You’ve completed your ICF Certification. What next?

Completing your ICF certification is a significant accomplishment, but the journey of growth and development as a coach is ongoing. By actively pursuing coaching opportunities, engaging in mentoring, expanding your skill set and building a robust network you'll position yourself as a successful and sought-after professional in the coaching industry. Here are some thoughts from a leading ICF Coach Training Provider on how to to make the most of your Certification.

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First things first – CONGRATULATIONS! Completing an ICF Certification programme like Become’s  Level 1 Diploma or Level 2 Advanced Diploma in Integrative Coaching is a remarkable achievement. So celebrate the fact that you did it and achieved a significant milestone in your journey toward becoming a professional coach.

However, the journey doesn’t end here; in fact in many ways, it’s just the beginning, which is what makes coaching such an exciting profession. As you step into the world of coaching, there are several crucial steps to take in order to continue your growth and enhance your credentials. 

Let’s explore some essential aspects to consider after achieving your ICF Certificate or Diploma.

1. Obtain your ACC or PCC Credential. One of the primary goals after completing your ICF studies is to accumulate coaching hours to attain the ICF Accreditation. To obtain the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation, you’ll need to accrue a total of 100 coaching hours. For those aiming for the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential, the requirement is a substantial 500 coaching hours (and having completed a Level 2 Certification).

Start by actively seeking coaching opportunities. Offer your services to network, colleagues, or through pro-bono coaching initiatives. This not only helps you accumulate hours but also allows you to refine your coaching skills in diverse contexts. In addition the ICF has a reciprocal coaching programme that you can join here

2. Build your Confidence in Talking about Being a Coach and Money. Building confidence in discussing your coaching and fees is a crucial aspect of establishing a successful coaching practice. If you graduated from Become you’ll have been sent an electronic badge from Credly that you can also add to your LinkedIn profile. Share your achievement with others and talk about being a coach.

It’s also essential to recognise your worth by reflecting on the transformative impact of your coaching, the skills you’ve honed, and the results you’ve achieved. Start practicing having fee discussions and be confident in your approach to navigating conversations about money. One of our Alumni talks about her experience in setting up the business and having money conversations on our Podcast Coaching in Focus. Listen to the episode here.

3. Convert your ACSTH Diploma to Level 1: If you hold an ACSTH (Approved Coach Specific Training Hours) Diploma, it might be beneficial to convert it to a Level 1 Certificate. This can streamline your ICF application process, shortening the ICF’s processing time to 4 weeks. The Level 1 designation signifies a certain standard of coach-specific training and can contribute to a smoother transition as you progress in your coaching career. Any Alumni who have completed an ACSTH Diploma can easily convert this to a Level 1 by submitting a Performance Evaluation. For more information get in touch with us

4. Expand Your Skill Set: Diversify your skill set by attending advanced coaching programs such as the Level 2 Advanced Diploma in Integrative Coaching. The Advanced Programme also includes Certificates in various niches to align with your passion and expertise. This not only enhances your coaching effectiveness but also makes you more marketable to potential clients and organisations.

Additionally, staying informed about the latest trends and research in coaching through books, articles, and conferences will keep you at the forefront of the industry.

5. Prioritise your Mentoring and Coach Supervision: Coach Mentoring and Supervision are crucial components of ongoing professional development. Even after achieving ACC or PCC status, it’s essential to continue these practices. The ICF requires a minimum of 10 hours of mentoring per renewal cycle for ACC and PCC coaches.

Engage in regular mentoring sessions to receive feedback on your coaching skills, discuss challenging cases, and gain insights from experienced coaches. Coach supervision provides a reflective space for self-awareness and continuous improvement. We have a number of Mentoring programmes available with discounts for Become Alumni.

6. Build a Robust Network: Networking is invaluable in any profession, and coaching is no exception. Stay active in our Alumni Group whether it’s attending the online meet-ups, the face to face events or being part of our LinkedIn Community. Building a supportive network provides opportunities for collaboration, knowledge exchange, and potential client referrals.

7. Create an Online Presence: In today’s digital age, having a strong online presence is essential however don’t overcomplicate it. Start with being just a bit more active on social media whilst you develop your professional website. Think about ways to optimise your LinkedIn profile, and consider creating content that showcases your expertise.

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