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Wellness is now officially a trillion-dollar industry. More than ever, everyday people are seeking change in their habits so they can reduce pain, improve fitness, get better sleep, lose weight, lower stress or simply increase their life span. 

As a career, Health and Wellness Coaching is a game-changer. It offers more than just an exciting career opportunity for people who love helping others to improve their lives. It also offers you the opportunity to be a powerful role model for others and to help them to outgrow their unhealthy habits, organisational challenges or all-or-nothing thinking, so they can finally make sustainable lifestyle change. 

Watch this video to learn more about the Professional Certificate


Most people struggle with motivation, sticking to new habits, breaking old patterns and thinking holistically about their lives. Health and Wellness coaches have the important role of helping people to: 

  • get excited about the future and get motivated;
  • build self-confidence through simple, sustainable habits; 
  • overcome limiting beliefs or thinking patterns; and 
  • expand their focus to the structures, habits and behaviours of a fulfilling life. 

People are no longer looking for:

  • an expert that points the finger and says "Do as I say", 
  • an expert that makes them feel guilty for not sticking to their goals; or 
  • an expert that doesn't look at their lifestyle as a whole to help them in discovering alternative behaviour that will help in achieving their goal.

They are looking for a Health and Wellness Coach: a supportive mentor who empowers their clients to take responsibility for their health and cultivate positive lifestyle choices by guiding them through the discovery and implementation of sustainable lifestyle changes that will see them reach their wellness goals and make them stick for good.

If you are passionate about supporting individuals in healthy lifestyles and empowering them to achieve their health and wellness goals, then our Professional Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching is ideal for you.

About the Course

This 12 month, part time study course is designed to fast track your learning,by providing a relevant blend of theoretical and practical coach training studies (including Coaching Psychology, Behaviour Change and Positive Psychology) together with health and lifestyle studies covering nutrition and weight management, physical activity and fitness, and holistic approaches to managing stress and increasing energy. 

The certificate also includes a comprehensive business training path combining practical skills, tools and resources to help you to set up, brand, promote and run your coaching business in a way that leverages off your coaching and interpersonal skills.

This course provides you with the required certification to become a professional recognised Health and Wellness Coach and gain professional insurance to work as a Health and Wellness Coach in Australia and more than 25 countries worldwide.

Course Overview

The Professional Certificate is comprised of 8 subjects over 3 study paths. Completion of all subjects is required to obtain your final certification, however subject exemption is available for approved Recognition of Prior Learning courses (RPL). 

Coaching Study Path (4 subjects)

The coaching study path has you working through 3 progressive levels of coach training along with an independent study project that together make up the extensive coaching competency program within the course. Across these subjects, you will learn the all theory and fundamentals behind coach training - foundation and advanced coaching skills, practical application of coaching a client within a structured coaching model, as well as the development and implementation of coaching programs for individual clients and groups. Everything you need to conduct a coaching program with individuals and groups with an advanced coaching skillset to draw from.  

As coaching is a hands on, practical skill that you will be learning, these subjects include more than 40 hours of live training delivered by our team and include one on one mentoring and client case study feedback sessions so you feel confident that you are learning this skillset for success.  


Healthy Lifestyle Practice Study Path (3 subjects)

While health and wellness coaches are not experts in health and disease, it is hugely important to have a strong, evidence-based toolkit of health, disease prevention and lifestyle medicine knowledge to draw from when offering recommendations with clients. The subjects in this study path make up the three key areas of health and wellness that you will consistently be drawing from with your clients and that is managing stress in a holistic approach, nutrition/food choices and physical activity. Students will be directed to extra study in these areas with many topics covered comprehensively in the following subjects.  


Business Study Path (1 subject)

Passion to Profit - Group Business Coaching Program. Delivered live by our Business trainer over a 12 week period, Passion to Profit gives Health and Wellness Coaches the clarity, confidence and wisdom they need to create a thriving, profitable coaching business. The program works through a basic understanding of key business principles, structures and strategies over 6 modules including developing highly valued packages, get your pricing right, have comfortable sales conversations and promoting yourself in an authentic, comfortable and connected way 

Bonus Business Resources

Making Change that Lasts -presentation package
This 1 hour presentation can be delivered by a coach to help clients understand how to take control of their health and wellness and uncover where the biggest changes are required. This is a great way to demonstrate the coaching model as it is interactive and will give participants a taste of how a Health and Wellness coach could support them should they be looking for this additional help. It includes full presentation slides and audio teaching resource.

Graduate Coach Toolkit
The graduate coach toolkit is designed to give you a large selection of resources for you to use in your own business and coaching services and programs beyond your studies. It also includes a selection of templates and scripts that can be used in marketing activities. 

