More Than Just An NBHWC Exam Prep Course


Your path to becoming a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach

Learn everything you need to prepare to sit for the Health & Wellness Coach Certifying Examination. Join our academic, rigorous, and interactive 6-month NBHWC-approved training.

What Getting NBHWC Certified Means For You

Getting nationally board certified by NBHWC means that you can use the designation National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). Receiving this credential enables you to pursue employment in healthcare and corporate coaching settings and expand career opportunities as a coach.

HCI’s Pathway Program provides rigorous, hands-on training to prepare you to sit for the National Board For Health & Wellness Coaching board exam (the Health & Wellness Coach Certifying Examination, or HWCCE), which you must take and pass. As a requirement to sit for the exam, you must take an NBHWC-approved course like Pathway. In order to become officially NBHWC certified and use the designation NBC-HWC you must pass their exam.

We offer competitive tuition rates, seasonal discounts, and powerful program bonuses. Find out more about the value of Pathway and the pricing.

NBHWC-Approved Training: Pathway Program Details

Here’s are more details on the Pathway program including curriculum breakdown, pricing options, and information about the exam preparation.

Curriculum Overview
NBC-HWC Credential Exam Preparation

NBHWC-Approved Training: Pathway Curriculum Overview

The Pathway curriculum includes both synchronous (live instruction) and asynchronous (pre-recorded) content. The asynchronous course content consists of 24 video lessons that will be delivered weekly via our online Learning Management System. The training also includes 40 hours of live, mandatory class time with faculty.

In addition to teaching you everything you’ll need to know to sit for the HWCCE, the Pathway curriculum will accelerate your own personal growth and teach you a variety of coaching skills, current coaching research trends, evidence-based practices, and recognized coaching standards, including scope-of-practice.

NBC-HWC Credential Exam Preparation

The Pathway Program was built in accordance with the competencies laid out by NBHWC to prepare you for the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching Board Certified Coach exam, and ensure you receive an education that is robust and in alignment with current coaching research trends, evidence-based practices, and recognized standards.

Successful graduates will receive a certificate of completion from HCI (an NBHWC-approved training program) and have the opportunity to apply to sit for the HWCCE in order to become an NBC-HWC board-certified coach.

In addition to requiring a certificate of course completion, NBHWC also requires board exam applicants submit the following:

  • Proof of an associate’s degree or higher OR documentation of 4000 hours of work experience in any field
  • A coaching log of 50 coaching sessions completed after graduation
  • An application and exam fee

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  • How much does training at Health Coach Institute cost?

    The cost of training at Health Coach Institute depends on which program you enroll in. We have many different programs and payment options to work with your situation.

    Training at HCI is an investment that pays off big if your goals are to 1.) further your wellness education with cutting-edge curriculum that leverages the science of habit change 2.) build or grow a successful wellness business, and 3.) become the healthiest version of you in the process!

    We believe there’s no better return on investment than doing work that lights you up, aligns with your mission and values, and enables you to help others live their best lives—while living your best life too!

    At HCI, we make every effort to help you afford your training. We run seasonal promos with generous tuition discounts, offer amazing bonuses with enrollment, and also offer payment plans customized to your unique financial situation.

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  • What kind of Health Coach career can I have?

    The beauty of a Health Coaching career is that you have the freedom and flexibility to design your ideal career. So whether you’re looking to leave your corporate career behind to pursue something more meaningful full-time or you’re a stay-at-home parent looking to make some income in between school drop-offs and naptime, or you’re a military spouse in search of a flexible job you can do from anywhere in the world, or you’re a retiree looking to start a new chapter, or you’re looking to supplement your day job with a side hustle that leverages your passion for health and helping others—a Health Coaching career can work for you.

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  • Are there exams or extra fees?

    There are quizzes sprinkled throughout our programs to ensure that you are integrating and retaining the teachings. In some of our programs you will also receive one-on-one feedback from your own coach, as well as partner with another student for practice Skills Labs. Our NBHWC-approved Pathway program does require the purchase of an additional textbook, and recommends two more as optional reading. Some additional fees may apply to other programs.

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  • What will I learn in the Pathway coaching program?

    The Pathway program teaches the foundations of effective health and wellness coaching outlined by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), which includes: coaching structure, coaching process, health and wellness, and ethics and legal.

    Our course teaches motivational interviewing, appreciative inquiry, and nonviolent communication tools and techniques. In addition, you will learn how to incorporate the Health Coach Institute (HCI) Empowered Well-Being Model of Wellness into sessions and utilize it to support your personal wellness growth.

    Upon course completion, you will understand the essential characteristics of a successful coaching relationship, coaching framework, coaching presence, active listening techniques, tools for expanding or focusing the coaching conversation, SMART goal setting, and how to evoke intrinsic motivation for change for any client concern.

