Transform Lives with a Holistic Wellness Coach Certification

Today 1 out of 2 adults has a chronic illness. Yet 70% of healthcare costs are related to preventable diseases. With the right education and support, people can improve their health and lifestyle. They just need someone who can show them the way. That’s where Holistic Wellness & Holistic Life Coaching can help. 

What is a Holistic Wellness Coach?

A holistic wellness coach is a specific type of mentor, motivator, and guide that focuses on helping people improve their overall health and well-being. This includes a more integrative approach, helping people through lifestyle changes, self-care, improving eating habits by teaching holistic nutrition fundamentals, working on natural weight loss, increasing physical activity in fun ways, teaching stress management skills, and navigating chronic disease/conditions. Holistic Wellness Coaches draw on holistic solutions and natural methods to bring about lasting lifestyle changes for their clients.

What is a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach?

A certified holistic wellness coach is a professional who works with people who want to improve their overall health and life or those who have may have health risks, chronic conditions, or disease, working with them to motivate a change in their behavior to improve their wellness.

Wellness coaching offers a unique perspective in the health field, as coaches use motivational interviewing and client-led methods to inspire healthy lifestyle changes. It’s related to life coaching in the methods, modalities, and style of coaching but focuses specifically on creating healthy changes in an individual’s life.

Wellness Coaches are not licensed healthcare professionals and they don’t diagnose or treat diseases.

They can complement medical care by coaching clients through lifestyle changes prescribed by a physician or dietician, or simply offer accountability and inspiration for those who are ready to feel more vibrant by improving their health behavior.

Licensed healthcare and public health professionals can also become holistic wellness coaches in order to add another skill set to their healthcare toolkit to better serve patients.

Should I Choose Holistic Wellness as a Career?

A Holistic Wellness Coaching career is more than just a trend. People are seeking the support of Health Coaches now more than ever as they have a greater understanding of what health and wellness really means and how it impacts their life. Our health is more than our physical appearance, the number on a scale, or even our blood pressure. True health and wellness are beyond numbers and how we look. 

Our well-being is a much deeper, holistic look at how we feel and live each day.   

Millions of people set health and wellness goals every year. Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or a response to some not-so-great news from the doctor, we tend to want to do better. 

Our health impacts every area of our life. But when it comes to getting fit, changing old habits, or improving our emotional well-being, making changes is not always easy to do. 

Having someone to support you to reach your holistic health goals with a program can make a big difference.

Becoming a Wellness Coach means you serve as a specialist guide for clients to learn from on their wellness journey. As opposed to health coaching, which is limited to physical health, Wellness Coaches go a step further and guide clients in all areas of their life that impact their wellness, providing support and accountability to help their clients reach their goals and make lasting positive lifestyle changes.

If you only want to focus on helping people with their physical health with an emphasis on food and exercise, get a health coach certification where you’ll be taught standardized advice. But if you want to help people  more holistically, you’ll be more satisfied as a holistic wellness coach.

Holistic Wellness Coaching is a Rapidly Expanding Field

It’s an exciting time to get started in this field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wellness Coaching is growing much faster than average career paths. This is due in part to several factors across a variety of fields.

Corporations are expanding into wellness services and offering corporate health & wellness programs to support employees.

Additionally, the healthcare field is broadening its scope and traditional medical centers are incorporating alternative and preventative care. 

Finally, technology is booming which allows professionals in this field to leverage tools that may not have been at their disposal in the past.  All of these factors are strong reasons to get started in a new career, especially if you like helping people make changes that positively impact their health.

Work Opportunities

There are a variety of job opportunities for Certified Holistic Wellness Coaches whether you want to work full-time, part-time, run your own business or alongside others such as:

  • Running your own business with local clients
  • Running your own business from the comfort of your own home with remote clients using tools like Skype, Zoom, Slack, etc.
  • In corporations leading workplace health and wellness programs
  • In schools helping children and educators
  • In wellness centers and holistic clinics.
  • In yoga studios and fitness centers

Career Earning Potential

Holistic Wellness Coaches are able to command top dollar, especially when they are specialized and have a deeper level of knowledge, as IAWP graduates are. 

A study done by PricewaterhouseCoopers and The International Coach Federation found that the average salary of a coach is $82,000 per year.

According to Forbes magazine, the highest-paid Wellness Coaches can earn well over $100,000 annually. 

When you specialize in Holistic Health and Wellness Coaching through IAWP, you’ll be positioned to be able to create this kind of income with your new career. (Don’t just take our word for it, check out successful IAWP Holistic Wellness Coaches here.)

Health and wellness coach training and career requirements

Why People Choose to Get Certified with the IAWP

Helping Clients Create Change that Sticks

If you’ve ever looked at changing your diet, you know that there’s conflicting information out there. Take to the web and you’ll see health websites that tell you to go vegan or follow a vegetarian diet. Yet, there are just as many that claim the Paleo diet, Keto or Whole 30 is the way to go. 

With so much health advice that seems convincing yet contradicts itself, it’s hard to know whom to trust and what information is correct.  What should you do? Where should you turn to learn? We invite you to stop the madness now! You don’t have to jump on the latest bandwagon or fad diet to live a life of wellness or help others to.

At the IAWP, we provided our coaches with our Wellness 360™ system, which is based on the philosophy that every individual is unique and has a variety of lifestyle factors that determine what works for them. IAWP Holistic Wellness & Holistic Life Coaches study to understand all of these lifestyle factors affecting a person’s well-being and help clients find the right foods and lifestyle choices for their unique makeup. They also dig deep into areas like mindset, career, relationships, purpose and spirituality and learn how these elements impact a person’s wellness.

