Frequently Asked Questions About Our Training
5 days seems very short for a training course. Do you really cover so much?
Yes, absolutely. The beauty of our training course is that it is not overly academic but very practical and 'hands-on'. Right from the beginning of day one you will be setting goals and declarations and actually coaching your fellow students (and being coached) in a very real way. We don't give you role plays or hypothetical scenarios to work on, and this is one reason why participants can make powerful, rapid breakthrough progress on their own goals.
It's an exhilarating experience to discover your innate confidence and coaching skills in this tactical way. Each day of the course builds on the previous day's trainings. And you'll be amazed at what you can in fact achieve over 5 days' training.
What can I do after the 5 days?
Being a life coach is really a journey. Right at the beginning of the week you make the decision to become a coach. You might decide to do that as your profession... take your new set of skills and techniques and combine them with your current professional situation.... or simply have an amazing tool kit for life which you can use for yourself, your friends and family... it's up to you.
But the journey continues after the training. For some students, they choose to go on and do more life coach training overseas or distance learning, taking the more academic route to higher qualifications. For others, they can't wait to get working with people as soon as possible and they decide to set up a coaching practice immediately.
Where you go once the course is finished is up to you, but what we can promise as part of our guarantee is that you will be confident to help others.
What we also promise is that you will feel fully empowered to help other people improve their lives, get better results and performance and you will be thrilled with your new skills and coaching mindset.
It's difficult for me to do the course right now because taking time off work/rearranging my plans is such a big commitment. If I do make this commitment is the training going to be worth it?
We believe absolutely yes, it will be. There is no similar training course in New Zealand. This course is unique. If you are not sure if it will give you the skills and knowledge you require in order to set up your own practice, become a life coach and build on your current skillset set, then simply give us a call and let's have a chat.
If this is going to be the right course for you, then it is something that will make a big difference in your own confidence and your own vision. Please grab the opportunity. There are very limited spaces available on our training courses. We only have small class sizes so we can offer individual attention as well as group teaching.
Don't let the opportunity slip through your hands.
Again, if you are not sure and you want to make sure the commitment is going to pay off for you, please get in touch.
When will this training course be repeated?
The dates shown on the website right now for the New Zealand training program are the only dates we have confirmed. We are always looking to do more of these courses because they are so popular and produce such wonderful results for students. However due to time and travel constraints we can make no promises as to when the next ones will be.
So again, if you are keen, seize your opportunity now. Email or call us directly with any questions you have and let's discuss whether this course is going to be everything you wish it to be.
Is there a demand for life coaching?
Yes. There is an absolute, universal demand for the benefits that life coaching offers. These benefits are huge and there is a growing awareness among the public that coaching is a fantastic solution for them, which we expect to blossom and bloom over the next few years.
Which brings us to the question of how good is your marketing? For instance, how many people out there need more motivation? How many people feel stuck in their lives? How many people don't even know what they want to do with their lives? How many people are a bit fed up? How many people are a little overwhelmed? How many people need help and support and encouragement?
You see, when you ask questions like this you are talking about nearly everybody in the world. So the challenge with life coaching is not if people want it, it's a case of how good are you at marketing the specific services that you offer to those people?
As marketing is the real challenge, it's a big component of our 5 day training course. Not simply being lectured in the basics of marketing, but being shown and guided, on how you can put together your own marketing plan, presentation and package of what you uniquely can offer people.
I'm not sure I like the idea of life coaching, it just seems very dry, and business-oriented, almost dull. Is that true?
Absolutely nothing could be further from the truth. Once you truly understand the benefits and absolute power of the coaching process, its tools, techniques and philosophies, and the implications both for you as a coach and for your clients (the people who you then help), then you will be amazed at how exciting it actually is.
Life coaching - when you 'get it' - opens up avenues of possibilities and pathways for you and your life's journey and the others that you help, that were never previously imaginable. And coaching doesn't just have to happen in a business/corporate environment, or even in a formal 1:1 client 'session'. The beauty of our approach to life coaching is that it's something you can integrate naturally - even conversationally - into so many interactions you have with colleagues, family members, clients, patients and pretty much anyone who crosses your path!
