The industry information below is mostly secular in nature. Unfortunately, there is not much data available from the Christian market. Hopefully, time and diligence will change that fact.
At the present moment anyone can assume the title of coach. Because of a lack of regulation, scores of coach training programs have surfaced offering their brand of coaching. The acronyms in this field are too numerous to count.
CCNI encourages all Christians to consider coach training programs accredited through the International Coach Federation, the International Association of Coaching, or the Center for Credentialing and Education or other such widely-known organizations. While the field of coaching does not yet require standardized credentials, it could eventually do so. These organizations are at the forefront of the industry and will help ensure the coach has sufficient credentials to continue their businesses when/if regulation comes.
At the very least choose a coach training program that is accredited by a widely known accrediting body. Accreditation is important for three reasons:
- It brings validity, exceptionalism and respect to the profession. It separates the person who calls themselves a coach from those who are dedicated to mastering the art and discipline of the profession. Professionals in the coaching field know who the true coaches are by their credentials. Eventually the public will, too.
- It elevates coaching from a skillset that anyone can learn into a professional field that requires a certain level of pedagogy, training, and expertise.
- It fosters excellence in the profession as well as encourages continued growth and development of the coach. Coaching is in its adolescent stage and has not yet been fully subjected to evidence-based research. There is much yet to learn through the rigorous standards of research. Continued professional development is a must for the coach.