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Become a Certified Health Coach and work in different settings such as health clubs, wellness centers, insurance companies and clinical offices to collaborate with clients and empower them to meet their goals and take ownership of their health and wellness.

Approx. Number of Hours:

45 hours/2-3 months

Program Cost:**


Est. Hourly Wage:*

$28.84 per hour

Min. Occupational Requirements:

18 years old or older; valid government-issued photo ID with signature; able to read, speak, write and understand English

Certified Health Coach Job Overview


Become a Certified Health Coaches and empower and guide clients to make lasting behavioral changes for their overall health and wellbeing. They are employed in fitness centers, health clubs, wellness centers, insurance companies, clinical settings such as doctors’ offices and hospitals, and can be self-employed. Working hours vary depending on the setting. 

Financial Assistance

Funding is available to help pay for short-term job training. Up to 90% of costs may be covered to complete this training program.

Licensure/certification earned

Students are prepared to take the American Council on Exercise Certified Health Coach Exam.


View all current course offerings. Not all courses are offered within every term schedule. 

Use your passion for health and wellness to become a Certified Health Coach. Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to empower and guide your clients to make lasting behavioral changes. Topics include the art of coaching, nutrition, lifestyle and medical factors. Prepare for the American Council on Exercise Certified Health Coach Exam and gain the credentials to be recognized in a growing and evolving field.

Certified Health Coach FAQ

How long does it take to become a Certified Health Coach?

It takes approximately 2.5 months to become a Certified Health Coach. The program is designed to provide a comprehensive curriculum that covers essential topics, ensuring graduates are well-prepared for the American Council on Exercise Certification Exam.

What is the advantage of becoming a Certified Health Coach?

Becoming a Certified Health Coach offers several advantages. Students gain a deep understanding of health and wellness principles, enabling them to guide individuals toward healthier lifestyles. This certification enhances career prospects in the growing field of health and wellness, opening doors to various opportunities, including private practice, corporate wellness programs, and community health initiatives.

How do you become a Certified Health Coach?

To become a Certified Health Coach, individuals can enroll in our accredited program at the College. The program includes a combination of classroom and online instruction. Students will learn effective coaching techniques, nutrition principles, behavior change strategies, and communication skills. Successful completion of the program, along with a current adult CPR and AED certificate, and the required exam, leads to certification.

Is a health coach the same as a wellness coach?

While the terms are often used interchangeably, there are subtle differences. A Health Coach typically focuses on guiding individuals to make lifestyle changes that promote overall health, including aspects like nutrition, exercise, and stress management. On the other hand, a Wellness Coach may have a broader scope, encompassing mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Are there limitations on what a Certified Health Coach can do?

Certified Health Coaches are equipped to support individuals in making positive lifestyle changes and improving overall well-being. However, it’s important to note that health coaches are not licensed healthcare professionals. They do not diagnose or treat medical conditions. Instead, they complement existing healthcare services by providing guidance on lifestyle factors. It’s essential for health coaches to work collaboratively with healthcare providers and refer clients to licensed professionals when necessary.

What is the typical workload like for a Certified Health Coach?

The workload for a Certified Health Coach can vary depending on the individual’s chosen career path. Health Coaches may work in diverse settings, such as private practice, corporate wellness programs, or community health organizations. The workload typically involves client consultations, program development, and ongoing education to stay informed about the latest health and wellness trends. Flexibility is a key aspect of the role, allowing health coaches to adapt their schedules to accommodate client needs and engage in continuous professional development.

Additional Information & Program Requirements

Students must have a current adult CPR and AED certificate to sit for the certification exam.  

Related Professional Skills and Job Training courses

AHE-315 BLS Provider

VOC-746 ACE Personal Fitness Trainer

*Wages are based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and are estimates only. 

**Unless noted, cost does not include any required textbooks and related materials, applicable licensing fees, background check fees, testing fees or prerequisite courses. 

Interested in enrolling?

Contact our Workforce, Business & Community Education Office (Room A115) if you have any questions or concerns.

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