How to follow an online coaching and NLP training course?November 1, 2019
Online trainingMay 27, 2020
The coaching boom is giving ideas to more and more executives who want to breathe new life into their careers. An interesting idea... as long as you don't rush into it. A project in four stages.
1 - Coaching courses
2 - Establishing a business plan to become a coach
3 - Coaching: choosing a status
4 - Obtaining a coaching certification
Damien Clerget : teacher and part-time coach
1 - Training in coaching
In a former life, she was an advertising manager. Hélène Picot dared to go off on a tangent in 2011 following an economic layoff. She has written a book, Unemployed? Find your way and bounce back, and decided to become a coach. "I met several trainers and former students to be sure of myself and the possible outlets," she recalls. "It's a profession that is still poorly regulated," says Nathalie Ducray, a coach and communications officer with the ICF (International Coach Federation), one of the three main French federations along with EMCC France and SFCoach. In other words, from a regulatory point of view, anyone can set up as a coach. "Nevertheless, we recommend that you follow a real training course to be taken seriously and develop a clientele," notes Nathalie Ducray. Indicative lists of training courses are put forward on the websites of the three federations. "Most of them cost around €6,000 and last a fortnight. They sometimes take place at weekends, spread over a period of several months," she reports.
2 - Drawing up a business plan to become a coach
But for some coaching candidates, the hardest part is still to come. I had planned that it would take me two years to earn a decent income," recalls Hélène Picot. The fact remains that when you have been a salaried employee, you suddenly have to learn to work alone, to manage random income and to master new accounting concepts! In concrete terms, a coach generally charges between €90 per hour to an individual and €400 to a company, or even €800 for executive coaching. To these potential gains, you have to subtract new charges. "The deal is not the same for everyone. Of the 10 people who have taken the same training as me, only two are now making a living from coaching...", observes Hélène Picot.
3 - Coaching: choosing a status
"There are a few positions for salaried coaches in companies, but they are still rare," notes Nathalie Ducray. In spite of this, some people manage to get started... gently. "Many start part-time while keeping their initial job. It is also possible to choose less cumbersome statutes such as that of auto-entrepreneur or freelance administration when starting out. Hélène Picot, for her part, set up a one-person limited liability company (EURL) from the outset. "I believed in the potential of this profession and I have not regretted it," she notes.
4 - Obtaining coaching certification
To put all the chances on her side, Hélène Picot also took an additional training course to obtain a certification. "It is not compulsory to work, but it is essential for joining a professional federation and developing one's network and clientele. Because certification also implies respecting a code of ethics. The Coach-pro.org website presents the joint declaration of the three main coaching associations in France. The ICF alone has seen its membership increase by 43% in one year," says Nathalie Ducray. This is not only because there are more coaches, but also because clients, especially in business, are increasingly demanding certified coaches.