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Teaching & Inspiring Others to Be Healthy

The International Association of Wellness Professionals (IAWP) was founded to bring together the best experts and training in wellness, coaching and holistic business under one roof. Our wellness education programs began over fourteen years ago and today, we have a thriving community of Holistic Wellness Coaches in over 80 countries across the globe who have joined us in our mission to improve the health and wellness of people everywhere.


Our community is passionate about spreading the message of holistic wellness and growing together as we inspire others.  We often find it makes sense to say to those who resonate with our message and mission…Welcome Home!

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IAWP Wellness Coach Training & Certification Program

The International Association of Wellness Professionals (IAWP) is the global leader in Health and Wellness Coach Training. Our Wellness Coach Certification provides an unparalleled, world-class education in wellness, coaching and business.

Should you become an IAWP Wellness Coach?

The IAWP Wellness Coach Training program is right for you if:

  • You are passionate about health and wellness in your own life
  • You have a desire to teach others how to be healthy and change their life
  • You want to do work that is meaningful and makes a difference
  • You want your work to be in alignment with your own personal values
  • You want to be a part of a community that supports and inspires you to live your best life
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Are you passionate about wellness and helping others be healthy?

There’s never been a better time than now to embark upon an exciting career as a Wellness Coach.


Whether you want to take the first step toward helping others to be healthy, start a career doing something you love, or expand an existing business, you’ve come to the right place.

What makes IAWP different?

Most training programs provide you with an education and a few tools, but do not provide the necessary systems or customized support to create success, leaving you to figure it all out on your own after graduation.


Our mission at the IAWP is to provide our students with all of the systems and support they need to create success in their new career, from the moment you start your training.


That’s why your training with the IAWP includes not just an in-depth education, but personal support and proven systems to make ensure your success is inevitable.

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A message from the founder

Hello, I’m Suzanne Monroe and I want to personally welcome you to the International Association of Wellness Professionals community. I’m so excited that you are visiting our website because that means you are interested in holistic lifestyles and wellness. Now more than ever we need people like you who are ready to guide and support others to living a healthy life. Our world is experiencing a healthcare crisis, and not just because of dollars and cents, but because we have forgotten the most important medicine there is: taking care of ourselves with healthy food, movement and lifestyle choices.

If you are passionate about wellness and want to inspire others, I invite you to read on about how you can create a career you love that makes a difference in the lives of others. What people need most right now is an advocate for their health, someone who will listen to them and guide them to making the lifestyle changes that are necessary.

It’s an exciting time to be embarking upon a new career in the field of Holistic Wellness. With the education you’ll receive in our accredited training program, you’ll have the opportunity to create an exciting, meaningful career in one of the fastest growing fields. I hope you enjoy exploring our website and that I have the chance to meet you inside our community!

Love, Health & Success,

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The International Association of Wellness Professionals


Learn from the World's Greatest Leaders in Wellness, Coaching & Business
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Bernie Siegel, MD

CEO and Co-Founder

Bernie is a retired assistant clinical professor of surgery at Yale, the founder of the Exceptional Cancer Patients therapy, and the author of numerous books including Peace, Love & Healing, How to Live Between Office Visits, Prescriptions for Living, Help Me to Heal, 365 Prescriptions for the Soul, and many more.

Health & Wellness Coach Stephen Rechtschaffen

Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD

Nutrition Expert

Stephan is a pioneer in the wellness movement and the co-founder of the Institute for Holistic Studies. He’s also a widely recognized holistic physician, lecturer, and author. Stephan lives in Nosara, Costa Rica, where he is the director and visionary of the Blue Spirit Retreat.

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Joan Borysenko, PhD

HR Executive

Dr. Joan Borysenko is a world renowned expert in the mind-body connection. A licensed psychologist with a doctorate in cell biology from Harvard Medical School, she synthesizes cutting edge science with deep humanity. She is the New York Times bestselling author of 16 books and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and on Public Television.

Marci Shimoff

Marci Shimoff

Best-selling Author

Marci is a New York Times best-selling author and world-renowned transformational teacher. Her books include Love for No Reason, Happy for No Reason, and the Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul series (as coauthor). Marci is dedicated to helping people live more empowered and joy-filled lives.

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Lisa Sasevich


Lisa, known as “The Queen of Sales Conversion,” is a former corporate sales superstar who became an entrepreneur and, in just three years, created a multi-million dollar home-based business. In addition to her business achievements, Lisa is the author of The Invisible Close, a guide to making more sales without being “sales-y.”

