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Complete Modules 1-3.

Health and wellbeing coaches partner with clients who are seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values, which promote health and wellness and, thereby, enhance well-being. In the course of their work, health and wellness coaches display unconditional positive regard for their clients and a belief in their capacity for change.  Coaches honor that each client is an expert on their life, while ensuring that all interactions are respectful and non-judgmental.

Learn the how to be coach from the founders of the field
We authored the first coaching textbook in healthcare and well-being and will provide you with both theory and practice that you need to build your confidence - and the confidence of your clients. 


 The Coaching Psychology Manual, the foundation of our program, is recommended reading for National Board Certified Coaches and is widely used as the text for several coach training programs as well as academic courses, including a Science of Coaching Psychology Course at Harvard University Extension School. 


Quick Overview of the Certification Process 

To become a Certified Wellcoach:

First, be sure you meet the educational prerequisites.

Next, begin training:

1. Complete Module 1: Core Coach Training

2. Complete Module 2: Advanced Knowledge and Practice

3. Complete Module 3: Wellcoaches Certification

4. Complete Module 4: Stand out from the crowd and earn the Lifestyle Medicine Coach Certificate

Watch an 11-minute overview describing training and certification requirements.


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More than 10 years ago I embarked on a journey in search of deeper meaning in my client relationships. Having served as a strength and conditioning coach for several years, successful completion of the Wellcoaches curriculum added behavior modification methodology to my skill set. The coursework and ongoing learning opportunities have enhanced my personal and professional relationships. Critical to lasting change is the coach’s ability to effectively take a client from where they are to where they want to be - safely, efficiently, and effectively. The Wellcoaches core curriculum gave me those tools and thus, inspired my pursuit of a terminal degree. I am forever grateful to the community of facilitators and practitioners at Wellcoaches for the opportunities I have been presented in academia, practice, and in a leadership role in the field of Health and Human Performance.

Michael Ryan, MS, CHWC, CSCS*D (Doctoral Learner)

Director, Curriculum Development at FORME

Enjoy many options for earning continuing education through out global partnerships, approvals and accreditations!

Approvals, Accreditations and Continuing Education

Enjoy many options for earning continuing education through out global partnerships, approvals and accreditations!

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Want more detail?

Here is the full overview of the process for becoming a Certified Coach and becoming eligible for the National Board Exam.

Complete Module 1: Core Coach Training

Step 1: After confirming prerequisites, complete the Core Coach Training (Module 1)
Cost: $1475 teleclasses (9-week, 4-week or 4-day) /$1775 on-site


To meet the needs and learning preferences for all of our students, we provide two options for training in Module 1: a 9-week class or a 4-day session. All courses provide the same educational content and coaching practice opportunities. Lesson topics include:​

  • Differentiating the coach from the expert

  • How to establish growth-promoting relationships

  • Coaching presence

  • Expressing compassion through empathy

  • Building positive emotions for resilience

  • Eliciting motivation

  • Building self-efficacy

  • Readiness to change

  • Building powerful visions

  • Crafting designs for behavior experiments

  • Creating generative (ah-ha!) moments

  • Appreciative goal review

  • Coaching habits e-course

Completion of Module 1  (including 100% attendance, completion of all lesson feedback surveys and a score of 80% or greater on quizzes) is required for course completion and to receive a Certificate of Attendance.


This module is a pre-requisite for the next step, Module 2. 

"How long with this take?"

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Step 2: Deepen knowledge and practice.

Cost: $175


To further develop your skills, Module 2 offers several live classes and e-courses to deepen your understanding of the concepts and skills presented in the Core course, making the completion of Module 1 a pre-requisite to Module 2. Topics such as Organize Your Emotions (2-hr teleclass), Organize Your Mind (4-hr teleclass+e-course), Wellness Visions (2-hr teleclass), and Generative Moments (2-hr teleclass+e-course) will include additional demonstrations and practice opportunities.


Completion of Module 2  (including 100% attendance, completion of all lesson feedback surveys and a score of 80% or greater on quizzes) is required for course completion and to receive a Certificate of Attendance.


You must complete Module 1 before proceeding to Module 2. Module 2 is a pre-requisite for the next step, Module 3. 

Complete Module 2: Deepen knowledge & practice

Approvals, Accreditations and Continuing Education

Stand out from the crowd and earn the Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches Certificate in addition to the Wellcoaches Certification!

