Become a board-certified health coach

An evidence-based and NBHWC-approved program for health coaching professionals

Core Coaching Concepts

Our NBHWC-approved curriculum includes education and skill-building activities on evidence-based coaching techniques and behavior change models, including (but not limited to):

  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Reflective Listening
  • Trans-theoretical Model
  • BJ Fogg Model
  • Growth Mindset

How it works

Weekly Sessions

In 22 weeks of scheduled sessions, you’ll develop a deeper knowledge of theories and techniques for an effective and professional health coaching practice.

Asynchronous Activities

You’ll have assignments to complete on your own time, in between sessions. These readings and activities will help you prepare for and build on the weekly session.

Mentorship and Skills Review

You'll also have check-ins and practical skill review sessions with a dedicated mentor from our NBHWC certified faculty.


How much does this cost?

The course is $1,895, which includes the costs of your books. This does not include the costs for the exam fees.

If you need help reaching the coaching log requirement of the exam application, please email to inquire about pricing for client referrals and extra mentoring sessions.

Why should I get board certified?

The health coaching field is growing quickly and is now a $6 billion market in the United States. This market is expected to grow faster than average for careers in America. There are many healthcare settings a health coach can consider, including private practice, clinics, individual companies, and more. These statistics make it important to earn the field’s highest-level professional credential, which is the National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) credential. Earning this credential will show that you have the training and skills needed to provide effective health coaching. It shows that you have mastered the core competencies that will best guide clients through the coaching process. By earning this credential, you will have the skills, training, and practice needed to be a professional health coach.

What kind of technology or supplies will I need?

You will need the course books (included in the course cost) as well as a computer with access to the internet to complete the learning system courses. A valid email is also required to register for the course. If you are accessing the course virtually, you will need a computer with a webcam.

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What is the time commitment?

Typically, this is a 22-week program. There are weekly training sessions that take place on Monday morning for two hours (subject to change). You will also have homework and other activities to complete outside the classroom. The classroom can be accessed in-person or virtually. The total hours for this course include 75 contact hours, including 40 synchronous hours and 35 asynchronous hours.

What is required to sit for the certifying exam?

There are three requirements to sit for the NBHWC certifying exam:

  1. Completion of an approved training program (Ex. Pack Education health coach training)
  2. Documentation of education (an associate’s degree) or work experience (4,000 hours)
  3. NBHWC coaching log of 50 sessions to be completed after your practical skills assessment in your approved training program

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Are there any prerequisites for this program?

No. The Pack Education Health Coach Training Program does not require you have any prerequisites to complete the course. However, to be able to sit for the NBHWC exam to become an NBC-HWC, you must provide documentation of education, which is at a minimum an associate’s degree. In lieu of an associate’s degree, you can provide a work experience log that summarizes 4,000 hours of your work experience to meet the eligibility to sit for the exam. If you’re working toward a degree, you must show 60 completed credit hours on your official transcript.

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