Max Simon

Max Simon


Max is a highly recognized global authority on creating powerful, purposeful and profitable businesses. The son of a physician and co-founder of the Chopra Center for Well-Being and a transcendental meditation teacher, Max’s wellness roots run deep. Max has produced more than 200 seminars that have transformed thousands of lives.

Janet Attwood

Janet Attwood

Best-selling Author

Janet is a visionary, a transformational leader, and a world humanitarian.  She is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The Passion Test™ and the co-founder of one of the largest online magazines in the world, Healthy Wealthy ‘n Wise.  Janet travels the globe to support people in their quests for personal greatness.

Christine Horner

Christine Horner, MD


Christine is a board certified and nationally recognized surgeon, award-winning author, professional speaker, and women’s health advocate. In 1999, she helped create the first-ever syndicated TV news segment exclusively focused on complementary and alternative medicine.

Kevin Doherty

Kevin Doherty


Kevin is a marketing and business coach for holistic practitioners. He is the president of Dream Practice Coaching, a business book writer, and a licensed acupuncturist who continues to run a part-time private practice.


Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook


Racheal is the founder of The Yogipreneur and The Yogi CEO, a company that specializes in business building for the yoga and holistic health community. 

She is also the co-author of the book A Modern Yogi’s Guide to Rockin’ Your Yoga Career.

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Arthur Ciaramicoli, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been treating clients for more than 35 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Psychological Association. Currently in private practice, Dr. Ciaramicoli has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for several years. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News and other shows. He is the author of several books, including the Power of Empathy and The Stress Solution.

Suzanne Monroe

Suzanne Monroe

Founder and CEO

Suzanne Monroe is the author of The Holistic Cookbook & Lifestyle Guide: 12 Weeks to a Healthier, Happier You, the co-author of 101 Ways to Improve Your Health, and is a health and business expert appearing regularly in the media. Suzanne was inspired to create the IAWP Wellness Coach Training & Certification Program in collaboration with other leading health experts in order to inspire people to create meaningful careers and spread the message of wellness.

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Jesse Koren & Sharla Jacobs

Award-winning Coaches

Jesse and Sharla are award-winning million-dollar coaches and published authors. As founders of Thrive Academy and The Client Attraction Summit, they have taught over 6,000 coaches and holistic practitioners how to build successful businesses.

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Sally Fallon Morrell


Sally is the founding president of the widely recognized Weston A. Price Foundation, the editor of the journal Wise Traditions, the founder of A Campaign for Real Milk, the author of the best-selling Nourishing Traditions cookbook, and the co-author of the book Eat Fat, Lose Fat.


Meet the IAWP Team
Kevin Cahill

Kevin Cahill

Chief Operating Officer

Julie Siller

Julie Siller

Director of Operations & Student Support

Danielle Luipersbeck

Danielle Luipersbeck

Director of Admissions

Kim Goeltom

Kim Goeltom

Admissions Advisor & Master Coach Leader

Karina Hammer

Karina Hammer

Lead Student Advisor

Jana Beeman

Jana Beeman

Master Coach Trainer

Laura Albers

Laura Albers

Master Coach Leader

Neshama Mousseau

Neshama Mousseau

Master Coach Leader

Tania Mather

Tania Mather

Master Coach Leader


Melanie Halter

Master Coach Leader

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Aimee Schrank

Master Coach Leader

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Frequently Asked Questions

Holistic Wellness Coaches are professionals who take an integrative approach to help people learn to make healthy lifestyle changes. They take into account more than just nutrition,  fitness or simple habit changes, but all aspects of a person’s health and life in true holistic fashion. IAWP Holistic Wellness Coaches are highly trained coaches, providing support and accountability for their clients so they can make lasting lifestyle changes.

Today there are many people calling themselves “Health Coaches”. They have varying educations and backgrounds, some with extensive training, others with no training at all. Health Coaching is a general term that does not tell people what area of health you help with or your specific approach. Many Health Coaches focus solely on nutrition, exercise and habit changes.

“Wellness Coach” is a more specific term. It denotes that more than just general health is being considered in the approach. Wellness signfies well-being and lifestyle aspects beyond food and exercise.

When evaluating various health and wellness coaching programs, it is important to understand the difference between becoming a generalist and a specialist. Whether a training program calls their graduates a “health coach” or a “wellness coach,” they often have a particular angle that they work from.

Holistic Wellness Coaching is a specialty term in which professionals will take a holistic approach to wellness, considering all aspects of a person’s well-being as well as the support provided involves holistic remedies, therapies, and a more natural approach to wellness.

While generalist coaches can be useful, you’re guaranteed greater success when you choose a specialist track like Holistic Wellness. You probably know that in the field of medicine a doctor who is a generalist is paid less than a specialist simply because of their training and industry demands. This is also true for a health and wellness coach.

