Just like any other service you seek, your Life Coach should be highly qualified. At this time, Life Coaching is not regulated by the US government and licenses are not required. However, there is a regulating body in the industry.
The International Coaches Federation (ICF) holds coaches to a high standard of Competency, Ethics and Education in the form of Life Coach Credentialing, and Specialty Certification. If your Life Coach is a member of the ICF, they have received training from an accredited coach training program. Certification also represents a high level of both education and experience.