Welcome to the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC).
We are a consensus-building collaboration of leaders representing many health and wellness coach training and education programs in the United States.
For the past 6 years, we have worked diligently as volunteers to attain our vision of creating a National Certification for health and wellness coaches, built upon best practices. The vision is now a reality: eligible individuals can apply for the National Certification in early 2017.
The application phase will launch February 1, 2017, and will remain open until April 15, 2017. During this time, you may apply to sit for the Health & Wellness Coach Certifying Examination scheduled for September 2 – 16, 2017. Please note: All eligibility requirements must be met prior to applying to sit for the Health & Wellness Coach Certifying Examination (application deadline is April 15, 2017).
In August 2016, the NCCHWC created the Code of Ethics and Health & Wellness Coach Scope of Practice to serve as a reference for health & wellness coaches and faculty. The NCCHWC expects all credentialed health and wellness coaches (coaches, coach faculty and mentors, and students) to adhere to the elements and principles of ethical conduct: to be competent and integrate NCCHWC Health and Wellness Coach Competencies effectively in their work. Please download the NCCHWC Code of Ethics and Health & Wellness Coach Scope of Practice here: NCCHWC Code of Ethics and Health & Wellness Coach Scope of Practice.
In May 2016, The National Consortium for Credentialing of Health & Wellness Coaches and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) signed a ground breaking agreement to launch a national certification examination for health and wellness coaches. To learn more, please download the press release: NCCHWC/NBME Press Release.
Why should you become an NCCHWC-certified health and wellness coach?
With an explosion of health and wellness coaching programs, it is difficult to determine the expertise and quality of coaches. Without agreed upon standards for the training and practice of health and wellness coaches, the public and healthcare professionals are confused about what to expect from coaches and how they complement other professions. A National Certification is the first step in advancing consistent standards and competencies.
The Health & Wellness Coach Certifying Examination is based on extensive research, using practicing health and wellness coaches to identify core competencies that are vital to effective coaching. Through a rigorous Job Task Analysis (JTA), the tasks, skills and knowledge to be mastered by a competent coach were identified and then validated through a survey completed by more than 1,000 practicing health and wellness coaches. For a more detailed history and explanation of the Job Task Analysis (JTA) please click here to access the May article on the development of NCCHWC standards.
The National Certification will begin a process of professionalizing this emerging field, and enable the growth of an evidence base. Our hope is that reputable coach training and education programs will join this endeavor, and that the National Certification will allow proficient coaches to stand apart from coaches who have not received adequate coach training or assessment of their coaching skills and knowledge. For more information, please visit our Credentials for Individuals and Organizations pages.
How can our health and wellness coach training program become accredited?
For the past 6 years, NCCHWC has consulted widely on appropriate standards for the training and education of health and wellness coaches. The results of the Job Task Analysis (JTA), completed in 2014, were the starting point for determining a specific number of contact hours of coach training, education, and mentor coaching. Eighteen subject matter experts gathered in August 2014 to apply a best practice process based upon DACUM principles and develop guidelines for minimum standards.
These standards were finalized and published in the May 2015 issue of the Global Advances in Health & Medicine Journal . NOTE: The standards were updated in the fall of 2015 based upon public comments.