LEVEL 1 WELLNESS COACH TRAINING CERTIFICATION

Get Certified as a Wellness Coach and Join the

Front Lines of Personal and Community Transformation

Get Certified as a Wellness Coach and Make a Difference

Have you ever heard someone say
“I want to change, but…”

Change is hard. Year after year, people fail at taking the steps needed to feel better and do better in their lives. The problem is most people who want to change don’t know how.

One of the most common barriers to change is ambivalence. It’s “yes, but” thinking: “I’d like to get exercise, but I get home from work late and then have to take care of my kids.”

But change doesn’t have to be out of reach for anyone.

Gain Skills to Take the Struggle Out of Change

Get Certified as a Wellness Coach

When you get certified as a wellness coach with IWE, you’ll learn evidence-based approaches proven to help people make change that sticks.

We teach you how to help others change on their own terms and in their own way…

…the only way that is really proven to change behavior.

We Wrote the Book

We created the national occupational competencies and training curriculum that established wellness coaching as an official occupation recognized by the US Department of Labor (SOC # 21-1094.00).

The competencies and curriculum also serve as the basis for the Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship in Wellness Coaching.
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Bulletin and Curriculum)

What Does a Wellness Coach Do?

Effective wellness coaches help people move from “yes, but” or “I really want to…” to positive action. Coaches:

  1. Engage people in conversation about their dreams and aspirations for change.
  2. Amplify and strengthen discussion about change, ultimately leading to planning for change and taking action.
  3. Focus people’s attention on defining specific goals that matter to them and count in their lives.
  4. Evoke from people their own thoughts, ideas, and feelings about change that will propel them forward through an effective self-change process.
  5. Stimulate people’s imaginations about options and possibilities.
  6. Help people create a plan of action that works for them and fits with their needs, interests, values, and preferences so they can achieve goals that are meaningful to them.
  7. Give people hope and confidence, and help them celebrate the small changes that can lead to big rewards.

Who Is Wellness Coaching For?

Wellness coaching is for anyone who wants to make a difference by guiding others to positive, lasting change.Wellness coaching is for you, whether you’re a:

  • Person seeking a career change
  • Seasoned professional looking to enhance your skill set
  • Health practitioner wanting to improve outcomes
  • Manager wanting to coach for success and increase productivity
  • Community volunteer who wants to make a difference

Learn more about wellness coaching in our FAQ.

What Does a Wellness Coach Do?

Effective wellness coaches help people move from “yes, but” or “I really want to…” to positive action. Coaches:

  1. Engage people in conversation about their dreams and aspirations for change.
  2. Amplify and strengthen discussion about change, ultimately leading to planning for change and taking action.
  3. Focus people’s attention on defining specific goals that matter to them and count in their lives.
  4. Evoke from people their own thoughts, ideas, and feelings about change that will propel them forward through an effective self-change process.
  5. Stimulate people’s imaginations about options and possibilities.
  6. Help people create a plan of action that works for them and fits with their needs, interests, values, and preferences so they can achieve goals that are meaningful to them.
  7. Give people hope and confidence, and help them celebrate the small changes that can lead to big rewards.

Learn more about wellness coaching in our FAQ.

Who Is Wellness Coaching For?

Learn more about wellness coaching in our FAQ.

Find Out If You Have What It Takes to Become a Wellness Coach

2000px-Check_mark_23x20_02.svg Do people come to you for help because you are a good listener?
2000px-Check_mark_23x20_02.svg   Will people’s lives be improved if you are able to help them succeed in making changes in their thinking and behavior?
2000px-Check_mark_23x20_02.svg Is helping or encouraging people to make changes part of what you do at home, work, school, or in the community?
2000px-Check_mark_23x20_02.svg Are you ever concerned about how to maintain good relationships with others so you can help them or retain them as clients or customers?
2000px-Check_mark_23x20_02.svg Are the people you want to help reluctant or ambivalent about making changes? Do they struggle to make changes that are important to them?
2000px-Check_mark_23x20_02.svg Do you ever struggle to help people who seem “resistant,” “in denial,” “unmotivated,” or “difficult?”
  • Do you (or should you) have conversations about change?
  • Will people’s lives be improved if you are able to help them succeed in making changes in their thinking and behavior?
  • Is helping or encouraging people to make changes part of what you do at home, work, school, or in the community?
  • Are you ever concerned about how to maintain good relationships with others so you can help them or retain them as clients or customers?
  • Are the people you want to help reluctant or ambivalent about making changes? Do they struggle to make changes that are important to them?
  • Do you ever struggle to help people who seem “resistant,” “in denial,” “unmotivated,” or “difficult?”

5 Benefits You Get by Becoming a
Certified Wellness Coach with IWE

    1. Maximize your capacity to help others
    2. Reduce your frustration with trying to “make” people change
    3. Decrease conflicts and confrontations with others
    4. Gain freedom and flexibility to work for yourself
    5. Enjoy greater satisfaction and sense of purpose than you dreamed possible

5 Benefits You Get by Becoming a Certified Wellness Coach with IWE

  1. Maximize your capacity to help others
  2. Reduce your frustration with trying to “make” people change
  3. Decrease conflicts and confrontations with others
  4. Gain freedom and flexibility to work for yourself
  5. Enjoy greater satisfaction and sense of purpose than you dreamed possible

Evidence-Based Foundation

We not only teach you to use models, strategies, approaches, and tools that have been proven in large, rigorous scientific trials, but our teaching methods are also evidence-based.

