Here are some common questions about InnerLifeSkills Life Coach Training.
What is Life Coaching?

Life Coaching is the specialized art of holding solution-focused conversations.

Coaching supports a client in being able to access insights and solutions from within. Through coaching someone, you are able to help them move into a positive, proactive mindset and to take clearly defined action that aids them in achieving their potential in the area of their goals and objectives.


How is coaching different to training, mentoring and counselling?
PURE coaching is DIFFERENT to mentoring, and consulting and counselling. It complements and enhances these modalities, but is NOT the same.
1. TRAINING: A trainer typically determines the objectives of a session and gives people the solutions, advice and objectives to achieve. In contrast, coaching empowers the client to determine their own objectives and find sources for their own solutions and actions. Many trainers add coaching to their skill set to be better trainers.
2. CONSULTING: A consultant gives advice to their clients based on their own area of expertise, whereas in coaching a coach never gives advice. The coach intentionally does not bring in their personal bias or agenda, the coach rather helps a client to draw out their own expertise, solutions and insights around the client’s agenda and goal. Coaching and consulting complement each other well. Many consultants train with ILS to add coaching to their skill set.
3. COUNSELLING: Counselling tends to excavate the story and content of a client, and looks often to the client’s past in order to help a client with their emotional and mental healing. Coaching chooses to deliberately transcend the story and content, focusing rather on client directed solutions and future progress. Coaching and counselling complement each other well. Many psychologists and therapists add coaching to their services.
4. MENTORING: A mentor offers advice and input based on their personal experience and expertise to a client, transferring knowledge and know-how. Coaching specifically does not give advice and the coach keeps their personality and personal experience out of the coaching experience, this opens the space to excavate the coachee’s knowledge base and know-how. Coaching and mentoring complement each other well.
Do I need to be certified to call myself a coach?
The short answer is, no.

Check in your country, but in most countries, there are no legal restrictions on the term “coach.” It’s then a question of integrity. So to call yourself a professional coach, we suggest that you get some kind of ICF accredited coach training, like ILS Master Coach which is our top Online Life Coach Certification ICF ACTP program. Not only does this boost your credibility, but it will help you to feel confident that you are offering world-class benchmarked coaching.


How do I know if I have what it takes to be a coach?
We suggest that you first check that you understand what internationally benchmarked professional coaching is and isn’t, then use this checklist and guide.

The short answer is that if you can have conversations with people and are willing to learn incredibly helpful coaching communication skills, then you have the most important foundation. Have a look at our Roadmap to see what 12 steps are needed to become a successful professional coach.

What does a typical Life coach session look like?
Although every life coaching session is unique, they all work towards any goal or dream that is chosen by the client.
In a nutshell, a coaching session is a solution-focused dialogue, that inspires the client to go into action and helps them to overcome any obstacles they find on the path to their success.
ILS Coaches have a toolbox of 50+ coaching processes (exercises) that they can use in their coaching sessions to help the client to excavate new solutions and powerful personal transformation.

All coaching sessions that are run by ICF aligned coaches need to have the following in common.

  • A coaching agreement and contract (defined client lead outcome for the session)
  • Solutions to achieve the long-term goal
  • Measures of success
  • Action plans
  • Accountability reinforcement

This is a basic ACC (Associate level coaching session). Professional PCC and Master level MCC coaching go way beyond this foundation. Read more about the 3 ICF levels of coaching and what they look like. 

What is the difference between life coaching, business coaching, executive coaching, youth coaching etc?
All these forms of coaching have the same core coaching competencies, just like professional singing has the same basics. Each genre of singing is a different application and audience. Coaching is the same.

  • Life coaching is focused on general life topics for a general public audience.
  • Business coaching is focused on business related topics for a business audience.
  • Executive coaching is focused on the topics that executives face and is likewise in service to executives.
  • Youth coaching focuses on the topics that youth face and is in service to youth markets.

Because pure coaching does not give advice, the same master communication competencies can be applied to any speciality. In blended coaching, where we mix mentoring with coaching, we would need to have expertise in the area we are coaching.

Learn more here…


What is the InnerLifeSkills coaching philosophy?
Everyone has Inner Wealth, but without an Inner Well, we go thirsty!

InnerLifeSkills is a unique coaching methodology that equips you to build Inner Wells for life and work. And, InnerLifeSkills equips you to transform inner obstacles into inner resources.

