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How can I know for sure if your program - or that of another school - is indeed approved by the ICF?

There is only one way to know – and that is to look directly on the “Training Program”search on the ICF site itself.

You may view our ICF approval by visiting the ICF Training Program Search Service, typing in “Symbiosis” (without the quotes) into the “Training Organization” field and clicking on the Search button. You may have to scroll up on the screen on the results page depending on the browser you are using.

BEWARE! There are a lot of unscrupulous companies out there that use confusing terminology to make it sound like their programs are approved by the ICF when they are not. The ONLY way to confirm is by going to the ICF Training Program Search page.

Can I take my Certified Executive Coach classes along with the Certified Life Coach classes and complete the ENTIRE program in 24 weeks?

Yes absolutely! You do not have to wait to complete the CLC program before you begin your CEC classes. However, the CEC certificate will be earned only after both programs – CLC and CEC – are complete. This way, you can earn both your CLC and CEC certification in 24 weeks.

Which countries do your students come from?

Our program is a truly International program and our ICF approval is a testament to our International standing. Our students are truly global as well. Our students come from all corners of the globe including United States, UK, Canada, India, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway, Romania, South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, Dubai, Saudi Arabia to name just a few countries.

Why is the Symbiosis fee so low compared to other Coaching schools?

Typical Life Coach training programs cost anywhere between $3000.00 and $8000.00. Our prices are a fraction of that.

We have made it our policy to use the Internet as well as other electronic technologies as our primary vehicle for delivery of our training programs. This means that it isn’t necessary for us to charge exorbitant tuition in order to maintain a physical campus.

We do not indulge in “course padding”, i.e., adding irrelevant lectures and/or “seminars” that sound good on a website or in a brochure, but do not add any value either to the program or to your coaching practice. An ICF approved program is an ICF approved program! It covers the eleven Core Coaching Competencies defined by the ICF. So there is no justification for charging astronomical fees.

We also believe that charging higher tuition prices to keep students in training longer than necessary is not conducive to fair practice. We believe in providing the very best, state of the art training at a fair and reasonable price to you, the student.

With this in mind, we offer accelerated accredited coach training aimed to serve you better, faster, and for less money than any other training program of comparable quality.

Your live program is delivered over the web. Isn't a face to face class better?

Interestingly, the answer to that question is – No!

While at first glance, it may first seem that a traditional class where the student physically drives to his/her class location might have more value, in the case of Life Coaching, a virtual class is much better. Why? Here are just some of the reasons:

– When you start a coaching practice, over 95% of it will be done virtually – over the phone or Skype. So it is critical to get used to this format.

– Most live classes are of a shorter duration – 5 to 10 days. What that means is that there is absolutely no chance for you to get real world coaching experience – which is the most critical component of any coach training program.

– A virtual class offers features that a face to face class cannot – for example, easy class rescheduling as well as lifetime access to downloaded class recordings.

– With a virtual class, we can hire the very best teachers, no matter where in the world they are located! So you get access to the most qualified instructors who bring a wealth of real life coaching experience into the classroom.

– Virtual classes are more cost-effective! Better learning delivered to you at a more affordable price.

Ten years ago, web based tools weren’t fast enough to compete with face to face training. Today, there is absolutely no reason for busy individuals to have to physically go to a classroom to attend world-class training. Unless you are taking a class that absolutely requires face to face interaction – say cooking or wine-tasting or a lab-based biology class – virtual classes are the way to go.

Now, there are many companies out there who will try to sell you a more expensive program by touting the virtue of face time. In such situations, it is worthwhile to remember that even the International Coach Federation (ICF) does not differentiate between a class delivered face to face and one delivered over the net/telephone, as long as both are delivered live.

Is your program a "correspondence program"?

Absolutely, positively, definitely NOT!

Our Certified Life Coach program is a live, instructor driven program that includes fully interactive weekly lectures by experienced, practicing Life Coaches, a full library of reference material and supplementary notes, one hundred percent support not just while you are enrolled with us but even after you have graduated, extensive hands-on coaching experience, and interaction with fellow students.

WE ARE NOT A CORRESPONDENCE PROGRAM!

I do not have a credit card. Can I pay through a direct Wire transfer?

Absolutely. Using the “Buy Now” button to pay for your program is the quickest way to enroll. And it is 100% secure since all payments are handled by Paypal. However, if you do not have a credit card, we also accept wire transfers. It is very easy and takes about 10 minutes. Please call us or email us for wire transfer details. 

I have a non-US credit card. Can I still pay my fee with it?

Absolutely.

Remember – you are ALWAYS charged in your local currency.

When you use your non-US credit card, the card company automatically pays us in dollars, and bills you in equivalent local currency. So when you receive your monthly credit card bill, you will – as always – see your charge in local currency.

