Master Health Coach Certification

Take Your Health Coaching to the Next Level

The Master Health Coach Certification is a comprehensive program that equips you to identify when your client is ready for change and help them initiate steps toward their goals. The advanced coaching skills you will learn help you guide your clients through the change process using positive psychology and powerful questions that help them better understand how to move forward and meet their goals to achieve desired, sustainable behavior change. You will learn new tools and techniques to use with your clients and help you feel confident in your ability to empower your clients throughout the coaching process.

With over 85 contact hours, including 49 hours of live online training, covering 135 coaching competencies and a self-paced Practical Skills Assessment that includes 3 live mentor coaching feedback sessions, the Master Health Coach Certification meets the rigorous standards set forth by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). Once you receive your Master Health Coach Certification from Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, you meet the training requirement to sit for the National Health and Wellness Board Certification Exam. Upon passing the National Board Exam, you will become a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC), giving you an elite credential and expanding your employment opportunities.

The Dr. Sears Wellness Institute Master Health Coach Certification is an Approved Health and Wellness Coach Training & Education Program by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).

The Master Health Coach Certification is a Continuing Coach Education program that is accredited by the ICF. The program structure and curriculum aligns with the coach-specific training requirements of the Associate Certified Coach credential when applying through the Portfolio path.

The Master Health Coach Certification is an Approved Health & Wellness Coaching Program by the Health Coaches Australia & New Zealand Association (HCANZA).

Advanced coaching knowledge and skills that equip you to empower your clients toward optimal health through sustainable behavior change.


6 - 12 Weeks


Choose 1, 2 or all 3 specialties – Families, Pregnancy, and/or Adults & Seniors. These courses are the foundation to your Health Coaching career and will allow you to specialize in and provide age appropriate information to those you coach.

Course Includes:

•  Life-stage/Specialty Specific Content
•  Effective Coaching Strategies
•  Basic and Advanced Nutrition
•  Healthy Lifestyle Choices
•  The Role of Exercise in Health
•  Cultivating a Positive Attitude
•  Strategic Marketing


24 Weeks


The Master Course builds on your initial Health Coach Certification in the Families, Pregnancy and/or Adults & Seniors course(s). This training is an online, live interactive course that focuses on the psychology of behavior change, helping you develop and hone more advanced coaching skills to work with clients in a one-on-one setting.

Course Includes:

•  Evidence Based Coaching Methods and the Trans-theoretical Model of Change
•  Developing an Individualized, Client-Directed Coaching Program
•  Advanced Coaching Communication Skills
•  Advanced Health and Wellness Including Chronic Disease and Disease Prevention
•  Subject Matter Covered on the National Board Exam
• Followed by a Self-paced Practical Skills Assessment with 3 Live Mentor Coaching Feedback Sessions

master certification online course structure


  • 24/7 interactive online learning environment
  • Instructor-led 24-week* Master Health Coach Training, which includes:
    • Live instructor & peer interaction, support and feedback throughout the training
    • Live two-hour classes held weekly in a virtual online classroom
    • Weekly lessons and assessments
    • Practical coaching application, both during and outside of class
    • Self-paced Practical Skills Assessment with 3 live mentor coaching feedback sessions
  • On-going support throughout training and beyond

* Does not include holiday breaks


Health & Wellness

  • Expand upon the content covered in the Life-stage Specialty courses
  • Support clients in obtaining credible health and wellness information
  • Uncover a solid familiarity of current recommendations from public health groups such as the Center for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health
  • Understand health promotion and disease prevention, applying a whole person perspective
  • Learn about chronic disease, such as hypertension and diabetes
  • Gain an understanding for social and behavioral risk factors

Coaching Structure

  • Learn how to prepare for and conduct a coaching session
  • Understand how to set the stage and what to cover in early coaching sessions
  • Learn when and how to guide client to assess current state of health and wellness
  • Explore client vision of optimal wellbeing, establish client-directed long- and short-term goals and back-up plans
  • Grasp how to implement client preferred methods for learning and accountability
  • Discover how to support clients in ongoing sessions and how to manage coaching program termination

Coaching Process

  • Learn how to create a client-centered coaching relationship in a one-on-one setting
  • Discover how positive psychology and the Transtheoretical Model of Change support clients in making lasting behavior changes
  • Use evidence-based coaching techniques such as Motivational Interviewing and Appreciative Inquiry in coaching conversations
  • Gain other coaching process knowledge including active, empathetic listening, honoring client autonomy and preferences, client-directed goal setting, recognizing client emotions, raising client awareness of strengths, values and sense of purpose, fostering client self-compassion, eliciting client intrinsic motivation, and improving client self-efficacy

Coaching Ethics

  • Learn about ethical and legal considerations applicable to the health coaching profession including professional conduct, conflicts of interest, privacy, and confidentiality requirements
  • Understand and apply the NBHWC Code of Ethics for health coaches
  • Understand and apply the NBHWC Scope of Practice for health coaches

We are committed to training our Certified and Master Certified Health Coaches in evidence-based processes. The Master Course uses scientific resources developed for our program by Pro-change and Dr. James Prochaska, creator of the Transtheoretical Model of Change (TTM).

What our Master Health Coaches have to say

“In the coaching setting, the advanced course of study allowed me to grow in a new way which has dramatically impacted my confidence with one-on-one coaching as I use the different methods I learned. I am more than thankful that I took the class as it added to both my daily life and my professional endeavors.”


“All these years I have been basically scaring people away by telling them what to do, which I have learned…no one likes. It is all about motivating (guiding) people so THEY make the decisions and choices. The Master Certified Health Coach Training gave me the skills and confidence I needed to get started.”

Deborah SueMCHC

“I am finally writing to share how I am so happy that I passed the May 2022 exam. I want to thank the Dr. Sears Study Group(s) that I had been a part of and the materials/study guides that I have actively studied, as well as the books. 

There are no words that I can express to greatly thank you and Dr. Sears Health Wellness Institute. I am keeping my feet to the ground and reaching to the stars. 

Thank you to you and all of the staff!”

Velda M.MCHC

“The Master Certified Health Coach Training is amazing. I highly recommend it.  We focused on motivation, communication and how to really connect with clients. I’m finding I use these techniques with every interaction I have with clients as well as in my personal life. Well worth it.”

Brooke L.MCHC

“Just took the NBHWC exam . . . and — even though I did study — I was really struck by how well the Master Certified Health Coach Training prepared me for the exam. Having all the feels about being a Dr. Sears Wellness Institute Certified Health Coach today.”

Frank V.MCHC

“Dr. Sears Wellness Institute (DSWI) has created a powerful and impactful Master Training Course and Board Exam Study Group. I cannot say enough good things about it. I use what I learned everyday.”

Monica N.MCHC

“I had such a wonderful experience in the Master health coaching classes. So much incredible learning and information. I’m so glad I did this.”

Hayden D.MCHC

“I passed!!! So excited. I became a health coach in honor of my mom who died from chronic disease. I truly believe this certification is the door to helping me build relationships with medical professionals so I can help women regain the power to live fully and well with chronic disease. 

My experience with DSWI has been outstanding and I am truly grateful for your top notch program and instructors. Thanks so much.”