Program Approval

Transition Phase

To enable health and wellness coach training and education programs to adapt their programs to meet the standards for ICHWC Program Approval, ICHWC is implementing a Transition Phase for Program Approval to be followed by Permanent Phase Approval.

Transition Phase Requirements for NCCHWC Program Approval

A list of Approved Transition Programs is available below. Program approval will expire after the Permanent Phase is established.

(Please note: As soon as the Permanent Phase is launched, an application will be available to apply for Permanent Approval. All programs that are Transitionally Approved will need to reapply during this time. The application date for the Permanent Phase is projected to be available in late 2017.)

Programs will be approved during the Transition Phase if they demonstrated the following:

  • Students are required to learn and practice coaching tasks in all four domains of the Job Task Analysis (JTA) in a minimum of 30 real-time, synchronous contact hours of training and education classes or sessions. Details on the four domains of the Job Task Analysis are in this document.
  • Programs deliver an assessment of a student’s demonstration of practical skills.
Approved Transition Programs

The following health and wellness coach training and education programs are ICHWC-Approved Transition Programs. Those programs with an asterisk require additional completion of an ICHWC-Approved additional training requirement for graduates to be eligible to sit for the Health & Wellness Coach Certifying Examination scheduled for September 2 – 16, 2016.

For Coaches:

Please contact your program directly to find out your status and to determine if you need to complete an additional requirement.

A certificate of additional training requirement completion as well as a certificate of program completion will be required when applying for the HWC Certifying Examination.

Academic Credit Programs

Permanent Phase Requirements for ICHWC Program Approval

The Permanent Phase standards are under review and subject to change prior to entering the Permanent Phase. Once the Permanent Phase application process is open (date to be determined), health and wellness coach training and education programs may apply for ICHWC program approval. The application fee is yet to be determined. ICHWC Approval will be for three years. Applicant programs will be required to demonstrate the following:

Faculty Credentials

Whether the program is a private sector, university or college, certificate program or degree, in-house corporate training or hospital-based, faculty should possess:

  • A graduate degree in a health field (MPH, MSW, MD, PhD, MSN, DrPH, etc.). This will be phased in over time, starting with a certain percent of faculty being required to meet this standard.
  • A minimum of 125 hours of coaching training and education in core coaching competencies
  • At least 300 documented hours of coaching practice
  • Completion of the HWC Certifying Examination after it becomes available in the fall of 2017.
Mentor Coach Credentials

Programs employ mentor coaches to assist in the training and education of health and wellness coaches, and mentor coaches should possess:

  • A graduate degree in a health field (MPH, MSW, MD, PhD, MSN, DrPH, etc).  This will be phased in over time, starting with a certain percent of mentor coaches being required to meet this standard.
  • A minimum of 125 hours of coaching training and education in core coaching competencies
  • At least 200 documented hours of coaching practice
  • Completion of the HWC Certifying Examination after it becomes available in the fall of 2017.
Training and Education Hours

The ICHWC is implementing the following minimum standard of 78 contact hours of training and education in tasks, knowledge, and skills as defined by Health and Wellness Coach Job Task Analysis (JTA).

An health & wellness coach training and education program must include:

  • A minimum of 30 real-time, synchronous contact hours devoted to practical skills development including coaching practice, demonstrations, and mentoring, and focused upon JTA tasks and skills.
  • A minimum of 30 contact hours devoted to coaching education to impart the coaching knowledge vital to competent performance of and communication about the coaching tasks. At least 10 of these hours must be real-time, synchronous learning about application of coaching knowledge to practical skills and tasks.
  • A minimum of 15 contact hours, synchronous or asynchronous, devoted to healthy lifestyle knowledge available in the Content Outline.
  • Three one-hour private mentor coaching sessions delivered by a qualified mentor coach to provide evaluation and feedback on how to improve coaching skills.
  • Completion of a practical skills evaluation that is graded by a qualified examiner (same qualifications as a mentor coach) or academic faculty member and has an established pass/fail standard.
Practical Skills Evaluation

The health and wellness coach training and education programs will be required to deliver practical skills assessment and written evaluation. A link to the basic skills recommended for assessment will be available here soon.

These recommended standards for training, education, mentoring, and practical assessment are offered by ICHWC as a minimum standard for health and wellness coaches. Programs are encouraged to retain and develop their individual pedagogic philosophies and unique approaches to training and educating health and wellness coaches.