Why should I become a Certified Wellness Coach??

There are two primary reasons to pursue your accredited Certified Wellness Coach (CWC) designation: competence and credibility. Regardless of your background, you significantly enhance your competence as a wellness coach through the process of earning your CWC. We incorporate a comprehensive approach to your training that not only includes traditional lecture but also practical application and collaboration with a mentor coach.

In addition, your credibility is greatly enhanced. You are not required to earn your certification to be a wellness coach, and there are individuals who are attempting to build their business without the certification. However, your certification provides you the additional credibility needed to effectively compete in the industry. It provides your clients and potential clients with an immediate indication that you know your stuff – and that an outside organization has acknowledged and rewarded that competency with an official designation.

How do I become a health and wellness coach?

There are many opportunities for individuals to pursue a career as a wellness coach (aka a health coach). The two titles are both utilized depending on the personal preferences of the individual. Health and wellness coaching jobs range from starting your own business to working for a national employee wellness provider, such as US Corporate Wellness (USCorporateWellness.com). Depending on the orientation of the company, some coaches work from home while others work in an office with other coaches. Similar to many other jobs, the first step is completing your education and training to provide you with the credibility needed to earn a job as a wellness coach.

Furthermore, the industry may soon require a national health and wellness coach board exam. So, it’s critical to select a training like the Catalyst Coaching Institute, which provides you the opportunity to sit for this exam.

What do I need to know about upcoming changes in the wellness industry?

Great question. We are excited to offer our Master Certified Wellness Coach training as an approved transition program through the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching. For a more complete description of the upcoming changes and potential considerations, please read our blog post “National Wellness Coaching Exam Coming Soon?”

What is the total cost of the CWC (Certified Wellness Coach) certification?

The cost of either the Fast Track or the Distance Learning program is $1992. In addition, there is an option to set up a “6 Months No Interest” option at registration that will spread this amount out on your end if that’s beneficial. This applies to both the FAST TRACK and the DISTANCE LEARNING options.

Is there an additional charge for the CCI certification testing at the end of the training?

No. The CCI certification testing (both written and practical skills assessment) are included in the total investment for the CWC health and wellness coach certification.

All you need to cover is your travel expenses. As an added bonus, we also provide lunch and snacks at the two-day live event and allow individuals to repeat both the webinars and the live training at no additional cost, if you’d like a refresher in the future.

What behavior change models are incorporated into the CWC certification training?

We incorporate an eclectic training approach to ensure you have all the skills needed to become an effective coach. The behavior change models are included in the training, but the training also reaches beyond Intrinsic Motivation, Temperament, Motivational Interviewing and Interaction Styles.

Can I earn my wellness coach certification online?

Yes. Catalyst does offer a Distance Learning option to earn your Wellness Coach Certification (synonymous with Health Coach Certification) 100% online. Contact us to learn more, or read about our distance learning program.

What is the typical salary or income of a health and wellness coach?

This doesn’t have an easy answer. Income is dependent upon the setting in which you work and what you bring to the table in terms of experience and complementary services. If you’re willing to build your own business, you’re likely to earn more money. But, that can come with greater variability (ups and downs) in your earnings as well as a greater commitment than a traditional 9-to-5 schedule. If schedule flexibility is important to you, a certified wellness coach career can provide that, and it can doors to explore any number of complementary pursuits.

What is an accredited wellness coach certification?

An accredited wellness coach certification (or health coach certification) indicates the training program has been reviewed by outside organizations to insure quality. For example, the Catalyst Coaching Institute’s program has been reviewed and approved by four organizations: the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC), the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), the National Athletic Trainer’s Association Board of Certification (NATA-BOC) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). All four have reviewed the Catalyst program and given it their seal of approval.

Do I have to earn my health and wellness coach certification through Catalyst to access your web portal coaching tools?

You do not. The Catalyst Coaching Institute and the Catalyst Coaching Services are separate. You are welcome to become one of our professional member coaches even if you have not completed your certification through us.

Is your web portal like other online resources?

Some of our tools will overlap with the various trackers available elsewhere. Other resources might work just fine for you, depending on the level you choose to coach. Our portal allows you to make them your tools, including linking you to your clients. Any information your clients enter is confidential. You’ll be the only person who can view their wellness journal, goals, progress, nutrition or fitness tracker, etc. Plus, you can tag specific resources (from our extensive wellness library of 1,500+ articles) so clients can learn from them. They can access the tagged articles via their wellness journal.

The high-end Health Risk Assessment is also an extremely valuable tool. It allows you and your clients to create an initial snapshot of their overall health and wellness status. It provides you with a great deal of credibility from the beginning and allows the two of you to design an action plan. From your administrative portal, you’re able to view clients’ results as they enter their progress into the system.

Possibly the most important benefit is helping you to better leverage your time, thus grow your business more rapidly and effectively. If you build your business around the hourly rate model, you hit a ceiling very quickly. However, if you’re offering a package rate that includes the portal’s tracking, goal measurement, individual competitions, HRA and coaching, you provide additional value to your clients and can increase your overall revenues.

How much does the web portal cost?

The Catalyst Web Portal Tools help set you up for success as an independent wellness coach. Fees include:

  • One-time registration and set-up fee = $99
  • Monthly professional membership = $49/month + $5/client

The set-up fee includes immediate access to your customized email, the web portal and the Health Risk Assessment tool. This allows you to access these tools before launching your business.

Can you help me build a business as a health and wellness coach?

