Diploma of Health and Wellness Coaching (10641NAT)

Australia’s first nationally accredited VET qualification in Health and Wellness Coaching

If you have been searching for a VET nationally accredited Health and Wellness Coaching qualification that provides you with the ability to gain international professional recognition and insurance, then the Diploma of Health and Wellness Coaching is for you!

Delivered in partnership with our RTO partner Blueprint Career Development (RTO30978), this Diploma of Health and Wellness Coaching is a logical choice for anyone that wants to study in this emerging and thriving area of health enhancement.  Health and Wellness Coaching can be a potential catalyst for reversal of lifestyle related risk factors and optimisation of quality of life and wellbeing.

Developed to fill the current gap in accredited, evidence-based training in Australia this course will provide you with the knowledge, coaching tools, practical skillset and structured model to work as a professional Health and Wellness Coach –  both in Australia and overseas. 

Choose a qualification that exceeds all the current training standards

You will receive:

  • a nationally accredited VET qualification
  • eligible for professional recognition and membership with the Health Coaches Australia and New Zealand Association (fees apply)
  • a pathway into (U.S.) National Board Certification (NBC-HWC) – the highest level of certification in our field globally
  • a evidence- based, practical qualification backed by latest research and international trends
  • a course that exceeds the current international Health and Wellness Coaching course standards including live training hours and applied practical work experience
  • highly participatory course with more than 50 ‘live’ trainer led hours and one on one mentoring.

18 month, online and highly interactive course

No prior health background required

The latest evidence-based learning in health behaviour change

Internationally recognised and approved

Learn more about this exciting course from WCA Managing Director, Fiona Cosgrove

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Why we need Health and Wellness Coaches more than ever

For decades, society’s state of “busy-ness” with work, home and personal commitments have led to poor lifestyle behaviour.  We are now seeing chronic health conditions rise across populations. The idea that modern medicine’s “magic bullet” will fix our poor health choices has been debunked and health experts now widely prescribe the need for individuals to take active steps towards disease prevention.

Our practice is grounded in self-empowerment, supportive relationships, communication and connection. This Diploma qualification will equip you to work with clients to help them achieve better health and wellness by creating the successful behaviour that has escaped many people.

The science of coaching and health behaviour change has been a key area of research for many years in the fields of psychology, coaching and healthcare. In recent years the practice of coaching people to better health behaviours and outcomes has become recognised as a potential catalyst for successful adoption of lifestyle habits.

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Course Delivery and Fees

Delivered over 18 months, all 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. This is a large coaching practicum requirement within this qualification where you will be working with many clients over a 3 month period, utilising the skills learned throughout.

Refer to the course guide for more details on the delivery formats for each unit and course fees.

Course Enrolment

We are undergoing a renewal process with ASQA where we have requested a number of changes as to how the course is delivered and assessed as to make the student experience even better and more efficient so students can work through the course in a more fast tracked manner. If the changes we have requested are approved we would be looking to have our first group intake in the last quarter of 2022.

There are currently no available intakes for this Course.

Australian Government Funding - Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program

The Australian Government funded Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers program offers eligible persons aged 40-70 with funding contribution towards any workplace-related skills training (with a maximum rebate of $2000).

You may be eligible for Skills Checkpoint if you are:

  • aged between 40 and 70;
  • are not registered with an Australian Government Employment Services Provider;
  • have been out of work less than 12 months or are currently working and need to re-skill for their role.

Note: please allow 4 weeks for the grant application process. If you are seeking grant funding, you will not be able to commence studies until your application has been finalised so please allow this time in your planning when choosing an enrolment date.

Delivered in Partnership with Blueprint Career Development (RTO 30978)

The Diploma is offered by Blueprint Career Development (RTO 30978) and delivered by Wellness Coaching Australia who is the registered owner of the course (CO 10529). The Diploma cannot be offered by another RTO without the permission of Wellness Coaching Australia.

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. They are a respected industry voice for an appropriate standard in Health and Wellness Coaching nationally and internationally.

Pathway to National Board Certification with NBHWC (U.S)

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. 

For more information visit the NBHWC website https://nbhwc.org/

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.

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


"The WCA Diploma provides exceptional insight into human behaviour (and is meticulously backed by science). I now have skills to support clients through behavioural change successfully and confidently, as well as set up a business (including marketing), run a business, or work as part of an organisation as a coach. The quality of the content is world class and I am proud to now say I am a WCA Diploma graduate, knowing that Fiona and the team have set me up for success. A special mention to Melanie White for her unwavering support as course concierge. WCA has been so supportive along the journey and I am proud to have been a part of this.
Racheal Heslop
Having worked in the health & fitness industry for over thirty years, I learnt early on that my main role was to help clients navigate change. This insight focused my further education in the science of behaviour change and coaching psychology. Having completed other courses with WCA I jumped at the opportunity to enroll in the first Diploma In Health & Wellness Coaching. I was motivated to increase my (evidence based) knowledge and practical coaching skills. The Diploma course has provided a solid frame- work for me to develop in this area and evolve my coaching practice. The business and professional development clusters are especially geared for those who desire a career in this exciting field. For these reasons I would not hesitate in recommending this course. My business Vital Lifestyle Coaching continues to transform as both my experience and the industry advance. My business Vision is: “To empower busy and stressed professionals to slow down, create alignment, build resilience and boost their vitality so that they can lead healthier and more fulfilling lives.” My business delivers this Mission by: “Inspiring & facilitating healthy change, helping our clients experience success by creating healthy habits that stick.” With thanks to WCA I continue to contribute and make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our society.
Jason Nikakis