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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. 

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.

Watch this video to learn more about the Professional Certificate

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 stress management. 

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 registered 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 7 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). 

  1. Coaching Study Path
  2. Healthy Lifestyle Practice Study Path
  3. Business Study Path

Coaching Study Path

Subject Description
Level 1 - Foundations of Wellness Coaching Start your coach training here at Level 1 where discover all the theories behind the Wellness Coaching model, focusing on the foundational principles and fundamentals of coaching psychology. 
Level 2 - Wellness Coaching Skills in Practice Learn to truly master the techniques of coaching and use positive psychology to form strong relationships with your clients. Level 2 is the start of your practical coach training where you’ll gain an understanding of how to implement the coaching model in real-life situations and gain confidence around your entry level coaching skills. 
Level 3 - Professional Studies in Wellness Coaching Building on the knowledge gained in Level 1 and 2, Level 3 provides you with advanced practical coach training skills and further exploring the theoretical elements of coaching, focusing on increasing competency and confidence to practice as a professional Coach.

Included in the coaching study clsster is a strong focus on legal and ethical issues to ensure the professionalism of the industry. The importance of complying with all relevant laws and standards around confidentiality, scope of practice is emphasised as well as contextualisation of the  coaching relationship.

Healthy Lifestyle Practice Study Path

While health and wellness coaches are not  experts in health and disease, they need to be familiar with evidence-based recommendations that fall in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention and lifestyle medicine.  Students will be directed to extra study in these areas with many topics covered comprehensively in the following subjects.  

Subject  Description
Understanding Stress - for you and your clients This subject provides thorough understanding of what is now the cause of numerous physical and psychological ailments that detract from the quality and satisfaction of so many people’s lives as well as providing mental and physical strategies for stress management.
Concepts of Physical Fitness for Optimal Health This subject covers the basic principles of physical activity for healthy living that a health or wellness coach needs to understand when working with clients to achieve goals that may include aspects of movement. 
Healthy Nutrition for Life This subject covers nutrition and lifestyle strategies for prevention and management of weight issues.


Business Study Path

Subject Description
Passion to Profit - Group Business Coaching Program Passion to Profit gives Health and Wellness Coaches the clarity, confidence and wisdom they need to create a thriving, profitable 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 
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.
WCA Licensed Coach - 12 month subscription On completion of all 3 study clusters, you will collate some key elements of your training to apply to be a WCA Licensed Coach (12 months’ Licensee subscription fees included in the course fee). You will gain access to some important resources in the Licensees toolkit, along with a PowerPoint presentation to help you introduce coaching, audio recordings, templates, ebooks and client resources. 

Course Duration

This is a 12 month, part-time course with structured and flexible learning over this period. If deferment is required, you have up to 2 years to complete all the subject requirements. 

Course Delivery

This is a blended learning course offering both online and 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

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 and formal registration as a Wellness Coach. IICT is an independent membership body for the wellness industry whose course endorsement will allow you to apply for professional insurance under the service category of Wellness Coaching. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

An Approved Training Program with the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches

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, please contact us for more information or read the full details in our course guide including additional training requirements and other pre-requisites you may need to hold before submitting your application (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 contact our office.

Industry Accredited - Continuing Education Points/Credits

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 we offer a revised format of our Professional Certificate course that does not include the Business Study Path. This revised format is strictly limited to students who have successfully setup and run their own business particularly in the areas of pricing and marketing.  For more information on whether you are eligible, please contact our student enquiries team on at 

2020 Course Intake Dates

We have 8 course intakes a year. Each intake has some preset subject dates within the 12 month period while other subjects can be taken as flexible learning dates through the year. Contact us to receive a study timetable for the course intake you are interested in. 

February 2020 Intake  - enrolments close Feb 3
March 2020 Intake  - enrolments close March 2
April 2020 Intake  - open enrolment date. Commence any day during the month of April
May 2020 Intake  - enrolments close May 1
July 2020 Intake  - enrolments close June 29
August 2020 Intake  - enrolments close July 31
October 2020 Intake  - enrolments close Sept 30
November 2020 Intake  - enrolments close Oct 30