Cost: $250 when purchased at the same time as Wellcoaches Training and Certification (Module 1, 2, 3 Bundle). Visit here to purchase a bundle.


Lifestyle Medicine Coaches partner with clients seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values, which promote health and wellness and, thereby, enhance well-being. They support clients to engage in the practices of lifestyle medicine, such as healthy diet, regular exercise, good sleep and stress management, in order to become healthier and happier.

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Complete Module 4:
Become a Lifestyle Medicine Coach

Complete Module 3: 
Mentoring and Certification

Step 3: Become a Certified Wellcoach
Cost: $700


To demonstrate your learning, and to pursue Wellcoaches Certification, Module 3 is focused on the application of learning.


This includes:

  • a multiple choice written exam

  • three, 1-hour individual mentoring sessions (to be completed before the oral coaching skills assessment)

  • a 30-minute coaching skills assessment

  • submission of examples of goal writing and vision statements

Following completion of Module 3 you will earn the Wellcoaches designation of "Certified Health and Wellness Coach" or "Certified Personal Coach" depending upon your prerequisites.


I can’t express enough my gratitude for you pushing me in the mentor coaching sessions.  I passed and it went well and you gave me such wonderful tips and had confidence in me to push me in a positive manner. I can’t thank you enough for your guidance.  I am so happy and excited for my journey!  I would love to stay in touch. You are truly appreciated.  - Student, C.S.


Well, I nailed it! I got my results from the Practical Skills test and I scored 100.


When I started our mentor sessions my confidence level was at level 5. When we finished our 4th session my confidence shot up to 9.5. I would have said 10 , but I want to leave some room for improvement. Your masterful coaching skills, your mastery of the information, and your ability to instruct is one to be emulated.


While challenging (sometimes even painful), I am thankful that you provided me with real-time, non-judgmental feedback and directions. You represent the best of what a health and wellness coach is. You helped me pull it all together. I look forward to being a part of the profession.


If I could rate my experience with you, on a scale of 1-10, it would be 10. Excellence is not just a word, it is an action. Thank you for your spirit of excellence.


One last word. Your book is incredible and was helpful in guiding me through the practical skills process.

I recommend Wellcoaches in training purchase "Going from Beginner to Brilliant, A Practical Guide to Passing Your Practical". - Student, Kim Lattimore

The Pathways to Your Next Career...and your well-being.

We provide three levels of Certification options, depending upon your experience, education and career goals.  Becoming a coach will also improve your own well-being as you increase your capacity for self-compassion, positivity and resilience. Check out the prerequisites here!


Coach Certification

The "Certified Personal Coach" pathway is for non-health professionals who wish to use coaching skills in areas such as leadership and executive coaching to improve performance and wellbeing. As a Personal Coach, you can apply the universal principles of behavior change to support clients in increasing productivity, satisfaction with life and work, and the attainment of relevant goals.

Eligibility with one of the following:

1. An Associate degree or higher in any non-medical or allied-health field. 
2. Any valid fitness or health-related certification such as: Medical Assistant, CNA, Pharmacy Tech, Dental Assistant, LMT, LVN/LPN, EMT, etc

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Wellness Coach Certification

The "Certified Health and Wellness Coach" pathway is for credentialed health professionals who wish to use coaching skills in working with patients or clients to improve their health and wellbeing. As a Coach, you will be an expert facilitator of mindset and behavior change that generates sustainable healthy lifestyles, which prevent or treat disease, and foster well-being and thriving. 

Eligibility with one of the following:
1. An Associate degree or higher in a medical or allied health field such as medicine, nursing, physical therapy, health education, public health, social work, exercise physiology, psychotherapy, or nutrition. Unsure? Contact us.

2. An Associate degree or higher in any non-medical or allied health field PLUS a Certificate of Completion from our Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches course (Module 4) 

3. Any valid fitness certification (personal trainer, group exercise, yoga, etc.) PLUS ACSM's Exercise Is Medicine® Credential (must have both) 
4. Current Clinical License such as an RN

Lifestyle Medicine Coach Certificate

As a coach, it is important to have a holistic and broad understanding of healthy living. This is an an additional 21.5 hour e-course, built in collaboration with ACLM, and provides education from leading experts on key healthy lifestyle topics, such as brain health and basic biometrics.

Eligibility with one of the following:

1. Wellcoaches Certification

2. National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching Certification.