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.
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
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 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.
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.
Step 3: Become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach or a Certified Personal Coach
To demonstrate your learning, and to pursue Wellcoaches Certification, Module 3 is focused on the application of learning.
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.
Approvals, Accreditations and Continuing Education
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.