Anyone can call themselves a life coach, but having a certification from an ICF-accredited program is a good idea for a few reasons.
“I would highly recommend going through a coaching program and/or working one-on-one with a certified coach, to not only determine whether this is truly what you want, but also so you can ground yourself in the reasons why,” says van het Erve.
Ultimately, she says, becoming a life coach is a big investment of money and time. “The journey to become a life coach is invigorating but can be a rollercoaster as well,” advises van het Erve. “If you know you want to sign up for a program, I would talk to people who have gone through it recently and attend the free webinars that most schools provide. While the ICF-accredited programs uphold the same standards, their approaches differ, and it’s important to find the right fit.”