BACP Coaching A Division of BACP

Training as a Coach

There are numerous coaching courses in the UK and internationally. These range from one day taster sessions through to Masters level and beyond, across many coaching modalities within and for many different contexts.

We've already identified over 300 courses in the UK alone and plan to compile a searchable directory. In the meantime, here are some suggestions and questions that might help you when selecting coach training:

  • What is your primary reason for extending your practice to include coaching?
  • Who would you be most interesting in working with?
  • In what way would this complement, or extend, your work?
  • What do you hope to gain through embarking on formal training?
  • What benefit would you hope this would bring to you?
  • What is your training budget?
  • What style of course might best support your learning needs?
  • Who can you ask in your network? Personal recommendations can be helpful
  • What depth and length of course would best support you in your current direction? An Introduction, Certificate, Diploma or Masters level? Maybe short CPD courses?
  • How important is it to you that the course is run by recognised course tutors in the field?
  • What practical features are important to you? Study blocks, weekends, evenings, full time, distance learning etc.?
  • Where are you based and how far can/will you travel for your training?
  • To what extent will your current supervision support your new learning?
  • How important is course accreditation or recognition by an awarding body?
  • How important is practical experience for you? How will you gain coaching experience / clients?
  • How will the course enhance your business? Would you like a course that pays particular attention to this?
  • What else is important to you?
  • What other question would you want to add to this list?


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