Professional Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching

Internationally recognised and approved training program. Interest free payment plans and flexible enrolment dates – Enrol and get access today!

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.

The Professional Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching 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.

Become Professionally Recognised in 12 months

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 worldwide.

  • 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
  • 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, 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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Course Overview

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. 

What sets our course apart is our ‘live’ trainer facilitated business training module for those looking to setup a coaching business. 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.

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.

The Professional Certificate is comprised of 8 individual subjects across 3 competency groups

Advanced Core Coaching Competency
(4 subjects)

Healthy Lifestyle Practice
(3 subjects)

Passion to Profit – Business Coaching Program
(1 subject)*

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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.  

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

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, these 8 subjects 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. It can be adapted for anyone looking for a 100% distance learning option. 

Flexible payment options with interest free, 12 month 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.

You can enrol in an intake group right up to the last week of the starting month. Example you wish to commence in April, you can enrol anytime during April right up to April 25 where new course enrolments then close. The month 1 subject is a nice and easy 8 hour, self learning video unit so you simple need to ensure you have enough time from the time of enrolling to the end oft he month to complete this.

2 Payment options are available: (1) Interest free 12 month payment plan (transaction fees apply)  OR (2) Pay in full upfront

Name Intake Status Course End Date (at the latest)
August 2022 intake (PROCERT) Enrolment Open 30/08/2023
Sept 2022 intake (PROCERT) Enrolment Open 30/09/2023
October 2022 intake (PROCERT) Enrolment Open 30/10/2023
November 2022 intake (PROCERT) Enrolment Open 30/11/2023
December 2022 intake (PROCERT) Enrolment Open 30/12/2023

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.

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

Subject Exemption - Credit Transfer

If you have completed individual Wellness Coaching Australia training courses, in the last 2 years, that are subjects within this program, these can be credit transferred to the Professional Certificate upon application.

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 Professional 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.

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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