Can you be a life coach without certification? -


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I’m an NLP & Hypnosis trainer and business mentor. I LOVE helping you take your coaching business to the next level.





Life coaching is a huge new industry that is growing yearly and showing no signs of slowing down. Health coaching statistics predict that by 2025, the heath coaching niche will generate $8.87 billion worth of business

Coaching is growing in popularity as an alternative to therapy and counseling for people who don’t need support from a mental health professional and instead are looking for support on setting goals, developing confidence, releasing self-doubt and limiting beliefs and taking action towards the goals they’ve set.

This is for you if:

  • You’ve been thinking about becoming a life coach and want to learn more about how to start
  • You want to know if a coaching certification is worth it
  • You want to know how to get certified as a life coach

Can you be a life coach without certification?

Being a life coach isn’t like becoming an accountant or a dentist. You don’t need to spend years in school, and you don’t need specialized training to help people make big decisions with their lives. Instead, aspiring coaches can learn by doing—but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. There are many different approaches to coaching, so if you’re thinking about becoming a life coach yourself, there are several things that you should consider before deciding whether this profession is right for you.

Coaching is an unregulated industry which means that anyone can call themselves a life coach and start taking on clients and charging for their coaching. This is both good and bad. It’s good because that means anyone who wants to start a business can and it’s bad because there are untrained people calling themselves life coaches, acting as faux therapists and blurring the lines of true coaching.

The biggest challenge facing coaches today is that untrained and incompetent Coaches are damaging the reputation of the industry.

Yes, you can be a life coach without a certification. But, the question is, should you?

What does it mean to become a certified coach?

Life Coach certification is the process by which a person is recognized as having the necessary knowledge and experience to provide life coaching services. It’s a way for you to validate your expertise, build credibility with potential clients, and ensure quality control in your practice. Life coaches can prove to their clients that they’re qualified and responsible enough to help other people. It’s a way for you to show your clients that you’ve gone out of your way to learn how best to serve them—and it ensures that you’ll be able to continue doing so for years to come.

The certification process varies from one organization to another, but it usually involves taking an exam or completing a training course. Most organizations that offer life coach certifications also provide continuing education courses and other resources for their members.

Typically, once someone completes a Life Coach certification training, they’re presented with a certificate or other formal documentation to confirm they’ve met the program’s expectations and gained the knowledge and skills to help others transform their lives.

What do you miss out on by not doing a life coaching certification?

Helping people create change in their lives isn’t easy. Just because you’ve transformed your life, as amazing as that is, it doesn’t mean you are qualified to help people create the same transformation in their lives.

Your clients will come to you with unique challenges, experiences, pasts and mental health situations. Each client will be very different and will require unique support from you. Without adequate training that gives you a solid coaching foundation you may not be equipped to support your clients in all situations to get the results they desire.

The boundary between coaching and therapy is very clear, however, many coaches who don’t know that there is a very clear difference are crossing the boundary of coaching and into the realm of faux therapy. You’ll know this is happening when a coach claims they can help someone heal trauma. As coaches, we are not legally allowed to help a person actively process and heal trauma. Only trained mental health professionals are qualified and allowed to do that.

Before I did my first coach training I had no idea how to coach people. I had worked with a few people for free and in those sessions I didn’t really know where to start, I didn’t know what to focus on, I didn’t know how to figure out what questions to ask and I lacked confidence in my ability to coach them properly. I had no framework to follow to practice or experiment with to find out how I wanted to coach people. I really had no idea what a life coach actually did. I knew I wanted to help people but I didn’t know how to achieve that goal in an effective and ethical way. Being a coach isn’t just about having a business and growing your instagram account. Your main focus should be helping your clients before anything else. And part of that is learning and developing the skills that are necessary to do so.

If you don’t do a life coaching certification you miss out on the opportunity to practice your coaching skills and get feedback from trained professionals and your peers. One of the number one things the students who graduate from The Created Coach Method certification program say benefitted their coaching and their business the most was the feedback they got on our group coaching calls and being able to practice their coaching on calls and get feedback in real time. 

What do you gain by doing a life coaching certification?

The main thing you gain by completing a coaching certification is learning what a coach actually does. Coaching requires skills that are different to the skills we use in normal conversations and interactions with people. Your clients will come to you with all sorts of challenges and you need to be equipped to deal with them as best as possible! That’s not to say that you need to have an answer to all of their questions or solution to all of their problems (that wouldn’t be coaching, anyway) but at least once you’ll get a client who has an challenge that completely stumps you, and having some proven, highly effective tools in your back pocket is going to benefit both you and your client.

Some skills I have found to be ESSENTIAL for my coaching and for my students to learn:

  • Contracting
  • Effective listening
  • Powerful questioning 
  • Ethical practice 
  • Embodying a coaching mindset
  • Subconscious mindset tools (NLP, Hypnosis, Quantum Time Release)

If you choose a reputable coaching school (The Created Coach Method can help you with that) you’ll also learn how to run a coaching business. Being an entrepreneur is hard and there’s a lot to learn there too. When you choose a program that incorporates business support as well, you’re giving yourself a leg up in that department. Learning business and learning coaching are two different things. For me, learning business was the hardest part of being an entrepreneur.

I learned coaching and got really good at being a coach, but building a business that made money was a long, windy, bumpy, gravelly, pothole filled road for me. The road was missing in some places. There were a few dead ends. At some points the road seemed to lead me straight to the edge of a cliff 😭. But I made it in the end. The experience isn’t like that for everyone, but for 99.9% of people business is not an overnight success story. I’ve started a new podcast series where I interview coaches to share their story on how they signed their first paying client which you can listen to HERE.

Another biggie that most coaching schools miss but some do include and is SUPER DUPER important is that you’ll receive coaching. So many coaches start coaching without ever having been coached themselves. It’s OK if that’s where you’re at, but it will make it soooo much easier for you to sell coaching when you’ve experienced the transformation that coaching offers for yourself. This is what I have found to be true for me. Whenever I experience a deeply transformational coaching conversation, my belief in the process is strengthened and I want to shout about it even more. It’s like when you watch a netflix show you think is amazing and you just can’t shut up about it and you tell everyone you know how amazing it is and how they should watch it too.

You’ll also get credibility. And not just so you can put yourself on a pedestal and say you’re better than other coaches who aren’t certified. This credibility is for your clients and showing them that you believe in yourself and the coaching process. It’s showing them that you believe in the process so much that you’re willing to invest your time, energy and money into learning how to do it ethically and effectively in service of them. 

So, can you be a life coach without certification?

If you are really serious about being a coach, don’t skip this step completely.

You don’t need to be certified to be a life coach, but it’s important to learn some of the critical coaching skills at some point in your coaching career if you want to go down this path.

Here’s why: It’s better for all of us if those practicing coaching are trained and *ideally* life coach certified. It will benefit your business, your confidence and MOST importantly, your clients, if you get certified.

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