What is a health and wellness coach?

Health and Wellness 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.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Verify your educational eligibility for the health and wellness certification track.

For Allied Health Professionals:

1. Associate’s degree or higher in an area of Allied Health
2. Any fitness certification (personal trainer, group exercise, etc.) plus ACSM Exercise Is Medicine® Credential
3. Current Clinical License such as an RN or RRT 


If you have any of the above credentials, you may apply for our "Certified Health and Wellness Coach" designation, following the completion of Modules 1, 2 and 3Keep scrolling for a description of the Modules.

Verify your education

1. Complete Core Coach Training

Step 1: Complete the Core Coach Training.
Cost: $1475 18-week & 9-week/$1725 residential


To meet the needs and learning preferences for all of our students, we provide two options for training in Module 1: an 18-week teleclass, 9-week teleclass or a 4-day residential session. Both 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. 

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. 

2. Deepen knowledge & practice

3. Become a Certified Wellcoach®

Step 3: Become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach
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

  • a 30-minute coaching skills assessment

  • three, 1-hour individual mentoring sessions

  • 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".

In Summary...

To become a Wellcoaches Certified Health and Wellness Coach:


To begin: Be sure you meet the educational pre-requisites

1. Complete Module 1: Core Coach Training

2. Complete Module 2: Advanced Knowledge and Practice

3. Complete Module 3: Certification

Watch 6-minute overview of the training and certification process.


Currently listening to your recordings in the habits module for the Wellcoaches training! I enjoy listening to them and thanks for this wonderful training.

Kim Smolderen, PhD