Become a Coach

People come to the coaching profession from a wide variety of backgrounds, education and experience. As a chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF), we are committed to advancing the art, science and practice of professional coaching.

In support of this we strongly recommend that any individual who is interested in becoming a coach learn about coaching by attending one of our monthly events and speaking with some of our members.  They are truly a wealth of information regarding coaching both as a profession and as a business and will be more than happy to share their experiences regarding the various training options available.

Courtesy of ICF Headquarters

While there are many different paths towards becoming a coach, we offer the following as a template for your consideration:

  • Attend an ICF Calgary meeting and speak with professional coaches about their careers
  • Join the ICF and automatically become a (basic) member of ICF Calgary
  • Investigate an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP). These programs train coaches in alignment with the ICF credential requirements
  • Register and complete an ACTP coach training program. There are a wide variety of choices, and the right one for you will depend on a number of factors including how you would like to focus your coaching practice and primary training location and delivery vehicles. Learn how to choose a program that is right for you

  • Most coaches are entrepreneurs and this factor is one of the most overlooked elements in developing and maintaining a successful coaching practice. It is highly recommended that you make use of the services of “The Business Link” to educate and inform yourself about what it means to operate your own business
  • Take advantage of ongoing opportunities to grow your coaching skills, business acumen and personal network
  • Acquire sufficient hours to apply for an ICF Credential
  • Enjoy your new and fulfilling career as a Professional Coach!