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Why is a Coaching Qualification Important?

Aug 29, 2023

Wonder if a career in coaching is for you and if you should attain a qualification?

Are you unsure if it’ll be worth it? 

Truth is, at the heart of it, anyone can coach without a certification. But what sets good from great coaches is in the coach’s ability. 

And that’s why a coaching qualification is so important as we uphold standards of excellence, ethics, and professionalism within the coaching industry. 

A good coaching qualification and provider can help you meet those standards and stand out in this industry. Your dedication to attaining this qualification will be acknowledged by clients, enhancing your value as a coach and acknowledging the effort you’ve invested to give them the best coaching experience. 

Within this blog, we share several key reasons why you should consider obtaining a coaching qualification.

1. Maintains coaching proficiency and competency 

Contrary to common misconceptions, individuals often perceive coaches as professional advisors. This is not accurate! Coaching is not about dispensing advice. Coaching is about suspending the idea that we know what is best and to refrain from judging the other. 

It’s about helping people come out with their own solutions and to be accountable for their actions. Achieving this requires a coach to possess both competence and confidence, along with an array of coaching techniques at their disposal.

Coaching draws upon a rich tapestry of theories encompassing organization theory, neuroscience, psychology, and communication. More details on learning outcomes can be found here. 

These theories collectively lay the groundwork for a coach’s proficiency and capabilities.

A qualified coach can seamlessly switch between coaching styles, ensuring a tailored experience that resonates with the client’s preferences and learning style.

This expertise is indispensable for guiding clients towards meaningful insights and sustainable transformation. 

It’s so easy to sniff out mediocre coaches from great ones. Therefore, a qualification provides you with valuable support. 

2. Opens many doors to opportunities

For aspiring coaches, coaching qualifications opens a world of opportunities. As we all know, the landscape is transforming with corporations now actively seeking coaches who boast both coaching experience and credible qualifications, along with recognized credentials from esteemed accreditation bodies.

According to research conducted by the International Coaching Federation, an astounding 85% of clients prioritize coaches with recognized certifications.

Moreover, formal qualifications provide a solid foundation for further specialization and advanced training. With the coaching industry continuously evolving, having the right qualifications can set you on a path towards becoming a sought-after expert in your niche.

3. Builds credibility and trust

When you visit a doctor, you usually look for their qualifications. Have they received the necessary training to care for you? How confident are you in listening to their recommendations and prescriptions? Likewise, in any profession, a symbol of credibility reinforces your practice and the value you contribute.

Credibility serves as the foundation for thriving coaching relationships, cultivating trust and facilitating openness between the coach and the client.

The payoff is exponential. 

4. Equips you to combat unethical practices 

When coaching within a large organization, coaches often encounter complicated situations that can compromise their integrity.

For instance, your manager may approach you for information to support your coachee’s performance review and request access to confidential details. What response is appropriate in such a scenario? What if this situation impacts your rapport with your manager if you decline? 

This example is just one among numerous ethical dilemmas that can arise throughout your coaching journey.

Accredited coaching qualifications, such as those offered by Bailey Balfour, encompass thorough training in ethics and professional conduct.

In our Level 1 module, we dedicate a segment to teach the code of ethics and ethical conduct and coaches who have that knowledge would know how to skillfully navigate intricate scenarios, uphold confidentiality, and create a secure environment for clients to address their challenges.

A qualified coach is exceptionally equipped to uphold the most stringent ethical standards, thereby cultivating a safe and respectful coaching atmosphere.

To sum up…

So can anyone become a coach? At Bailey Balfour, we believe that coaching is a skill and must be practiced. We are accredited by the International Coaching Federation and follow the highest standards of coach training. 

We firmly believe that anyone can step into the role of a coach, provided they approach it with a growth mindset and dedication in impacting others. Learn more about how we do it in our free preview of our coach certification programme. 

Are you ready to get started? We can’t wait. Join us for our information session at the events page to find out more or book a call with us. 


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Jean Balfour ICF Accredited Professional Coach and Managing Director of Bailey Balfour

Jean Balfour

Founder & Programmes Director


About the Author

Jean Balfour is Managing Director of Bailey Balfour and Programme Director of our ICF Accredited Coach Training Programmes. Jean is passionate about helping people to have good conversations both at work and at home. She believes that coaching is a life skill and that you never regret learning to coach.

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