Health Coach Certification

The most comprehensive curriculum,
taught by world-class faculty in just 20 weeks

The most comprehensive curriculum, taught by world-class faculty in just 20 weeks

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Interactive cohort based learning

NBHWC approved program

0% APR financing for up to 24 months

Interactive cohort based learning

NBHWC approved program

0% APR financing for up to 24 months

Become a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBHWC)
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for the HWC Certifying Examination.

Approved by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching.

Efficient design takes just 20 weeks to complete.

Combines live lessons, online videos, and real-time practice to maximize learning retention.

Taught by world-class healthcare experts and NBC-HWCs.

$52K
Average starting salary for a Certified Health Coach
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Curriculum Overview

Our program is centered on an interactive, cohort-based learning experience over 20 weeks.

Week 1
The Case For Health Coaching
  • Welcome to the Program
  • What is Health Coaching
  • How is the Health coaching profession different from other professions
  • What’s in scope for a Health Coach (and What Isn’t)
Week 2
The MBG Wellbeing Model
  • Ways of Thinking about Health & Wellness
  • Illness/Wellness Continuum
  • Health/Illness Through a Functional Lens
Week 3
Behavior Change Theory
  • Self-Determination Theory, Social Cognitive Theory & Coaching Applications
  • Transtheoretical Model of Change
Week 4
Communication: Mindful Listening, MI, Oars, Scaling, Reflections
  • Intro to Motivational Interviewing
  • Powerful Questions / OARS
  • Mindfulness Tools & Mindful Coaching
Week 5
Nonviolent Communication & Appreciative Inquiry
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Appreciative Inquiry
Week 6
The Arc of a Coaching
Relationship
  • Maintain Professional Behavior
  • Creating the Alliance: Domination vs Collaboration Paradigm & Creating Rapport
  • The Coaching Agreement
Week 7
Setting Smart Goals
  • SMART Goal-Setting
Week 8
Integrating Assessments &
Measuring Progress
  • How Do We Measure Progress in Coaching?
  • Navigating Feedback, Apps and The Quantified Self
Week 9
Difficult Conversations and Conflict
Resolution
  • Self-Monitoring & Management of Triggers and Boundaries
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Ending the Coaching Relationship
Week 10
Integration Week: Tools For Coach & Work-Life Balance
  • Shadow Work
  • Work-Life Balance
Week 11
Mind-Body Skills in Coaching
  • Mind-Body Skills in Coaching
  • Healthy Thought Habits
Week 12
Lifestyle Factors: Stress & Resilience
  • The Stress Response as Core Driver of Disease
  • The Effects of Stress & Healthy Ways to Cope
  • Resilience
  • Letting Go & Acceptance
Week 13
Lifestyle Factors: Sleep
  • Introduction to Sleep
  • Lifestyle Behaviors & Their Impact on Sleep
  • Coaching Clients on Sleep
  • Chronic Disease I
Week 14
Lifestyle Factors: Physical Activity
  • Coaching on Physical Activity
  • Chronic Disease II
Week 15
Lifestyle Factors: Nutrition
  • Nutritional Models & Ways of Eating
  • Nourishment & Disordered Eating
Week 16
Lifestyle Factors: Addiction
  • Addictions & Tobacco Cessation
  • Chronic Disease III
Week 17
NBHWC Code Of Ethics
  • Act in the Best Interest of the Client
  • The Importance of Ethics
  • NBHWC Standards of Ethical Conduct
  • HIPAA Intro & Terminology, Confidentiality, Coach/Client Agreement, Conflicts of Interest, Seeking Consultation or Supervision as Needed
Week 18
Maintain Security, HIPAA, Privacy
Of Records
  • Practice in Best Compliance of the Law
  • Maintain Security & Privacy of Clients
  • HIPAA Detail
  • Federal & State Regulations that Affect Health Coaching, Admin Requirements & Safeguards
Week 19
Putting It All Together/ Building a Business
  • Putting It All Together/ Building a Health Coaching Business
Week 20
Final Exam Preparation
  • Final Exam Preparation

Graduate Testimonials

"This program changed my mindset, I'm more positive, I'm learning to love myself, I'm more present. I’m slowing down. It’s just amazing the things that I have done and the work I've done on myself, which I just was not expecting. This program has been the one thing, in all the uncertainty, that has helped me ground."

JANELLE

Graduate, business professional seeking career shift.

"If there’s one word that I could use for this program it's that it's life changing. It has changed my life personally and my work. I'm very proud to be part of this movement to help people create better and healthier lives."

KATYA

Graduate, mother with kids in college, looking to maintain a flexible work-from-home schedule.

"This should be a life skills course; it doesn’t matter what domain you’re in.I am a medical professional, so you end up giving a lot of well-meaning advice, but it’s literature-forward. I had never learned how to let people discover what it is that they truly want."