    You will also learn evidence-based information and practices to support clients with various health issues, such as stress management, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, inflammation, arthritis, and weight loss. In addition, you will learn how to cultivate mindfulness for yourself, teach clients to do the same, lead centering practices, and support clients with increasing their stress resilience.

  • What can I do with my Pathway Empowered Well-Being Coach Certification?

    Once you graduate from Pathway, you will receive certification from Health Coach Institute (HCI) as an Empowered Well-Being Coach (CHWC-Certified Health & Wellness Coach). What you do next is up to you! Examples of career opportunities include corporate wellness coaching, wellness companies, healthcare organizations, digital therapeutic companies, Veterans Affairs, and health insurance companies. We’ve also had graduates use their training to amplify another professional practice, such as extending their capacity as a fitness coach, mental health counseling, or corporate leadership.

  • Do you offer payment plans?

    Yes, we do! You can learn about the options available to you by reaching out to a Pathway Coach at (650) 887-1027.

Why Choose Pathway?

Built Around NBHWC Competencies

The Pathway curriculum was built specifically around the NBHWC competencies required to sit for the exam. Pathway is a rigorous, live training that is designed to take the guesswork out of how to prepare for and pass the HWCCE.

Live Interaction & Extensive Feedback

As a Pathway student, you’ll receive live, personal attention from faculty, plus written, individualized feedback on 3 coaching sessions to help you understand your strengths, opportunities, and recommendations for further growth.

Learn 2 Powerful Coaching Methodologies

Learn Appreciative Coaching and Motivational Interviewing to empower your clients and elicit behavioral change. You’ll also learn the exclusive HCI Empowered Well-Being Model to assess your clients in 8 areas of wellness.

Discover how Pathway can help you take your coaching career to exciting new heights.

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Meet Your Instructor, Brooke Jeffries

Brooke Jeffries, MS, CN, NBC-HWC

Brooke Jeffries is a Certified Nutritionist, National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach, yoga instructor, and the program director and lead instructor of the HCI Pathway Program. Brooke has deep expertise in nutrition, health, and coaching and is passionate about personal growth. She worked in corporate coaching, managed a team of dietitian coaches, and ran a successful nutrition private practice before joining HCI in 2019. Over the past decade, she has mentored many coaches on building strong coaching and clinical skills.

National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach Career Opportunities

Pursuing certification as a Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach is a great way to enhance your coaching resume, build upon your existing skill set, and access expanded career opportunities.

Our NBHWC-approved course is for you if want to:

Work directly with healthcare providers
Get a job in the healthcare system or a corporate coaching setting
Learn how to coach clients without a script
Empower clients to be the experts of themselves and what they need
Learn the science behind coaching skills
Strengthen your coaching skills with two powerful coaching methodologies
Expand your health & wellness knowledge with coaching skills to use within your business
Learn in real-time with community support and feedback weekly

The NBHWC-Approved Pathway Program: How You’ll Learn


Our goal is to make your online learning experience smooth, easy, and fun. Access a new pre-recorded video lesson every week, plus experience live classroom-style trainings as part of the program. The Pathway intensive requires approximately 7-9 hours of work per week.

Live Classroom Environment

Experience live weekly (synchronous) trainings with expert instructors that are required to ensure your success.

1:1 Mentorship & Personal Feedback

Receive mentorship from Pathway coaches, including feedback on coaching sessions to understand your strengths and opportunities for growth.

Bi-weekly Buddy Coaching Sessions

Partner with peers to practice and apply what you’re learning in a safe environment, helping you build your confidence and integrate the course content.

Expert Coaching Demos

Access demos by skilled faculty demonstrating coaching skills outlined by NBHWC.

24 Video Lessons

Asynchronous video content is rolled out weekly, with 1 new lesson available each week for 6 months.

Various Multimedia Formats

Program content is delivered via video, audio, and written resources, with personal assessments, as well as quizzes.

Start Your Journey To Becoming A National Board-Certified Coach

Join the Pathway Program. Ace the HWCCE. Enhance your career as a Board-Certified Coach.

Health Coach Institute Online Training Course Reviews

Health Coach Institute (HCI) is one of the top-rated international coach training schools in the world, offering world-class programs that have helped tens of thousands of people around the globe create a better future for themselves.

Here’s what students are saying about the Pathway Program.

Pathway has brought about a new level of self awareness and personal regard to the various dimensions of my life.

Athena Maldari

I have let go of scripts and embraced the structure that supports letting the client lead.

Mariam Bandarian

I am mentally and emotionally stronger, have been taking care of “me” more, my spiritual life has gotten stronger and my finances can’t help but get better.

Amanda Buthmann

This has been a piece of the puzzle I have been looking for in coaching. Pathway has created a detailed framework with more clarity and focus.

Shari Biery


Join the Pathway Program. Ace the HWCCE. Enhance your career as a Board-Certified Coach.