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Statistically significant outcomes
194 coaches delivering 128,076 coaching sessions to 30,984 clients.
The Wellcoaches Protocol of health/well-being coaching is the most thoroughly tested coaching protocol in the healthcare and well-being domains, resulting in positive, statistically significant outcomes in all 22 peer reviewed studies.
Join our 15,000 Health Coaches, who are improving well-being, around the world.
Health and well-being 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, coaches display unconditional positive regard for their clients and a belief in their capacity for change. Health Coaches focus on well-being, honoring that each client is an expert on their life, while ensuring that all interactions are respectful and non-judgmental.
Learn how to be a health and well-being 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:
Complete Core Coach Training (Module 1): 18 live lessons and an e-course
Deepen your knowledge and practice (Module 2): 5 live lessons and 2 e-courses
Receive mentoring and demonstrate your skills (Module 3) to get Certified
Bonus: Stand out from the crowd and earn the Lifestyle Medicine Coach Certificate with the self-paced Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches Course (Module 4)
I studied Athletic Training in my undergraduate years, then went on to become a graduate assistant where I was able to use my athletic training skills as a Certified ATC while obtaining my Master’s Degree in Human Services: Health and Wellness. I chose Wellcoaches for my road to the NBHWC because I really wanted to be a part of the best of the best! I wanted a program that really cared for its student success, was life and health-changing for future clients, and used evidence-based practice and research while always being open to learning! I’m in Module 2 currently and so far, Wellcoaches has far exceeded my expectations!
Well-being Coach Certification
The "Certified Health and Well-being Coach" pathway brings coaching skills in working with patients or clients to improve their health and well-being. 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:
An Associate Degree (or international equivalent)
4,000 hours of work experience (approximately two full-time years of work experience)
Top off your Coach training with a
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:
Wellcoaches Health & Well-being Coach Certification
National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching Certification
Approvals, Accreditations and Continuing Education
Enjoy many options for earning continuing education through our global partnerships, approvals and accreditations!
Want more detail?
Here is the full overview of the process for becoming a Certified Coach and becoming eligible for the National Board Exam.
Core Coach Training
Step 1: After confirming prerequisites, complete the Core Coach Training (Module 1)
Cost: $1785 virtual (9-week, 4-week or 4-day) /$2145 on-site
To meet the needs and learning preferences of 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
Expressing compassion through empathy
Building positive emotions for resilience
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 the Core Coach Training (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.
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Step 2: Deepen knowledge and practice.
To further develop your skills, our second Module 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.
Deepen Your Knowledge, Practice and Assess your Skills
(Modules 2 &3)
Step 3: Receive 1-1 Mentoring and Assess Your Skills
To demonstrate your learning, and to pursue Wellcoaches Certification this step is focused on the application of learning.
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 Well-being Coach".
Earn a Lifestyle Medicine Coach Certificate
Stand out from the crowd and earn the Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches Certificate in addition to the Wellcoaches Certification!
Cost: $275 when purchased at the same time as Wellcoaches Training and Certification (Module 1, 2, 3 Bundle). Visit here to purchase a bundle.
$435 if purchased separately.
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.
Great news! You may begin the Lifestyle Medicine Course at any time - no need to wait until after Coach Training.