Qualification word cloud, education business conceptICHWC is a volunteer team of U.S. leaders who pioneered science-based training, education, and research of health and wellness coaches over the past 15 years. Since 2010, our team has consulted widely, developed a broad consensus, created national standards, and formed a partnership with the National Board of Medical Examiners in May 2016 to launch a National Board Certification for Health & Wellness Coaches in 2017.

The objective of the National Board Certification for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBC-HWC) is to provide a minimum standard and measure of foundational competencies: the knowledge, tasks and skills essential to the practice of health and wellness coaching. The application of coaching knowledge is assessed by the HWC Certifying Examination. Development and assessment of practical skills are provided by ICHWC approved health and wellness coach training and education programs. Eligible individuals can apply to become a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) during the application windows stated on the home page.

Meet the thought leaders who invested thousands of volunteer hours over the past seven years to collaborate and develop national standards:

  1. completed best practices process that led to the national board certification examination for health and wellness coaches
  2. designed and built national standards for training and education of health and wellness coaches
  3. reviewed, mentored, and approved 50+ health and wellness coach training and education programs

National Board for Health & Wellness Coaches

Margaret Moore, MBA                                                      Cindy Schultz, MA
Wellcoaches Corporation                                                  University of Minnesota

Ruth Wolever, PhD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Training & Education Program Approval

Michael Arloski, PhD                                                       Linda Bark, PhD
Real Balance Global Wellness Services                          Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy

Meg Jordan, PhD                                                             Karen Lawson, MD
California Institute of Integral Studies                              University of Minnesota


If you are a health & wellness coach who would like to learn how to earn the National Board Certification for Health & Wellness Coaches, please click here.

If you are an educational institution or organization that wishes to apply for ICHWC-Approval please click here.
(The application for ICHWC-Approval during the Transition Phase closed June 30, 2016. The application for the Permanent Phase is projected to be available in late 2017. Please contact with questions.)