Health coaches give guidance and management in the main components of health, including diet, wellness and physical activity. They help people to realize their ideal health goals, define modified plan and guide them to work on that plan.
For an effective health coaching, having a background knowledge in fitness or health is necessary. One way you can prove that you have those required skills to be certified as a health coach.
Here are some of most popular health coach (wellness) certifications:
- Dr. Sears Wellness Institute-The L.E.A.N. Group. LLC
The Institute gives three L.E.A.N. Coach Certifications designed to get students, certified in a period of six weeks. Certification gives the person a chance to start working as a health coach, teaching in L.E.A.N SYSTEM.
- America Council on Exercise (ACE)
Geared towards both fitness professionals and health care providers, ACE’s health coach certification is designed to help in providing qualification and expand career opportunities for future health coaches.
- National Society of Health Coaches-NSHC
The NSHC provides a Health Coach Certification that is NSHC’S Certified Health Coach, CHC. This certification is allowed to credentialed and licensed healthcare professionals only.
- Wellcoaches School of Coaching
The Wellcoaches Core Health Coach Training Program requires 18 weeks for completion and ends with a written and oral exam for the Wellness Coach Certification and organization’s Health.
- Duke Integrative Medicine
It offers two major certifications:
(i) The certificate of completion (foundation course) awarded after completing the required foundation course at Duke Integrated Medicine.
This program is broken into several modules, which allows for a break between each module. During breaks, the students will have time to practice the skills they have learnt.
Each module takes approximately 30hours of class work that will be combined with some distance learning via conference calls and online presentations.
(ii) The Certified Integrated Health Coach (certification course) enrolls those students who have completed the foundation course only.
Students must give documentation showing a minimum of 4 coaching clients and at least 100 hours of coaching. They must also pass both an oral and a written exam to be awarded the certification.