Professional competence is the ability to reflect on and evaluate a technical or professional field. In order to classify, understand and evaluate what the clients confront them with, coaches must draw on extensive established knowledge.
Practical professional competences cover:
Core components of a coach’s professional competence are:
- A broad general education
- Philosophical, sociological, pedagogical, psychological and business understanding
- Coaching research understanding
- Legal understanding
- The ability to integrate theory and practice
Expertise can usually be proven with official qualifications and/or certificates confirming that coaches have, for example, completed professional coaching training. They also hold a degree in the humanities, the natural sciences, the social sciences or in business administration. In addition to these formally verifiable competences, coaches can explain, justify and develop the philosophical background to inform about their way of coaching. Quality coaches have normally had a good to very good general education, so that they can explain and apply fundamental sociological, pedagogical, psychological, economic and legal concepts. And they can evaluate and apply insights from coaching research.