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Coach Training FAQs


 What is the time commitment? 

Coach training includes 16, 4-hour online session for each year, equaling about 8 hours per month. In addition to the in-session hours one can anticipate 2-3 hours of reading per month. Practice coaching sessions are required but the number of sessions depends on the learner, keeping in mind that the more you practice, the better you'll get.

What about the time commitment after training?

A coaches availability can be negotiated, though I recommend coaching at least 2 people at any given time. Deployed coaches are required to participate in periodic virtual gatherings for support, coaching continuing education, coaching demonstrations and updates on relevant issues.  These gatherings are typically 4-6 times a year.

Do I have to complete part two if I sign up for part one?

In short, no. You are under no obligation to complete Part 2, unless you intend to be eligable for deployment as one of the MiConference coaches. MiConference coaches are required to complete Part 2 to ensure quality coaching skills. 

What is the ICF?

ICF stands for the International Coach Federation. It's an organization dedicated to making coaching a common practice in society. It's accomplishing this by making sure to train quality coaches. Read more about them here. Click here for more information about the Michigan charter chapter of the ICF. 

Do I have to have my ICF certification in order to register?

No, you do not need to be certified through the ICF (International Coach Federation) to coach for MiConference.

Will completing these trainings mean I'm certified with the ICF?

No. Completing Part 1 makes you eligible to apply for ICF ACC (Associate Certified Coach) certification. Completing Part 2 makes you eligible to apply for ICF PCC (Professional Certified Coach) certification.

Taking both parts means you can skip right to applying for PCC certification. 

How much will training cost?

Registration fees vary. Learners affiliated with the Michigan or West Ohio Conferences of The United Methodist Church
benefit from satellite conference pricing. Learners not affiliated with either of these Conferences may register at the
market value price. To view registration prices please visit the Coach Training information page.

Do I have to pursue a coach certification after I complete training?

No. There is no requirement to pursue certification after training, though certification is highly recommended for those considering coaching as a profession. 

What happens if I miss a training session?

In the event that you miss a class, a 500 word reflection on the assigned reading will earn you the credit you missed. Naomi Garcia allows no more than 2 missed sessions per training season. 

What is transition coaching?

Transition coaching focuses the coach-coachee relationship on navigating current transitions. Allowing for greater clarity and self-empowerment in the one being coached, and encouraging them to craft tangible plans one step at a time.

What is Coaching4Clergy and Coaching4Today'sLeaders?

Coaching4Clergy is an offshoot of Coaching4Today'sLears, and both are coach teaching organizations accredited by the ICF. Coaching4Clergy was founded by Val Hastings. Read more about Coaching4Clergy here. 

Who is Val Hastings?

Val Hastings is the founder, principle instructor and president of Coaching4TodaysLeaders (C4TL), parent body of Coaching 4 Clergy. Val is a United Methodist pastor in Pennsylvania. The C4TL coach program is the intellectual property of Val Hastings. Val is a Master Certified Coach, the highest coach credential of the International Coach Federation. 

Who will be teaching the coaching sessions?

Naomi García will teach the coach training. Naomi joined the Coaching4Today’sLeaders in 2015, about the time she earned the International Coach Federation Professional Certified Coach credential. Read more here.