Certificate in Mental Fitness & Health Coaching

Become a professionally recognised Mental Fitness & Health Coach and help clients to thrive rather than experiencing serious emotional and mental struggle. This course is approved with Health Coaches Australia and New Zealand Association (HCANZA). Interest free payment plans and flexible start dates. No prior health qualifications required to enrol. Course intake group available every month – enrol and get access today!

Presented in Partnership with The Mental Fitness Project

You are here because you are looking for a better way to help people. You know that being resilient is more than just having positive thoughts and putting on a brave face. We need to help prevent a further slide into an inability to cope.

And this is the space that a Mental Fitness Health Coach will work.

When clients present with feelings of overwhelm, stress and fatigue, they may be dealing with it by emotional eating or drinking, withdrawal, anger, or excessive screentime. There are many symptoms that raise a red flag. The space between thriving and struggling with mental wellbeing. You know you can make a difference, but you want to deliver a program that is wholistic and integrated.

Learn this science backed, integrated and client-centered approach to coaching people in Mental Health management and prevention, and embark on your new role as a Mental Fitness & Health Coach.

Become Professionally Recognised in 6 to 12 months

This course provides you with the required certification to become a professionally recognised Mental Fitness & Health Coach and gain professional insurance to work as a Health and Wellness Coach in Australia and worldwide.

  • eligible for professional recognition and membership with the Health Coaches Australia and New Zealand Association (fees apply)
  • an evidence- based, practical qualification backed by latest research and international trends
  • highly participatory course with more than 40 ‘live’ trainer led hours and one on one mentoring and client case study feedback sessions.

12 months part-time online study with option to fast track to 6 months

No prior health background required

The latest evidence-based learning in integrated approach of body and mind ‘training’ techniques.

Recognised and approved with the Health Coaches Australia and New Zealand Association

Health and Wellness Coaching
Intensive Residential Training Program
March 10-14, 2024
Coolangatta, Gold Coast

Join us in March 2024 for our next Intensive Residential Training Program, to be held in Coolangatta on the Gold Coast.  Over 4.5 days we will be taking you through the coaching competency training units that are within the Certificate of Mental Fitness & Health Coaching, where you’ll immerse yourself in a hands-on, practical training program while fast tracking this section of your studies by 5 month. 

Train alongside like-minded  people and share in your experience with this small group training event. Our senior trainers will take you through a program of highly participatory lectures, rich with hands-on practical learning, coaching demonstrations, case studies, role play and real-time mentoring and feedback. 

Learn more about this exciting course from Course creators - Fiona Cosgrove and Paul Taylor

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Course Overview

Your studies will commence with 3 core health coaching competency units, led by Wellness Coaching Australia’s team of senior coach trainers. These evidence-based, practical units are backed by the latest research and international trends in the health coaching field, arming you with everything you need to develop and harness your coaching skills and work with clients with absolute confidence. Over a 5-6 month period, you will learn all theory and fundamental models of coaching foundation and advanced health coaching skills, practical application of coaching a client within a structured coaching model, as well as the development and implementation of coaching programs – everything you need to conduct a coaching program with individuals and groups with an advanced coaching skillset to draw from.

The second part of your qualification is presented by The Mental Fitness Project who will take you through a series of 7 self-study video units where you will learn from the most up-to-date research about the integrated lifestyle factors that underpin positive mental health. To achieve Mental Fitness, you need a full physical, mental and emotional toolkit to build the scaffolding that is evidence-based and sturdy so you can deal effectively with the inevitable challenges of life.

The Certificate in Mental Fitness & Health Coaching is comprised of 10 individual units across 3 competency groups

Advanced Core Coaching Competency
(3 units)

Mental Fitness Coaching
(3 units)

Lifestyle Medicine
(4 units)

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Professional Recognition and Insurance

Health Coaches Australia and New Zealand Association

This qualification is an approved training program course with our industry association: Health Coaches Australia and New Zealand Association (HCANZA) enabling you to apply for professional recognition and full membership. HCANZA is the leading industry association in our region that supports Health and 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.  

International Institute for Complementary Therapists

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 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.

