What is a lifestyle medicine coach?

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. In the course of their work, lifestyle medicine coaches display unconditional positive regard for their clients and a belief in their capacity for change, and honoring that each client is an expert on their life, while ensuring that all interactions are respectful and non-judgmental.

Verify your education

To 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 OR
2. Any fitness certification (personal trainer, group exercise, etc.) and an ACSM Exercise Is Medicine® Credential OR
3. Current Clinical License such as an RN or RRT 


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

For those without an Allied Health Degree :

1. Associate’s Degree or higher not in an area of Allied Health
2. Any fitness certification (personal trainer, group exercise, etc.)
3. Current health-related certifications or licenses such as: Acupuncture, Certified Dental Assistant, Certified Medical Assistant, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Certified Pharmacy Technician, Certified Dental Assistant, Licensed Massage Therapist, Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant, LVN/LPN, NREMT-First Responder, NREMT-Intermediate/85 or NREMT-Paramedic, Registered Yoga Therapist


If you complete Modules 1-3, you will earn the “Certified Personal Coach” designation until completing Module 4.


If you complete Module 4, you may earn "Certified Health and Wellness Coach" designation, and the "Lifestyle Medicine Coach Certificate".

Keep scrolling for a description of the Modules.

1. Complete Core Coach Training

Step 1: Complete the Core Coach Training.
Cost: $1475 18-week & 9-week/$1775 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 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. 

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 or a Certified Personal 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" or "Certified Personal Coach" depending upon your pre-requisites.

Step 4: Complete Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches to become eligible to be a board certified Health And Wellness Coach

Cost: $250 for those who have purchased bundled Modules 1-3 at the same time (special purchase discount link provided once registered for Modules 1-3). $395 if purchased separately.


As a coach, it is important to have a holistic and broad understanding of healthy living. Module 4 is a 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.


Completion of Module 4  (including 100% review of content, at least an 80% score on quizzes and all surveys) is required for course completion and to receive the "Lifestyle Medicine Coach Certificate." 

You may begin Module 4 prior to Modules 1-3, or complete it following Modules 1-3.

4. Complete Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches Course

Approvals, Accreditations and Continuing Education

In Summary...

To become a Wellcoaches Certified Health and Wellness Coach AND earn the "Lifestyle Medicine Coach Certificate":

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

4. Complete Module 4: Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches (can be taking prior to steps 1-4)

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


I wanted to provide you with some feedback on my own personal experience and journey thus far with Wellcoaches training. We are just starting week #5…I can’t believe it – it seems like time is just flying by. I’m enjoying this class so much. The instructors are a class act, and I am learning a lot about myself and how I can better serve others through health coaching.


Let me say…this training is saving my life. Quite literally. The Wellcoaches training is teaching me the skills I need to cope with my wife’s diagnosis, and I’m able to apply these skills (listening, empathy, reflecting, etc.), to how I interact with my wife (and others) during this difficult time. 


SO, THANK YOU to Wellcoaches, to the amazing trainers, and my learning partners for giving me the help and support I need. AND, I’m learning such valuable life skills…It is just an AMAZING experience so far.

Stacy Clark