Schools - training

Schools-Training courses: Advices

I want to become a coach - where can I go?

EMCC Belgium stresses the importance of a serious training and the mastery of the approach.

Choosing a coaching school is an important and personal step.

The diversity of schools and courses can sometimes be confusing. Some courses are more focused on “being skills". They prefer working on the person and deepening the identity of the coach, his ability to adapt to different situations and interlocutors. Other courses are more focused on "skills and results”: emphasis is on the acquisition of methods, techniques, and data interpretation.

For Lenhardt, the coaching profession is a structure unique in its complexity. It lies at the interfaces of a multiplicity of disciplines: therapy, psycho-sociology, management theory, economics ... Training must borrow from all these approaches and get the person to live in a transdisciplinarity where it will build its posture as a coach. The sole course to give extra power is not satisfactory.

Training must be different for each individual. The question is not to clone coaches as copies of their trainer; it should ideally help the person building his posture of coach.

Let’s quote Lenhardt for who the coach's training course must include:

  • Sufficient experience of life, maturity and credibility acquired over a personal and professional journey that led to (re) construction of identity
  • A good general knowledge
  • Significant work experience that taught him to manage relationships
  • Mastery of selected tools of communication
  • Specific training in coaching to master the issues, the conditions, and procedures for exercising.
At this stage the ECA does not certify or recommend any school.

We offer an interpretative framework which incorporates a series of parameters that we believe are essential in a training approach to the job of coach.

Here is a series of questions we invite you to ask training institutions you will encounter. The answers will enable you to compare the different offers on the market.

Values and Ethics

  • Check that the key values of the school are in line with yours
  • What is the code of ethics on which the school is based? (compare with the EMCC code of ethics will help you check its congruence)
  • What is the purpose / red thread throughout the training?

The curriculum

  • Does the curriculum cover individual and / or group coaching?
  • What are the types of courses? Their prices?
  • What is the number of participants per course?
  • Is a certification provided? How does it work?
  • Multidisciplinary theoretical model?
  • What is the balance between theory and practice?
  • Are there experiential tools transmitted?
  • Is the training generalist?
  • Is it more focused on certain types of coaching?
  • The monitoring during training
  • Do they propose supervisions?
  • Are there intervisions organized?

Who are the actors?

  • How many trainers for what course?
  • Are they there permanently?
  • Who are the persons to refer to which are permanently present?
  • Are they trained in coaching?
  • Are they coaches themselves?
  • What is their experience?
  • Did they make a personal development work with a therapist?
  • Are they themselves supervised?
  • Do they have experience in management?

Process giving access to the curriculum

  • What are the essential non debatable prerequisites?
  • What's going on in case of trouble with a participant during the training?
  • What happens if a participant stops during training?
  • Do you plan to give a refund under certain circumstances?

The post-training

  • Is an assistance into marketing planned at the end of the course?
  • Is practical support planned?
  • Is there a possibility of continuity of intervision?
  • Is there a possibility of continuity of supervision?
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