What Does it Take to Become a Wellness Coach?
Learn More About Our Accredited Health Coach Programs
Health and wellness is a fast growing field that has inspired many people to take control of their lives and encourage others. Maybe you’ve started reading about nutrition and health and are already hooked. Or you’ve been diagnosed with food allergies or gastrointestinal problems and want to help others with similar issues.
Holistic professionals work with clients to make positive, lasting changes to their health — whether that’s updating their diet or encouraging an embrace of mindfulness and work-life balance. That said, becoming a health and wellness coach takes a lot more than declaring yourself an authority and starting a blog. Wellness Coaching is a profession, one that touches on spirituality, food and lifestyle changes. While some health coaches claim expertise without the credentials to back it up, becoming a credible source requires training and certification from an accredited wellness coach program.
So, how does one become a wellness coach? At the most basic level, coaches start by getting a traditional education, building up work experience and getting a professional certification.
Students interested in a career in wellness coaching can approach their education in a variety of ways. Regardless of a student’s background, the IAWP focuses on giving new coaches the tools they need to excel as entrepreneurs. Our method takes a three-pillar approach to wellness coaching. Your education starts with wellness training—where you’ll study nutrition, holistic wellness, and natural medicine. The second stage dives into coaching—helping students understand how to help clients identify goals, overcome roadblocks and create lasting changes.
Finally, the IAWP actually teaches you how to set up your own coaching practice. From honing in on your niche to perfecting your coaching skills to attracting your ideal coaching clients–our program equips you with the tools you need to succeed in the real world.
Beyond the obvious benefits associated with our training program—it’s important to note that there aren’t many wellness coaching programs available via the traditional education path.
Here, you don’t need a background in healthcare or a certain degree. Instead, a passion for helping others sets the tone for success. IAWP will teach you the rest. No matter your age or background—we’re here to help you embark on this new career path.
Everyone’s path to becoming a wellness coach looks a little different. Some coaches begin their career in another field such as massage therapy or nursing. With some wellness experience under their belt, adding on Wellness Coaching to their current practice can be an ideal fit. If you’ve worked in healthcare, nutrition, Reiki or massage, you may want to go ahead and sign up for a certification program to immediately complement your current wellness practice.
Beyond getting a formal education or experience in the field, certification improves your chances of getting the job you want or attracting private clients needed to grow your own practice. Getting certified by a professional association is a form of quality assurance.
Many employers in the healthcare or fitness industry require certification in order to qualify for employment. If you decide to open your own business, accreditation will bring some legitimacy to your trade and with the right training program, you will also learn essential skills necessary to run your own Wellness Coaching practice.
Now, several organizations offer certification. And in most cases, these programs, focus on nutrition and general well-being. Some programs will focus on sharpening your entrepreneurial skills, too. In any case, you’ll want to make sure you choose a program that provides expertise, not just general training.
What Does IAWP Offer?
At the IAWP, our program educates students so they can become a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach. Instead of focusing exclusively on fitness, nutrition and health, we take a holistic approach to health and look at the whole person over the course of a six-month online training program. One of the aspects that makes the IAWP program unique in the industry is that we provide a comprehensive education in holistic health and wellness, coaching and business. From our years of experience training Wellness Coaches, we know that having the foundation of these three areas is essential to creating success. Beyond wellness and coaching, students will learn the fundamentals of starting a business that allows them to connect with clients and market themselves, while still having time to spend with family and balance their life..
The International Association of Wellness Professionals (IAWP) is a globally recognized organization with students in over 80 countries and is accredited through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) and approved by the Canadian Health Coach Alliance. Each year the AADP does a complete review of our certification program to ensure we meet the latest standards in holistic wellness education.
What’s more, completing our program allows graduates to receive Registered Health Coach status — which demonstrates your expertise in helping others become the best version of themselves. Interested in receiving more information? Schedule a call with an admissions advisor to learn more about our training programs.