Online Classes
How do online classes work?
Log in from any device anywhere in the world for our real-time interactive live classes.
As a backup, if your internet is down you can call in from a phone.
During the online class, you practice coaching with your classmates in breakout rooms. The trainer visits you to observe your coaching and offer valuable mentoring.
Watch the trainer offer live teachings, discussions, demos and slides. Ask questions, and enjoy the energy and connection of the group.
How do I attend an online coach class?
You will receive a link to click on to access the online class. Wait for the date and time of the weekly class, then click the link to join. An application will load to show you the class screen. When fellow classmates arrive you will see their names and if they have their webcams on you will see them. When the trainer arrives they will say hello and start the class.

You are able to speak to the trainer and classmates.

What you will need is a good quality high-speed internet connection and a device to log in with. A computer or laptop is ideal, but an iPad or Smartphone works too. If your internet is down, you can call in via the phone number provided to listen and interact with the trainer and classmates.

Read more about our online classes.


What if I miss a class?
If you miss a class, you have the chance to catch up that class at a later stage.  Foundational training courses would need to be completed in full before moving onto the full qualification.

A 100% overall class attendance is required to receive your certification.

Isn't online training impersonal?
Surprisingly it can be more personalized than venue classes if done well. There are online classes out there that are not done well, students just listen to a phone call, like a conference call. This doesn’t work very well.

We make sure that the classes are very interactive and enjoyable. The trainer is live on screen, so you can see and listen to them. You have the option to switch your video on which means we’ll be able to see you. This makes it like a real virtual classroom. We laugh, share and work together.

There is also a type chat area which adds another layer of interaction.

Our students always tell us how amazed they are by the depth and personal connection we create on our online classes.

How do we practise coaching online?
The software we use for our online classes truly creates a virtual class environment. And with the click of a button, the trainer is able to assign you to a separate room with one or more of your classmates. In the privacy of a breakout room, you are able to practice your coaching.

An added benefit is that the trainer will pop in to visit you while you are coaching, to offer you valuable support and feedback.

As soon as the breakout room practical session is finished, you click a button to leave the breakout room and rejoin the main classroom. The screen simply changes to the main classroom area. Simple and easy.

Coach Business Building
How do I build a coaching business?
Make sure that you first do your research, so that you know what coaching is and isn’t so that you choose the right coaching course for you. Secondly, make sure that you acquire more than ACC coaching competencies. I would aim for Master Level (MCC) so that your skills open doors for you around the world. Also, make sure that you have a comprehensive coaching toolbox so that you can coach any topic and any niche market. The third phase of your coach business building is about marketing and building an ethical service based coaching business.

The InnerLifeSkills coach training includes all of the above. Our ILS Master Coach Entrepreur Course also includes our 1-year mentored coach business building program. Being guided step by step, to build a coaching business is invaluable.

How do I get my first paying clients?
Firstly don’t make the mistake of thinking that you need to have a business card and website in order to get your first paying clients. If you must build a site, create a small one that simply establishes your credibility and online presence.
What we teach our students, is it the most important way to get your first paying clients is to have what we call “sticky conversations” with different potential markets. These are casual conversations where you establish the priority needs and problems that plague your markets. Once you are clear on the problems that your market are experiencing, it becomes easier to customize a coaching product solution that they will be interested in.

Far too many new coaches, try to polish and create a perfect coaching offering before they have even begun to really have conversations with their clients. This can be devastating to a new coaching business.

Many of our successful coaches are out there in the world booked solidly for months ahead, without having a business card or website. In fact, some of them are too busy to get around to making a website. I’m not saying that a website is not important, it is, but it should be built later when you have established that you have a viable market as well as a viable coaching service to offer.

Have a look at our business building section of our site blog for lots of valuable tips and teachings on how to build a coaching business.


What do Life Coaches charge?
Your income will depend on:
1. The niche market you choose to serve as a professional coach.
2. The type of coaching you decide to specialize in. For example, Executive Coaches tend to earn considerably more than life coaches. We teach you how to coach in every major area of specialty so that you have maximum freedom and income earning potential.
3. The region you work in (that’s why we encourage you to be globally relevant).


