How to choose a coaching specialization?

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For any coach aspirants, choosing the right coaching education institute can be a crucial decision, as it will not only impact the quality of your education and training but also your career prospects as a coach.
In the world (as on December 2022), there are in total of 2,666 institutes that are accredited by ICF for coaching education. Out of these, only 407 institutes are accredited for comprehensive coaching education, that is, ACTP Level 2. Out of these, only around 10 institutes operate at a global level offering a diversified top-quality coaching education.

To make your job easy, we are providing you with a list of 5 top-level coaching education providers at the global level:

Although all the above 5 are the top quality coaching education institutes, you need to weigh them based on your specific needs.

To make your job further easy, below are the guiding pointers

  • If you are looking for a top brand & are ready to invest more than USD 10,000.00 in your coaching education, then any of the first 3 institutes stated above will be good for you. 
  • If you are looking for custom-made specific coaching solutions for your organization, then, CoachU might be better for you. 
  • If you are looking for not only a comprehensive coaching education but also a support system for your ICF credentials & coaching practice, then the above-stated 4th institute – MasterMyLife EQ Education (MML) might be the best option for you.  

Here are the 10 pointers to help you choose the right coaching education institute:

  1. Determine your specific goals, needs and investment budget. 
  2. Do your own research and talk to at least 2 to 3 of your shortlisted institutes and weigh them with reference to your specific needs.
  3. If you will be analysing other than the above-stated top institutes, then, do check whether they are accredited by ICF for level 2 ACTP coaching education. If you would like to know more about ICF level 2 ACTP coaching education & accreditation, please refer to – Click Here
  4. Do check the support institute provides to you for getting your credentials from ICF, completing your coaching practice hours and establishing your coaching business.
  5. Do check the coaching education program’s curriculum for its comprehensiveness. Check for the necessary inclusions such as competency development in the essential domains of Emotional Intelligence, Positive Psychology, Group / Team Coaching and various coaching specializations. 
  6. Do check for the practical skill development component of the program. How many observed coaching sessions are included in the program?, How many coaching call assessments will be provided to you? 
  7. How many hours of the accredited coaching education certificate you will be getting? The min. Hours needed at the PCC level are 125 wherein the maximum possible hours are 175.
  8. What is the curriculum and number of hours of Mentor Coaching?  
  9. Check the credentials of the faculty & mentor coaches. Does the institute offer international faculty & domain experts? Does the institute has ICF PCC Markers trained and certified assessors? How many PCC & MCC coach faculty institute has?  
  10. Consider the delivery format of the program. Different coaching education institutes offer programs in different formats, such as online, in-person, or a combination of both, the program duration, session timing and international language in which the program is delivered. Consider which format would work best for you based on your learning style, schedule, and location.

You can choose the coaching education institute that best fits you by taking into account the above 10 pointers, which will help you make a more informed choice, enabling you to become a competent & successful coach.

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Deepak Varma is the creator of the accredited diploma in Speakology™ program. An Ikigai™ Coach, Deepak is a renowned keynote speaker and also a healer who has developed the healing technique, “Healify” which taps into the subconscious of the individual to holistically heal his clients. His free e-book on Ikigai can be downloaded at

He has conducted more than 3000 workshops across 10 countries, trained 35000+ individuals from more than 75 organizations. He has authored the best selling book “The Joyful Quotient” in 2019. Deepak is a master Udemy trainer with 4000 students, and growing every second, spread across the globe. He is also the co-founder of Entrepreneurs International, a learning and networking platform with executive members from 30 countries across the globe.

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Anita Sachdev is an Intercultural consultant, leadership coach and a thought partner A globally seasoned business professional and an Award Winner ICF-PCC certified coach. Anita’s versatile leadership experience spanning over four decades across multiple industries, countries, and cultures to enable coachees to bust through their mental blocks and transform them into dynamic, confident decision makers. Besides coaching business leaders, I support clients during life transitions, ignite ambition, and propel growth by freeing  their minds to boldly embrace new opportunities with unwavering certainty.  My  group coaching programs support “Career Pathfinders” and Women to “Step into the Spotlight” have gained global recognition.

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