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Get the Health Coaching Answers You Need
What you WANT to know, and what you NEED to know
about becoming a Certified Health Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute
How is the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute Health Coach Training different?
Science-based – The Dr. Sears Wellness Institute Health Coach Training was developed by world-renowned physician William Sears, MD, and a team of experts. The training is based on scientific principles that support optimal wellness, rather than just theory or opinion. You will learn an evidence-based, balanced approach to wellness based on Dr. Sears’ four pillars of health which include Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N). Through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute training, you will learn how to help others understand not just what to do to live more healthfully, but why to do it and the science that supports all recommendations.
Ready-to-use programs – In addition to all of the core information you will learn to be certified as a Health Coach, you will also learn a complete program you can use with others. Each of the programs (Families, Pregnancy and Adults/Seniors) comes with six hours of content, including scripts and client workbooks. You can choose to use these optional programs as we present them to you, or you can tailor them for your client’s needs.
Multiple coaching formats – You will learn a variety of coaching strategies that can be used with individuals, small groups (in a workshop format) or large group presentations.
Ongoing support – You will receive ongoing support and education from instructors and a fully trained staff, before, during and after your training.
Structured training, yet flexible – The training is designed so you feel like you are in a small classroom environment, with an instructor providing feedback and support throughout the training to you and your classmates. Everything is online and available 24/7 so you can study when it works for your schedule.
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Is the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute accredited and/or approved?
Yes, the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute Health Coach Certification programs are both accredited and approved. An institution is accredited or approved (depending on the wording of the overseeing agency), if it has met or exceeded minimum standards of quality by the accrediting organization. Each accrediting body sets its own standards and requirements, which is why it is important to look for institutions that are accredited by reputable governing boards. The Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is approved by the only nationally and internationally recognized governing body for health & wellness coaching, the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).
What is the difference between a Certified Health Coach and a Master Certified Health Coach?
A Master Certified Health Coach takes your coaching to the next level! The Master Health Coaching Certification helps you to build upon the knowledge and skills you learned in your Certified Health Coach course(s). This course covers our Advanced Coach Training & Techniques, focusing on the psychology of coaching – developing your skills to work with clients on a deeper level.
The Master Certified Health Coach certification meets the requirements of the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC). Those who complete this certification become eligible to sit for the National Board Certification Exam offered by the NBHWC to become a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC).
If I begin with one or more of the life-stage Certification courses, can I become Master Certified at a later point?
Yes, since the Master Certification is one or more of the life-stage courses plus the 21-week Advanced Coach Training & Techniques (ACTT) course, you can add on this Advanced Training at a later time and become a Master Certified Health Coach. The cost of the 21-week Advanced Training course is $2,095.
Where can I work and what are my career options as a Certified Health Coach?
There are many different paths for Certified Health Coaches, depending on your background and passion. Many Health Coaches are employed by an organization, such as a hospital, an insurance company, with a small or large company, or at a fitness center. If you are not interested in working for an employer, you also have the option to be self-employed and work with clients in your own Health Coaching business.
Graduates from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute are employed or practicing in a variety of settings including medical offices and facilities, corporations (corporate wellness), schools, fitness centers, etc. Health Coaches work with individuals and small or large groups. Here are some examples of where our graduates are working:
Are there any pre-requisites to enroll in training?
We have students with varying backgrounds, education, degrees, work and life experience who are able to successfully complete the training. If you would like to talk to someone about your qualifications and if the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute Health Coach Training is a good fit for you, please contact us at 866-446-1967.
How much time per week or day will I need for the course?
The time you spend on the course content depends on the course(s) you enroll in and will range from 6 – 12 hours per week. The initial Health Coach training courses are flexible, allowing 24/7 access to your online course, with homework due each week by Sunday. This allows you to complete the coursework even with a full-time job or busy schedule.
The Families course will take approximately 6-8 hours per week. The Pregnancy course will take about 8-10 hours per week. The Adults/Seniors will take about 10-12 hours per week. If you are interested in becoming a Master Certified Health Coach, 12-15 hours of work per week is a good estimate for the 24-week Advanced Coach Training and Techniques portion of this course. This Advanced course also requires a mandatory 2-hour class, via web-cam once a week.
Are the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute Health Coach courses still valuable even if I’m already a medical professional, RN, or Doctor?
Yes, our Health Coach Certification courses cover topics, such as nutrition and exercise, that most medical professionals have limited training on. You will learn how to you with educate your patients and clients and empower them to take a holistic approach to health, focusing on both lifestyle and nutrition. You will learn evidence-based coaching methods and have access to a science-based, ready-to-use curriculum.
Who will my live instructors be?
Your live instructor will vary depending on the course. Each instructor is highly qualified and trained through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. Every instructor is a Certified, Master Certified or Board-Certified Health Coach and has real-world coaching experience; and specializes in the life-stage course which they teach.
Does the training cover marketing?
As part of your Health Coach training, you will learn how to put your new Health Coach skills to use! You will learn how and where to begin promoting your services, how to partner with different providers and organizations and use other essential marketing tactics to help you succeed in your new Health Coaching ventures. Upon graduation, you will also have access to ready-made presentations, affordably priced professional marketing materials like brochures, posters and website development in addition to other tools that will help you start implementing your Health Coaching services.
Does Health Coaching require a State or Federal license?
No. Health Coaching is not a licensed profession. Only professions that are government-regulated are required to hold a license. Since Health Coaching is not a government-regulated industry, we are regulated by another large organization which has established guidelines for Health Coaching. The governing agency for Health Coaching is the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).
As an approved program by the NBHWC, those who complete our Master Health Coach Certification meet the training requirement to sit for the National Board Exam and become a Nationally Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Click here to learn more about our Master Certification.
What type of ongoing support and education does Dr. Sears Wellness Institute provide?
Upon successful completion of the Health Coach Training, you will have access to the Coach Portal which contains many educational and marketing resources and tools to help you implement your Health Coaching services. Throughout the year we offer advanced educational webinars and conference calls exclusively for our Certified Health Coaches. In addition we have a fully trained staff available via phone or email to assist you with all of your coaching needs.
Is there a re-certification process?
Yes, there is an annual re-certification process. Re-certifying allows you to maintain your active coach status and access to an annually updated refresher course. Maintaining your active certification allows you access to the exclusive Coach Portal which contains a vast amount of tools and resources on everything from nutrition to marketing. As an active coach, you also have the ability to participate in ongoing advanced education presentations provided on a monthly basis. These presentations are posted in the Coach Portal for 24/7 access. You will need to re-certify annually for three years to maintain your certification. There is a $145 re-certification fee your first year; $95 the second year and $75 the third year. Once you have re-certified for three consecutive years, you are considered a lifetime coach and no longer need to pay a re-certification fee. You will still have complete access to all the tools and resources in the Coach Portal after your final renewal!
Are payment plans available?
Yes, we do offer payment plans for residents of the United States. There is a one-time payment plan fee that is added to the cost of the training. Learn more about our payment plans
What are the specific technology (hardware or software) requirements to participate in the online training?
Our Health Coach Training is an online program that is compatible with most browsers; however, the preferred browsers are Google Chrome or FireFox. For the best experience, we recommend accessing the eLearning segments with your desktop or laptop computer with a high-speed internet connection.