Life Coaching Studies - Level 3 Certificate

Course aims

This course is for people who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practice of life coaching and establish a business providing life coaching. The Life Coaching course aims to help clients to determine and achieve personal goals using a variety of methods. Life coaching is not categorized as psychological illness and coaches are neither therapists nor consultants.

Course length

105 hours – usually 35 weekly sessions of 3 hours.

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for those who wish to take the first step in training to be an independent life coach. It is suitable for those who want to use life coaching skills and techniques in a variety of settings and roles.

In 2018 - 2019, the average salary was £23,041.

Entry requirements

Learners must be at least 18 years old. You must have English at level 2 and Maths at level 1. You should already have completed one of the following qualifications: Level 2 award in introduction to Counselling skills; Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills; Level 2 Award in Effective Listening Skills; Level 2 Award in Listening Support Skills; Learning Support (mentoring) level 2 Certificate; Health and Social Care level 2 Certificate/Diploma, or have relevant experience.

You will need an interview to ensure you are suitable for the course.

There is no requirement for external, personal life-coaching sessions. However, it is strongly recommended that candidates undertake some form of external personal development. There is no requirement for client work, but candidates can use the skills and techniques learned in both the workplace and in personal settings.
Additional assessment requirements - You will complete an externally assessed one hour written paper, under exam conditions.

You also need to complete 10 hours of group supervision within the classroom.

Course content

You will learn about:

  • preparing for work within an ethical framework for life coaching
  • managing the life coaching alliance
  • supporting clients to reach their goals
  • applying an understanding of self to life coaching work
  • using life coaching skills and theory to enhance practice
  • reflecting on practice to enhance life coaching work.
  • enrichment activities

Will I gain any qualifications?

You will gain a CPCAB Life Coaching Certificate at level 3.

How will I learn?

You will learn through the use of a variety of teaching and learning methods, which will include personal development and experiential exercises. A substantial amount of independent study and research will be required.

What could this course lead to?

Level 4 Diploma in Life Coaching or Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory.

Your commitments as a learner

To achieve success in the course you will need to attend regularly. If you need to miss a class, please let us know in advance.

You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set. You will be expected to complete all assessments and complete the full course.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

You will need a pen, paper and two folders. You will be required to buy a Dictaphone and there are also course books that you will be required to buy.

Other information

Although no formal qualification is required to practice as a life coach, a level 4 in Life Coaching would be recommended to start a private practice.

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