within a community of coaches.
Knowing you are part of a supportive community of member coaches will make the challenging times easier and the easy times more fun. We look forward to you being part of this great community!
If you are already a CCF member, Titanium membership has all the best of CCF training and certifications to this day - complete coach education, group coaching, all the certifications to achieve Master Coach status, along with exclusive tools and resources to build your coaching business and more at one affordable monthly or annual fee.
You'll also kickstart your Titanium membership with a 60 minute coaching Strategy Call with one of the CCF coaches.
This is the best membership plan the CCF offers for our coaches to continue their education and elevate themselves.
And only Titanium members have the opportunity to add the One-one-One monthly coaching package to their membership.
Being a member of the Certified Coaches Federation has its benefits, and a lot of them! Whether you are a graduate of one of our programs, or a coach certified by another organization, there is something for everyone!
Being a member of the Certified Coaches Federation is the key to belonging to a community of coaches and continuing your education and it's only available through the CCF Membership program.
Get instant access to our supporting and collaborative community, comprehensive education, exclusive tools & resources, coaching, and the support you need to build your lucrative coaching business fast!
Depending on your membership level, the benefits of being a member with the CCF include live webinars, discounts on further training courses, access to tools and documents, annual strategy calls, and more.
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You can cancel Titanium membership within the first 30 days of joining or when renewing (renewed annually).
After You're Certified
We provide coaches with support in defining and focusing their coaching niche. Certified Coach Practitioner course graduates can get started with their one-on-one following up coaching session with a CCF Certified Coach Trainer (included, as part of the course).
After certification, CCF graduates can continue to deepen their coaching skills and expand their business through the resources in the CCF Memberships - Bronze (free and exclusive to CCF graduates), Gold or Titanium.
Our Business of Coaching Certification provides a step-by-step strategy for coaches to establish their coaching niche, services and marketing outreach, but does not directly connect coaches to job opportunities.
No matter where you earned your coach certification, we want you to reach your full potential as a coach. That's why we offer programs, workshops, and products other than certification training so you can keep learning and stay current.
The CCF's Membership community is an inclusive group of coaches working toward anything from building a business to getting their first certification, learning, growing, and communicating through the conversation of coaching.
As well, our Online Learning Lab - an ongoing affordable workshop series - is a great way to participate in the community, access some incredible content, and enhance your coaching skills.
We provide coaches with support in defining and focusing their coaching niche.
Our Business of Coaching Certification course provides a step-by-step strategy for coaches to establish their coaching services and marketing outreach, but does not directly connect coaches to job opportunities.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal in both Canadian and US dollars ($USD). We also accept Amex and e-transfers, although only in Canadian dollars ($CAD).
CCF Memberships offer a flexible annual or monthly payment option. Certifications courses require payment in full before attending.
Occasionally, we offer a special rate for certain programs.
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We offer custom payment plans, which can be arranged over the phone. The course fee must be paid in full prior to accessing or attending the course.
Our certification training courses may be eligible for a business deduction for tax purposes. As we are a training company and not an educational institution, the educational tax receipt does not apply.
Please check with your tax preparer for the best tax breaks for you.
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