If you want to know how to become a wellness coach, it is not complicated, and wellness coaches are in great demand! Read on to find some helpful information on how to become a wellness coach.
What is a Wellness Coach?
Before considering how to become a wellness coach it might help to understand what a wellness coach is. A wellness coach is a blend of many skills such as: lifestyle, fitness, health, wellness and nutrition coach as well as exercise, sleep and stress management counselor. As a wellness coach you can have your own business, work online from home, at fitness centers, as part of a corporate wellness team, or in medical facilities if you have the proper requirements.
How to Become a Wellness Coach? – Training Needed
- Wellness coaching is not necessarily a licensed profession. However, many coaches become certified through life coach courses.
- There are many training programs available online and off. Some programs are completed in about 30 to 50 hours of study, followed by a multiple choice exam which the student mails to the school for final grading. Others are more extensive and take a year to complete.
- If you want to become certified it is important to research the options and choose the organization that meets your needs. Here are a few to start you off:
- American College of Healthcare Sciences and National Society of Healthcare Coaches (ACHS): They provide online, accredited programs with VA funding and military education benefits, and have been an accredited member of DETC since June 2003.
- Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN): They offer a one year course, majoring on health, lifestyle and nutrition with some business training. They also have an option for a second year (which is extended studies more on the business side of having a coaching practice) which is included in the initial tuition. Their course is completely on-line and is very user-friendly and flexible.
- The Spencer Institute: They provide holistic, nutrition and wellness life coach training as well as sports psychology training programs.
4. Be sure to check out the curriculum to make sure it is what you are most interested in. Here are a few topics you will most likely study: the importance of sleep, nutrition, health and exercise, understanding stress and the affects it has on the body as well as basic coaching skills.
- Once you know how to become a wellness coach and have been certified be sure you are aware of any requirements to maintain your wellness coach certification. Many organizations require that you get recertified after a certain time depending on your job requirements.
- If you are already a health care or fitness professional you may want to continue your training by completing a life coach training program or a wellness and health coach training course.
- Before considering how to become a wellness coach you need to check out the laws in your state to see if there are any legal requirements you must meet before practicing as a wellness coach.
- Be careful you do not overstep your training and begin giving clients medical advice as this could result in a legal battle.
This should give you plenty to think about when considering how becoming a wellness coach will work for you.
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