Again, if you believe coaching is dull and 'business-like', please give us a call and we will definitely help you see the massive potential.
Can my employer pay for me to do this course?
Yes, we have many students whose employers or organisations are happy to pay for them to do this course. Examples include Flight Centre, the Ministry of Education, New Zealand Police, the NZ Crickets Players Association, Electrical Training Company Ltd, BCITO and many more. The new skills and energies that coaching training will give to somebody are absolutely priceless to both small businesses or larger organisations.
If you are the kind of person who is passionate about helping others develop their potential and improve their performance… if you would love to bring coaching as a strategy and an option into your organisation, please do ask your employer if they would be prepared to contribute to or even pay for the program, as you may be very surprised. They may be more than happy to fund that kind of initiative.
Will the life coaching training help me to improve or grow my current business or practice?
Again very much yes. As a training organisation we put a lot of emphasis on marketing and the actual process of attracting clients and building professional relationships.
Lots of students are already in practice as therapists, coaches, trainers and small business owners, and one of their big motivators for joining the course is to get more clients, and to get more people interested in signing up for what they do.
If this sounds like you, then you have probably found exactly the right course. There are lots of great life coaching training opportunities out there that are very academic, and the information is delivered through books, distance learning or correspondence courses. You can learn the information but you will never get what you get from one of our courses. You'll never have the opportunity to create change and breakthroughs in a dynamic and fun environment. There will always be distance.
Additionally with many correspondence courses the marketing information can be weak and even misinformed and unhelpful. We are very proud of the fact that we can help you over these 5 days put together a business plan for yourself. We are actually very much enthused and keen to do that with you.
How many people will there be on the course?
It's impossible to say in advance exactly how many participants will be on each course. Not only do numbers vary depending on dates and location, but we also accept enrolments right up until the course starts. And because we are so flexible, it's also possible for enrolled students to transfer to other courses at late notice, if something comes up that makes it difficult for them to attend a course as planned.
The maximum number of new students that we accept onto any course is currently 22. (We often have in addition to this number one or two past students who are repeating the course and bringing the value of their professional experience to the room.) This group size is ideal for ensuring there is a diverse group of people in the room for you to work with, while also giving everyone the opportunity to benefit from the attention and feedback from the trainer.
I'm unable to attend because I work during the week. Do you offer this course in the evenings or at weekends?
No, currently we only offer the 5 Day Breakthrough Life Coaching Course Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm. It's a very practical and intensive experience, and our graduates get a lot out of attending for 5 days in a row.
Most participants who work full-time request leave from their employer to be able to attend during the week. Employers are usually very receptive to this, as the skills you will learn on the course will be hugely valuable in terms of improved confidence, motivation and communication in the workplace.
Do you have an online version of this course?
No, currently we only offer the 5 Day Breakthrough Life Coaching Course Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm. However we have recently started to offer a short online program called "Life and Coaching Mastery - 10 Weeks to a Confident and Fulfilling Life".
This is a series of audio workshops and other resources designed to introduce you to the coaching process and concepts including: building self-value and positive strategies for self-confidence, energy, flow, motivation, source code, alignment, getting unstuck from unconscious patterns and conflict, overcoming blocks and getting amazing results. You'll learn transformational skills which you can use to help yourself and others.
All the workshops are pre-recorded and so you can complete the course in as long or short a timeframe as you wish.
At the end of each module you have the option to complete a short assessment exercise, answering some brief questions about what you have learnt, and how you are intending to put it into practice. Once you have done this for all 10 modules, this will entitle you to a certificate which would be sent out to you. For more details, please contact us at [email protected]
Is this course eligible for a Student Loan, WINZ assistance or Zero Fees?
No. The reason for this is that life coaching is not recognised by NZQA.
We offer a flexible payment option which allows you to pay a deposit to secure a place on the course of your choice, then pay off the balance to suit you before you commence the course. Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like more details.
I'd like to enrol and take advantage of your Early Bird offer but I'm not sure I can make any of the advertised dates?
