For those people without any prior health, fitness or Wellness qualifications, successful completion of the Professional Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching will provide you with the ability to register for your formal recognition as a  Health and Wellness Coach and then gain professional insurance to work with people providing Health and Wellness Coaching services.

People often ask why do I need to have completed studies in nutrition, lifestyle and physical activity to work as a Wellness Coach. The answer is easy - you are working with clients in the areas of behaviour change specific to their health and wellness where in order to provide them with options and choices in these areas you need to have theoretical knowledge in atleast nutrition and physical activity. Without any studies in this area you may not meet the minimum requirements in order to gain professional insurance to work with people in this area.

The good news is our Professional Certificate Program is an approved course to gaining your recognition so you can enrol with confidence that you can start working with people once you have gained your certification.

Professional Recognition to work as a Health and Wellness Coach

In Australia there is currently no industry membership body specifically for Health and Wellness Coaching. For graduates looking for professional recognition following their studies, we currently sit under the broader "Complementary Therapy" industry. 

Wellness Coaching Australia is an approved training provider with the International Institute for Complementary Therapists(IICT), where once you have completed our training and met the membership criteria, you can apply for your professional membership directly through their website. IICT is an independent membership body for the wellness industry whose course endorsement will allow you to gain professional insurance under the service category of Health and Wellness Coaching. We recommend AON insurance who provide insurance policies for a large range of health, fitness and natural therapy occupations.

IICT have offices in more than 26 countries across the globe, allowing your membership with them to have a global reach.

"I am a registered Health, Fitness or Wellness Professional already working under my industry membership. Would I benefit from also apply for recognition with IICT?"

If you have undertaken one of our coaching workshops or short courses with the view to add the coaching skill set to your current profession, (not work as a Professional Health and Wellness Coach) you can still choose to apply for membership with the IICT so that your Health and Wellness Coaching modality is recognised by them. 

To be eligible, you need to have successfully completed Level 1 and Level 2 Wellness Coach training courses (minimum) together with a prior health, fitness or wellness qualification which may include:

  • Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer, 
  • Exercise Physiologist and Physiotherapists
  • Dietitian/Nutritionist, 
  • Naturopath, Herbalists, Chinese Medicine and Holistic Health practitioners
  • Nursing
  • and other Allied health professionals 

In the application process you must be able to provide copies of your course certifications.  

Applying for Professional Insurance Cover

Once your IICT membership is active, you can apply for professional insurance. IICT recommend AON Insurance who provide insurance policies for a large range of health, fitness and natural therapy occupations. CLICK HERE to find out more about applying for a policy.

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 following completion of our course, please contact us for more information whether additional training requirements there may be 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). For more information visit the NBHWC website https://nbhwc.org/or contact our office.

Industry Accreditation

Wellness Coaching Australia is accredited with many health, fitness and Wellness bodies in Australia and overseas including the International Coaching Federation, giving you access to ongoing professional education hours/credits. Here are just some of the industry bodies our workshops, short courses and certification programs are accredited by: