Steps In Becoming A Life Coach

OK, so you’re thinking about becoming a life coach and wondering if it’s the right career choice for you. You may be asking yourself, what now?

In this overview, I’m going to give you a very high level overview of the steps involved to become a life coach. We’ll take a closer look at each step in future articles.

1) Decide if you want to become a life coach. Like any other career move, becoming a life coach will involve training, developing and practicing new skills, and learning everything it takes to be a good coach. Since it can be a big commitment in terms of the time, effort and money involved, you probably want to do some research before you decide if it’s the right move for you.

Here are a couple of things you can do:

  • Sign up for some coaching – One of the best ways to decide if coaching is for you is to experience it yourself. Many life coaches offer free consultations and would be happy to help you. A month of coaching should give you a very good idea if you want to continue.
  • Check out local coaches in your area – Many coaches give public presentations and seminars. Sign up for one and talk to the coach afterward to get some tips and advice.

2) Develop basic coaching skills. Before you sign up for expensive coaching training, you may want to take a ‘Coaching 101’ type of course just to get your feet wet and develop your fundamental coaching skills. Many of these types of courses offer opportunities to practice coaching with other participants.

3) Decide the type of coaching you want to practice. In addition to general life coaching, there are many different areas that you can specialize in, like financial coaching, business coaching, executive coaching, health & wellness coaching, relationship coaching, career coaching, etc. Once you narrow it down a bit, you can find specialized training in the practice area you want to focus on.

4) Decide if you need to become certified and/or accredited. While there are no licensing, certification or accreditation requirements to become a life coach in the United States, you may still want to become certified and/or accredited depending on your practice area, situation and needs. In most cases, you’ll want to start practicing while you pursue certification or accreditation.

5) Start your coaching practice. Becoming a life coach is only the first step of the process. Your next move is to actually start your coaching practice (if you are going out on your own), or join an already established practice.

6) Learn how to get clients. In addition to the life coaching skills, you’ll also need to develop your business and marketing skills if you want to get coaching clients. This is a critical step in the process and can make all the difference between building a successful practice and struggling to get clients.

7) Grow your coaching practice. Once you know how to get clients, you’ll probably want to expand your practice by adding group programs and products to develop passive income streams.

I hope you found this overview of the steps helpful. In future articles, we’ll explore these steps in more detail.


  1. That advice might well include some inspiring quotes that the person can use in their life to help them achieve their goals. An example of this is the guidance found in the following quote: “The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds, through commendable and seemly conduct.” After presenting a client with that statement, the same life coach would certainly want to explore its exact meaning.