Course Delivery and Fees

Delivered over 12 months (or 6 months fast track timetable option), these 10 units are presented through a blended learning format including live webinars, practical sessions, coach a client sessions, self guided learning, live workshops (optional), and backed up by a learner portal with self learning activities and comprehensive assessment tasks. 

Flexible payment options with interest free, monthly or fortnightly payment plans or choose to pay upfront on enrolment. Refer to the course guide for more details on the delivery formats for each unit and course fees.

Course Enrolment

We offer course intake groups every month of the year where the below group intakes are currently open for enrolment online or over the phone.

We offer flexible study start dates where upon enrolment you receive immediate access to your first study unit. You can enrol in an intake group right up to the last week of the starting month. Example you wish to commence in December, you can enrol anytime during the month right up to December 31 and receive immediate access to the first unit which is a short 6-8 hour online video program.

This course is a highly interactive course with more than 40 hours of “live” trainer led practical training sessions that you attend via webinar. Please request the study timetable for the intake group you are interested in to learn more about live training dates and times. Click here to request a copy of the standard 12 month study timetable for the intake group you are interested in.

Please ensure you have read the enrolment terms and conditions prior to enrolling.

2 Payment options are available: (1) Interest free monthly or fortnightly payment plan (transaction fees apply)  OR (2) Pay in full upfront

Name Intake Status Course End Date (at the latest)
March/April 2024 intake (MENTAL-FITNESS) Enrolment Open 28/02/2025

Industry Accredited - Continuing Education Points/Credits

Individual learning elements within our 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

WCA Unit Exemption - Credit Transfer

If you have completed individual Wellness Coaching Australia coach training courses, in the last 2 years, that are units within this certificate course, these can be credit transferred to the Certificate in Mental Fitness & Health Coaching upon application. This will decrease your course fees overall and also reduce your study hours. Contact us for more information and request a quotation.

If you have completed prior health and lifestyle related study external to Wellness Coaching Australia and wish to apply for recognition of prior learning, please read our RPL policy to determine if you are eligible. Click here to download RPL policy. 


When I first looked at enrolling into a course on coaching and wellness, I was drawn to the Professional Certificate course and Wellness Coaching Australia because above all, it offered a robust and evidence-based approach to coaching on health and wellbeing. The training content has credible backing in research, and it’s easy to gather from the study materials and the facilitation, that the program is well thought out and meticulously designed. There is coaching practice and feedback in abundance, and the course offers a safe space to trial, error, learn and grow. The frameworks and tools I learnt around coaching psychology, understanding stress and passion to profit are contents that I regularly reference as I set up my own coaching business, The Life Balance Movement, and I can’t wait to see where it goes!
Debanjali Sengupta
Even though I currently live in the UK at present so many of the courses that I looked at were American and they just did not meet my requirements or feel aligned with my values. Wellness Coaching Australia had a great course full of content and I found such a helpful team, right from the moment I made my initial enquiry. I loved so many aspects of the course, as the modules were really comprehensive and for me I found a great balance of information along with diverse ways of working - from small practical group sessions to individual project work. The additional modules were excellent and I personally got the most from the module on 'Understanding stress' - this was such a comprehensive section and so essential for meeting clients where they are. Stress is such a huge factor for most of my clients and so this was a great insight. I loved all of the support I got from all of the team and felt that I always had someone to help me either find information or get an answer. If you’re looking for a health coaching course, Wellness Coaching Australia would be my top recommendation for a good all round qualification along with helpful supportive staff and knowledgeable experienced tutors/trainers.
Helen Selby
“I recently completed studies with Wellness Coaching Australia, finishing with a Professional Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching. As an allied health professional who works in the chronic disease management and prevention space, an understanding of human behaviour and coaching principles is imperative when working with clients. I completed my Level 1 & 2 wellness coaching course to enhance my skills and breadth of knowledge when working with such clients. Level 3 Professional Studies built upon this learning and provided an opportunity for practical applications through regular coaching circles. This course has opened my lens both personally and professionally, and has shifted my approach to practice. I am currently implementing coaching techniques within my work as an allied health professional and also plan to expand this further within my own business of wellness coaching. The course was fantastic and extremely valuable. Highly recommend”
Stephanie Aalders