I do not have a US dollar account. Do I need US dollars to pay my fee?

You do not need access to US dollars to pay your fee. Please remember – while our fee is listed in US dollars, you always pay in equivalent local currency when you enroll. Just use any standard credit or debit card and you are good to go. 

Is it possible to build a career and make a good living being a coach?

There is a huge need for Life Coaches around the world and very few qualified and certified Life Coaches to fulfill that need. That means that Life Coaches are in great demand. According to recent surveys, entry-level Life Coaches earn between $50.00 and $100.00 an hour, whereas more experienced coaches can charge over $300.00 an hour. The rates depend on many factors, including your coaching niche, whether you coach individuals or corporate clients, and whether your clients are local or international. Regardless, Life Coaching is an extremely rewarding profession – both personally and financially.

How do I know if Coaching is right for me?

Ask yourself the following questions and if the answer is YES, then Life Coaching IS right for you:

– Do you like people?
– Do you want financial independence?
– Are you a good listener?
– Do you desire to work at a job you love?
– Do you easily develop a rapport with others?
– Do you enjoy helping others?
– Do you want to make a difference in the world?
– Do you want to continue to grow spiritually and professionally?

Can I coach part time?

Absolutely. In fact, we recommend it. Set aside a few hours a week for your coaching clients, but keep your day job. Then, as you start getting more clients, you can begin to devote more time to your practice. At that point, you can opt to become a full-time coach, or you can continue coaching part time and earning that extra money.

Can I interact with other students while I am enrolled in the program?

Absolutely! Our students and alumni are in constant touch with each other through telephone, email, and our Facebook group. They constantly brainstorm, exchange ideas and even work on projects together. In short, you are an integral part of the Symbiosis student community.

What type of individuals become coaches?

People who want to contribute; people committed to personal growth; people valuing freedom and independence in their career choice. A career in Coaching is perfect for the individual man or woman who desires to make a difference in people’s lives while maintaining a high standard of personal excellence in his or her own life.

Common backgrounds of today’s Coaches: Consultants, IT Professionals, Mental Health Professionals, Managers, Trainers in Development, Sales and Marketing professionals, Call center professionals, Hotel Management professionals, Human Resource Professionals, Financial Consultants and Chartered Accountants, Professional speakers, Fitness Instructors, Holistic Practitioners, Housewives and many many more.

In general, people from any walk of life and with any educational and professional background can become successful, financially independent coaches with international clients.

Is coaching considered therapy or counseling?

Coaching is NOT like therapy or counseling although Coaching does draw from a diverse range of disciplines. Coaching is more concerned with results rather than understanding or processing. Therefore, there is a strong focus on action. Coaching makes its focus on the future rather than the past.

Coaching is about working under the assumption that every individual that we are coaching already has all the answers that they require within his/herself. The primary job of the Coach is to help the client tap into the deep resource that they already own to find the appropriate answers to the areas of their life that is just not working for them. It is very important to remember that the Coaching Session is an ‘advice-free zone

Are there any prerequisites to becoming a Coach?

There are no prerequisites to becoming a Coach. People from all different backgrounds – IT professionals, HR Professionals, Housewives, Sales & Marketing professionals, Doctors, Counselors, Teachers, Training Professionals and many more – become successful Life Coaches.

However, there are some minimum guidelines:

– Legal age of consent;
– Ability to attend lectures in English;
– Willingness to assist others;
– Empathy, compassion toward others.

If you have questions about your eligibility to become a coach, please contact us and we will be happy to speak with you.

How is the program delivered?

Symbiosis Coaching strongly believes in using technology to deliver courses in a fully interactive, cost-effective and flexible manner.

Our ICF approved Certified Life Coach, Certified Executive Coach, and Certified NLP Coach  programs are all delivered live over the web. These are highly interactive programs that are offered in a virtual classroom – and you attend them from the convenience of your home!

These programs also includes real life hands-on coaching experience, an extensive library of reference material and supplementary notes, and full support through and beyond the program.

The Master Spirit Life Coach program – a program that is unique to us – is delivered in a downloadable format.

Through the use of technology, we ensure that instead of you having to drive to your class, the class comes to you! And it is precisely because of our use of technology that we are able to keep our costs this low.

Interaction between students is a key part of our program as well. All students get access to our Facebook Group where they can interact with other students, exchange ideas, brainstorm and collaborate on projects.

Is accreditation a must?

There are many accreditation bodies scattered throughout the world, all of which uphold somewhat the same standard of training. Our programs are accredited through the International Coach Federation and the Certified Coaches Alliance – two of the most respected accreditation bodies in the world.

Accreditation is different from certification in that it assures you, the prospective student, that the program has been assessed and reviewed for its inclusive content of the eleven core competencies and ethical standards as recognized and adopted by most world-wide coaching organizations.

Program accreditation is not necessary for the life coach to begin and maintain a successful professional practice, however, generally speaking, an accredited program is generally considered the program of choice as the quality of the program is carefully scrutinized.

Are there any hidden program costs?

No, there are no hidden costs. Your course includes everything you need to successfully complete your coaching Certification with a guarantee of no hidden extras. Tuition includes all course materials, notes, supplemental reading and resources. Tuition fees include all taxes.

Upon graduation, there is an yearly affiliation fee to keep your certification active. The fee is as follows:

– $54.00 for a two year affiliation

– $79.00 for a three year affiliation

– $299.00 for am lifetime/enduring affiliation

How long will it take to complete my program?

The guideline for completion of the Certified Life Coach program is 6-months.

The Certified Executive Coach program adds 8 additional weekly lectures to the core Certified Life Coach program. However, these lectures can be taken in parallel, so you can complete your dual-certification in 24-weeks.

Similarly, the Certified NLP Coach Practitioner program is an 8-week program and consists of two lectures a week.

Students undertaking the Master Spirit Life Coach program are expected to complete their program within 8 months.

Is there one coaching model that I must adhere to?

Absolutely not. We firmly believe that the face of coaching is an ever-evolving profession.

We do not favor any particular Coaching model over another. Our program, however, will teach you the accepted ‘standard of practice’ model. We encourage our students to continue to develop his or her discipline as they so choose based on their particular background, strengths and interests.

Do coaches specialize?

Although many Coaches prefer to keep their options open, a great many coaches do choose to focus on a particular niche’ in the marketplace.

Business, Executive, Motivational, Wellness, Relationship, Career, Confidence, Self-Esteem, and Spirituality are just a few areas of specialty that we can mention here. The list is endless and you are only held by your imagination and your interests.

Deciding on if a specialty niche is right for you, and discovering just what that niche should be is part of your learning experience in the program.

Once I graduate, must I join a governing body?

Our Success Conversion Coaching program is accredited through the International Coach Federation and the Certified Coaches Alliance. Our graduates must join the Certified Coaches Alliance in order to become certified and to keep their coaching designation active.

How will I be graded while doing my course?

Our purpose is not so much as to ‘grade you’ as it is to provide you with the right tools and the knowledge of how to use them correctly. That said, students must complete several assignments for evaluation and a final exam. Students must receive 80% or better to pass the exam. Student’s who fail to receive 80% or better on the exam will be invited to rewrite the exam within 30-days at a cost of $100.00 USD.

If you are enroilled in the CLC program, upon successful completion you will receive your certificate of designation as a ‘Certified Life Coach’ or any other specialty designation that you choose.

If I cancel my program, will I receive a refund?

As our course materials are provided through electronic medium and not shipped, it is considered intellectual property and is internationally protected by copyright. After a student is assigned a USERNAME and PASSWORD to the electronic download area, no refund is permitted under any circumstances. 

Will I receive the support that I need when doing the course?

Yes. As our student you are never alone!

Students can contact our support team at any time should there be any questions, whatsoever. We offer complete support to all our students not just while they are enrolled in our program but also once they have graduated. As a Symbiosis Coaching student, you are never alone!

Upon completion of my program do I receive a certificate?

Yes.

For the CLC, CEC and CMSLC programs, upon becoming a Coach in good standing, you will receive a high quality, electronic, printable copy of your certificate that you can print locally. You will also receive a FREE, personal “Certification Authentication Web Page” so that your prospects and clients can quickly authenticate your professional standing as a graduate of our program. You may place this link in your email signature or on your website. In addition, you will receive a “Document of Certification” that certifies the number of ICF training hours that you have earned. All three documents carry the ICF/ACSTH stamp and are therefore instantly recognized anywhere in the world.

For the CNLPCP program, a printed certificate is physically mailed to you.

Are there any associated alumni costs?

It is imperative that every Coach maintain an ongoing relationship with their designation body. Your Certification is renewable yearly at the following costs:

– $54.00 for two years

– $79.00 for three years

-$299.00 for lifetime

This covers:

– Maintenance of your permanent student file and graduate status;
– Professional referrals made on your behalf as requested;
– Webpage link verification of your Certification;
– Monthly membership to CCA Member area.

Is there anyone I can address further questions to?

Yes! You can reach our Director of Admissions by visiting our Contact Us page.

We would be happy to receive your email and assist you in any manner that we can.

For more information, please visit our Contact Us page

Once I purchase my course, how soon can I begin my studies?

Once you have paid the tuition for your program of choice, you will receive several emails from us with information about the enrollment process.

The process of opening your student file and putting everything in place for you to begin usually takes no more than a couple of days.