You'll have a big advantage if you have qualifications and membership of a professional organisation. A good starting point would be to choose a course that is approved by one of the independent coaching bodies.
It's important that you gather as much information as possible before choosing a course, as costs vary widely. Courses are available through online and face-to-face learning, so you can choose the one that suits you best. Apart from your studies you would need to make time for practical coaching sessions and preparation activities.
Check that the course offers:
- contacts with other coaching and mentoring bodies
- testimonials from coaches who have attended the course
- good resources for developing skills
- practical training, such as workshops and seminars
- some supervised work with a practising life coach or assessor
- advice on setting up a business
- opportunities for continuing professional development
There are no set entry requirements for this route.