The International Association of Wellness Professionals is recognized world wide and we have students from numerous countries all over the world.

Our Holistic Wellness Coach Certification Program is CCE accredited by the International Coaching Federation, the international gold standard in training accreditation. 

The IAWP is an accredited school by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and approved by the Canadian Health Coach Alliance.  Our Wellness Coach Certification program is also approved by the UK Health Coaches Association.

With approval and accreditation from leading organizations across the globe, you can feel confident that our  curriculum has met a high standard in terms of the education and support you will receive.

The IAWP is committed to supporting our students while in the program and for the life of their career. Our curriculum is built on support and systems which set the foundation for launching a thriving coaching practice. Our certification is unique because it’s built on an experiential learning method where coaches-in-training receive a full immersion in their learning with unlimited support. For example…

Our students have unlimited opportunity to receive personal coaching from our IAWP Master Coaches during our weekly Live Coaching Labs. You can learn from multiple mentors and experience different coaching styles during these group coaching labs. We offer a wide variety of days and times for our students to gain personal support in these highly transformational training sessions.

Our students also have unlimited access to our live training calls and workshops each month, where you will receive personal support from a  Master Coach, a guest teacher or our Founder, Suzanne Monroe.

These events are live, interactive workshops held over video conference and are a great way to connect with our faculty and fellow students, with a laser focus on subject matters related to wellness, coaching, business and mindset.

Our mission at the IAWP is to provide the most supportive online education experience in the industry and we take our mission seriously. The way we deliver our training and support is what makes our program unique from any other training in the online education field today.  

Our unique training method is called The Immersive Transformation Training Method™ (ITTM), where you will personally experience and practice everything you learn in your program. This process allows you to master your own wellness, become a highly effective coach, and launch a profitable practice…all during your training.  

Unlike most online education, where you “read, watch and learn”, here at the IAWP you will “read, watch, learn and DO” through our hands-on learning experience. ITTM includes interactive training, hands-on application, application modules, real-world experience, small group coaching labs and ongoing support.  This full immersion means you always have a place to get direct and personalized support and you not only end up with superior knowledge of coaching, but more importantly, you have the ability to coach.

We also give our students all the tools and systems they’ll need to be confident as new Wellness Coaches, without having to reinvent the wheel or start everything from scratch. You’ll get to build on a foundation that’s guaranteed to help you create success in your new business or career path.

With a large international student population, our students form lasting friendships and peer support relationships with students from around the globe and in their local communities. We don’t stop offering support after graduation, though.

One of the most impactful parts of an education with the IAWP is that we offer lifetime support for all of our students. Our community is always there to provide advice, feedback, and inspiration, no matter where you are in your Holistic Wellness Coach career journey. Don’t just take our word for it, check out what our students are saying!

The short answer is Yes! In fact, we are so confident you will get your first client by the time you graduate, that we guarantee your success. If you follow the steps in our program and fail to attract your first client by graduation, we will refund your tuition and you can keep your certification. 

At the IAWP, our program is based on our Immersive Transformation Training Method™. This method ensures you are applying your knowledge during every stage of your training and this includes taking the right steps to attract your ideal clients. Through our business training, you will follow our Coach Launch system, which is designed to take you step by step through a process that will allow you to attract and sign up your first 10 clients, or your next 10 clients, again and again. 

When you enroll in our Holistic Wellness Coach Certification program, you will receive Lifetime Access to our training, plus continued education and support for the life of your career. This is very unique in the online education industry and we are unaware of any other organization that provides this level of access and ongoing support. 

This also means that you will be part of a community that is committed to supporting one another. Unlike other training programs where access to other students might be limited to your current class, at the IAWP you will have the opportunity to connect with former students and grads who are always excited to share their experiences and pay it forward. It’s truly a unique community like no other. 

While you do not need continuing education credits to maintain your IAWP Holistic Wellness Coach Certification, our training is recognized and accredited by several organizations, like ICF where our program can earn you CCEs. 

Our primary focus is on giving you the systems and support you need to build a thriving practice, helping others. 

Our business training can be applied to building a practice in your local community or creating an online coaching business.  Some students prefer to work locally, others go straight to online. The choice is your and will largely depend on your preference. 

Through our Coach Launch Fast Track system,  you will learn how to set up your business and determine which career track best fits for you. You will learn online marketing basics, social media, video conferencing and other virtual business tools. You’ll also personally experience virtual coaching and online workshops through your training.

Because launching an online practice requires some additional technical skills, we encourage most of our students to apply our systems in their local community first and then expand to online as they build proof of concept with their niche, their signature coaching program and our client attraction strategies.