To separate you from the pack, you need a wellness coach certification. What pack, you ask? The pack of people who are now calling themselves wellness coaches. This pack includes former and current fitness instructors, Pilates instructors, yoga instructors, personal trainers, weight loss counselors, and many others.
Earning a wellness coach certification will separate you from this pack of well-meaning, but non-certified individuals. Wellness coach certifications separate the professionals from the wanna-bes. And that’s a fact!
A Wellness Coach Certification Puts You on Top of the List
On top of what list, you ask? Well, there may not be an actual list, but if there was one, any coach with a certification would be sitting at the top of the list when people start searching for a wellness coach to hire. That coach would be above all the fitness instructors and personal trainers trying to vie for business. You want to be on top of the list instead of near the bottom, right? Then, getting certified is the way to go.
These pretenders in the wellness coaching field are not specifically trained to provide the range of services that a certified wellness coach can provide. They may have training in fitness but not nutrition, or they may be trained and knowledgeable in nutrition but not in fitness and exercise. Even if they have knowledge in both these fields, they are probably not specifically trained in behavior change. Behavior change is one of the fundamental cornerstones of wellness coaching. Changing behavior means changing the way people live. Changing the way people live can mean turning an unhealthy lifestyle into a healthy lifestyle. That’s what certified wellness coaches can do.
A certification is one way for potential clients to determine if a wellness coach has the training, knowledge, and skills to properly serve their needs. Your wellness coach certification says to the client that you have been trained and educated in the latest techniques, exercises, philosophies, and skills. It also says to the potential client that you are dedicated to your profession. Most of all, it says to the potential client that you will be able to help them achieve their goals and objectives. Yes, a wellness coach certification says all that!
There are many coaching programs, both online and off. Choosing the right one for you will help you get your career off to a great start. Here are a few considerations when choosing to get your wellness coaching certification.
- Make sure the program is accredited and approved by the various governing bodies in the field, including ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist), the NCHEC (National Commission for Health Education Credentialing), and others. Approval by the ICF (International Coach Federation) is also important.
- It is essential that much of the curriculum be specific to the wellness and health field.
- The curriculum should also contain general coaching skills and methodology.
- The courses should focus on a real and consistent methodology for behavioral change, not just a grab-bag of techniques and skills.
- Screen the program by checking the credentials of the instructors and reading testimonials of other coaches who have earned their certifications.
Your wellness coach certification is not merely a piece of paper to frame and hang on your office wall. It says something about you. It tells the world that you are dedicated to becoming the best coach you can be, and it shows that you are focused on learning everything you can to help your cleints achieve their wellness goals and objectives.
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