I get it, but you still haven’t given any other alternative. If training is important, which you’ve already stipulated to more than once, but if no-one monitors that, what is the point? This is a real and genuine question, because for me unless you have some other alternative, it’s non-sensical to laud the importance of training and then to shun the most readily available monitor of that. No-one has said that the government has to provide the training. My SIL teaches courses that are certified by the NRA (hardly a governmental body). But if someone can demonstrate credentials from a reliable source, isn’t that better than the alternative?

Life coaches are not certified by the state, and when the industry came into being 20 years ago, that was intentional. They didn’t want other people making the rules for them. The downside is that anyone can call themself a life coach with any training (weekend workshop) or even no training at all. However, there are two main professional bodies that certify training programs and provide credentialing. If you’ve gone through one of those, which has certain standards of hours of training and ethics, it’s a pretty good indication that you are a qualified professional. They also provide on-going certification, which includes continuing education credits, etc. No government body is involved but it’s a way to ensure training and proficiency. Why couldn’t we have more of that kind of thing?

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