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 5 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 2016.

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 National Certification 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 five 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 on May 22 based upon public comments.

Please visit our Credentials for Individuals and Organizations pages and share your comments on the standards in our online survey before July 31, 2015. After the public comment phase closes, the final standards will be determined and shared on this website.