Coaching moves to certification

By Asha Tomlinson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/19/2002

Coaching certifications are holding more water in the business world these days. That’s why many coaches are attending one of the few schools that offer such a designation: The Adler school of professional coaching in Toronto.

“The certification certainly opens doors for people. (Employers) have become a little bit cynical about the coaching bandwagon, so when they ask about coaching they really want to know what you as a coach can bring to them,” says Melinda Sinclair, program director at Adler and one of six faculty members.

The school, established in 1999, has certified 28 people since its inception and there are currently about 22 students nearing completion of the program. The certificate in professional coaching includes classroom training, workshops and a practicum. The practicum takes a minimum of six months to complete and it provides students with 40 hours of practice coaching, mentoring from faculty members and frequent peer discussions.