According to Forbes, coaching is a $1 Billion industry.
According to ICF, the average annual income for coaches is $50,000 (R600,000).
We recommend that you do your research, find out what local psychologists, counselors, occupational therapists and other coaches are charging. If you’re brand-new without an ICF credential it is likely that you will not easily be able to charge at the highest levels. But with a proper ACTP qualification like ILS Master Coach plus an ICF credential, you can certainly charge medium to high professional rates.
How long does it take to build a successful coaching business?
Is becoming a successful coach easy? This is not a weekend fix. You’ll need to commit to 1 year of 6-hours a week (part-time) to qualify. We give you everything you need: ICF ACTP internationally accredited competencies, 50+ ILS processes, 111+ methods and training to build a business. It takes some students 6 to 36 months to build a successful coach business. 95% of our coaches pass their final assessments because we have developed a proven way to train coaches well.


We do earn our right to successful freedom and to the privilege of changing lives. If you want this, we are here to support your journey.
You’ll also have the freedom to choose a niche specialty: youth, life, business, executive, wellness, financial etc. Our top course ILS Master Coach equips you to coach all niche markets and all client goals.
Life Coach Courses
What skills will I gain with InnerLifeSkills training?
To truly empower and enlighten it’s no good endlessly giving others your ‘water’ (your solutions, strength and help).
As an ILS Master Coach you’ll be skilled to help people to help themselves. Using structured coached conversations and 50+ unique thinking processes, you’ll be able to build people’s inner wells, so that they can access their inner wealth (insights, wisdom, strength, talents, goals, etc).


You’ll also be able to coach them to transform their inner obstacles like fear, procrastination and doubt.
Check out our “how to coach” blog category for posts that will help you to develop your coaching skills.
What coach courses does InnerLifeSkills offer?

We offer 3 levels of Life Coaching skills study.

  • LEVEL 1: ILS Coach 101 (a 12 hour intensive giving you powerful foundation life coaching skills.)
  • LEVEL 2: ILS Professional Coach (a 74 hour comprehensive course covering everything you need to be able to coach at international levels.)
  • LEVEL 3: ILS Master Coach (a 162 hour internationally accredited qualification). Learn how to coach at PCC levels and to specialize.
  • LEVEL 4: ILS Master Coach Entrepreneur (a 213 hour internationally accredited qualification). Learn everything in Level 3 plus learn how to be a professional ILS Enneagram Coach and receive mentoring for 1 year on how to build your coaching business.

Here is a comparison table of all our courses, with prices in 4 different currencies. 


Which course is right for me?
If you’ve completed our free life coaching mini-course, to make sure that you understand what InnerLifeSkills coaching is and isn’t then I recommend the following when choosing a life coach course.

Make sure that your coaching course is ICF accredited. Then make sure that you get the maximum return for your investment.

Beyond that, look at ILS Coach 101 if you are only wanting foundation skills or if you’re still unsure and want to sample real coach training before committing to a full qualification course. If you’re ready to go, then jump in and enroll in ILS Professional Coach or ILS Master Coach.

Still unsure? Then use our course comparison table with course tuition fees in 4 currencies to decide. 

You will need to commit to weekly online classes, that is 3 or 4 hours duration. On top of that, you will need to do at least 2 hours of homework a week — which is not that bad considering you are investing in a professional qualification.

Our courses are also module based so that you can do one short module courses at the time to suit your budget and schedule. Check out our course calendar here.


How do I sample your courses before enrolling for a full qualification course?
We strongly recommend that you do sample our course before opting in to learn for our full qualification like ILS Professional Coach or ILS Master Coach. Click here to sign up for our free introductory online life coaching video course.

If you still want more then consider signing up for our 3 week ILS Coach 101 foundation coaching skills course, which is 3 x 4-hour, weekly online classes. This is a wonderful way to start your journey towards a full qualification, with less risk.

What is the difference between ILS Coach 101, ILS Professional Coach and ILS Master Coach?
Here is a helpful courses table that will show you exactly what is in each of our different courses and show you the price differences in 4 currencies.

Each of these courses incrementally gives you more advanced training. We work according to the ICF core competencies and the ICF credentialing levels which are ACC, PCC and MCC. In addition to this, we add our unique InnerLifeSkills coaching processes and techniques to make sure that you are a truly well-rounded coach that can coach any topic, anywhere for anyone.

ILS Coach 101 Course – 3 weeks duration, once a week online classes. ACSTH & CCE.

Here you gain essential coaching skills. We teach you an ILS 3 Step Coach method plus 3 Critical Coach Skills sets. This is enough to begin practicing coaching. But it is not enough to work as a professional coach. Your hours spent on this course count towards the ILS Master Coach qualification.