Sound Educational Principles

Our training is grounded in the critical principles of adult learning that emphasize practical application. And we guide you through a learning process in which each skill builds on another.

Self-Reflective Learning

You become both “subject” and “scientist” in which you practice new skills and reflect on your own unique process of learning, which strengthens your capacity to grow as a coach.

Deliberate Practice

Wellness coaching is the strategic use of finely-honed communication skills. These skills develop only through concentrated practice, the kind of practice it takes to become a great actor, dancer, artist, musician, athlete, or chef. We offer daily live practice with feedback to give you the competence and confidence you need to be effective.

Faculty

Dr. David Mee-Lee
Dr. Deborah Teplow

Contributors

Jenna Hille, MS | Leslie Martin, MS | Megan Yousef, PharmD

“I created a chart from what I learned and refer to it on a frequent basis as I begin to initiate a new change. I would recommend this course to anyone who is sincere about creating long-lasting, meaningful change in his or her life.” Carol, USA

“I have told all my friends about this inspiring and easy-to-understand course, and they can see how genuinely happy I am about the future and how enthusiastic I am to learn more on this subject. I can not recommend more highly to get certified as a wellness coach. This short course will change you, and you will enjoy the process as you learn just how awesome you are.” Elizabeth, Australia

“I cannot recommend this course more highly! I use the techniques in my daily work with others and it’s made a huge difference in the help I’m able to offer.” Alejandro, Spain

“I loved the Take Charge of Your Life: Be Well To Do Well certification program! This program is invaluable and truly great. I cannot wait to implement and lead a wellness group here at the Public Health Department.” Tina, USA

Course Format, Outline, & Objectives

Course Format

Learn when, how, where you want, and at a pace that’s right for you.

  • This is an online, self-paced course, so you need access to the internet and an email address.
  • Course materials include:
    • Online course using Instructure’s Canvas learning management system
    • 81-page hardcopy Interactive Journal® (workbook) that accompanies the online material and that you keep as a private, personal journal
    • Journal Club Facilitator Guide (pdf)
  • The course features a learn-by-doing format, so activities are designed to give you opportunities to learn, reflect, assess, evaluate, report, create and act. There are no vast amounts of material to read, big exams to take, or papers to write.
  • The course format has a rhythm that combines reading a page of text or watching a video, completing a 1–2 question quiz to reinforce learning, doing a hands-on, experiential exercise or survey, and participating in discussions.
    The material is varied and all assignments are relatively easy to do.
  • We also conduct regular teleconferences to help you practice your coaching skills. Teleconferences are scheduled at different times during the week, so you should be able to find times that work for you. We can accommodate your schedule no matter where you live in the world. Our students have come from the USA, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. You can participate in any calls you want and don’t have to sign up for a particular recurring time. You must participate in at least 5 calls to earn full certification.
Course Outline
  • Ten dimensions of wellness: what they are what they apply in people’s lives
  • Overview of science-based ools and techniques to achieve positive, lasting change in each dimension of wellness
  • Skill development for a person-centered, strength-based coaching approach
  • Matching the right change strategies with where people are “at” in a six-stage change process
  • Using a tailored personal, social, environmental framework for change can optimize people’s success in the self-change process
  • Using interactive journaling to promote change in areas of health and wellness, including healthy eating, financial responsibility, physical activity, positive emotions, and stress management
  • Applying evidence-based approaches to assess and improve coaching practice
Learning Objectives
  1. List factors that enable people to make sustainable change.
  2. Describe the role Wellness Coaches can play at home, at work, and in their communities.
  3. Use tools and strategies that are part of the US National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) to facilitate the self-change process for yourself, individuals, and groups.
  4. Help others set appropriate behavioral goals based on their unique interests, needs, desires, and abilities.
  5. Demonstrate empathy, understanding, and respect for client autonomy and choice.
Continuing Education

Whether you’re a personal trainer, or high school student,
you can earn credit!

College Credit and CEUs

Up to 50 hours of CE credit for:

  • Nurses
  • Alcohol and drug abuse counselors
  • Marriage and family therapists and counselors
  • Psychologists and social workers

3 college credits

1.9 CEUs by the National Academy of Sports Medicine

  • Personal trainers

Course Registration

Pay in full or use our interest-free payment plan that makes it easy to get the training you need right now.

Category Cost One-time Payment Interest-free Payment Plan
Regular Tuition
$595 ONE-TIME PAYMENT 3 equal payments of $199
Standard Discount for Students in Other IWE Courses $545 ONE-TIME PAYMENT 3 equal payments of $185

Course Registration

Pay in full or use our interest-free payment plan that makes it easy to get the training you need right now.

Regular Tuition: $595

One-time payment of $595

3 equal payments of $199

Special Discount for Students in Other IWE Courses: $545

One-time payment of $495

3 equal payments of $165