Course Duration

This course delivered over 12 months, part-time study with structured and flexible learning over this period. 

You can choose to fast track through the subjects quicker than the standard 12 month timetable where a customised timetable will be created with you at your orientation call after enrolling. 

You have up to 2 years to complete all the subject requirements and assessment work in order to attain your final certification. 

Course Delivery

This is a blended learning course however is primarily distance learning with optional face to face workshop learning for some subjects. 

Each subject has different methods of delivery available. Some are pure online courses delivered via an online platform, others are course text books posted to your door, while others include Live webinar sessions with our trainers. For online /distance learning is what you are after, then you can choose to complete all subjects by this format. There is complete flexibility. 

Refer to the course guide for more details on the delivery formats available for each subject.

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Professional Recognition and Insurance

Health Coaches Australia and New Zealand Association

As an approved training course, The Professional Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching will enable you to apply for Full Membership level status of our industry association: Health Coaches Australia and New Zealand Association. This is the leading industry association in our region for our practice that supports Health & Wellness Coaches, Primary Care Physicians and Allied Health professionals to connect, communicate and aspire to deliver on our collective vision of Co-Creating Universal Health and Wellness. They are a respected industry voice for an appropriate standard in Health & Wellness Coaching nationally and internationally.

Your membership will provide Professional Recognition of your qualification and also a marketing platform for you as a coach in their website. To find out more about the industry association and the benefits of being a member, visit their website www.hcanza.org/membership-benefits 


International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT)

Wellness Coaching Australia is an approved training provider with the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT), where once you have received your full certification you can submit your application to gain membership and professional recognition as a Health and Wellness Coach. IICT is an independent membership body for the complementary therapy industry whose course endorsement will allow you to apply for professional insurance under the service category of Wellness Coaching.

Pathway to National Board Certification with NBHWC 

The Professional Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching is an approved training program with the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC) giving students the eligibility to apply and sit the National Board Certification exam and become a “Board Certified” Health and Wellness Coach - the highest qualification internationally for the Health and Wellness Coaching field. 

If this international certification pathway is of interest after completing our course, please contact us for more information or read the full details in our course guide including the required live training hours to undertake during your studies in order to receive the NBHWC badge issued certificate. There are other pre-requisites you may need to hold before submitting your application for the Board Certification exam (fees apply). One main pre-requisite in additional to completing an approved training course is completion of a certain number of work experience hours (not specific to coaching) and a 50 hour client coaching log to be submitted. For more information visit the NBHWC website https://nbhwc.org/or contact our office.

Industry Accredited - Continuing Education / Professional Development

Individual subjects within our certificate course are accredited as continuing education for professional development with some of the leading health, fitness and wellness bodies in Australia and overseas. Refer to the course guide for more details on accrediting bodies and points applicable for each subject:

  • International Coaching Federation (ICF)
  • Fitness Australia
  • Physical Activity Australia
  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia - ESSA
  • Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association - APNA
  • Australian Natural Therapists Association - ANTA
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society - ATMS
  • Massage & Myotherapy Australia - MMA
  • REPS (NZ)
  • REPS UK - delivered through our partnership with TRAIN Fitness

                

            

Subject Exemption - Recognition of Prior Learning

You may be eligible for subject exemption if you have completed individual Wellness Coaching Australia training courses, since February 2017, that are subjects within this program. Approval is granted on its individual merit and an application process must be undertaken prior to RPL being granted. Contact us us for more information. 

Already have Business Experience?

If you have run your own small business and feel you have the business acumen already to setup your new coaching business with ease then you can choose to enrol in the Certificate course and exclude the Business Study Path. This will decrease your course fees overall and also reduce your study hours by approximately 2 months. For more information on whether you are eligible, please contact our student enquiries team on at info@wellnesscoachingaustralia.com.au 

Upcoming Course Intake Dates

Intakes are available every month where study timetables will differ if you enrol in the first 2 weeks of the month compared to the last 2 weeks of the month. Please contact us to request a copy of the study timetable for the time frame you are looking to enrol at info@wellnesscoachingaustralia.com.au 

All intakes offer 100% online learning study timetables where you can enrol any day in the month and commence straight away. Some months offer optional face to face learning for the first 2 coaching subjects. These are noted below.

Months where optional workshop format for the Level 1 and Level 2 coaching subjects are available:

 August 2020 Intake  Online/blended learning delivery format 
 September 2020 Intake   Online/blended learning delivery format 
 October 2020 Intake  Online/blended learning with optional workshops Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne
 November 2020 Intake   Online/blended learning with optional workshops Brisbane and Sydney 
 December 2020 Intake   Online/blended learning with optional workshops in Melbourne