More Than Just An NBHWC Exam Prep Course: Pathway

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.

Why Choose Pathway

Reason 1: 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.

Reason 2: 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.

Reason 3: Learn the HCI Empowered Well-Being Model & 2 Powerful Coaching Methodologies

You’ll learn how to use Appreciative Coaching and Motivational Interviewing to empower your clients, elicit behavioral change, and develop supporting actions for success. You’ll also learn the exclusive HCI Empowered Well-Being Model to assess where a client is strong and where they are struggling in 8 areas of wellness.
Discover how Pathway can help you take your coaching career to exciting new heights.

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

NBHWC-Approved Training: Pathway Program Details

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

Academic. Interactive. Engaging.

Our goal is to make your online learning experience smooth, easy, and fun. That’s why our training is released in weekly lessons via our online Learning Management System (LMS) and accompanied by additional resources to help you cement your learning.
  • Synchronous & Asynchronous Course Content
    This means you’ll receive a portion of the course content online via weekly pre-recorded lessons (asynchronous), and there is also a mandatory, weekly live (synchronous) class component, with morning and evening hours available.
  • 24 lessons
    Course content is delivered in 24 lessons at a pace of 1 week per lesson. Expect to spend approximately 7-9 hours per week working on the course.
  • Multimedia Formats
    Program content delivery is primarily via video, audio, and written resources, and assessment is carried out usinge-learning mechanisms such as quizzes.
  • Mentorship & Individualized Feedback
    You’ll receive personal attention from faculty, including written feedback on 3 coaching sessions to understand your strengths, opportunities, and recommendations for further growth.
  • Bi-weekly Buddy Coaching Sessions
    Because knowledge without practice is meaningless, you’ll also partner up with your peers to practice skills and apply what you’re learning in a safe environment, helping you build your confidence and integrate the course content.
  • Expert Coaching Demos
    You’ll also get access to demos by skilled faculty demonstrating coaching skills outlined by NBHWC.

Download the catalog for all the details of what you’ll learn in each lesson.

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.
I have been set free!
“I have been set free! I was always feeling that I had to come up with the session focus, and afraid to step out because I was going to fail. Learning to coach the way we are currently learning in the Pathway Program has not only helped me in my coaching but has helped me in all aspects of my emotional well being. I feel 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 since my outlook is better about coaching. Love this course!”
Burrell Candler
The Empowered Well-Being Model has been a life changer...
“Pathway has brought about a new level of self awareness and personal regard to the various dimensions of my life. The Empowered Well-Being Model has been a life changer, I can’t even explain, talking theory with clients and weighing changes, it allows for a more concrete way of showing them the opportunities.”
Dancing in the moment feels like free-fall, but ultimately leads to richer results.
“I have let go of scripts and embraced the structure that supports letting the client lead. It's a big leap for me. Dancing in the moment feels like free-fall, but ultimately leads to richer results.”
This has been a piece of the puzzle I have been looking for...
“This has been a piece of the puzzle I have been looking for in coaching. I felt I had a good basis from the framework of coaching through BHC. The Pathway Program has created a more detailed framework with more clarity and focus.”

Meet Your Instructor

Brooke Jeffries, MS, CN

Brooke Jeffries is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Certified Nutritionist, HCI’s Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, and the lead instructor of the Pathway Program. Brooke has deep expertise in nutrition, health, and coaching, and is passionate about personal empowerment, learning, and whole-body healing. She has mentored many coaches over the years on building strong coaching and clinical skills, and she also ran a successful private nutrition practice prior to joining HCI.

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.