There are no strict education requirements for starting a coaching career, however where you live may determine what qualifications are required to become a coach or to start a coaching business–a distinction worth noting.
But successful coaches are those who understand their particular niche and have adequate training and experience to be a coach in that area. While there are a plethora of definitions and understandings of what it means to be a coach, most have strains of similarity. We define coaching as working in partnership with clients to provide structure, guidance and support setting goals, achieving them through realistic actions continuing the learning process through reflection and feedback.
That said, successful coaches know that education combined with real-life experience is necessary for a successful and prosperous career. For those considering entering into the world of coaching, there are a variety of paths you can choose from including niche-specific coaching certificate programs to college degrees that provide a teaching/educational component you can take with you into the coaching environment. My own educational and career track has always had me in front of individuals and groups providing, providing the necessary foundation for building a career as a coach. Credentials are important but necessary credentials can vary.
There are as many coaching niches out there are there are personalities and people. The following are some of the umbrella categories and coaching niches that fall under them:
- Health & Fitness Coaching – Weight Loss, Strength, Stress/Anxiety, and Performance
- Relationships & Dating Coaching – Dating, Relationships/Marriage, Parenting, Sexuality/Intimacy
- Business & Career Coaching – Investment/Retirement, Business Growth, Money Mindset, Marketing, Time Management/Productivity, Career Transition, Transformation, Leadership, Peak Performance, Sales, Executive
- Personal Coaching – Lifestyle/Life, Happiness, Personal Image, Life Purpose
The bottom line is, if you have experience and expertise in an area that people aspire to or struggle with, therein lies an opportunity to become a coach in that niche area. Like any career path, it takes training, time and experience to establish yourself as the type of leader who can succeed in the coaching arena. If coaching is your passion, its a worthy pursuit.