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Core Coach Training & Certification Programs

Evidence based. High impact. Innovation.

Become a Certified Health & Wellness Coach or Certified Personal Coach. Our live, distance, 18-week Core Coach Training program, and its companion Certification that follows, are widely respected as the gold standard. Our industry-first programs gave birth to a new professional - the Certified Health and Wellness Coach, the expert in helping people rise above the barriers to good health and thrive by making lasting changes in mindset and behavior. Building on the success, and science of change, the also offer the same curriculum to those seeking a Certified Personal Coach Certification.

The Core Coach Training program is the foundation of the Applied Coaching Psychology course taught by Wellcoaches founder, Coach Meg, at Harvard University Extension School.

Our core training and certification programs, endorsed by our strategic partner, the American College of Sports Medicine, are designed for professionals with expertise including weight, nutrition, fitness, stress or mind/body medicine, lifestyle medicine, chronic disease, and mental health, who want to transform themselves and their ability to facilitate lasting change. 

Since our School launched in 2002, 8,000 health professionals in 45 countries have completed our Core Coach Training program;  2,000 have completed our Coach Certification program. Our coaches apply their coaching skills to dramatically improve client or patient outcomes, across diverse clinical, corporate, health club, military, government, and consumer worlds. The Wellcoaches coaching protocol, as published in our textbook, LWW Coaching Psychology Manual, is evidence-based, now reported in multiple peer-reviewed papers.

Register: Next programs start Sep 21 and Nov 10

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Prerequisites  Coach Certification

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Coach Certification

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Certified Health & Wellness Coach

Following completion of our core coach training program, you may complete our Coach Certification if you have health and wellness prerequisites, and become a Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Certified Wellcoach. This certification is endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine, approved in 2004 following a rigorous ACSM review. 

NOTE: A National Health & Wellness Coach Certification is coming. To advance the field, Wellcoaches is co-leading the National Consortium for Credentialing Health & Wellness Coaches, which is developing national training and education standards and national certification of health and wellness coaches. 

In line with International Coach Federation standards, it is likely that a national health and wellness coach certification will require that coaches pass a national exam, after completing live (not self-paced) training and education in coaching competencies, and a live practical skills exam. 

Wellcoaches will continue to deliver its gold standard Coach Certification above and beyond the national certification standard.

Certified Personal Coach (for non-health professionals): 

Following completion of our Core Coach Training program, if you do not have health and wellness prerequisites, and do have a Bachelor's Degree, you may complete our Coach Certification and become a Certified Personal Coach.


Health Professional CMEs & CEs 

Wellcoaches programs, Core Training, Professional Coach Training, and Workshops, are eligible for Continuing Education from many medical, health, and wellness organizations, including:

  • CMEs - Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistant - AAFP, AMA, AANPCP, AAFP
  • Nurse CEs - ANCC
  • Diabetes Educators
  • Dietitian CPEUs
  • Fitness - ACSM, NASM, ACE
  • Athletic Trainers - BOC, NATA
  • Health Educators - CHES
  • Social Workers - NASW
All CEs and CMEs...