One thing we’ve noticed over the years of training our students in wellness coaching is that when a person discovers their own unique path to wellness, the changes are easier to make and easier to keep.  Empowering people to make choices that work for them is a key aspect of health coaching. 

You might be wondering how wellness coaching fits in with traditional health advice and care. It’s a great question. In some cases, a wellness coach picks up where a doctor or nutritionist leaves off. A doctor may recommend a patient work with a Wellness Coach to help them reach their health goals.

A Wellness Coach can’t diagnose illnesses or prescribe medications.  However, they can affect change on a deeply personal level and help to tie an entire healthcare plan together for a successful outcome. Wellness Coaches are like the glue in someone’s health journey.

Own Your Own Business

Many Holistic Wellness Coaches opt to work in private practice running their own coaching business. You can work from home, rent a shared or solo office space, partner with another holistic professional, or even work virtually from your local coffee shop using the latest technology to support your sessions with clients. 

One of the big benefits of becoming a Holistic Wellness & Life Coach is the ability to set your own hours and be your own boss if you desire.  While you can work within an organization or traditional work environment, there are many options to create more flexibility. 

The freedom of working when and where you want allows Holistic Wellness Coaches to design careers and lifestyles that represent their individuality and tap into their creativity.  

The opportunities for sharing your message of health and helping others are endless with today’s technology. You can incorporate working with clients over Skype, your own website, email, blogging, starting a YouTube channel, podcasting, public speaking, starting wellness session events in your local community, and other innovative marketing techniques to grow your business. 

You’re Always Learning Even After Getting Certified

The field of being a Holistic Wellness Coach & Life Coach is ever-evolving.  If you enjoy staying on top of the latest wellness changes, then this could be an ideal career for you.  Finding a wellness coach training program that provides continuing education and support is the key to your long-term success. 

Whether it’s new science in nutrition, innovations in psychology, or a new business strategy, there’s plenty to stay on top of so you can best support your coaching clients.

A Passion for Holistic Health

The number one thing needed to be successful before entering any certification program is having a passion for holistic health.

With that, you can learn everything else from our program if you are open to it.

A successful coach should be curious about what makes people tick and enjoy helping them.

Communicating effectively with others is another important trait. Chances are, you’re already the person your friends and family come to to learn and get health advice. If so, that’s a great sign!

If you’re thinking about making this a career, you’re probably already sharing your passion with others. All you need are the classes that teach you the skills and the coaching certification to turn your passion into a real career.

Our Wellness Career Kit

Take the first step towards a new career by downloading your Wellness Coach Career Kit. It’s our complimentary gift to you and you will find a ton of valuable resources to explore your exciting career opportunities. 

With your career kit, you can learn more about how the International Association of Wellness Professionals will provide you with customized training experiences designed for your success.

CCE Accredited

IAWP Students and Grads are globally recognized and accredited. We have CCE accreditation through the International Coach Federation and approved by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and the Canadian Health Coach Alliance.

Because we’re accredited through the AADP you can also become board certified as a health and wellness coach.

Wellness & Business Coaching to Help You Succeed

Our certification and training doesn’t just teach you about holistic living and wellness and coaching, but also business skills. We’re super passionate about entrepreneurship and will teach you based on real world experience.

We also give you lifetime access to classroom access, new curriculum updates, and personal support even after you’ve finished the program. No other organization provides this level of personal support.

Learn Remotely with Convenient Online Training Options

The IAWP Holistic Wellness Coach & Holistic Life Coach Dual Certification is designed to work with you and your schedule in our interactive, virtual learning classroom. Whether you have an extra 2 hours a week or 20 hours a week to devote to your coursework, our program is flexible to your needs.

Get Real-World Experiential Learning

Gain hands-on experience while learning so you’re confident in your coaching skills with clients by the time you graduate. We provide hands-on training through our Immersive Transformation Training Method™. 

This provides you with unlimited support and practice so you grow in both your knowledge and ability to be an effective holistic wellness coach. You’ll work with a Master Coach, receiving personal coaching, modeling it and honing your new skills every step of the way.

Get Started or Learn More

Not sure if the IAWP is right for you? Schedule a call with one of our graduates or view our student case studies to see if we can help support your personal and professional goals.

Or, if you still want to learn more, move on to the next chapter in this series about Wellness Coaching.

Chapter 1
The Difference Between Health and Wellness

You might have heard or seen the words health and wellness used interchangeably in conversations, magazine articles, and advertisements. But although they’re related, there are a few critical differences between them.

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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 much less than a specialist. Generalists do not have the same level of training and the market allows for specialists to charge higher fees. This is also true for a Holistic Wellness Coaches.

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

The IAWP is an accredited school by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) and completion of our Holistic Wellness Coach Certification training allows you to become a board certified Health and Wellness Coach with the AADP. 

Our Holistic Wellness Coach Certification Program is CCE accredited by the International Coaching Federation. Our Certification program is also approved by the Canadian Health Coach Alliance. 

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 you during your training and for the life of your new 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… You will have have unlimited opportunities 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 so you will receive personal support in these highly transformational training sessions.

You will 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 you all the tools and systems you will 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, you will form lasting friendships and peer support relationships with students from around the globe and in your 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.

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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 guide you as you 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 the International Coach Federation where our program allows you to earn Continuing Education Credits. 

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 yours 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 also learn the ins and out of online marketing, 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 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.