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FAQs and Short Answers
What coaching disciplines do you offer?
Our two core disciplines are career and leadership—both of which have a brain-friendly underpinning to them. We also offer specialized programs in strengths coaching, brain-based coaching, coaching resistance once you’ve completed our foundational programs. So a question you could ask yourself as you’re considering which program is right for you is, am I more interested in coaching people around their careers or am I more interested in coaching leaders.
Where do I start?
If you’re new to coaching, our foundational courses are CCMC for the career track and CELDC for the leadership track. CCMC stands for Certified Career Management Coach, and CELDC stands for Certified Executive & Leadership Development Coach. If you’re a seasoned coach, you can take these foundational classes, or you can also drop into our advanced classes, such as the Academies Certified Strengths Coach or the Certified Leadership Engagement & Impact Coach.
Can your programs help me to get my ICF credential?
Yes, you need 2 of our programs to qualify for your ACC and 4 of our programs to qualify for your PCC. An analogy to help understand this is the idea of an Associates, Bachelors, and PhD Degree. Doing 2 of our programs is the starting point and gives you the training qualifications to apply for an ACC credential. Doing 4 of our programs gives you the training qualifications to earn a PCC credential.
How many mentor coaching sessions do I need?
Each of our programs offer either 2 or 5 mentor coaching sessions. Mentor coaching is part of the requirements that the International Coaching Federation has to obtain an ICF credential.
Mentor coaching is where a huge bulk of learning happens; where you find your identify as a coach; where you develop your coaching strategy and develop your sense of who you are going to be as a coach. If you’re already clear on your identity as a coach, it’s also an opportunity to make sure you’re on the right track, and continue to flow with the changes that are happening in the coaching world. One of the ICF coaching competencies is Embodies a Coaching Mindset – which means being a continual learner.
Mentor coaching is also a place to bring questions about how to work with your clients – if you find that one of your clients is stuck, you can bring these questions to your mentor coach.
Most importantly, mentor coaching is an opportunity to speak with your instructor on a deeper level about how your coaching is meeting the rubric for evaluation that the ICF uses to grant an ICF credential. And how your mentor coach can help you address those competencies so that you meet the standards of the ICF.