The Ins and Outs of The Coaching Profession

As society develops and technology advances, the need and desire to enter into a Life Coaching Profession has become far greater than anyone would have anticipated.

Here is some information you should consider before qualifying as a Life Coach;

Firstly, let’s define what a Life Coach is:

A Life Coach is someone who is there to help people attain their goals in life. This is also a person who guides, challenges and supports an individual or group of people in achieving balance in all aspects of their lives. We must remember that Coaching isn’t therapy. Coaching focuses on the future, positivity and growth whereas therapy focuses on the past and the things that are holding us back.

What qualifications do you need to become a Life Coach?

To become an accredited Life Coach, you’ll need to complete a Diploma in Life Coaching. If this isn’t a option for you, try and enrol in as many short courses as possible to ensure you improve your overall knowledge on children, client management and how to increase confidence levels. Short courses are fantastic as they are a cheaper alternative to Diplomas and Degrees. Remember, It is important to always add to your education – every bit helps.

Topics that you can enrol for can be the following:

  1. Certificate in First Aid
  2. Coaching & Mentoring Diploma
  3. Cognitive Behavioural and Occupational Therapy Online Course
  4. Certified Diploma in Coaching and Supervising Skills
  5. Diploma in Communication
  6. Building Your Self Esteem and Assertiveness Skills
  7. Professional Diploma in Anger Management
  8. Coaching & Mentoring Diploma Level 3
  9. Level 3 Diploma in Stress Management Strategy
  10. Certificate in Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness and Empathy Training

How long will it take me to qualify?

It will take you between 6 months to 2 years to qualify as a Life Coach. This doesn’t include any additional Life Coaching courses or courses associated to Life Coaching that we suggest you complete.

How much does the average Life Coach charge per hour in South Africa?

Coaches earn anywhere from R350 to R4000 per hour. The Standard hourly rates for coaches coming out of a certification program are R750R1000 per hour, but those can be higher depending on the coach’s background, other expertise and location.

Life Coach Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interview clients and determine coaching needs and individual goals.
  • Utilise best practices like behavioural and cognitive therapy to work with clients.
  • Document all interactions and recommendations, including skill assessments.
  • Research and identify certificates, courses, exercise programs and other tools.
  • Identify, explain and train clients in strategies to reach their goals.


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