Four Reasons Current Health Coaches Should Become Certified


A wellness coaching certification can help you increase your credibility and your value

It’s becoming increasingly common to hear people calling themselves “health and wellness coaches.” People may make this claim because they work in a nutrition or medical field, or because they sell a particular health program or wellness product. Because the term “health and wellness coach” is often used rather casually, it’s more important than ever to set yourself apart by obtaining a wellness coaching certification. Here are a few reasons why:

1. Credibility. Becoming a Certified Wellness Coach (CWC) greatly enhances your credibility within the industry. Since the overall profession recognizes but doesn’t (yet) require a certification, there are many individuals trying to build similar businesses. However, your certification provides you the additional credibility needed to effectively compete in the industry. It also puts you ahead of the game in many settings that do require certification, or are moving in that direction. Additionally, certification provides your clients, employer and potential clients with an immediate verification of your knowledge and professionalism, backed by an official designation from an outside organization that acknowledges your credibility.

2. Competence. Regardless of your background, you significantly raise your competence as a wellness coach through the process of earning a certification. Having the tools to address the big picture for your clients in all aspects of health and wellness will make you a stronger coach. You’ll also expand your knowledge base and learn new skills.

3. Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). Catalyst certification programs are currently accredited for 27-35 contact hours. The Catalyst Coaching certification is approved by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), allowing you to sit for the national board exam if desired. Catalyst’s certification program is also approved/accredited by many other top-tier credentialing agencies, including the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA), and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).

4. Professional development. Many participants in Catalyst’s programs speak to the value of the communication skills they learned during the certification process. In addition to our  multiple certification pathways, we offer a wellness coaching business toolbox and web portal full of business management tools to help coaches manage successful coaching businesses. In addition, we host the nation’s only health and wellness coach retreat and symposium, maintain a coaching library with recommended resources, publish regular blog posts on wellness coaching, and conduct a podcast on wellness coaching topics. If you’re ready to take the next steps, you can also bump up to the next level by becoming a Master Certified Wellness Coach.

What are you waiting for? Learn more about Catalyst Coaching Institute’s wellness coach certification and how you can benefit and grow from becoming a certified coach.

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