The ICF requires that mentor coaches have an ICF credential but does not require coaches to have a formal certification. However, there are reasons for coaches to seek certification.
One aspect of the training process is to address the difference between the coaching mindset and the mentoring mindset. When coaching we are holding the client as the expert in the exchange and using our skills to help them identify their own answers. As mentors, though we use the “coach approach”, we also have experience and knowledge that we share as we communicate with our mentees. How, what, and when it is shared, is part of the skill of being an effective mentor.
Through our work in training mentor coaches over the years, we have learned how much confidence people gain by going through the training process. By practicing mentoring with real feedback from experienced mentor coaches, mentees build not only their skills but their grounding in a mentoring presence.
Practically, what a coach gets from being certified is gaining credibility in the market place. Once your training is completed you can use the certification letters (CMC) behind your name.
Through training, you also have the added benefit of honing your own coaching skills. As you work with your mentees to notice the nuances in their coaching skills, you may find yourself deepening your creativity as a coach.
After a coaches’ initial formal coach training, there are fewer opportunities to be in a dynamic learning environment with like minded peers. Participating in a mentor coach training offers the chance to connect and collaborate with other coaches.
If you’re considering becoming a mentor coach, we would love to answer your questions. You can learn more about the next program here: Mentor Coach Certification and feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com