This isn't a problem! We schedule our courses several months in advance so it is more than likely we will have a course in the near future to suit you, we just haven't publicised the dates yet.
The Early Bird 10% discount is available for enrolment and payment within your initial 10 days of finding out about our courses for the first time. You are certainly able to secure your spot and 'lock in' the Early Bird now and then attend a course which is several months away - or even confirm your exact choice of course nearer the time. And in the meantime, you'll get immediate access to our extensive online life coaching and personal development resources so you can get started straightaway.
What if I enrol now but am unable to attend the course as planned? Can I get a refund?
No, we don't offer refunds. If you cannot attend a course as planned, then you are welcome to transfer to any other location and dates.
We are very flexible with this - there is no time limit on when you need to 'use' your place by, and you can swap courses at short notice: there is no minimum notice period for changing courses. Even if the course you want to switch to is looking full, we will always do our utmost to accommodate you and make space for you.
Is this course / qualification 'recognised'?
We are asked this question frequently! The short answer is, "Recognised by who?" This is because life coaching is unlegislated in New Zealand, which means there are no legal requirements to have minimum qualifications, training or experience to practice as a life coach. So unlike, for example, the Medical profession or other more tightly regulated therapies, there simply is no official framework or recognition.
Having said that, life coaching is very well established as a discipline which is growing in popularity and awareness amongst the general public. It’s obviously a good idea to complete a credible and professional training course, for your own confidence and competence and to make sure you are going to be able to work with people ethically and effectively.
There are various self-regulating bodies for life coaching which you can join (such as the Australia and New Zealand Coaching Alliance which our course is accredited by). These organisations promote standards, best practice and ethical conduct in the profession. Membership of or affiliation with such a body is entirely voluntary.
You advertise a certain number of 'places available' on your courses. Does this mean courses won't run if places are left?
No! Quite the opposite. All the courses you see advertised on our homepage are definitely going ahead. Once we have any number of enrolled students on a course, it will go ahead. We do not have minimum numbers and in most cases we have between 14 and 22 students per course. We have several trainers to provide back up, so in the event of an emergency there is someone else to step in.
The only reason we mention the numbers of places left, is to let you know how many seats are still available. The courses are very popular and are frequently booked up well in advance. So if there aren't many seats showing on your course of course, it's a good idea to contact us today to enquire or enrol.
How do I apply and enrol?
To enrol, the first step is to complete the short enrolment form which you can do online. Once we have received this, we may need to contact you for a short and informal telephone 'interview' (if we have not already chatted on the phone). This is an opportunity for you to have your questions answered, and for us both to make sure the course is going to meet your goals and expectations. This 'interview' is not required in every case, but we are always available and happy to talk about the course.
You will then receive a welcome email formally accepting you onto the course. This is usually accompanied by an invoice so that you can pay and confirm your place. That's it! You'll then be in the capable hands of our National Training Manager Sara Wilson, who will make sure you have all practical information needed for the course.
Do I need to complete any work before coming to the course?
No. As described above it's a very interactive and hands on week. There is nothing you need to have read, watched or listened to before coming - just bring yourself, an open mind and lots of energy and enthusiasm!
You will receive access details for our bonus online coaching programs and resources when you enrol. But remember these are optional and you have lifetime access. So please don't feel under any pressure to consume them before you start the 5 day course.
What support and ongoing professional development is available after the course?
The online resources are a great way to continue your learning and professional development after the course. In addition, we have a Facebook Group for all of our Life Coaching students and graduates where you can interact with other coaches, ask questions etc. Many of the course groups also set up their own FB groups, email lists etc to stay in touch and continue to coach/support one another.
You are also automatically eligible to join ANZCAL (the Australia and New Zealand Coaching Alliance) after the course, as an Associate Accredited Coach. ANZCAL is a third party organisation and there is an annual subscription payable to them for becoming a member.
ANZCAL membership offers many benefits, including newsletters, online mentoring masterclasses, access to insurance and being a member a professional organisation and coaching community. ANZCAL also puts on regular professional development and networking events in New Zealand's major centres. These are open to everyone, ANZCAL members and non-members alike.