so you're interested in PSYCHOLOGY AND becoming a PSYCHOLOGIST?

Well, we don't offer courses in psychology ... but perhaps you might be interested in considering an exciting alternative?

have you considered life coaching AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO PSYCHOLOGY?

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If you are someone who is passionate about working with and helping other people, then it just might be that you are ideally suited to a career in life coaching!

Psychology is about the scientific study of the human mind, including human thought, behaviour, development, personality, emotion, motivation, and more.

Life coaching is similar but has more to do with the application of psychology in optimising human motivation and behaviour, with a view to helping people live their best lives and get the most out of life.

To find out more about what life coaching is and what life coaches do please click here.


Like with psychology, becoming a practising life coach requires extensive training. However, the training is generally less academic in nature, more geared towards application in real life and therefore more life changing in its effect.

With an institution such as New Insights you can train remotely through our acclaimed and internationally accredited home study programme.

This involves comprehensive skills training theory and practical training that provides everything you need to start and sustain a career as a professional life coach. The best part is that this all costs a  fraction of what it would cost to gain a degree in psychology.

The duration of the training will depend on you but most of our trainees who study and practice in their own time complete within 9-18 months.

Find out more about our certification training programme by clicking here.


Unlike with practising psychologists, life coaches are not governed by statutory regulation and, in South Africa, are not required to be registered with the Health Professions Council.

However, many certified life coaches do choose to join a reputable coach representative body such as COMENSA and/or the ICR to promote their ongoing professional development.

where can i find out more?

We recommend you spend some time browsing the various pages of our website as there is a wealth of information to be found here and we make sure to keep it up to date and relevant.

Start on the home page and then use the links on that page or the menu bar on the left to guide you around.

Another great recommendation is that you request our two information-packed ebooks that we have specifically designed to answer all the questions you may have about life coaching and becoming a life coach. If that interests you please click here.

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New Insights offers two complimentary and informative 30-page ebooks that aim to answer all your questions about life coaching and training to become a life coach.
Click here to request them.

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