When I first discovered professional coaching, I asked myself: "Do I really need to get certified? Can I just go out there and coach?"
I decided to read a couple of books on coaching and then found some people to coach. Have you ever heard the phrase, "You don't know what you don't know"? I realized that the hard way!
As I began my first coaching call, it started out smoothly. But then a few minutes in, I realized I had no idea where to take the session. I kept fumbling on my words and my confidence started to drop. The client actually requested to end the session early because she didn't feel like she was getting value.
This was both an embarrassing and sobering moment for me because I realized I had major blindspots that were preventing me from being a great coach. And no amount of life experience would resolve that because what I needed was mentorship and training.
While there are non-certified coaches who do "make it," these examples are few and far between. The chances of succeeding as a coach significantly improve when you get certified.
Here are four reasons why it's essential to have a coaching certificate:
1) Certified coaches have more credibility.
Clients much prefer working with a coach who has received proper certification because it makes them feel certain they are getting value. According to a survey by the ICF, 84% of coaching clients said coaching credentials were "important" or "very important" to them when considering whether or not to hire their coach.
2) Certified coaches charge more.
Having your certification doesn't just give you a reason to charge more, but it will also give you the confidence to raise your rates because you will recognize the true value in the proven tools and skills you worked hard to master.