COMENSA Accreditation?

by Melt Rossouw

After succesfully completing your course, will I receive automatic COMENSA and/or any other local or international coaching body accreditation?

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Sep 23, 2019
Response to Aliyandro
by: Bill Burridge

Hi Aliyandro

You don't need any form of accreditation in order to coach but, if you specifically want it, you can undergo the COMENSA credentialling procedure to become a COMENSA registered coach or you could join an international coach representative body such as the ICR.

Kind regards

Sep 23, 2019
Qualification vs Accreditation
by: Aliyandro

Im a qualified Life coach but not practising yet.
I would like to know where and how do I get accreditation to practice or what can I do to obtain it.

Apr 21, 2008
New Insights accreditation / certification
by: Bill Burridge

Hi Melt,

Thank you for your post. Let me take the opportunity to clear up a misunderstanding. COMENSA (the representative body in SA for coaches and mentors) does not currently offer any form of coach accreditation.

At the present, anyone who is involved in the coaching and/or mentoring industry is welcome to apply to join COMENSA. The body is currently reviewing whether to introduce a tiered form of membership structure where membership criteria would be introduced to take account of a coach’s experience and training. A decision on this is likely to take some time.

New Insights is committed to upholding the standard of coaching in SA. We aim to work within whatever guidelines COMENSA chooses to introduce in future, in the best interests of our coaches and trainees.

Internationally speaking, there is no official regulatory standard for life coaching and in South Africa – as in most other countries – there is no government regulated education or training standard for the life coaching industry. There are a few self-appointed accreditation bodies that are internationally known/represented, such as the International Coach Federation (ICF), the International Coaching Council (ICC) the European Coaching Institute (ECI) and the International Association of Coaching (IAC). They are all privately owned concerns with no independent supervisory board to evaluate their programs.

New Insights has chosen not to align itself with any one of these bodies in particular as each has quite different requirements, approaches - and fees - when it comes to accreditation.

New Insights has adopted its own internal accreditation process to assure us of the standard of coaches who carry our certification. The nature of the theory and practical training we offer will certainly be of substantial benefit to any of our trainees and coaches who decide to pursue accreditation with one of these bodies.

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