What qualifications are required?

by Toni
(Plettenberg Bay, W. Cape)

I am completing my BA (Hons) in psychology at Unisa and would like to move into this industry...is there a qualification needed? Does this qualification fall into any national NQF level? Is the qualification then recognised nationally as well as internationally?
Many thanks

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Apr 19, 2011
Qualifications required
by: Bill Burridge

Hi Toni,

There are no pre-qualifications required to become a life coach, although being an honest, ethical, self aware person with good listening skills and a passion for helping people is a prerequisite to make a great coach.

The terms ?accreditation? and ?international recognition? when applied to life coaching and life coach training courses, can be very misleading and need to be put in context.

There is no one authority governing life coaching or life coach training either here in South Africa or the developed world, though there are a number of self-regulatory bodies that represent the industry in the US, Europe and elsewhere. Each of these have different ?accreditation? methods and standards which add a certain cost and administrative burden to the organization applying for such status but do not necessarily confer any more status in terms of ?ability to coach effectively?.

New Insights is committed to quality life coach training but also to maintaining affordability.

To this end New Insights Africa has chosen to work within the emerging frameworks and guidelines that are of most relevance within South and southern Africa (and which we believe are of a world-class standard!)

We are registered as coach training institution members of the Coaches and Mentors Association of South Africa (COMENSA) ? the preeminent representative body for coaches in this country ? and we are one of the proud founder members of the Coach Education and Training Association of South Africa (CETASA).

We believe the New Insights Africa certification requirements are sufficiently stringent to ensure that those who choose to train with us are equipped to offer professional life coaching services with pride anywhere in the world. Indeed, there are New Insights trained coaches practising successfully all over the world.

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