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Health Coach Certification

Is Health Coach Certifaction the right path for you? Read on to learn more!

Considering Becoming a Health Coach?

If you’re considering becoming a Health Coach, you might be confused about certification and whether or not it’s something you need to become a successful Health Coach. It can be a bit difficult to understand, so we’re going to explain it all to you!

Before we begin, you should first understand what it means to be a certified Health Coach. Certification is the process by which a future coach receives the training that enables them to coach professionally. Graduates of a training program typically receive a certificate or other formal documentation that proves they’ve successfully completed the training and now have the necessary skills and expertise to work with clients. The certification is provided by the organization that conducts the training.

There are three major advantages to becoming a certified Health Coach. Completing a certification program will prepare you to:


Be confident in your ability to work with clients in real life and help them achieve lasting results.


Build a successful career that provides you with the flexibility and freedom to work the way you want to.


Show clients and colleagues proof that you’ve been through a rigorous training program.

Got it? Great! Now we’re going to talk specifics and fill you in on what it means to be a certified Health Coach and whether or not it’s the right path for you.

Do You Have to Be a Certified Health Coach?

Accreditation, credentialing, and certification—oh my! These phrases are often used interchangeably, but it’s important you understand what each of them means.

Accreditation generally refers to the official authorization given by a governing body to schools and programs.

Credentialing and Health Coach certification (which, for our purposes, can be used interchangeably) refers to the process by which individuals who have completed a Health Coach training program and the organization providing the education deems able to coach professionally and utilize the education that is being provided.

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What Should You Look for in a Health Coaching Certification Program?

If you want to become a certified Health Coach, you’ll need to start by choosing a training program.

Education is changing rapidly on all fronts due to an increasingly remote workforce and today’s culture of evolving technology. Not so many years ago, the only opportunity students had to get an education was to be in a physical classroom with a teacher, and employment was obtained by graduating from a four-year university with a pricey degree.

But now, more and more students are learning remotely (and on their own schedules) through institutions and organizations outside of a traditional school or university setting. People are creating amazingly successful careers with a variety of different certificates and licenses, and varying degrees of experience!

So while the specific regulations about certification, accreditation, and licensing are still being sorted out, you can choose which type of Health Coach training program is best for you and the career you want to build.

There are a lot of different factors to consider when you’re choosing a training program, so we’ve put together a list of the six main areas of inquiry you should consider when choosing a Health Coaching school.

What to consider when choosing a Health Coaching School:

  • Personal Motivation First, give some real thought to why you want to become a Health Coach and how you want to help people. Are you passionate about health and wellness? Do you have your own health journey that’s given you a fresh perspective that you can’t wait to share? Whatever your reasons, you should find a program that will enable you to enhance your passion and experience in order to help clients.

  • Cost A training program is an investment in your future. So you should carefully consider what each school offers and what you can afford. A good school will have financing options and will work with you to achieve your goals.

  • Curriculum Whichever program you choose should have a thorough curriculum that prepares you to work with clients and run a business. It should also offer mentorship and hands-on training. As you do your research, look through course catalogs, read everything they offer on their website, and ask lots and lots of questions!

  • Mode of Education These days, there are as many options for learning as there are different technologies. You might want to attend classes in person or you might want the flexibility an online school offers. You might want to have the option of listening and watching material, or maybe you’re comfortable just reading. Be sure to choose a school that delivers materials in a way that fits well with your learning style and strengths.

  • Practical Training A great program will give you the tools and knowledge necessary to work with clients in real life. After all, you need to feel confident that you can work with real people and their very real issues! In fact, we think this is so important that we don’t recommend even considering a program that doesn’t offer a hands-on training component.

  • End Game Is it important to you that you have a degree, certificate, or accreditation at the end of your training? It’s certainly a way to showcase your accomplishments, but it’s important to remember that there are a number of different paths you can take to become a successful Health Coach.

What Does a Certified Health Coach Do?

Now that we’ve covered the basics of how to become a certified Health Coach, you’re probably wondering what a career as a Health Coach looks like in practice.

Health Coaches help clients identify the areas in their life—specific to health and wellness—that they want to improve. They might want to lose weight, change their diet to address chronic health issues, improve fertility…the list is endless!

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At Health Coach Institute, we train holistic Health Coaches to help clients address their health on a holistic level, meaning we help clients transform in mind, body, and spirit.

Recap: How to Become a Certified Health Coach

Whatever your vision is for your future career as a Health Coach, the most important thing to note is that you have the flexibility and freedom to turn your unique dream into a reality.

We’ve thrown a lot of information at you here, so to recap, here are the 3 steps to get started as a certified Health Coach:

  • Step 1 Decide which holistic Health Coach certification will best help you achieve your goals and dreams.
  • Step 2 Choose a school that suits your needs, strengths, and preferred mode of learning.
  • Step 3 Launch an exciting career helping clients transform their lives.

Easy, right? In essence, yes. Of course, there’s plenty of work involved, but the path to becoming a Health Coach is absolutely achievable. And the beauty of the profession is, you don’t need to spend years in school or obtain a fancy degree to launch a successful career. All you need is a passion for health and helping others (which you already have!), and the right training program, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a certified Health Coach!

If you’re ready to learn more about how we train future holistic Health Coaches at Health Coach Institute, we invite you to contact a Clarity Coach today to discover if our training program is right for you!

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As a single mom, I was afraid to invest in myself. HCI helped so much in personal growth and I’m excited to help other single moms change their lives.

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About Our Accreditation

Our Become a Health Coach program is CCE-accredited by the International Coach Federation—the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession. We’re also proud to be recognized as an approved training provider by the Canadian Health Coach Alliance, Federation of Holistic Therapists, and the International Institute for Complementary Therapists.

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