A Health Coach moves a worksite wellness program from good to BEST! Research shows organizations who invest in health coaching experience 70% medical cost savings, and their employees are more apt to stay engaged in the company wellness program. ¹
However, with an explosion of health and wellness coaching programs, it is difficult to determine the expertise and quality of coaches. Without agreed upon standards for the training and practice of health and wellness coaches, organizations can be confused and overwhelmed in identifying a health coach and what to expect. 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 national certification allows proficient coaches to stand apart from coaches who have not received adequate coach training or assessment of their coaching skills and knowledge.
It is not easy to become a NBC-HWC? First, you must complete an intensive approved training program along with a practical skills assessment, written exam, and submit practice client data. The next step is to sit for the HWC Certifying Examination which is offered twice a year through a partnership with the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC) and the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Therefore, if you are seeking the BEST in HEALTH COACHING, look for a NBC-HWC and you will be assured you will be offering your employees professionals with advanced consistent training, education, and assessment of competencies.
1. Buraglio, C. (2017,April10). 70 Percent of Medical Cost Savings Comes from Employees Using Health Coaches Retrieved from http://www.benefitspro.com