ILS Professional Coach qualification – 16 weeks duration, once a week online classes. ACSTH & CCE.

Here you gain everything you need to work and charge as a professional coach. You also learn how to coach different niche markets and different topics. You learn how to coach individuals and groups. You learn how to coach personal development, life coaching, business coaching, corporate coaching, youth coaching and wellness coaching. Your hours spent on this course count towards the ILS Master Coach qualification.

ILS Master Coach qualification – 34 weeks duration, once or twice a week online classes. ACTP.

This qualification course includes all of the above, this is an ACTP ICF accredited program. Within ACTP qualification you are fast tracked to ICF credentialing.

In addition to learning everything in the professional coach qualification, you also learn over 52 coaching processes, with ready to use scripts and worksheets. You’ll be able to coach inner wisdom, decision making, relationships, teambuilding, intuition, systemic coaching, life purpose coaching, dream builder, financial limitations busting and personal power.

To change lives we believe you need MCC coaching skills plus our extensive coaching toolbox.

See all our courses side-by-side and compare.


What are the assessments like?
We understand that nobody likes assessments, but they are important, they validate that you truly have the skills that you set out to master.

We assess at two levels, PCC and MCC.

We help you by giving you a mock “gap analysis” assessment before you submit for the final practical assessment. This gap analysis assessment will give you valuable feedback so that you know exactly what to improve on before submitting the final assessments.

Assessments include an online theory assessment plus a practical assessment. For the practical assessment, you record an audio coaching session with yourself and a client. You send in the recorded coaching session for marking. Detailed feedback is given to every student. Every student has the opportunity to resubmit one more assessment should they not make the 70% passing grade. 95% of our students pass the first time.

Other than online classes, what else do students get?
Every module of the course includes an online resource where you will find additional notes, downloads, audio and video tutorials and demonstrations. This includes audio recordings of actual assessments from alumni students so that you can hear what distinction and passing grade coaching sounds like.

This free added value online resource is so comprehensive that it will help you to go from entry-level coaching to master coaching step by step. Your classes become an added bonus, where you are able to ask questions, be given guidance and of course practice your coaching.

Life Coach Certification
What is coaching certification?
Some people use the word certification to mean qualification or to receive a certificate when you pass a final assessment. Others mean international credentialing, for example with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). To be credentialed with the ICF, you supply them with proof that you can coach at 1 of the 3 competency levels ACC (Associate), PCC (Professional) or MCC (Master).

InnerLifeSkills offers you both certification, a certificate for passing final assessments, as well as ICF accredited training hours which you can use to be credentialed with the ICF.

Certification gives you the confidence and credibility required to stand proudly as a coach anywhere in the world, knowing you have the skills to change lives.

Why is ICF accreditation important?
Because the term, “coach” is not a protected legal term, anyone can use the term — in other words anyone can call themselves a coach. This means that in the world of coaching you get a wide range from charlatans to respectable professionals.

The ICF sets the “gold standard” of coaching in the world. Clients know that when they’re dealing with an ICF credentialed coach, they are dealing with the true professional that has been tested for competency and ethics.

For you, completing an ICF accredited course gives you the confidence and competency you need to change lives. You can rest in the knowledge that you are doing your best for your clients. And you can charge higher rates than your colleagues that do not have ICF credentialing.

Achieving a master level of coaching is a great achievement. It is worth striving for even if you don’t plan to be credentialed with the ICF.

How do I get ICF credentialed?
Please check the ICF website for the latest on their credentialing pathways. At the time of this writing, you will need the following to apply to the ICF for credentialing:

Coach training hours (attending a coaching training course, where ACTP courses are given preference), a coaching log (evidence that you have coached professionally for clients) and their online theory test (which they used to check your understanding of the ICF core competencies and code of ethics).

Here is a guide to ICF Credentialing. 


What ICF accreditation does InnerLifeSkills offer?
Every module of every short course that InnerLifeSkills offers is accredited by the ICF. This means that it has been checked and audited to comply to the goal standards set by the international coaching profession.

ILS Master Coach, our top qualification is ACTP accredited. All other short courses we offer count as credits towards this qualification. Every hour can also be used as Continued Coach Education (CCE) hours or as Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH).

When you pass the InnerLifeSkills final assessment, your certificate from us will include the ICF accredited hours.


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