MAHESH

Graduate, Govt. Registered Acupuncturist and Co Founder of Sepalika Fertility Clinic

What makes mindbodygreen best-in-class

Live sessions, real-time practice, and one-on-one feedback from faculty to ensure you graduate with confidence.

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Enrollment Deadline

April 7

Classes Start

April 18

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Winter Deadline

March 22nd

Classes Start

March 25th

Become a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBHWC)

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for the HWC Certifying Examination.

Efficient design takes just 20 weeks to complete.

Our program is centered on an interactive, cohort-based learning experience

Combines live lessons, online videos, and real-time practice to maximize learning retention.

This program weaves together theory and practice through 75 hours of instruction combined with interactive coaching triads, live office hours & regular feedback sessions.

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Interactive cohort learning
A holistic approach
In-depth study guides
Comprehensive quizzes
Final program examination
Includes Functional Nutrition Training ($1,999 value!)
*class is taught separately.
Peer-to-peer & coach-to-peer study triads
How It Works

A week in the life of a mindbodygreen Health Coach Certification student

Get a glimpse into a week in the life of a Health Coach Certification student. Below, a peek inside week 12 of our program.

During this week, we cover how stress affects the body and how a health coach can productively cope with stress—both for themselves and their clients.

Monday:

There are no live sessions on Mondays.

Instead, you can watch this week’s pre-recorded lessons and review written reading materials ahead of tomorrow’s live session.

Tuesday:

Attend a 90-minute live session with faculty and students on this week’s topic: How stress impacts the body and what to do about it.

In this lesson, you’ll learn about the three stages of stress response, mind-body practices, and how to eat for stress reduction.

Wednesday:

There are no required live sessions on Wednesdays.

(optional) Attend a ‘Coaching triad’ to get real-time coaching practice with faculty and peers. You’ll practice leading clients through a ‘Stress Brainstorming exercise to assess and reframe how stress manifests in their life and help them navigate responding to stress effectively.

Thursday:

Attend our second, 90-minute live session of the week with faculty and students.

This time, you’ll learn about the body’s response to stress across the digestive, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive systems.

Friday:

TGIF! No live sessions on Fridays.

Take the weekly comprehension quiz before logging off for the weekend.

(Optional) Connect with other students via our online community platform.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a health coach?
Health coaches are behavior and motivation experts. They partner with clients who are seeking to improve their well-being and provide them with the knowledge, skills & motivation to make lasting lifestyle changes.

This can include - but is not limited to - nutrition approaches, fitness/activity plans, stress management protocol and broader lifestyle adjustments that will help clients reach their wellness goals.

The most effective coaches motivate, support and demonstrate unconditional positive regard for their clients and believe in their capacity to change.
Are there limitations to what a health coach can practice?
A health coach can provide a range of guidance depending on area(s) of practice and specific client need(s). This may include guidance on ways of eating, lifestyle adjustments, healthy habit creation, accountability, positive reinforcement and more.

A health coach can also:

Empower and educate clients to advocate for themselves in their healthcare setting. Assist clients to find a network of providers that best support their needs and wellness goals. Support clients in achieving health goals and behavioral changes which are consistent with their healthcare providers treatment plans. Help clients shift their perspective to see new opportunities and release limiting beliefs. Enable clients to increase their primary food, improve nutrition, and make lifestyle shifts to promote overall health and well-being. A health coach does not diagnose conditions or prescribe any individualized treatments, tests, or supplements for conditions. What health coaches can say about nutrition, exercise and lifestyle varies by state and by country.
What does it mean to be an ‘NBHWC Approved’ training program and why does it matter?
The National Board Certification credential (NBC-HWC) represents the profession’s highest standard, and was developed in collaboration with the National Board of Medical Examiners.

With greater availability of health and wellness coach training programs than ever before, ensuring baseline qualification of coaches - and the organizations training them - has become critical to advancing the industry’s standard of care.

Our Health Coach Certification is Approved Health and Wellness Coach Training & Education Program by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for the HWC Certifying Examination to become National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)
How do I become a NBC-HWC (board certified) health coach?
To qualify for the National Board Certification Exam, you must:

- Have an associate’s degree or higher or 4,000 hours of work experience in any field.
- Complete an NBHWC approved training program.
- Complete 50 health & wellness coaching sessions (upon graduation from approved training program).

Once you have met these qualifications, you must apply for the National Board Certification Exam and score 80% or higher.
What sets mindbodygreen’s Health Coach Certification apart from other programs in the market?
There are several meaningful ways in which our program stands apart from other board-certified options:

1. Our program not only provides best-in-class coaching fundamentals, but does so through a uniquely holistic mindbodygreen perspective.

