Workshop/ Certification FAQ

Do both the in-person workshop and the online course qualify me to enroll in the Certification process?

Yes, either format qualifies you to enroll in the Certification Process.

Will I have to return to a specific location to complete my Certification?

No. Once either the in-person workshop or online live course have been completed, all the rest of the training can be completed from where you live. Coaching practice in peer coaching groups may, for example, happen over the phone, by video etc—your peer coaching group will decide how to meet for coaching practice.

What types of people have attended this workshop?

Hundreds of people from a wide variety of backgrounds, denominations, and career paths have taken this training. These have included pastors, executive and leadership coaches, consultants and marketplace leaders, denominational leaders, non-profit leaders, life business and leadership coaches, parents, Christian lay persons. Our training has been sponsored by the largest Christian executive business roundtable group in the US (C12 Group), by Gideon’s International, several state and regional-level denominational organizations, churches and internationally on four different continents since 2012.

Will I be pressured during the workshop to enroll in the Certification process?

No. Many who take our basic-level workshop or course find that this meets their needs for a basic  introduction to essential spiritual leadership coaching skills. Some choose to enroll in certification to develop those skills to a high level. We celebrate however God leads you to participate. Really!

Is this just skills training, or is there more to it than that?

There is much more. Our Certification process is designed to develop your skills while also deepening your spiritual life. Besides coach training, we introduce you to a unique 30 day spiritual journaling process that helps you connect the dots between God’s word, prayer and His activity both in and around you. You will also receive four mentor coaching sessions to help you grow as a coach and servant of God. Additionally, many of our coaches have spoken of how they personally have benefitted by the peer community that they formed. Some have continued for years after completing Certification.

Is your training approved by the International Coach Federation?

Yes, participants in either our workshop or live online course receive the following CCE credits:

Total workshop CCE units                  18.75

  • Resource Development            7.25
  • Core Competencies                  11.5

Those who enroll and complete our Certification Process receive the following additional CCE credits:

Certification Process CCE Units         111.5

  • Resource Development            59.5
  • Core Competencies                   52

Total combined CCEUs                       130.5

  • Resource Development           65.5
  • Core Competencies                  65

Persons who complete our Certification process have enough pre-approved training units to apply for an ACC credential through the ICF Portfolio Pathway. Additional requirements must also be met including 100 coaching experience hours, 10 additional hours of mentor coaching, a Coaching Knowledge Assessment, etc. If you are interested in pursuing a coaching credential through ICF in addition to your Blackaby Certification, let Bob Royall, Director of Coaching know so he can support your journey toward an ICF credential. He can be reached at b.royall@blackaby.org

Note: The units listed above were previously approved by ICF for our training in 2019. CCE Program providers are required to re-apply each year. BMI is in the re-application process and expects to receive approval again prior to the next workshop.