The field of coaching is varied, with professionals specializing in helping their clients improve skills that include finding or transitioning to new careers, business leadership, focusing on better health and wellness, developing more productive interpersonal relationships, and successfully coping with life’s many challenges, among other concerns. According to a LinkedIn article, the estimated market size of the coaching industry in 2019 was $15 billion with $7.5 billion market value in the United States alone.
BCCs have gone through extensive training and passed the Board Certified Coach Examination (BCCE), obtained experience in the field of coaching, have professional peer references and accountability to an enforceable ethics code, and a commitment to continuing education all to be among an elite group of coaches.
There are more than 3,900 Board Certified Coaches around the world. Although coaches have been regularly sought and consulted for years, they are especially in demand during difficult times that require us to make major life adjustments. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased stress levels for many of us as we face new challenges pertaining to our home and family lives, employment, social distancing, and for some, isolation and quarantine.
“The time for coaching has arrived,” says Marilena Minucci, BCC, PCC, NBC-HWC. “Having the support of a good coach is amazing. It offers framework, structure, accountability and enables clients to stay focused so that their self-care can be top of mind.”
The BCC certification is valid for five years. The application and examination fee is $279, or $229 for National Certified Counselors (NCCs). More information can be found in the BCC Handbook.