2. Our weekly training has been thoughtfully designed to maximize knowledge retention & skill building in the shortest period of time possible (versus spreading the course over 6- or 12-months).

3. Our curriculum includes abundant real-time practice, including peer & faculty mock coaching feedback, to ensure you are confidently ready to serve as a health coach by the time you graduate.

4. Certified health coaches - NBC-HWCs - will teach, train and mentor you through every step of the process. We truly believe that there is no better way for you to learn than from professionals who have successfully earned their board credentials and spent hundreds of hours working with clients.

5. Our support doesn’t end upon graduation: we are committed to helping to position all of our students for success - not only through connection to our extensive wellness community but through access to a robust network of graduates for opportunity sharing, continuing education and more.

If you’d like to learn more about what makes our Health Coach Certification stand apart, we invite you to chat with a Program Advisor mbgcoaching@mindbodygreen.com
How do mbg’s Health Coach Certification and Functional Nutrition Training differ?
Our Health Coach Certification provides students with the foundation of effective health coaching, including various methods of listening, inquiry, reflection, goal setting, mindset shifts and habit creation. While basic nutrition is covered within our Health Coach Certification, students seeking a more in-depth nutrition training would benefit from the Functional Nutrition Training program.

The Functional Nutrition Training provides in-depth insight on functional nutrition. It’s a fantastic complement to the Health Coach Certification, and as an advanced training to build upon nearly any health & wellness discipline.
Why is mbg’s Health Coach Certification priced less than other options on the market?
Given today’s ever-growing need for highly-qualified health coaches, we are striving to make a top-tier education accessible to anyone who wishes to gain the knowledge and tools to help some of the hundreds of millions of people suffering with sub-optimal wellbeing & chronic illness.

Why? mindbodygreen’s ambition, since being founded over a decade ago, has been to make high quality wellness information widely accessible.
Are there any technology requirements to participate in the program?
This course takes place online - through streamed video, live instruction and downloaded materials. Students must have the following:

- Good internet connection
- Laptop & Zoom account (free)
- Familiarity with Zoom
- Printer access

Kindly note that Zoom is required for recording your practice sessions (a prerequisite for all board-approved programs) and the recording feature is not supported on mobile or tablet devices. A laptop or desktop computer is required.
How much time do I have to complete the program?
The Health Coach Certification is twenty weeks in duration with pre-determined program start and end dates. This means that all students within a particular enrollment period will become part of one unified cohort, progressing through the program together & graduating at the same time. It makes for a fantastic built-in support network!

Given this fact, it is important to ensure that you are in a position to commit to the requirements of the program for 20 weeks. The majority of this program is delivered through required live instructional hours taught at set times each week.

While we understand life events can interfere with participation, students who miss more than a few lessons and are not able to attend make-up sessions will be encouraged to complete the course during the next enrollment cycle.
What is your refund policy?
Refund requests up to 14-days after purchase will receive a full refund, less a $250 administrative fee.

Refund requests up to Week 3 of the Health Coach Certification will receive a 75% refund, less a $250 admin fee. No refunds will be granted after Week 3 of the program.

Founders' Story

My name is Colleen and I’m the co-founder of mindbodygreen.

I wish I had this Health Coaching Certification program over a decade ago for myself, my family and my community.


When I had a life threatening pulmonary embolism over a decade ago, it was a catalyst for me to start thinking about my own health and well-being journey.  

What’s so great about this program?

Well, first, it’s NBHWC certified, taught by the gold standard in health coaches.

Second, it’s more affordable than other options out there.

Third, it takes less time to complete, while providing top quality education.

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How It Works

A week in the life of a mindbodygreen Health Coach Certification student

Get a glimpse into a week in the life of a Health Coach Certification student. Below, a peek inside week 12 of our program.

During this week, we cover how stress affects the body and how a health coach can productively cope with stress—both for themselves and their clients.

Monday:

There are no live sessions on Mondays.

Instead, you can watch this week’s pre-recorded lessons and review written reading materials ahead of tomorrow’s live session.

Tuesday:

Attend a 90-minute live session with faculty and students on this week’s topic: How stress impacts the body and what to do about it.

In this lesson, you’ll learn about the three stages of stress response, mind-body practices, and how to eat for stress reduction.

Wednesday:

There are no required live sessions on Wednesdays.

(optional) Attend a ‘Coaching triad’ to get real-time coaching practice with faculty and peers. You’ll practice leading clients through a ‘Stress Brainstorming exercise to assess and reframe how stress manifests in their life and help them navigate responding to stress effectively.

Thursday:

Attend our second, 90-minute live session of the week with faculty and students.

This time, you’ll learn about the body’s response to stress across the digestive, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive systems.

Friday:

TGIF! No live sessions on Fridays.

Take the weekly comprehension quiz before logging off for the weekend.

(Optional) Connect with other students via our online community platform.