Absolutely! Our Coaching C-MBA program takes you through the practical aspects of launching and building your business. Whether you’re a business rookie or veteran, this program can help get your business off the ground.

For more detailed information, visit www.c-mba.com.

In addition, our website’s Special Reports section features information that can help build and grow a successful business. Some of those resources include:

If the web portal tools don’t work for me, am I stuck with a long-term commitment?

Absolutely not. You pay a one-time set-up fee of just $99 plus the monthly membership charge. From then on, you can choose to pay month-to-month or discontinue at any time.

How do I get started earning my wellness coach certification?

Register online. Or if you have additional questions, schedule a consultation with Suzanna Cooper, our Chief Learning Officer. You can also contact us via email at Results@CatalystCoachingInstitute.com.

Where is a good place to find reviews on health coach institutes?

Glad you asked! We have a lot of testimonials and reviews. You’ll find both written reviews and video clips from individuals of various backgrounds, locations and career pursuits.

What is the best way to pursue a job as a health and wellness coach?

We recommend starting with your vision rather than simply pursuing a “job.” Where would you like to work? How would you like to schedule your day? What types of clients would you like to coach? When you’ve identified a clear vision, then you can begin the process of pursuing a role that fulfills that vision. Obviously, the first step is to learn what’s needed to be an effective coach and earn the certification that provides you the credibility to get noticed. We’d be honored to be considered, if you decide to become a coach.

Is the Catalyst wellness coach training approved by the American College of Sports Medicine?

Yes, our programs are approved by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for continuing education units (CEUs) and related credentialing.

How does someone find a Wellness Coach (or Health Coach)?

Whenever we’re approached by individuals or organizations looking for a coach, we typically refer them to individuals who impressed us during and after a Catalyst training. If you’re looking for a wellness coach, drop a note to Results@CatalystCoachingInstitute.com, and we’ll connect you to an excellent coach.

What is a health and wellness coach?

It’s an individual who utilizes health- and wellness-related expertise to help people improve their lives. That expertise includes Intrinsic Motivation, Temperament, Motivational Interviewing and much more. To help clients in any number of ways, they take a holistic approach to health and wellness, which may include sleep, stress, nutrition, exercise and a wide range of other aspects. It’s an incredibly rewarding career, as you have the opportunity to see individuals live out their dreams one day at a time.

What is the ACE Health Coach Certification?

ACE offers an alternative to Catalyst for earning your health and wellness coach certification. They take a very different approach to the educational process than Catalyst. That approach might be right for you or it may not. We encourage you to carefully do your homework before selecting your path. Saving a little money now might seem like a good choice, but the certification you select builds your career’s foundation.

What is the National Society of Health Coaches?

The National Society of Health Coaches is an organization that offers a health coach certification. Upon quick review, it appears their program is primarily a self-study course with an exam. That option may be what you’re seeking rather than extensive training, practice sessions, 1:1 mentoring and more available through the Catalyst Coaching Institute. Again, do your homework, review your options carefully and decide the best way to invest your time and money.

What is an integrative nutrition health coach (or “What is an integrative health coach”)?

Integrative Nutrition is another organization that offers a health coach training. In some ways, it is similar to Catalyst but it puts a greater focus on the nutritional aspects of coaching. As noted above with other programs, take the time to do your homework, compare various programs, and determine which is the best fit to meet your career goals. Another similar option is the Nutritional Therapy Association. As a sidenote, Catalyst occasionally works with NTA to train their coaches in Motivational Interviewing and other coaching related aspects of interest. We also are pleased to be one of a select group of providers that is approved to provide CEUs for graduates of the NTA program.

What is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (or Integrative Health Coach)?

Integrative Nutrition is another organization that offers health coach training. In some ways, it is similar to Catalyst, but it puts a greater focus on the nutritional aspects of coaching. As recommended with other programs, take the time to do your homework, compare various programs and determine which is best for your career goals.

A similar option is the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA), which Catalyst occasionally partners with to train coaches in motivational interviewing and other coaching-related aspects. We’re pleased to be one of a select group of providers that’s approved to grant continuing education units (CEUs) to graduates of the NTA program.

Do you offer continuing education units (CEUs) for physical therapists?

Yes. The Catalyst Coaching Institute is the only wellness coaching certification approved by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), the largest CEU-approved organization in the country. While it doesn’t cover every state, it does cover the majority. For those states that do not yet officially utilize FSBPT, they often accept FSBPT-approved CEUs. Check with your state to be sure.

Is Catalyst an approved provider for the Nutritional Therapy Association?

Yes. The Nutritional Therapy Association awarded the Catalyst Coaching Institute their highest possible award of 10 business continuing education units (CEUs) for those who complete the CWC (Certified Wellness Coach) certification through Catalyst. This applies to both the Fast Track and the Distance Learning programs.

Does Catalyst prepare us for the National Wellness Coaching Board Exam through the ICHWC?

Yes. The Catalyst Coaching Institute was one of the first organizations in the country to be approved by the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC) back in 2015. Individuals who complete all the requirements are eligible to sit for the national board exam through the ICHWC. In fact, at least two of the Catalyst Mentor Coaches have been invited to participate in the ICHWC exam development/enhancement process.

Is the Certified Wellness Coach (CWC) certification approved by the NATA-BOC for certified athletic trainers?

Yes. The Catalyst Coaching Institute is approved by the National Athletic Trainer’s Board of Certification (NATA-BOC) to provide continuing education units (CEUs) to certified athletic trainers. Please contact us for more details.